Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Place Names: 1912 vs. 2012


Parents have been using place names as their children's names a lot over the years. I compared the Top 1000 for 1912 with 2012 and there seems to be an increase in place names given after 100 years. Quite a few of the names have stayed the same, but there are also a lot of new ones and old ones to consider. We don't know if the parents used the name because of the actual place, just because they liked the sound of it, or for a reason that has nothing to do with the place name at all. Quite a few of the names on the following list happen to be a place, but are better known as names in and of themselves (i.e. Eugene and Frederick). In any case, it's fun to compare the years and see how tastes have changed up top.

I tried to capture as many as I could, but it's possible I missed some.

Place Names in the Top 1000 for both 1912 and 2012 with Ranks (1912/2012)
Boys
Augustine 539/999
Austin 232/58
Clayton 169/261
Clinton 161/906
Conrad 327/738
Dallas 320/322
Eugene 41/740
Francisco 375/225
Frederick 51/536
Houston 518/941
Israel 457/252
Jackson 405/22
Jasper 262/264
Jefferson 498/615
Jordan 790/48
Mason 519/2
Orlando 478/461
Quincy 794/633
Salvador 796/548
Santiago 780/122
Troy 247/259

Girls
Adelaide 258/343
Carolina 622/430
Charlotte 91/19
Dixie 410/852
Georgia 101/298
Helena 308/560
Hope 493/220
Savannah 657/42
Victoria 150/28
Virginia 20/579

Place Names in the Top 1000 for 1912 only with Ranks
Boys
Casper 540
Chester 55
Clevelant 286
Columbus 492
Denver 532
Garland 300
Homer 98
Madison 732
Milan 811
Norman 61
Paris 986
Raleigh 480
Stanford 648
Sydney 359
Washington 874

Girls
Alberta 106
Augusta 288
Augustine 872
Carmel 669
Erie 836
Florence 12
Florida 680
Geneva 116
Marietta 424
Myrtle 50
Verona 594

Place Names in the Top 1000 for 2012 only with Ranks
Boys
Boston 538
Branson 691
Camden 156
Chad 588
Cullen 551
Dakota 334
Dayton 603
Eden 674
Judah 273
Kingston 210
Knox 368
London 537
Memphis 751
Phoenix 381
Princeton 735
Quinton 526
Rohan 602
Trent 380
Trenton 239
Zaire 964
Zion 235

Girls
Alexandria 205
America 904
Asia 794
Aspen 504
Bristol 431
Brittany 407
Brooklyn 29
Cambria 926
Chelsea 233
Cheyenne 319
Dakota 306
Dallas 901
Eden 164
Galilea 746
Heaven 321
Jordan 222
London 94
Madison 9
Malaysia 569
Milan 724
Paris 274
Phoenix 573
Samara 570
Shiloh 640
Sydney 78
Zion 778

Are there any of the 1912 place names you would like to see used more today? What is your favorite place name?

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3 comments:

  1. Geneva is a place name on our own list that I love. I didn't know until now how popular it was in 1912!

    Judah is probably my favorite place name for a boy.

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  2. Of the 1912 names, I like: Casper Denver, Milan / Augusta, Geneva, Verona.
    My favorites of the 2012 are: Boston, Judah, Kingston / Alexandria, Aspen, Samara

    Great list! I'm always looking for interesting historical compilations!

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