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Top 100 UK Baby Girls' Names in 1850

Great Exhibition - great names? Try to guess the most common names given to baby girls in England and Wales in the year 1850.
Exact spelling required. There are often many differently-spelled variations of a similar name.
Quiz by ElizaRome
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Last updated: November 3, 2019
First submittedJanuary 16, 2019
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Name
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Mary
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Elizabeth
3
Sarah
4
Ann
5
Jane
6
Emma
7
Eliza
8
Ellen
9
Margaret
10
Hannah
11
Emily
12
Martha
13
Alice
14
Harriet
15
Maria
16
Louisa
17
Fanny
18
Charlotte
19
Caroline
20
Catherine
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Name
21
Frances
22
Isabella
23
Anne
24
Lucy
25
Amelia
26
Susan
27
Esther
28
Rebecca
29
Susannah
30
Eleanor
31
Matilda
32
Clara
33
Agnes
34
Julia
35
Catharine
36
Harriett
37
Anna
38
Rachel
39
Lydia
40
Sophia
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Name
41
Susanna
42
Betsy
43
Ruth
44
Selina
45
Grace
46
Kate
47
Annie
48
Helen
49
Nancy
50
Henrietta
51
Phoebe
52
Rose
53
Betsey
54
Jemima
55
Betty
56
Edith
57
Priscilla
58
Laura
59
Jessie
60
Rosa
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Name
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Bridget
62
Amy
63
Dorothy
64
Dinah
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Lavinia
66
Rhoda
67
Ada
68
Rosina
69
Harriot
70
Georgiana
71
Adelaide
72
Phebe
73
Barbara
74
Florence
75
Hester
76
Christiana
77
Ellin
78
Rosanna
79
Marian
80
Leah
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Name
81
Georgina
82
Naomi
83
Miriam
84
Isabel
85
Rosetta
86
Rachael
87
Kezia
88
Mercy
89
Janet
90
Angelina
91
Thirza
92
Augusta
93
Letitia
94
Harriott
95
Joanna
96
Helena
97
Bertha
98
Sally
99
Deborah
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level 76
Nov 3, 2019
Interesting! Kezia and Thirza are new for me. I guessed Eliza thanks to the quiz author's name :)
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level 56
Nov 4, 2019
Aha glad I could help! Thank you for commenting x
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level 69
Nov 19, 2019
The people who got these two must be descendants.
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level 76
Nov 19, 2019
One of my ancestors married a woman named Kezia and she was called Kizzie. Back then in this area many names which ended in an a were pronounced as though they ended in a y. Martha was pronounced Marthy, Lydia was pronounced Liddie, etc.
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level 72
Nov 4, 2019
A new featured quizzer - welcome to the club :) I'm a bit confused your profile says you live in Latvia but you don't seem to have visited there yet - how do you manage that?!
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level 56
Nov 4, 2019
Thank you! I thought it would be cheating to list the country in which I live - not visited for a holiday ;-)
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level 77
Nov 19, 2019
I think you're taking "Countries Visited" too literally. The whole purpose of the map is simply to show where in the world you have been. Have you been to Latvia? Of course. Therefore you aren't cheating at all. All that matters is that you've been there!
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level 56
Nov 20, 2019
Yes probably you are right - now I have amended my map to show that I have 'been to' Latvia ;-)
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level 74
Nov 5, 2019
I wonder how many Victorian squabbles were waged over the Harriet or Harriett debate.
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level 76
Nov 8, 2019
Kind of astounded Victoria isn't on there. Or Abigail, which I'm sure I read was popular in the 19th century?
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level 44
Nov 19, 2019
Agreed, Victoria was the first name I tried
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level 67
Nov 19, 2019
I was surprised about Victoria not being on the list. I wonder if it was improper at the time to name a child after the Queen?
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level 76
Nov 19, 2019
The word abigail also referred to a lady's maid - not sure if it was that period or not, but it might explain why people did not want to use it for their daughters.
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level 55
Nov 19, 2019
Queen Victoria began her long reign in 1837, so in 1850 she still was a young queen, not the glorious monarch she will be decades later. I bet there were many little Victorias born in the UK between, let's say, 1870 and 1900.
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level 56
Nov 19, 2019
That was super tough. It helps that I'm in a European country where there are lots of weird girls' names that seem to come from the 19th century, but still very hard. When I guessed that Susan, Susanna and Susannah were all there, I knew I'd never get every variation of every name...
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level 63
Nov 19, 2019
I wish the results were a little more giving. For example, I got Catherine, but not Catharine. :-(
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level 56
Nov 19, 2019
I am sorry about that, but this is a decision by the Quizmaster when my quiz was featured. It is because there are so many variants of so many names. I hope you still enjoyed the quiz :-)
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level 46
Nov 19, 2019
Reading 19th century novels helped me a lot (Austen, Little Women, Anne of Green Gables)
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level 55
Nov 19, 2019
It would be reasonable to allow all alternative spellings of the same name to come up at once when one is entered. Harriott, really?
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level 56
Nov 19, 2019
I am sorry about that, but this is a decision by the Quizmaster when my quiz was featured. It is because there are so many variants of so many names. I hope you still enjoyed the quiz :-)
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level 76
Nov 19, 2019
Great quiz even though it was hard. Are you going to do one for male names too?
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level 56
Nov 21, 2019
Thank you! Yes I have one for male names already - you should find it in the search box. I hope you enjoy it :-)
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level 48
Nov 19, 2019
Really curious how 6% came up with Thirza :)
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level 62
Nov 20, 2019
They were probably typing "Thirzadorpheus" and got lucky with the type-in.
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level 65
Nov 19, 2019
Is Harriet not the more common spelling of this name?
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level 62
Nov 20, 2019
Yay, finally 100%! Augusta is the elusive one.
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level 56
Nov 21, 2019
Well done! I am so glad you enjoyed it x