Weekend Post: Hattie’s Friends

Today's unnecessary fact, discovered on my trip to the transport museum in Covent Garden, London - refers to London population

A little Hattie was recently welcomed into this world by Tori Spelling, and you know what? I love the name Hattie, not just because I know a delightful one in her late-teens. She’s not too cutesy, and whilst Hattie is traditionally a short form of fusty favourite Henrietta and relatively popular Harriet she works well on her own, especially since the Hattie I know is just Hattie.

In 1904, Harriet ranked at #78 and in 2010 she ranked at a roughly similar #86. Let’s delve deeper then into the world of vaguely vintage nicknames; all of the below names to the left ranked alongside Harriet in the Top 100 in 1904, with noted ‘-ie’ or ‘-y’ short forms to the right of them. In some cases, the short form performs better, and in some cases the 1904 Top 100 name doesn’t even rank in the 2010 data. If no rank is given, the name therefore does not rank in the 2010 England&Wales data.

Agnes (#754) – Aggie/ Nessie

Ann (#1150)/Anne (#1040) – Annie (#148, not technically a short form, I know)

Barbara (#1040) – Barbie

Beatrice (#116) – Trixie (#1993)

BerthaBertie

Caroline (#683) – Carly (#512)/Carrie (#988)

Catherine (#290) – Cathy/Katie (#40)

Charlotte (#20) – Lottie (#146)

Christina (#398) – Christie (#2589)/Chrissie (#5707)

Constance (#281) – Connie (#144)

Dorothy (#695) – Dotty (#3156)

Edith (#259) – Edie (#293)

Eileen (#1653) – Eily (#5707)/Nelly (#747)

Eleanor (#61) – Ellie (#29)/Nelly (#747)

Elizabeth (#49) – Ellie (#29)/Bessie (#1520)/Betsy (#320)/Betty (#576)/ Elsie (#108)

Esther (#156) – Essie (#5707)/Tessy (#5707)

Evelyn (#87) – Evie (#10)

Florence (#54) – Flossie (#4012)/ Florrie (#1180)

Frances (#521) – Frankie (#191)

GertrudeGertie/Trudie (#4012)

Gwendoline (#2392) – Ginny (#3533)/Dolly (#664)/Wendy (#2589)

Isabella (#12) – Izzy (#555)

Kathleen (#616) – Kathy (#3533)/Katie (#40)

Laura (#125) – Laurie (#1815)

Lillian (#337)/Lilian (#463) – Lily (#4)

Margaret (#505)/Margery/MarjorieMaggie (#276)/Meggie (#5707)/Daisy (#15)/Peggy (#1332)

Marion (#5707) – Marie (#647)/Meri (#5707)

Martha (#85) – Marie (#647)/Matty (#5707)/Martie

Millicent (#538)/MildredMillie (#32)

Miriam (#330) – Miri (#2843)/Mimi (#1013)

Rosina (#1584) – Rosie (#59)

Winifred (#1257) – Winnie (#1332)

Quite a few Hattie alternatives to ponder over there. Personally, I have a feeling that Lottie, Elsie, Annie and Connie are all potential Top 100 names in the coming years. Hattie herself actually ranks at a reasonable #521, so out of the nicknames above, these ones do actually rank above her:

Annie, Betsy, Carly, Connie, Daisy, Edie, Ellie, Elsie, Evie, Frankie, Katie, Lottie, Lily, Millie and Rosie

And these ones rank inside the Top 1000:

Betty, Carrie, Dolly, Izzy, Marie and Nelly

It’s also worth noting that there were several nicknames which ranked by themselves in the 1904 Top 100, some of which were mentioned above:

Annie (#6)

Bessie (#69)

Elsie (#10)

Fanny (#89)

Jessie (#36)

Lily (#20)

Marie (#79)

Minnie (#48)

Nellie (#22)

Quite a few of these names could be considered modern – I’m looking at you Lily – but there are some intriguing options out there for anyone looking for something fusty and sweet, yet completely underused. Such as Wendy, or even Bessie to a certain extent.

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2 thoughts on “Weekend Post: Hattie’s Friends

  1. namemuststay

    I’m only just starting to like Edith because I’m really into Downton Abbey. It was my great-grandmother’s name, too 🙂 I think I read something the other day about how generations have a tendency of using names from their great-grandparents’ era, this trend is exactly that, I think!

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  2. It strikes me that “nicknamey” names were just as popular at the turn of the century as they are now; I’m sure this must a name cycle.

    I’ve seen a fair few babies and toddlers called Edie, but only recently did I realise they could very well be short for Eden. I have seen some wee Ediths though.

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