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The Top 19 Names in 1919

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Happy 2019! Let’s hop in our baby name time machines and check out the Top 19 names from the year 1919 to see what names have truly stood the test of time!

# 1 John & Mary
It doesn’t get more simple and classic than John and Mary! I’d opt for a cool variant for a fresh twist like the Scottish Ewan & or Latin Maren.
Today’s Ranking: John #27 & Mary # 126

#2 William & Helen
William is the epitome of a name that will never go out of style. Helen is more commonly seen now on Grandmother’s and Great-Grandmother’s but could be prime for a comeback.
Today’s Ranking: William #3 & Helen # 418

#3 James & Dorothy
We’ve seen a trend of Celeb’s loving James for girls, but James is still well loved, used, and rising for boys. Dorothy may be just old enough to be cute again, I’m seeing loads of buzz about Dorothy on instagram!
Today’s Ranking: James #4 & Dorothy #601

#4 Robert & Margaret
Robert and Margaret both have vintage vibes and sound very stayed and grounded in the middle name spot.
Today’s Ranking: Robert #65 & Margaret #132

#5 Charles & Ruth
If you’re like me, at this point you’re thinking of all your older relatives that bear these names. Charles and Ruth are two names also tied to great historical figures.
Today’s Ranking: Charles #49 & Ruth #265

#6 George & Mildred
George and Mildred have a very British vibe paired here together in their ranking. Mildred is the first on our list here today that would be a shock to hear on a modern baby.
Today’s Ranking: George #124 & Mildred is no longer in the US Top 1,000.

#7 Joseph & Virginia
Joseph is a strong familial name for many and “Joe” just never feels dated. Virginia could make a comeback as people are loving vintage nicknames like Vina or Ginny.
Today’s Ranking: Joseph #19 & Virginia #514

#8 Edward & Elizabeth
This regal duo is still quite current. Edward may feel a bit formal in the U.S. but it’s got a handsome and distinguished sound non the less. Elizabeth with all her gorgeous nicknames and rich history is an ideal classic girls name.
Today’s Ranking: Edward #169 & Elizabeth #13

#9 Frank & Frances
I chuckled at this pairing not only because the names are just variants of each other, but they’re also my Grandpa and Great-Aunt’s name. In fact all of their siblings names made this list! Frankly Frank names are beginning to dwindle.
Today’s Ranking: Frank #373 & Frances #438

#10 Thomas & Anna
I love that this pairing would work seamlessly on babies born today! Thomas and Anna both have very wholesome and timeless vibes.
Today’s Ranking: Thomas #48 & Anna #53

#11 Walter & Evelyn
Walter is what I call “Grandpa-chic.” Walter is handsome and dignified with an older vibe. Evelyn could easily be the top girls name in a few years, it’s had a resurgence and is a name to watch!
Today’s Ranking: Walter #265 & Evelyn #9

#12 Richard & Marie
You’re probably noticing that many of the male names on this list have a lot of staying power. Male names are more likely to be passed down from generation to generation, thus feeling more classic. Marie is a common middle name that would feel fresh in the first name spot.
Today’s Ranking: Richard #175 & Marie #651

#13 Harold & Alice
Harold would be hard to picture on a small child without a fun nickname. Harold seems to have seen his heyday. A name rich in history and literature, Alice has been climbing the charts the past 10 years.
Today’s Ranking: Harold #799 & Alice #70

#14 Raymond & Florence
Does everybody love Raymond? Not so much anymore, it’s still used but likely as a name to honor. Florence may seem like she’s barely ranked, but be mindful that Florence just returned to the U.S. Top 1,000 last year!
Today’s Ranking: Raymond #293 & Florence #980

#15 Paul & Betty
Paul is definitely a name that’s easy to picture on a man of any age. It’s interesting that Betty, while no longer popular, was popular at the same time it’s root name Elizabeth was also trending. Any other Riverdale fans out there crushing on the name Betty?
Today’s Ranking: Paul #225 & Betty is no longer in the U.S. Top 1,000.

#16 Henry & Irene
Henry has been on the rise and will probably exceed it’s former popularity in the years to come. Irene seems to be hovering in the 500-600 range.
Today’s Ranking: Henry #18 & Irene #594

#17 Donald & Lillian
I’m noticing that Donald and Harold have the same feel with the “ld” ending that is no longer in fashion. Lillian has a romantic, vintage vibe and has been rising again in popularity.
Today’s Ranking: Donald #488 & Lillian #27

#18 Albert & Doris
Albert is much more popular across-the-pond and has a very distinctly British feel. Doris could get picked up by the hipsters but I don’t we’ll see her return.
Today’s Ranking: Albert #430 & Doris is no longer in the U.S. Top 1,000.

#19 Arthur & Rose
Arthur has an old knowing quality and makes a fabulous middle name. Rose is a name booming in the middle name spot that would be lovely to see more as a first name.
Today’s Ranking: Arthur #244 & Rose #141

Which of these 100-year-old trendsetters could you see on a babe today?

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Taylor Swift’s Squad

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Singer-Songwriter Taylor Swift has an impressive number of music hits and an all star cast of friends. Taylor teamed up with some of her famous friends in her music video Bad Blood. From Zendaya to Martha this group has some interesting names!

Taylor Swift
Taylor was a name on the rise in 1989 when Swift was born, peaking in 1996, when it was the Number 6 name for girls in the US. Currently Number 77, Taylor has steadily decreased over the last five years. Taylor is an English surname meaning tailor. Taylor might remind an older generation of screen legend, Elizabeth Taylor and a younger of pop sensation, Taylor Swift.

Lily Alridge
Lily is a sweet flower name that has been in the Top 100 for the past twelve years. Lily can also be a nickname for several names, such as Elizabeth, Lillian,or Lilia. If you like the sound of Lily you may also consider similar sounding, less popular names like Tilly, Lula, Lilou, or Lilac.

Zendaya
There are certain names like Madonna, Beyonce, and Zendaya that are so distinct that no last name is needed. Zendaya is a Shona name meaning to give thanks. Zendaya entered the Top 1,000 last year for the first time at Number 892.

Hayley Williams & Hailee Steinfeld
Hayley and Hailee are two of the many spellings of an English surname meaning hay field. Hailey is the most popular spelling at Number 51. Hayley is currently Number 520 and Hailee comes in at 722. Most popular in the 1990’s, all spellings of Hailey are beginning to decline.

Gigi Hadid
Gigi is a diminutive name commonly used as a nickname for names like Georgina and Virginie. Hadid’s full name is Jelena Noura “Gigi” Hadid. Jelena is a Slavic form of the name Helen, meaning bright shining light. Jelena is an exotic and lovely choice, especially with the sweet nickname Gigi.

Ellie Goulding
Ellie and Gigi not only go by nicknames, but their names also share the same meaning. Goulding’s full name is Elena Jane “Ellie” Goulding. Elena is a Spanish form of the name Helen, which also means bright shining light. As names like Eleanor, Eloise, and Elena continue to rise we are sure to see more little girls with the nickname Ellie.

Lena Dunham
Lena is yet another name that stems from Helen. Lena is a Scandinavian and German diminutive of Helena, a form of Helen, meaning bright shining light. Lena can be pronounced lee-nuh as Dunham uses, or lay-nuh. Currently 279 in popularity, Lena is a name on the rise, up 242 spots just in the last ten years.

Ellen Pompeo
Ellen is our fourth and final name on this list that has ties to Helen. Ellen is an English variation of Helen, meaning bright shining light. Ellen peaked in 1946 and is currently 656 in popularity. With a generation of Ellen’s becoming grandmother’s, I wonder if we’ll see the name Ellen used to honor.

Serayah McNeill
Serayah is a new name to me and one that I had difficulty finding reliable information on. Serayah may be a form of Suraya or Soraya which have Arabic roots meaning the Pleiades. If we take the name apart we get Sera, which means Princess and Rayah meaning friend or queen.

Jessica Alba
Jessica was all the rage in the 1980’s and 90’s when it was consistently in the Top 10. A Hebrew name meaning wealthy, Jessica has dipped to Number 179. Jessica was first used by Shakespeare in his play The Merchant of Venice. Jessa may be an alternative or way to honor a Jessica. Jessa is new to the charts and was most popular last year at Number 849.

Martha Hunt
Martha is an Aramaic name meaning lady or mistress. Martha may remind you of the first First Lady, Martha Washington, or of businesswoman Martha Stewart. In the New Testament, Martha was the sister of Lazarus and Mary of Bethany, and a generous host to Jesus.

Karlie Kloss
Karlie is feminine form of the name Carl, meaning free man. Karlie, Karlee, Carly, Carli, Carlee and Carlie are different spellings of same name that are all in the Top 1,000. Karlie comes in at Number 885. Carly is also used as a nickname for names like Charlotte, Carlotta, and Caroline.

Mariska Hargitay
Mariska is a Hungarian form of Maria meaning bitter or of the sea. Mariska has never been ranked in the US Top 1,000. A name closely associated with the Law & Order: SVU actress, only 32 little girls were named Mariska last year.

Cara Delevingne
Cara is a Latin name meaning face, an Italian word meaning beloved, and in Ireland Cara means friend. Cara started to gain popularity in the 1950’s and peaked in 1985. A bit less popular than Kara at 442, Cara is currently number 672.

Cindy Crawford
Cindy is a diminutive of Cynthia, which comes from the Greek name Kynthia, meaning woman from Kynthos. Cindy was most popular in 1957, and is currently Number 710 in popularity. Cyndi Lauper put a cool spin on this name with her unique spelling.

Selena Gomez
Selena is a Latin form of Selene, meaning moon goddess. Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla, who Selena Gomez was named for, helped make this a household name. Peaking in 1995, Selena is currently Number 346 in the US.

Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick comes from an Old English surname meaning royal power or champion. Most popular in 2013, Kendrick is currently 334. The rise of Kendrick may be in part due to this rapper. Kendrick is also an interesting way to get the nickname Ken or to honor a Kenneth.

Which star in the music video Bad Blood do you think has the best name?