Names that Ruled the Century: #1 Baby Names of the Last 100 Years

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by Erin Dower

Before baby names became quite so trendy, parents chose classic names that were en vogue for long stretches of time. Take a look back at the #1 baby girl and boy names from the late 1800s on in the U.S. You may be surprised to learn how long some names reigned supreme!

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Mary


There's something about Mary! This was the #1 name for a baby girl from at least 1880 (the first year for which there is data) until 1946 (that's 66 years!). After falling into the #2 spot for a stint, it became the top name again from 1953-1961. These days, Mary rarely breaks into the top 100 girl names.

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