It’s the Roaring Twenties – again. So is it time to revive some 1920s names for 2020s babies?
There’s supposed to be a 100-year rule for baby naming, meaning that a name needs to be out of fashion for 100 years before it starts to sound appealing again. (In other words, don’t even talk to us about Cheryl and Wayne, because it’s way too soon.)
The theory is that we’re unlikely to choose baby names that already exist in our family, so it takes a few generations for a baby name to really be fresh again.
So what names were popular in the early 1920s that are ready to be revived?
Well, taking a look at the UK and US top 100s, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of inspiration at first. The lists are topped by names like John and Robert, Mary and Margaret – names that would stick around for another generation at least and so don’t feel nearly old enough.
Then there are some others that even a century’s distance can’t make look good. Doreen? Mildred? Cyril? Ernest? We’re trying, but… sorry.
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