Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Popular Baby Names - Now and Then

Three of our most recent placements at Hope Cottage have been given the name Grace.  It got me to thinking about baby names and what is popular from year to year.  One year while directing a children's choir, I had five, yes count them, five Brittanys in a group of 30 children. 

In the early years babies were given short names at Hope Cottage.  The reasoning?  Their names were written on their bottles and a long name would not fit on the bottle!  Makes sense when you think about it.

Here is the list of the top boy and girl names for 1918 - the first year Hope Cottage was open, followed by a list of the top boy and girl names for 2010 - 92 years later.

Top 10 Baby Names for 1918
Boys                                                                     Girls 
1 John                                                                  1 Mary
2 William                                                              2 Helen
3 James                                                                3 Dorothy
4 Robert                                                               4 Margaret
5 Charles                                                              5 Ruth
6 George                                                              6 Mildred
7 Joseph                                                               7 Virginia
8 Edward                                                              8 Frances
9 Frank                                                                 9 Elizabeth
10 Thomas                                                            10 Anna
Top 10 Baby Names for 2010
Boys                                                                     Girls
1 Aiden                                                                 1 Sophia
2 Jacob                                                                 2 Isabella
3 Jackson                                                              3 Olivia
4 Ethan                                                                  4 Emma
5 Jayden                                                                5 Chloe
6 Noah                                                                  6 Ava
7 Logan                                                                 7 Lily
8 Caden                                                                 8 Madison
9 Lucas                                                                  9 Abigail
10 Liam                                                                 10 Madelyn

Hope Cottage is the oldest nonprofit, non sectarian adoption agency in Dallas. Since 1918 Hope Cottage has been building and nurturing strong families through counseling, education and adoption services.

If you have questions about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 214.526.8721.

If you are a woman facing an unwanted pregnancy and would like to talk to someone about adoption, please call Hope Cottage at 1.800.944.4464 or 214.404.4546.

1 comment:

  1. Another option is to look to friends and family that you admire. This will make the name more personal and more sentimental which hopefully will come across. At the same time, because you are getting the name from one of your own contemporaries then you know it won’t be toodated.