Recently the Social Security Administration reported the most popular baby names from 1901. The following is the list. This may give you some insight into why your grandparents or great grandparents have their name:
Some of the names are classic and have stood the test of time. Some have been popular for years. William has been a popular name since William the conqueror invaded and conquered England.
Mary has been popular for obvious reasons. The same is true of Joseph, Thomas, and other biblical names.
Some names wax and wane. There are not many Ednas or Berthas now. There are also not as many Franks or Willies as there used to be.
It is interesting to note that the 2011 most popular names for boys were:
For girls they were:
It will be interesting to see how many of the 2011 names stand the test of time. Some already have, others only time will tell. It will also be interesting to see which of the names from 1901 find their way back to the top again.