Throwback:Brazos Babies of 1916

Hello everyone! Last week I wrote about names of babies born in my hometown in 1991, the same year I was born. This week I want to share with you some names of babies born in Brazos County, TX (the county I was born in) 100 years ago in 1916. I found this information via Lets see how much naming trends changed over the years! 

Last time I listed girls names that occurred on the list more than once. This time, I just listed some that were of note to me. Fredonia is the one that stood out to me the most! I don't know that it will ever make  comeback. They talk about a "hundred year rule" with naming trends and in some respects, I think that proves true. I think that several of these names are out for good but many have already made comebacks. I don't know any little Dorothys or Mildreds but it's not uncommon to find young Claras, Ellas, Rubys, or Lillians. 

*Quick correction: Johnie should be Johnnie with two ns.

The name that stuck out to me most on the boys side was Tinner. I'd be curious to know the story behind that name. Was it someone's maiden name? Who knows. Just like with the girls names, many of these names have made a comeback. In fact, I think more of the boys names have come back than the girls names and many of the classics never faded. Names that haven't come back yet would be Reynold, Elmer, Carl and some of the nicknames as full names for boys. Aric is probably my favorite on this list and it's never really been too popular. Walter, Oliver, George, Henry, and Arthur could all be considered "grandpa chic" these days! Leon isn't quite popular again but it's rising!

I noticed an interesting trend among these 1916 names: nicknames as given names. I think each era has its own version of this. Using a nickname as a given names not my personal style but many people like it. I could see a few of these being used as given names today but not too many. More modern examples of this trend would be names like Ellie, Mia, Sadie, Liam, and Jack.

There were some very cool combos among the 1916 names! My favorite is Clara Louise. Ruth Geniviene also intrigued me! Fredonia Ethel Mae isn't really my style but I love it for its vintage feel! I think there will probably be a few Alice Elizabeths born in 2016 as well.

These are the combos that stood out to me most with the boys names. I don't think Arthur Walker flows well together but I like both names. Elmer Linsey is interesting to me. I know that Linsey/Lindsey/Lindsay started out as a man's name but it's always kind of strange to see it used for a man when it was so prominent for girls of my generation. Roy's name that I don't think has ever really gone out of style but what I really like about Roy Quincy is Quincy! I'd love to meet more people named Quincy! I have more than one great-uncle named James and a great-uncle named Elmer so that's what I think of when I see James Elmer, though I'm sure many people still think of Elmer Fudd from Looney Toons. Maybe 2016 will be the year that Elmer shakes that image and begins to make a comeback.... but I don't really see that happening on a large scale anytime soon.

If you like throwback names, check out these 90's names!

Which of these names from 1916 is most interesting to you? Are there any you would use today in 2016? Let me know in the comments!

God bless you and thanks for reading!

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  1. What an interesting post! I love family history and an article like this is right up my alley:). Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday:).


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