Gladys
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Gladys came out of nowhere right around 1900 and took the baby naming world by storm, very quickly becoming highly popular. It stayed popular for about twenty years and then started to sink. I had a great-aunt named Gladys who was born in 1902. Because it was so trendy eighty to one hundred years ago, it is thought of as a typical old lady name. But hard as it is to believe eighty to one hundred years from now, Jennifer, Emily, Ashley, and Madison will be considered ugly old lady names!
-- queenv  9/23/2007
Whilst this name was the 14th most popular girl's name in the United States in 1900, it also briefly featured in the boys' top 1,000 there in position no.672 in the same year. However, the majority only know this name as a once-popular girl's name and nowadays a granny name.
-- freeserve.co.uk  10/7/2007
The name Gladys hasn't completely died out. It was given to 80 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/18/2013
The name Gladys was given to 83 girls born in the US in 2015.
-- HerculePoirot  6/16/2016
This is the name of my grandparent's kitten, they got the name from a friend Gladys Kikuchi that runs a Japanese market by their house. I think it's an okay name on a cat... but I think my grandparents made a nice choice by naming the kitten after a good friend.
-- harutosasamori  8/1/2017

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