Vintage names are possibly the best trend to hit baby naming. Why? Because rather than being obnoxiously trendy, old fashioned names are dignified, timeless, and classy. Paying homage to a great-great-grandparent or introducing a “new” classic name into the family tree is both cool today and something you won’t grow tired of hearing tomorrow.
Here are some old names that deserve another surge in popularity:
Vintage Boy Names:
- Edward (Ned for short)
- Si (alone or short for Simon)
Vintage Girl Names:
- Charlotte (Lottie for short)
- Florence (Flo for short)
- Josephine (Jo or Josie for short)
Janet on June 11, 2016:
Have two grandsons, one named Valor and the other. Lincoln.
EmmeG on October 05, 2014:
My daughters first and middle name are on the list (Olivia Caroline) I love classic names.
Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on August 05, 2014:
Interesting :). I have always loved the name Owen for a boy and Hazel for a girl :). Classic and beautiful. thank you for sharing :)
Suzie from Carson City on August 03, 2014:
Faith...Very interesting hub. I too am somewhat fascinated with "names"...their origin, meaning and the reason parents choose them. I also happen to think that there are many more aspects to a name than the usual, simple ones. I always hope that young couples take a lot of time and research before just choosing any old name because it happens to be popular or they heard it in a song....LOL
The names in your hub are certainly vintage names. They're also great and I'm pleased to know they're making a come-back!....Up+++ pinned & tweeted.
Emma from Houston TX on July 05, 2014:
I've got some cool dudes of mine who answer these names! Nice hub!
Ari VK on June 27, 2014:
Some of these names are very popular (like William and Owen) right now. All of our kids have older classic names, but only our daughter Audrey is on your list. :) I am still trying to work on my husband to accept Mable as a suitable choice, though I think Beatrice will likely win out.
Faith A Mullen (author) on June 08, 2014:
Thanks for stopping by to read and comment, Maggie.L, Mojo Rox and steffsings! Glad you enjoyed the hub.
steffsings from Pacific NorthWest on June 01, 2014:
Very interesting topic. I was just reading a name earlier today 'Hephziba (or Hepsiba) an old Biblical name that finally went out of circulation around the late 1800's. The Hebrew meaning is lovely, 'My delight is in her' but the sound is not so pleasing to the ear, in my opinion.
Mojo Rox on May 08, 2014:
Great list -- I want to save it for reference for written character development!
Last November, I had my second child ... named her Jane.
Maggie.L from UK on May 04, 2014:
Great hub. I love some of these vintage names. It's great to see some of these names making a comeback. Thanks for sharing.
Faith A Mullen (author) on March 29, 2014:
Glad you enjoyed it, Aplethora23! Alice is lovely and makes me think of strength and imagination because of Alice in Wonderland (which I love!).
Angie Power from North Cali on March 27, 2014:
I agree. Vintage names are coming back heavily! My daughter is in her teens and her name is Alice. I named her after my dear great grandmother Alice. Just the other day, she told me, "I really like my name, I'm glad you decided to name me Alice!" That warmed my heart to hear her say. I also am absolutely in LOVE with the name Jack. Apparently, so are many other parents, cause Jack seems to be an epidemic of a name right now. Awesome Hub. Thank you for sharing.
Faith A Mullen (author) on March 17, 2014:
Hi kiddiecreations! I have never heard of Nelda. It makes me think of Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz, which I love. I love Charles too. Such a good one!
Nicole K on March 17, 2014:
My grandmother's name was Nelda, which is a name I've only heard a handful of times in my life. My husband and I named our son Charles, which is also somewhat of an old-fashioned name that's coming back into style now. I've also heard of a lot of little girls named Charlie lately. Love your hub!
Faith A Mullen (author) on February 27, 2014:
Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, zartmom! I love Nora. Chesman is so unique! Very cool that you found it in the family tree.
Carrie from Ohio, USA on February 27, 2014:
My grandmother's name was Nora and that was my first choice for a girl, but we had two boys. Our youngest's middle name is Chesman. It's an old family name from my husband's side that I had never heard if before.
Faith A Mullen (author) on January 30, 2013:
Thanks for the comment, moonlake! I did not realize that Joyce has been around so long! I love Amelia and Fleming.
moonlake from America on January 30, 2013:
I do genealogy and I was very surprised by some of the old names I found. My sister's name is Joyce and her name goes all the way back in our family to the 1700. The other old names I found Fleming, Levi, Lemuel, Courtney and Caleb.
Girls were Cassandra, Sena, Amelia, Angelina, Tabatha and Drucilla. Just to name a few hope you don't mind me listing them. I enjoyed your hub and voted up and more.
Faith A Mullen (author) on January 27, 2013:
Hi, Abbyfitz! I agree, parents need to consider their child's future when choosing a name. Something cute for a baby may not get respect in the workplace down the line. Super cutesy should probably be saved for nicknames only :)
Abbyfitz from Florida on January 26, 2013:
I prefer older names. I don't think that parents are thinking of their child or their child's future when they give them trendy or strange names. I mean, in 80 years your daughter is going to be someone's Grandma Kalyx. Names sound cute when they're 2, but there's some names they grow out of.
Faith A Mullen (author) on January 24, 2013:
Thanks for reading, Nicolettemk! I love the combo of Scarlett Rose! It is pretty and strong at the same time. I have a brother named Timothy, so I have always liked that name as well.
nicolettemk from Rhode Island on January 24, 2013:
I love this list of names. They are all so beautiful. Our first child was named after his father as my mother did for my brother. We have our little Timothy. We wanted our next child to have a unique name- but not too crazy where people will give her funny judgemental looks. We named her Scarlett Rose and could not have been anymore satisfied with reactions to her name.
Faith A Mullen (author) on January 21, 2013:
Thanks, Hyphenbird! I love the names you chose. And I agree, you can't go wrong with something classic.
Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 21, 2013:
I love your lists. Classic names stand the test of time. When I hear some fru-fru silly name, I cringe because that child will one day be signing formal documents with that moniker. We have some of the names on your list already. We have an Audrey, Cora, Silas, Theodore, and a friend has a Malachi. They are not likely to ever be embarrassed because of those fine old names.
Agnes on January 20, 2013:
Very interesting hub! I noticed those older names making their way back. Some of them are cute, but some are just unbarable! :-)
Faith A Mullen (author) on January 20, 2013:
Thanks, Mom! Glad you liked it :)
I'm sure that Barbara will come around again at some point. They say that every hundred years names have a resurgence.
Barbara Mullen on January 20, 2013:
I love the name Merideth and would love to see that name more. Barbara was popular in the 50's and I'm still waiting to see that one get popular again. :) Great article, Faith! Very interesting read.
Faith A Mullen (author) on January 19, 2013:
Hi, Serendipity7! Thanks for the comment and input on the most popular vintage names you see in school. Theodore is a great one that I had missed. I will add it to the list!
Serendipity7 from Chicago on January 19, 2013:
I loved your list of names. As a teacher, I've met many students with names from trendy to traditional. I teach in a 3rd-5th grade environment - many of the names on your list are represented in my school - Most popular of the names you listed - Henry for boys (some go by Hank) and Cecilia for the girls (some are Cecilia, but also CeCe or Lia). May I also add another name to your list - Theodore - there are three at my school - one Theodore, one Theo and one Ted.
Faith A Mullen (author) on January 19, 2013:
Thanks for reading, Anika! I love a lot of these names.
Anika Mullen on January 18, 2013:
These names are coming back in! I know a Harrison and a Hudson who were just born this year.
Faith A Mullen (author) on January 18, 2013:
Thanks, ThePracticalMommy! And congrats on expecting! I wish you a safe and healthy delivery. I love names you don't hear too often.
Marissa from United States on January 18, 2013:
Interesting list of names! I have considered several of the boys names you have mentioned as I am expecting a boy in two months. I may just use one of them for a middle name, though, as we found another name that isn't popular (at least yet!).