In 1900 — otherwise known as the turn of the [previous] century — the population of the United States had risen to over 76 million people. The science of quantum physics was born, the modern day hamburger was invented in New Haven, Connecticut, Dwight F Davis created the Davis Cup tennis tournament, and American author L Frank Baum (Lyman Frank Baum) wrote the first book in what would become a hugely popular series, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Actress Helen Hayes and actor Spencer Tracy were both born in 1900, as was Gone With the Wind novelist Margaret Mitchell, and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (who was born Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon).
See how people were naming their children in the year 1900 with the top 50 names for baby boys and girls! Click on any of the names to find out more — including its meaning, origin and similar names — and tell us what you think of it!
Top baby names of 1900
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Source: US Social Security Administration