Oscar and Jane – a tale of two centuries
Names that illustrate surprising changes in choice
The worlds of Jane and Oscar have been added to our catalogue. They represent popular names at opposite ends of the past 60 years. As recently as 1998 Oscar was outside the top 100 favourite names for boys and yet by 2013 he had claimed a place in the top 10 – at number 7.
Jane is a different story. She entered the top 50 during the 1940s and broke into the top 10 during the 1960s. Since then Jane has declined and now doesn’t make it into the top 1000. We, of course, see Janes differently – an exclusive choice in this century while in the great wide world there are many Janes who deserve a personal card.
We reckon that the combined charms of Jane, the Daily Mirror strip cartoon, and the ‘mean, moody and magnificent’ Jane Russell may have helped Jane reach the heights in the post-war years.
As for Oscar, he’s always carried a manly twang and has also become the dominant name among the film world’s top achievers. Quite why the Oscar statuette is so-called remains unclear but our card gives the most likely explanation.