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!
- This slideshow at cafemom features unusual 1920s baby names for girls, including their meanings
- This Bustle article features more lost 1920s names and their meanings that would be worth bringing back for both boys and girls
- While not all of these are from the 1920s, there are a number of fun older names here at Bustle (one of them, June, was the 1920s equivalent of Rachel and Sarah today)
- Unlike all the other lists on here (including the one from Social Security), this parenting.com post lists “Alice” as the most popular female baby name of the 1920s
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 1910s, the 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.