Inspired by the recent Social Security baby name list, I thought it was time to do some research! So I have compiled some graphs just to give you a glimpse of popular trends. Trends of what you ask? The lovely names of some of our favorite 18th century femmes (post 18th century of course!) My graphs are not fancy and you need to click on them to actually see them... Sorry! The popular trends are based on popularity in the U.S. spanning from 1880-2008.
AdelaideAs we can see Adelaide has enjoyed a recent spike in popularity! From 1880 to 1948, when it suddenly dropped off the charts (not within the top 1000 names,) but in 2005 it came back with force! It is not my favorite name, but the more I think about it- I like it!
ElisabethNext we have Elisabeth, which has maintained a steady popularity over the years! It reached it's most popular in 2001 ranked at #286, and it's least popular was in 1946 at #655. Don't be confused with Elizabeth, which has maintained popularity and this year is ranked at #9.
AntoinetteWhat would you expect the trend for Antoinette to be? It held a steady popularity since 1880, and had a surprising increase during the 1980s! The name Antoinette was most popular in 1917. Ever since then the popularity of the French name has dropped. I wonder when it will rise up again??
LouiseNow the name Louise was very popular in 18th century France, because...well...all the Louis' of course! If you have heard that the French were America's first friends, it would not surprise you that Louise, above other names has been incredibly popular over the years. Only recently has the popularity dropped, and before that the decrease was only slight. Louise enjoyed it's height of popularity between 1912 - 1914.
GeorgianaHow many Georgiana's do you know? I bet not too many! The name was rather popular early on, reaching it's peak in 1880, ranked as the 256th most popular name! By 1953 it had dropped off the charts. So sad! It really is quite lovely...
I hope you enjoyed my little look into these names. I pulled them from our Femme's of the Week.