1922 girl names1922 girl names range from classic Margaret and Elizabeth to vintage gems like Esther and Pearl. Some, like Wilma and Bernice, still feel stuck in style limbo, while a few more – Rita, Betty, Mabel – feel ready for revival.

The hundred year rule says that 1922 favorites ought to feel fresh and new, just in time for 2022.

It’s never that simple, of course.

Mary topped the charts for so many years that parents still perceive it as popular – even though a baby girl named Mary is rare (and refreshing!) today.

But if you love names with history and antique appeal, turning the clock back a solid century is a good place to start.

First we’ll look at the official Top 100 from the year 1922. (Look up the entire Top 1000 here.)

Then we’ll look at names on the fringes way back then – but surprisingly stylish today. The second list proves that 1922 girl names are worth a closer look, from the former favorites to the names on the edges.


  1. Mary
  2. Dorothy
  3. Helen
  4. Margaret
  5. Ruth
  6. Betty
  7. Virginia
  8. Mildred
  9. Elizabeth
  10. Frances
  11. Doris
  12. Anna
  13. Evelyn
  14. Marie
  15. Alice
  16. Marjorie
  17. Irene
  18. Florence
  19. Lillian
  20. Jean
  21. Martha
  22. Louise
  23. Rose
  24. Catherine
  25. Gladys
  26. Ruby
  27. Josephine
  28. Eleanor
  29. Edna
  30. Annie
  31. Thelma
  32. Ethel
  33. Lucille
  34. Edith
  35. Lois
  36. Pauline
  37. Hazel
  38. Grace
  39. Shirley
  40. Barbara
  41. Bernice
  42. Marion
  43. Beatrice
  44. Esther
  45. June
  46. Norma
  47. Clara
  48. Gertrude
  49. Ann
  50. Emma
  51. Sarah
  52. Rita
  53. Phyllis
  54. Katherine
  55. Jane
  56. Lorraine
  57. Juanita
  58. Geraldine
  59. Elsie
  60. Julia
  61. Gloria
  62. Agnes
  63. Bertha
  64. Eva
  65. Ida
  66. Anne
  67. Marian
  68. Laura
  69. Patricia
  70. Willie
  71. Pearl
  72. Viola
  73. Kathryn
  74. Vivian
  75. Myrtle
  76. Charlotte
  77. Wilma
  78. Nancy
  79. Vera
  80. Kathleen
  81. Bessie
  82. Maxine
  83. Nellie
  84. Alma
  85. Lillie
  86. Violet
  87. Jessie
  88. Stella
  89. Audrey
  90. Ella
  91. Minnie
  92. Wanda
  93. Lucy
  94. Sylvia
  95. Ellen
  96. Eileen
  97. Jeanne
  98. Genevieve
  99. Mabel
  100. Margie



Sweet and sparky Birdie blends the best of Sadie with Wren. It could be short for Elizabeth, Beatrice, or Bernadette … but back in 1922, Birdie ranked in the US Top 1000 on its own.


Take Georgia, add a healthy dose of Juliette, and you’ll have Georgette.


It looks like a smoosh of Leah and Beatrice, and that’s likely the name’s origins. Silent film star Leatrice Joy put the name on parents’ list of possibilities way back in the 1910s.


Author Miguel Cervantes stretched traditional Lucia into elaborate Lucinda. It’s been in use ever since.


Strong and delicate at once, Millicent comes with accessible nickname Millie.


It might be an elaboration of Nova, but Novella feels most like a literally literary name.


Molly is a long-time favorite, while Penelope is a smash hit. Poppy is on the rise. So why have we overlooked Polly? It’s the perfect blend of edge and sweet.


Virtuous Prudence sounds at home on Plymouth Rock – or, possibly, as the title of a Beatles song.


Tailored and sophisticated, Rosalind sounds like a name from another era. But Rose and Rosie are timeless.


Dancer Twyla Tharp made her unusual name slightly more familiar. But she wasn’t the first to bear it, and Twila had a good run in the 1920s, peaking in the 1930s. It’s said to be based on the word twilight.


Cross Willa with all those girl names ending in -lia, and Willia is a logical possibility.


Relatively few Y names are in use, and Yvette remains rare circa 2022. But we do love a great Eve name these days, and Yvette might be a surprisingly wearable vintage find.

Would you consider any of these 1922 girl names for a daughter?

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Whether you're naming a baby, or just all about names, you've come to the right place! Appellation Mountain is a haven for lovers of obscure gems and enduring classics alike.

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