#oldpeoplesnames was one of the top trends topics on Twitter when I woke up to this morning, and scrolling through all the suggestions really did make for fascinating reading – I had to stop myself from retweeting every suggestion. I do truly remain interested in the perspective non-name-enthusiasts have on names, because it’s an indication of the general feeling towards said name. How these thoughts line up with ours is an intriguing indication on what names could start to emerge as popular.
One of the most popular name mentioned was Gertrude, which I can completely understand. Nameberry place her on their Names no girl may be cool enough for list along with Bertha and Eunice – two other names mentioned by the good people of Twitter. It is worth noting, though, that quite a few names put forward by them are in the 2010 England&Wales Top 100:
Adam, Alexandra, Alice, Anna, Arthur, Benjamin, Bobby, Charles, Edward, Eleanor, Elizabeth, Evelyn, Florence, Frederick, George, Georgia, Grace, Gracie, Harriet, Henry, Jacob, John, Maria, Martha, Molly, Robert, Rose, Ruby, Stanley, William
That’s 30 out of a possible 200 names, but there are other names which are in the current Top 100, but were also in the Top 100 between 1904 and 1934 are that the good people of Twitter failed to mention:
Alexander, Benjamin, Daniel, David, Evan, Jack, James, Joseph, Lewis, Louis, Matthew, Michael, Oliver, Owen, Samuel, Thomas
Amelia, Amy, Charlotte, Daisy, Eliza, Elizabeth, Ella, Emily, Emma, Eva, Hannah, Isabella, Lily, Lucy, Sarah
Admittedly, one could call the above list of name ‘core classics’, especially in terms of the slightly longer male list. Either way, all of the following names were classed by the people of Twitter as names of the elderly, and there’s no doubt that there are some true gems amongst the names, so see if you can spot them:
Abe, Albert, Albus, Alfred, Amos, Archibald, Barry, Bartholomew, Bert, Bob, Boniface, Carl, Cecil, Cedric, Clarence, Claude, Clifford, Constantine, Cornelius, Cuthbert, Cyril, Darryl, Derek, Donald, Ebenezer, Elias, Engelbert, Eric, Ernest, Ernie, Eugene, Ezekiel, Frank, Francis, Fred, Gary, Gilbert, Godfrey, Harold, Horace, Horatio, Howard, Hubert, Humphrey, Iain, Ian, Jasper, Jeffrey, Jim, Lawrence, Lee, Leonard, Les, Luther, Marmaduke, Marshall, Maurice, Norman, Paddy, Percival, Percy, Peter, Phillip, Ralph, Raymond, Reg, Reginald, Roger, Rolf, Ronald, Ronnie, Rosco, Roy, Rupert, Seymour, Shelton, Sidney, Theodore, Trevor, Vern, Wallace, Walter, Warwick, Wayne, Wesley, Wilfred, Winslow, Winston, Wolfgang.
Ada, Agatha, Agnes, Ariadne, Audrey, Barbara, Beatrice, Betsy, Bernadette, Bernice, Berryl, Bertha, Bessie, Betty, Blanche, Brenda, Claudine, Dierdre, Dinah, Delphine, Doreen, Doris, Dot, Edith, Edna, Eileen, Elsie, Enid, Esmeralda, Esther, Ethel, Eunice, Eve, Flo, Frances, Georgina, Geraldine, Gertie, Gertrude, Gladys, Gloria, Hattie, Heddie, Helen, Hester, Hilda, Hyacinth, Irene, Iris, Ivy, Janet, Janice, Jeanette, Jemima, Joan, Josephine, Joyce, Judith, Kathleen, Kay, Lillian, Loretta, Louise, Lucille, Mabel, Maggie, Margaret, Margery, Margo, Mary, Maud, Maude, Maureen, Mavis, Meredith, Mildred, Minerva, Miriam, Muriel, Myrtle, Nadine, Nellie, Noris, Odessa, Odette, Olive, Pamela, Pat, Patricia, Pauline, Pearl, Peggy, Penny, Petunia, Phyllis, Prudence, Rita, Rosalie, Ruth, Saloma, Sheila, Shirley, Silvia, Sue, Stella, Tess, Thelma, Val, Victoria, Virginia, Wanda, Wilhemina, Wilma, Winifred.
Whilst I personally wouldn’t consider using all of those names, I know that I have a soft spot for such names as Winston, Loretta, Trevor and Judith. One of the suggestions which really perplexes me is Winslow, which I’ve never seen used, but have seen people get uncomfortable about the suggestion of using Winslow as a female name. Either way, the lists are a mix of nicknames and much longer names – rather like the Top 100 of today with it’s Maisie and Annabelle; Sam and Harrison.