100 Most Popular Names From the Roaring 1920s

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Naming your baby is probably one of the most crucial moments for you as a parent. You are giving your child something that they will have for life. Something that will be the beginning of their identity – Sounds like a lot of pressure right? Well, help is out there!

Searching for names that are unusual or popular has become a normal routine for expectant parents. We are now in an era where things we deemed as old-fashioned are now becoming fashionable again, from décor to fashion.

We find ourselves bringing back things from bygone eras that are now deemed cool again or retro and baby names are no different. Many Old Man names are now growing in popularity with a new generation of parents.

This article will look to inspire you by showing you some of the most popular names from the roaring 1920s. 

Popular Girl’s Names From The Roaring 1920s

Hazel – A name of English origin and means the hazel tree.

Mary –  Of Hebrew origin and means of the sea, bitter or beloved.

Helen – Greek in origin and means light.

Margaret – Means pearl nad is of English origin.

Ruth – A name of Hebrew origin and means friendship. In the Bible, Ruth was a Moabite woman who married Naomi’s son.

Doris – Of Greek origin and means sea.

Frances – Latin in origin and means from France or free.

Elizabeth – Means God is my oath and is of Hebrew origin.

Anna – A name of Hebrew origin and means gracious, merciful. Originally a form of Hannah.

Alice – Of English origin and means from the nobility.

Jean – English in origin and means God is gracious.

Barbara – Means stranger and is of Greek origin.

Marjorie – A name of English origin and means pearl.

Florence – Latin in origin and means prosperous, flowering.                                             

Lillian – Of English origin and means Lily.

Martha – Means lady and is of Hebrew origin.

Ruby – A name of English origin and means red gemstone.

Louise – Of English origin and means famous warrior.

Gladys – Means country and is of Welsh origin.

Patricia – English in origin and means noble.

Edna – A name of Hebrew origin and means delicacy, tenderness.

Josephine – Of French origin and means God will increase.

Lucille – French in origin and means light.

Norma – Means from the North and is of English origin.

Gloria – A name of Latin origin and means glory to God.

Ethel – English in origin and means noble.

Grace – Of Latin origin and means charm. The name was first used as a reference to the grace of God.

June – Means born in June and is of Latin origin.

Bernice – A name of Greek origin and means brings victory.

Dolores – Of Spanish origin and means sorrows.

Lorraine – French in origin and means from Lorraine, France.

Dorothy – Means gift of God and is of Greek origin.

Betty – A name of English origin and means God is my oath.

Virginia – Of Latin origin and means virginal, pure.

Mildred – English in origin and means mild strength.

Evelyn – Means beautiful bird and is of English origin.

Marie – A name of French origin and means of the sea or bitter.

Shirley – Of English origin and means bright meadow.

Lois – Greek in origin and means better.

Irene – Means peace and is of Greek origin.

 Catherine – A name of Greek origin and means pure.

Rose – Of English origin and means rose.

Thelma – Greek in origin and means will.

Phyllis – Means green leaves, foliage and is of Greek origin. 

Rita – A name of Spanish origin and means pearl.

Marion – Of Hebrew origin and means bitter, or from the sea.

Edith – English in origin and means rich war.

Pauline – Means small and is of French origin.

Annie – A name of English origin and means gracious, merciful.

Charlotte – Of French origin and means free.

Popular Boys Names From The Roaring 1920s

Leo – A name of Latin origin and means lion.

Robert – Of English origin and means bright fame.

Arthur – Welsh in origin and means bear.

William – Means with gilded helmet and is of English origin.

James – A name of Hebrew origin and means supplanter.

Charles – Of English origin and means free man.

George – Greek in origin and means farmer.

Joseph – Means God will increase and is of Hebrew origin.

Richard – A name of English origin and means brave ruler.

Edward – Of English origin and means wealthy guardian.

Donald – Scottish in origin and means world leader.

Thomas – Means a twin and is of Greek origin.

Frank – A name of English origin and means free or from France.

Harold – Of Scandinavian origin and means army ruler.

Paul – Latin in origin and means humble, small.

Raymond – Means counsel protection and is of English origin.

Walter – A name of English origin and means army ruler.

Henry – Of German origin and means ruler of the home.

Kenneth – Scottish in origin and means handsome.

Albert – Means noble, elf, bright, and is of English origin.

David – A name of Hebrew origin and means beloved.

Eugene – Of English origin and means well-born.

Ralph – English in origin and means wolf counsel.

Howard – Means heart brave and is of English origin.                                                     

Carl – A name of German origin and means manly.

Willie – Diminutive form of William, German in origin and means with gilded helmet.

Louis – Of German origin and means famed warrior.

Roy  – Scottish in origin and means red.

Earl – Means pledge, nobleman, and is of English origin.

Jack – A name of English origin and means God is gracious.

John – Of Hebrew origin and means God is gracious.

Alfred – English in origin and means elf ruler/wise counselor.

Anthony – The name is of unknown meaning but is of Latin origin.

Lawrence – A name of English origin and means laurel. 

Ernest – Of English origin and means earnest.

Edwin – English in origin and means rich/prosperous friend.

Fred – Means peaceful ruler and is of English origin. It is also a short form of the name Frederick.

Herbert – A name of English origin and means army bright.

Stanley – Of English origin and means from the stony field.

Norman – English in origin and means man from the North. The name was originally given to Scandinavians who invaded and conquered Normandy.

Daniel – Means God is my judge and is of Hebrew origin.

Samuel – A name of Hebrew origin and means his name is God.

Marvin – Of English origin and means great Lord. The name is also a form of Merfyn.

Gerald – English in origin and means rules with spear.

Bernard – Means bold as a bear and is of French origin.

Melvin – A name of English origin and means gentle Lord. 

Leroy – Of American origin and means king.

Warren – English in origin and means guard. Originally an English surname.

Theodore – Means divine gift and is of Greek origin.

Peter – A name of Greek origin and means rock.

The Final Thought

So there we have it! An extensive list of the names popular in America during the 1920s. After reading this list you may feel that naming your little one after an older relative doesn’t seem so bad.

Not only will you have the sentiment behind it but there is a great chance that it is fashionable again!

If you are still looking for a more traditional name for your little one then why not check out our romantic baby names and nerdy baby names for some more inspiration.

Hi, I'm Emma and I'm a mother to 5 beautiful children aged from 1 to 21 years old- life is hectic! I have learned so much along the way, not only from my own children but also through my professional life. In my positions as a Childminder and Teaching Assistant, I have studied Child Development and The Early Years Developing Practice. I wish to share all of this knowledge and help you with your own parenting journey!

Hi, I'm Emma and I'm a mother to 5 beautiful children aged from 1 to 21 years old- life is hectic! I have learned so much along the way, not only from my own children but also through my professional life. In my positions as a Childminder and Teaching Assistant, I have studied Child Development and The Early Years Developing Practice. I wish to share all of this knowledge and help you with your own parenting journey!