Retro-Cool, Hipster, Vintage Baby Names for Boys
Looking for a List of Vintage, Retro-Cool Boys' Names? You've Found It!
Just as hemlines rise and fall and lapels widen and shrink, names go in and out of fashion. Names that sound new, fresh and exciting eventually become overused, go out of style, or otherwise lose their appeal. But like bell-bottom jeans and double-breasted suit coats, if you wait long enough they eventually come back in style.
Choosing a “retro” baby name can be the perfect solution for parents who want to give their baby boy a traditional yet unique name. Retro names for the most part are traditional, in the sense that they have been around for centuries and have Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Celtic or Germanic roots and meanings. Because they’re rarely used these days, these names offer parents a virtual goldmine of unexpected choices. You can choose a "unique" name without making up something silly, such as Jermajesty, or a meaningless name that sounds like the next arthritis medicine, for example, Breylon.
Another nice thing about a "vintage" or "retro" name is that you can mine your family tree and name your baby boy after a beloved grandfather, great-grandfather, or great-uncle. Your child's namesake (or his relatives, if he is no longer living) will be thrilled, and your son will have a classic, traditional name that he doesn't have to share with half the boys in his kindergarten class.
Choose Wisely if You Want to Be "Unique"
Keep in mind that the "retro" name trend is catching on, for the reasons I've written about above. Many of these names now sound just right for the times and have already made it onto the list of the top 100 most popular boys' names.
With a retro name, the trick is in the timing. If you use the name too soon, before its time has begun to come around again, it can sound awfully nerdy, even "geriatric." On the other hand, if you wait too late and the name experiences a huge surge in popularity, half the kids in town will be sharing the name with your son, and your “original, unique” name will be anything but.
The following "vintage" or "retro" names have already arrived, in that they are among the 100 names most commonly given to baby boys in the United States in 2011.
List of Retro-Cool, Vintage Boys Names
These names sounded outdated a generation ago, but today are sounding vintage and retro-cool to many modern parents and parents-to-be. Obviously all names aren't right for every person. However, you may find ideas you like here, or maybe even the perfect name you've been looking for for your baby boy.
Chester, Ches, Chet
Edward, Ed, Eddie
Joe (though both Joseph and Josiah are on the top 100 list)
Classic Boys' Names
These classic names show up on the top 100 list year after year, and never seem to sound outdated. They could be considered "retro" or "vintage" by some, so I went ahead and included them in this list, along with their place on the 2011 Top Baby Boys' Name list.
Retro Names We're Not Quite Ready For
These names from back in the day don't sound right at the moment. But who knows? They might be the "it" names of tomorrow.
I'd love to hear from you!
Do you have a "retro" name? What names are your favorites? What names do you think still sound outdated? Did I leave any great names off the list? Let me know! If you have chosen one of these names for your son, I'd love to hear which one and the middle name you chose to go along with it. Please leave a comment in the comments box, below the Amazon ads.
Here's a list of retro-cool vintage baby names for girls.
You may also want to see my other lists of baby names:
Unisex Baby Names for Boys
Names Not to Give Your Baby
Romantic, Feminine Baby Names for Girls
Unisex Baby Names for Girls
Cute Baby Names for Girls