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Popular Given Names of Lykens Valley Soldiers (Part 3 of 3)

Posted By on July 30, 2012


What were the most popular given names during the Civil War period? This is the third  part of a three part study of that question. Part 1  looked at the most popular men’s names of U.S. men born during the period 1811-1850, the broad period that made up the vast majority of Civil War Soldiers. Part 2 featured the most common girl’s names from the period 1811-1850 as well as the popular names of girls born during the civil war (1861-1865) and compare that with the most popular girl’s names from 2011, 150 years later. 

 Today  look a the names on the Lykens Valley soliders list to see which names were most popular locally. 


Of the 200 different first names identified on the local soldier list of 2934 names from  the Gratz Historical Society’s Civil War Project, the following are the top 20 in frequency:

John 400
William 289
Joseph 189
George 179
Henry 170
Jacob 106
Samuel 100
Daniel 95
James 80
David 61
Isaac 57
Benjamin 52
Charles 49
Elias 45
Edward 42
Peter 42
Emmanuel 40
Michael 38
(Unknown Name) 38
Thomas 31

To see the whole frequency list in order from most popular to least popular, click here.

To see the list of first names in alphabetical order, click here.


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