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20 baby names that could come back thanks to 100 year rule

By Phoebe Barton & Neil Shaw

The baby names that could make a comeback have been announced following a study which takes into account the 100 year rule - a theory suggesting that names make a resurgence every century.

Findmypast has carried out the research and created a list of the top 20 baby names set to make a comeback. The family history brand also uncovered the correlation between the royals and names given to babies.

Data shows that in 1926, the year of the Queen’s birth, the name Elizabeth saw a 16% increase in popularity. In 1981, the name Diana saw a huge 122% increase following Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles.

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Findmypast looked at the census from 1921 to share the most popular names for children under one. Historians then used this data alongside analysis of current royal trends to predict which baby names are likely to have a revival. See below for the most popular names in 1921, as well as those that are predicted to be popular.

Most popular boy names in 1921 - John, William, George, Thomas, James, Ronald, Arthur, Robert, Albert and Frederick.

Most popular girl names in 1921 - Mary, Margaret, Dorothy, Joan, Doris, Irene, Kathleen, Gladys, Elsie and Joyce.

Boy names predicted to make a comeback - Ronald, Arthur, Robert, Albert, Freddie, Edward, Archie, Ernest, Isaac and Harris.

Girl names predicted to make a comeback - Joan, Mary, Margaret, Dorothy, Gladys, Irene, Iris, Elsie, Ada and Mabel.

Mary McKee, head of Content Publishing Operations at Findmypast, said: “History always has a tendency to repeat itself and baby names are no exception. All roads point to Joan as parents are increasingly looking to name their baby girls after strong female historical figures, and who better to take inspiration from than Joan of Arc.

“When it comes to boys’ names, these have a tendency of coming back into fashion but as their nickname equivalent - Frederick becomes Freddie, Archibald becomes Archie and so there is every chance that Ronald could come back into circulation as Ronnie.”

If you want to find out the history of a name, you can use Findmypast’s ‘What’s In A Name’ search tool here.

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Dive Deeper:
Top 20 old-style baby names that could make a comeback due to 100 year rule
Findmypast expects the royal obsession to continue across the next decade with families looking to the recent births of the…
Top Irish baby names set to make comeback thanks to ‘100-year rule’
According to experts, baby names can follow a trend that sees them become popular in 100-year cycles, making a resurgence…
Top 10 baby names set to make a come back after a century away
“History always has a tendency to repeat itself"
From Ronald to Joan - the top 20 old-style names that could make a comeback
New research has predicted the old-fashioned names that could make a surprise return following a 100-year cycle of popularity
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Top 10 baby names set to make comeback thanks to 100 year rule
Findings also revealed the impact royal events have on the popularity of baby names.
Top 10 baby names set to make a come back thanks to 100 year rule
Royal events will also have an influence on the names parents are choosing
Get all your news in one place