Harvey, Hazel, and the Vintage Name Boom
Some might go controversial, others may opt for pop culture characters or smartphone assistants. The newest trend in baby naming, however, seems to be going vintage. Of the 1000 most popular baby names from 2015, several of those moving fastest up the charts in recent years were last popular during the turn of the 20th century. This includes Hazel (#63 for girls) and Oliver (#19 for boys), both of which were all the rage in the early 1900s before losing prominence for the majority of the century. Louisa (#908) and Harvey (#439) have not yet busted back into the mainstream like Hazel and Oliver, but they’ve both risen in the ranks for consecutive years.
Ruth was also one of the most popular girl’s names in the first few decades of the 1900s, before losing steam and falling out of the spotlight. Now, however, it’s seeing a resurgence (maybe thanks to a certain judge?) and has found its way back into the top 300 newborn girl names (specifically #293). So for parents looking to be ahead of the name curve, it might make sense to look to the past. Hot tip: while word may be out on Oliver and Hazel, Milton and Effie are still flying under the radar.