Friday, November 22, 2013

Hidden Gems of 1963


Today is the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. It was a tragic and life-altering incident in American history, the September 11th of a previous generation. I have written how the name Fitzgerald became more popular after this event (ranked #1062 with 52 births in 1963 and #691 with 125 births in 1964), and now I wonder what other names ranked between #1000 and #1500 in 1963 can and should be considered currently. Isn't it crazy how an event or even an anniversary of an event can spark inspiration for a name post?

I picked some names that were ranked between #1000 and #1500 in 1963 and listed them below with the number of babies given the name in that year. Interestingly enough, these names are not so different in terms of use today...

GIRLS (Name #of births in 1963... #of births in 2012)
Petra 112... 118
May 110... 106
Millicent 110... 71
Gilda 109... 8
Fern 108... 45
Octavia 103... 79
Opal 97... 105
Effie 89... 37
Winona 79... 32
Elma 76... 33
Theodora 75... 67
Phaedra 70... 37
Linnea 69... 146
Lisette 69... 65
Coral 68... 160
Pandora 68... 56
Selma 66... 72
Bronwyn 63... 51
Inga 59... 20
Wilhelmina 59... 63

It's also fun to note that Ashley, Sophie, Mia, Sofia, Zoe, Ellie, Meghan, Samantha, and Gabriela were all between #1000 and #1500 in 1963.

Not as many of the boy names jumped out at me, but it's still interesting to see the comparison between their usage in 1963 versus 50 years later.

BOYS
Leander 57... 57
Octavio 53... 158
Fitzgerald 52... 12
Lucius 51... 117
Oren 48... 127
Hardy 46... 26
Noble 41... 115
Olin 41... 80
Gray 38... 120
Ford 30... 170

Caleb, Logan, and Liam were also between #1000 and #1500 in 1963.

Are you like me in wanting to hear more of these names in 2013? Which one is your favorite?

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2 comments:

  1. I like Millicent, Octavia, Theodora, Bronwyn and Wilhelmina. My mom was born in 1963 named Priscilla. For boys I like Leander, Octavio, Lucius and Noble. :)

    Kara @ The Art of Naming :)

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