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Popular Women’s Names from the Civil War (Part 2 of 3)

Posted By on July 2, 2012

What were the most popular given names during the Civil War period? This is the second  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. Today we will look at 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. 

 Part 3 will take a look a the names on the Lykens Valley soliders list to see which names were most popular locally. Part 3 is scheduled to be published on July 30. 

Born 1811-1820
41-50 at start of Civil War (1861)
  1. Mary
  2. Elizabeth
  3. Sarah
  4. Ann
  5. Catherine
  6. Susan
  7. Nancy
  8. Margaret
  9. Jane
  10. 10.Martha

Born 1821-1830
31-40 at start of Civil War (1861)
  1. Mary
  2. Elizabeth
  3. Sarah
  4. Martha
  5. Margaret
  6. Ann
  7. Nancy
  8. Catherine
  9. Jane
  10. Susan







Born 1831- 1840
21-30 at start of Civil War (1861)
  1. Mary
  2. Elizabeth
  3. Sarah
  4. Martha
  5. Margaret
  6. Nancy
  7. Catherine
  8. Ann
  9. Jane
  10. Susan


Born 1841-1850
11- 20 at start of Civil War (1861)
  1. Mary
  2. Sarah
  3. Elizabeth
  4. Martha
  5. Margaret
  6. Ann
  7. Emily
  8. Catherine
  9. Nancy
  10. Ellen


Born During Civil War
  1. Mary
  2. Ann
  3. Elizabeth
  4. Emily
  5. Ellen
  6. Sarah
  7. Margaret
  8. Catherine
  9. Ada
  10. Jane


Born 2011
150 years after start of Civil War
  1. Sophia
  2. Isabella
  3. Emma
  4. Olivia
  5. Ava
  6. Emily
  7. Abigail
  8. Madison
  9. Mia
  10. Chloe

Source of Civil War Era names from the 1850 Census and popularity tabulated by : http://www.galbithink.org/names/us200.htm  where you can view a list of all the given names in order of popularity for each decade period.

The most popular names of 2011 from the Social Security Website, where you can explore other years as well: http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/

To explore other baby names form throughout the 19th Century, visit the database at Antique Baby Names


17 Responses to “Popular Women’s Names from the Civil War (Part 2 of 3)”

  1. Julia says:

    This was very helpful for me because I am writing a fictional story for English class…
    but I would also appreciate if you could also find slaves names to


  2. Kaitlynn says:

    WOW! This helped a lot because i am writing a story about the civil war and this will make it smashing

  3. Hannah Gifford says:

    This is so helpful! A friend of mine and I are writing a play and I was trying to figure out names for the characters and stumbled upon this site. Thank you so much!

  4. Claudia says:

    AMAZING!!!!! This site helped me to come up with names for my history project. I’m supposed to write a letter to a friend, spouse, or relative in another state. The letter is supposed to take place in the Civil War era. I can also use some of these names in the book I’m writing. Thanks!!!

  5. Kylee says:

    thank you this helped alot for my project in english class

    thanks waller student

  6. Katrina Somha says:

    Was Gabby or Gabriella a popular name back then ,too?

  7. michaela says:

    was Michaela and bob or Robert and Victoria and lily a popular name

  8. Pizza says:

    What are the last names!!!!

  9. i say says:

    what are there last names u could of put it on there

  10. Rebekah says:

    Thanks very much, the names for men were also helpful – but could you also include last name?

  11. Brian Tomlin Brian Tomlin says:

    For those of you asking about last names, we have found in our research that many of the same family names that are around today were around then. You can look at a partial list of actual soldier names to get ideas for your projects:

  12. http://civilwar.gratzpa.org/veterans/
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  • michael says:

    Writing a zombie book swt in post civil war america. Finally have all the names I need.

  • samaarsmothers says:

    love this name on this website

  • EvilErinEmpress says:

    This was actually really helpful for me. I need to write a story for Social Stories and I couldn’t find good names to use in a civil war era. THANKS!!!

  • adela says:

    thankyou! this helped for my project for science.

  • harrypotter731 says:

    this is so helpful! this really helped for a fictional book i’m writing

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