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From: "Kathleen Chappell" <>
Subject: [CON] Names
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 07:41:42 -0500
In going through birth records I have noticed that as the traditional naming
patterns wore out, names became popular. Two cycles tend to stand out at the
end of the 1800's and early 1900's, hitting towns at different times. I call
them the flower cycle and the jewel cycle.
For flowers. Arbutus, Pansy, Iris, Columbine, Hyacinth, Daisy, Lily,
etc..... Was this inspired by Lily Langtree or was her Lily started by
whatever set off the rest?
Then there was the rage of Pearl, Ruby, Esmeralda, Diadama, Amythiest, Opal,
Jaspar (men), Agatha (Agate) Sapphire, Topaz, Garnet, etc
The one that is a 'new' name that many don't realize is Florence as in
Florence Nightengale. Her parents named her after the city in Italy and
after the Crimean War, her name became very popular. It had been quite the
style to have daughters named America, Philadelphia etc, sons named Boston
for a time in the late 1700's that I noticed as well.
Then of course there was the (in)famous series of Greek god and muse names
which swept the country as well.
Sort of makes our Gen X names seem almost benign!!
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