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60+ Gilded Age Baby Names That Are Pure Vintage Elegance

From about 1870 to 1900, America was in the throes of its “Gilded Age” – a term we’ve been hearing a lot about thanks to the success of HBO Max’s The Gilded Age. Basically, thanks to the rapid economic growth of the era, the upper class had more money than it knew what to do with. Vast fortunes were made and lost; in fact, the top 4 richest Americans ever — John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and William Henry Vanderbilt — were Gilded Age tycoons. Opulence was the hallmark of the times, and this period is associated with an abundance of elegance and wealth (well, for the upper classes, anyway!).

So what were the wealthy elites of the Gilded Age naming their babies during this period? Well according to the Social Security Administration, which has records of the most popular baby names dating back to 1880, some of the biggest names during the Gilded Age period were some of the biggest names of all time (that are still popular today): John, James, William, and George; Mary, Anna, Emma, and Elizabeth. And those are all solid, classic choices, but if you want a Gilded Age baby name that’s slightly less common, take a look at some of our favorites — plucked right from the actual 1000 most popular names of the era.

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Gilded Age Girl Names

What do these gilded age girl names have in common? With the exception of Pearl, they all end in an A or an E! And many of them are decidedly less-stuffy nicknames for longer, more traditional names: Bessie instead of Elizabeth, for example, or Lottie instead of Charlotte.

Bessie

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Nellie

Maude

Pearl

Jennie

Hattie

Eva

Lena

Josephine

Nora

Nettie

Effie

Mae

Sadie

Sallie

Lottie

Lola

Josie

Delia

Elsie

Callie

Eula

Celia

Tillie

Myra

Adeline

Gilded Age Boy Names

These boy names are dashing and dapper, with plenty of vintage charm — but not so old-fashioned that they won’t be perfect for a modern-day baby!

Frank

Jesse

Oscar

Martin

Eugene

Edwin

Otto

Perry

Everett

Alvin

Victor

Percy

Jake

Levi

Emmett

Felix

Elijah

Jasper

Silas

Owen

Reuben

Wesley

Curtis

Marshall

Gus

Calvin

Gender-Neutral Names from the Gilded Age

Some of these names have only become considered “gender-neutral” in the last few decades — but some of them, such as Jess, Ollie, and Marion, were in both the boys’ and girls’ top 1000 baby names during the Gilded Age.

Jess

Lou

Alva

Charlie

Sam

Ira

Ollie

Sidney

Marion

 

 

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