|Post Card sent to Miss Mary Moriarty Greenwich, NY- June 17, 1906|
I'm sensing a pattern here. It's a whole lot of sugar & nice. Where is the spice?
Let's try the English...
Alice- of noble kin
Jennie- fair phantom, white wave
Annie- gracious, merciful (same in Hebrew & English, humph)
Rose- rose (duh)
OK. So we have more nobility coming in, shocking I know! Flowers & jewels. What's up with "fair phantom" and "white wave"? Oh, Jennifer (& the diminutive Jennie) come from the Welsh Gwynhwyfar. That would explain the strange meaning. I wonder why it was Anglicized? I thought the British loved the letter "Y" (tyres, pyjamas)?
The dead language of Latin, ladies & gentlemen.
Florence- prosperous, flowering
Frances- from France, (or my favorite) free
Julia- youthful, downy
Grace- grace of God
"Universal" is intriguing. "Free" is great (but I'm biased since Frances is my middle name).
On to the Greeks!
Dorothy- gift of God
Wow, I was hoping for more pop from Athens and Sparta. I like "peace" though. My great-grandmother was named Irene.
The continental Europeans give more of the same.
Elsie- God is my oath (diminutive of Elizabeth)
Ella- young girl
So, not much unusual with the popular names for girls. The meanings show a strong tendency toward piety, beauty, femininity... I wasn't really surprised with the similarities in the lists either. The names are biblical, European, typical.
Next, I see what names I can find in the records that we might consider odd!
Check out http://www.babynames.com/ for more meanings.