You are sending a link to...
Will We Yet See the Return of the Wilfrids?
by Esmerelda Weatherwax (November 2010)
There have always been changes in the popularity of children's names. In England in recent years there has been a return (among the English) of the names popular at the end of the 19th /beginning of the 20th century. For girls the jewel and flower names are back, such as Ruby, Rose and Lily, although not Myrtle, Iris or Ivy and George and Arthur have returned for boys. In the 19th century there was a revival of Saxon and Norman names. After centuries of children named Mary Ann, John or William after their parents (and grandparents) the names Cuthbert, Edith and Winifred re-appeared in the baptismal registers. 100 years later we have a revival of Alfie (diminutive of Alfred) Matilda and Millicent (usually shortened to Milly) But not all names of that period have caught the imagination of the modern parent. more>>>