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Nameberry: 100-year-old names that are coming around again

If the Hundred-Year Rule which states that it takes a century for most names to come back into fashion holds true, then we're in for some interesting times, judging from the list of 100 Most Popular Names of the 1910s.

A handful of the top names in the decade from 1910 to 1920 are already solidly back in style. These include:

Girls

ANNA

CHARLOTTE

ELEANOR

ELLA

EVA

GRACE

JULIA

LUCY

ROSE

STELLA

VIOLET

Boys

ANDREW

BENJAMIN

CHARLES and CHARLIE

HARRY

HENRY

JACK

LEO

RAY

SAM

WILLIAM

A larger group is, not surprisingly, on the cutting edge of style, supporting the whole Hundred-Year theory by indicating which names we'll be hearing more of in the decade ahead. The names from the Top 100 in the 1910s that sound fashion-forward today include:

Girls

ALICE

BEATRICE

CLARA

EDITH

ESTHER

EVELYN

FLORENCE

HAZEL

JOSEPHINE

JUNE

LENA

LEONA

LILLIAN

MABEL

MAE

MARGUERITE

MINNIE

PEARL

RUBY

SYLVIA

VERA

VIOLA

VIVIAN

Boys

ARTHUR

EDWARD

FRANK

HOMER

LEON

LOUIS and LEWIS

OSCAR

RAYMOND

VICTOR

VINCENT

WALTER

Other choices still seem a bit far out right now, but we predict will become more stylish and feel more acceptable over the next decade, echoing their popularity of a century ago. These include:

Girls

AGNES

ALMA

BESSIE

BETTY

BLANCHE

DOROTHY

EDNA

ELSIE

GENEVIEVE

HELEN

IDA

IRENE

MARIAN and MARION

MARJORIE (by popular demand!)

MAXINE

MILDRED

MYRTLE

OPAL

PAULINE

Boys

ALBERT

BERNARD

CECIL

CHESTER

CLARENCE

CLAUDE

CLYDE

EDGAR

EDWIN

EVERETT

FLOYD

FRED and FREDERICK

HAROLD

HARVEY

LEROY

LLOYD

MARTIN

MILTON

RALPH

ROY

STANLEY

THEODORE

VERNON

WARREN

WILBUR

WILLARD

Other names it's just hard to imagine coming back in the foreseeable future.or ever. But we've eaten our hat before so we may well see a resurgence of babies with these, uh, not-so-attractive names last popular a hundred years ago.

Girls

BERNICE

BERTHA

BEULAH

DORIS

ETHEL

GERTRUDE

GLADYS

LOIS

MARJORIE

PHYLLIS

THELMA

WILMA

Boys

ALVIN

ARNOLD

EARL

ELMER

ERNEST

HERBERT

HERMAN

LESTER

MARVIN

MELVIN

Nameberry (nameberry.com) is a baby-naming site produced by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, co-authors of 10 bestselling baby name guides, including the newest, "Beyond Ave and Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby."

Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.