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Vintage baby names that rocked the 1920s

  • Vintage baby names that rocked the 1920s

    Though many refer to it as the Roaring Twenties, growing up in this decade wasn’t totally glamorous. Often called the Greatest Generation, babies born in the early 20s were born after World War I and grew up during the Great Depression. But, they weren't old enough to fight during World War II. Then followed the Silent Generation, a more cautious group born at the end of the 20s. Men born around this time would be young adults when it came time for the Korean and Vietnam War. While their parents enjoyed the height of American consumerism, the children of this time faced unique hardships.

    Mothers of '20s babies were able to vote in national elections for the first time, and their kids grew up alongside future presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush. George and James are pretty high on this list, and more of these popular baby names are still common today.

    Using data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker has organized the 50 most popular male and female names of these 20s babies, plus how each of those names ranks in the year 2016. Many of these names have remained popular for over 90 years.

  • #50 Girl: Dolores

    Rank in the 1920s: #50
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 5,198.6
    Rank in 2016: #3,226
    Births in 2016: 50


     

  • #50 Boy: Marvin

    Rank in the 1920s: #50
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 3,958.9
    Rank in 2016: #544
    Births in 2016: 529


     

  • #49 Girl: Gloria

    Rank in the 1920s: #49
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 6,285.4
    Rank in 2016: #550
    Births in 2016: 563


     

  • #49 Boy: Melvin

    Rank in the 1920s: #49
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 4,057.6
    Rank in 2016: #738
    Births in 2016: 328


     

  • #48 Girl: Lorraine

    Rank in the 1920s: #48
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 4,993.8
    Rank in 2016: #1,557
    Births in 2016: 143


     

  • #48 Boy: Billy

    Rank in the 1920s: #48
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 4,209.9
    Rank in 2016: #865
    Births in 2016: 258


     

  • #47 Girl: Rita

    Rank in the 1920s: #47
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 5,058.6
    Rank in 2016: #1,185
    Births in 2016: 209


     

  • #47 Boy: Bernard

    Rank in the 1920s: #47
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 4,240.8
    Rank in 2016: #1,163
    Births in 2016: 163


     

  • #46 Girl: Marion

    Rank in the 1920s: #46
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 5,517.7
    Rank in 2016: #1,449
    Births in 2016: 158


     

  • #46 Boy: Samuel

    Rank in the 1920s: #46
    Average annual births in the 1920s: 4,336.7
    Rank in 2016: #21
    Births in 2016: 10,492


     

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