What’s in a Name? 1920s Baby Names for Girls Rising in Popularity…Again!

1920s baby photo looking up


Ever met a Fern, an Opal, or a Zelda? Well, according to sites like cafemom, that might change this year. Roaring Twenties names for girls are back in vogue this year, and why not? There are tons of awesome Jazz Age names out there, and a lot of them deserve to come back—whether in real life or on the written page. So whether you’re trying to name a flapper or a suffragette in your historical fiction, check out this list of unusual 1920s names. Maybe you’ll find the perfect one for your character!


Looking to name a suffragette, perhaps? Bustle features girl names from the early 1900s with a feminist bent as well as ones from the 1920s.

If your novel or short story is set during the 1920s, however, it’s likely that your characters were born earlier. So, you’d want to look at names from the early 1900s, the 1910sthe 1890s, or the 1880s, depending on the character’s age. If you’re looking for something quick and period-appropriate for any of those times, however, you can’t go wrong with Mary or James. Both of them topped the list in America for over 100 years. Alternatively, if you want your character to stand out, you could try one of Mental Floss’ least popular baby names. 



How do you name your historical fiction characters? Share your process in the Comments below.


About lupachi1927

My name's Megan, and I'm a writer with an interest in history. While I might not be a real historian, I'm a very thorough researcher. This blog is my place to post about all the interesting historical tidbits I find that can't use in the novel I'm working on, which takes place in Chicago in 1927. If you're looking for research help, writing feedback, or just want to say hi, feel free to drop me a line! :)
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2 Responses to What’s in a Name? 1920s Baby Names for Girls Rising in Popularity…Again!

  1. jazzfeathers says:

    Fantastic recource. Thanks so much for sharing.
    How’s everything going, by the way? It’s been ages!


    • lupachi1927 says:

      Not bad, just been busy so my blogging sort of fell by the wayside. I hope to focus more on it now, however. How about you? Any more novels in the works? How’s your ebook doing? I sent my full MS into that agent I was talking to, but I haven’t heard anything yet…


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