Retro-Cool, Vintage Baby Names for Girls

Updated on February 27, 2018
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Names are constantly moving up and down the popularity list. These days, the trend of using old-fashioned names is running strong. Parents are using "old lady" names more and more—not out of obligation but because many formerly out-of-date names, like Emma, are coming back around and sounding fresh and pretty to today's young parents.

There is also a second wave of parents riding the "old lady" name trend: hip, independent-minded parents who are choosing old-fashioned names for their retro quirkiness, and in the expectation that their daughter will likely be one of a few girls with that name. These parents are likely to be educated, independent thinkers who would like their child to have an uncommon name such as Enid, Trudy, or Roxanne.

Beautiful Old-Fashioned Girl Names

  • Abigail
  • Ada
  • Adele
  • Adelaide
  • Adeline
  • Alice
  • Alma
  • Amelia
  • Ann/Anne/Anna
  • Annabelle
  • Audrey
  • Augusta
  • Ava
  • Beatrice
  • Bernadette
  • Betsy
  • Birdie
  • Blanche
  • Blythe
  • Caroline
  • Celia
  • Charlotte
  • Chloe
  • Clara
  • Clarice/Clarissa
  • Colleen
  • Cora
  • Clementine
  • Daisy
  • Delia
  • Delilah
  • Della
  • Dinah
  • Dixie
  • Dora
  • Dorothy/Dorothea
  • Edie
  • Edith
  • Eilleen
  • Eleanor
  • Elise
  • Eliza
  • Elizabeth
  • Ella
  • Ellie
  • Eloise
  • Elsa
  • Elsie
  • Emma
  • Emily
  • Enid
  • Esme
  • Etta
  • Eudora
  • Eva
  • Evie
  • Eve
  • Evelyn
  • Fay
  • Flora
  • Frances
  • Gladys
  • Gloria
  • Grace
  • Georgette
  • Georgia
  • Georgina
  • Greta
  • Gwendolyn
  • Harriet
  • Hattie
  • Hazel
  • Helen
  • Ida
  • Imogen
  • Inez
  • Irene
  • Iris
  • Isabella
  • Isabelle
  • Isadora
  • Jane
  • Jewel
  • Jocelyn
  • Julia
  • June
  • Justine
  • Layla
  • Lenora
  • Leona
  • Lila
  • Liliana
  • Lillian
  • Lily
  • Liza
  • Lorene
  • Loretta
  • Lorraine
  • Louise
  • Lucinda
  • Lucy
  • Lydia
  • Madeline/Madelyn
  • Maggie
  • Maisie
  • Mamie
  • Margaret
  • Marion
  • Marilyn
  • Marjorie
  • Martha
  • Matilda
  • Maureen
  • Mavis
  • Maxine
  • May
  • Meredith
  • Millie
  • Minnie
  • Miriam
  • Molly
  • Muriel
  • Myra
  • Nell
  • Nellie
  • Neva
  • Nora
  • Noreen
  • Olivia
  • Opal
  • Pauline
  • Pearl
  • Penelope
  • Phoebe
  • Polly
  • Priscilla
  • Rosalyn/Rosalind
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Roxanne
  • Ruby
  • Ruth
  • Sadie
  • Sally
  • Sarah
  • Scarlett
  • Selma
  • Sophia
  • Sophie
  • Stella
  • Sylvia
  • Tillie
  • Trudy
  • Vera
  • Victoria
  • Viola
  • Violet
  • Virginia
  • Vivian/Vivienne
  • Willa

Traditional Girl Names

These names are inspired by Old Hollywood glamour icons of the 20s, 30s, and 40s.

  • Audrey: As in Audrey Hepburn
  • Ava: For the alluring Ava Gardner
  • Bette: Inspired by Bette Davis
  • Elizabeth: As in Elizabeth Taylor
  • Grace: Inspired by the beautiful Grace Kelly
  • Greta: Inspired by Greta Gabo
  • Ingrid: For Ingrid Bergman
  • Jean: As in Jean Harlow
  • Judy: For Judy Garland
  • Katherine: Inspired by Katherine Hepburn
  • Mae: Inspired by the foxy Mae West
  • Marilyn: Marilyn Monroe, of course
  • Rita: As in Rita Hayworth

Classic All-American Girl Names

According to the Social Security Administration, these were the most popular female names in the United States in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Mary was the #1 name for all three decades.

  • Barbara
  • Betty
  • Carol
  • Doris
  • Dorothy
  • Frances
  • Helen
  • Joan
  • Judith
  • Linda
  • Mary
  • Margaret
  • Mildred
  • Nancy
  • Patricia
  • Ruth
  • Sandra
  • Sharon
  • Shirley
  • Susan
  • Virginia

Vintage Names From the 1800s

  • Adelia: An old Victorian name. George Clooney's sister goes by this name, and her nickname is Ada.
  • Clementine: And old, but beautiful name that you might recognize from the folk song, "Oh, My Darling."
  • Ebba: An unusual name for Americans, but it is popular is Sweden. This is a good alternative for Emma.
  • Eleanora: This was a popular royal name back in olden days of Italy.
  • Harriet: This old Victorian name surging in popularity in the U.K.
  • Luella: A popular name in the olden days of the United States, but it fell off the top 1000 chart in the 1950s.
  • Merritt: A very pretty English name that means "boundary gate."
  • Ottilie: A cute, feminine form of Otto, this name was popular in the 1800s. Nicknames can be Tillie or Lottie.
  • Rayne: A name that means "queen."
  • Viola: This was the name of the charmer in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
  • Zadie: A name that was popular in the pioneer days.

Uncommon Old-Fashioned Girl Names

  • Augustina: Feminine form of Augustus. Associated with St. Augustine, a famous theologian, and the month of August.
  • Aurinda: This name appears in many rosters during Colonial times. The "aur" is a Latin term that means "gold."
  • Beatrix: It means blessed or happy traveller. It was famous in the 4th century, and then revived again in the 19th century.
  • Bernice: A biblical name of Greek origin. It was popular in the 1910s and 1920s.
  • Bertrude: This was the name of a 17th-century Frankish queen consort.
  • Beverly: Originally the name of an English town that means "beaver stream." It is now popular in America because of Beverly Hills, California.
  • Caddie: Means clarity. Could also be spelled Caddy, like William Faulkner's character in The Sound and the Fury.
  • Candace: A biblical name that became popular in the 1980s.
  • Carlene: A German feminine version of the name Charles.
  • Celeste: Associated with all things heavenly, this name has been popular since the 1880s.
  • Claribel: Means bright and clear.
  • Claudette: A beautiful feminine version of Claude.
  • Clotilde: The wife of Frankish king Clovis I carried this name. The name means "heroine of war."
  • Constance: Of Latin origin. It means "firm of purpose" or "determined."
  • Coraline: A name that is inspired by the coral of the sea.
  • Dahlia: Derived from the flower of the same name. In Victorian times, the Dahlia was known for its elegance and dignity.
  • Delphine: Associated with the ancient city of Delphi, the site of the Temple of Apollo as well as the dolphins.
  • Egeria: The name comes from the Roman goddess of healing. It means "wise advisor."
  • Elfrida: The name means "good counselor." It was popular in the Middle Ages and in the 19th century in England and Germany.
  • Eloise: A pretty french name that means "healthy."
  • Eseld: A variant of Isolde, this name means "ice battle."
  • Eunice: A Biblical name that was popular in the 1900s.
  • Evanthia: Associated with three saints. Means "fair blossom."
  • Fausta: Latin for "fortune." It is also associated with a Roman empress.
  • Florestine: This name appeared on the charts for the first time in 1944. It is a very pretty and girly name associated with flowers.
  • Genevieve: A very pretty old lady name that means "of the race of women."
  • Gilda: An English name that means "golden." In Celtic, it means "god's servant."
  • Gretel: A name that means "pearl" and is famous for being the female character's name in Hansel and Gretel.
  • Gwenore: A variant of Guinevere. It means "white wave."
  • Hallie: A fun name that was popular in the early 1900s.
  • Imogen: This name was first recorded as the name of a character in Shakespeare's Cymbeline.
  • Isidora: A variation of Isis, the goddess of protection.
  • Jacobina: The feminine version of Jacob.
  • Laetitia: A Latin name that means "happiness."
  • Lauretta: A more unique and girlier variation of Laura.
  • Leonora: Female version of Leo. Associated with the lion.
  • Liesel: German spelling of Lisa.
  • Lithuise: A very ancient European name. No one is sure what the origins are.
  • Lyselma: A rare British name that was popular in the 1850s.
  • Marceline: Marceline is the French version of Marcella. Saint Marcella was the Roman matron of strength and intellect.
  • Melbina: A pretty name that means honey bee.
  • Noreen: A popular Irish name that means light and honor.
  • Octavia: A pretty name that means "eighth." It became a Victorian name that was commonly given to the 8th child.
  • Ophelia: A popular name of the 19th century. It is also associated with Hamlet's lover.
  • Prunella: A cute moniker that means "little plum."
  • Rosamonde: A British appellation that was popular from the 1880s to the 1930s.
  • Sandrine: A diminutive form of Sandra that means "protector of man."
  • Suellen: A unique moniker that is a combination of Sue and Ellen.
  • Sybille: Popular in the 1920s and 30s, this is the Greek word for "prophetess."
  • Sylvaine: Associated with the forest.
  • Velebeth: A unique British name that is rarely used.
  • Verna: A female version of Vernon. It means "springtime."
  • Wilfreda: A quintessential old lady name that means "purposeful peace."
  • Wilhelma: The female and Germanic version of William.
  • Ysela: A unique spelling of Elizabeth.

Common Old Lady Names

  • Barbara
  • Betty
  • Carol
  • Deborah
  • Doris
  • Dorothy
  • Eleanor
  • Elizabeth
  • Frances
  • Joan
  • Judith
  • Mabel
  • Margaret
  • Mary
  • Mildred
  • Nancy
  • Ruth
  • Sandra
  • Sharon
  • Shirley
  • Susan
  • Tabitha
  • Virginia

Sophisticated British Names

  • Agnes
  • Alice
  • Amelie
  • Annabel
  • Anne
  • Audrey
  • Barbara
  • Beatrice
  • Bridget
  • Celestine
  • Clementine
  • Daphne
  • Daphne
  • Edith
  • Eleanor
  • Eliza
  • Elizabeth
  • Ella
  • Emily
  • Emma
  • Freya
  • Harper
  • Helen
  • Henrietta
  • Isabel
  • Jane
  • Jessica
  • Katherine
  • Mabel
  • Margaret
  • Matilda
  • Miranda
  • Miriam
  • Rosalyn
  • Rose
  • Rosemary

Diminutive English Girl Names

  • Elizabeth: Liz, Lizzy, Beth, Bessie, Bess
  • Emily: Em, Emy
  • Margaret: Maggie, Maisie
  • Barbara: Barb, Barbie
  • Alice: Allie, Ally
  • Katherine: Kate, Katy, Katie
  • Philippa: Pippa
  • Amanda: Mindy
  • Susan: Suzie
  • Victoria: Vicky

Elegant French Names for Girls

  • Antoinette
  • Amélie
  • Bernadette
  • Brigitte
  • Cecile
  • Charlotte
  • Claudette
  • Dominique
  • Emile
  • Esmée
  • Françoise
  • Henriette
  • Isabelle
  • Josephine
  • Juliette
  • Lorraine
  • Lucille
  • Madeleine
  • Mathilde
  • Paulette
  • Rosamonde
  • Thérèse
  • Veronique
  • Yvette
  • Yvonne

Noble Names From Aristocracy

These are names of real princesses from England, Russia, Spain, and France.

English Princesses:

  • Adela
  • Adeliza
  • Alexandra
  • Anne
  • Augusta
  • Beatrice
  • Blanche
  • Camilla
  • Caroline
  • Catherine
  • Cecilia
  • Cecily
  • Charlotte
  • Constance
  • Diana
  • Eleanor
  • Elizabeth
  • Henrietta
  • Isabella
  • Joan
  • Phillipa
  • Louisa
  • Margaret
  • Mary
  • Matilda
  • Victoria

Russian Princesses:

  • Anastasia
  • Anna
  • Esperanza
  • Helen
  • Irina
  • Julia
  • Marina
  • Natalia
  • Nina
  • Olga
  • Tatiana
  • Vera

Spanish Princesses:

  • Agnes
  • Barbara
  • Cristina
  • Letizia
  • Magdalena
  • Maria

French Princesses:

  • Alix
  • Claude
  • Dauphine
  • Eugenie
  • Francoise
  • Gisela
  • Lucienne
  • Madeleine
  • Marguerite
  • Marie
  • Renee
  • Stephanie
  • Yolande

If you like sophisticated aristocratic names, you may also like this list of Downtown Abbey names.

Old-Fashioned Names We're Not Quite Ready for

Perhaps the retro trend will eventually bring the names below back to the top of the list, but at the present time, they sound drab, harsh, or archaic. However, some may be on the verge of going back into favor. Several people have told me they love the name Agnes, and I know two little girls named Esther. Who knows? In a few years, these may be the hottest names around.

  • Agatha
  • Agnes
  • Alberta
  • Bernice
  • Bertha
  • Beulah
  • Dolores
  • Dorcas
  • Doris
  • Edwina
  • Effie
  • Esther
  • Ethel
  • Eunice
  • Fannie
  • Flo
  • Frieda
  • Geraldine
  • Gertrude
  • Gladys
  • Henrietta
  • Hilda
  • Hortense
  • Irma
  • Mabel
  • Maude
  • Mildred
  • Mona
  • Myrtle
  • Norma
  • Olive
  • Petulia
  • Phyllis
  • Rhoda
  • Roberta
  • Sybil
  • Thelma
  • Ursula
  • Velma
  • Verna
  • Wilma
  • Winifred
  • Yolanda

How I Feel About Vintage Names

I remember when I was a teenager, many, many years ago, I had a friend whose mother's name was Emma. Emma was the "mean mom" (meaning the strict mom), and oh, how our group of friends loved to take little digs at Emma when her daughter—our friend—wasn't around. Somehow such an ugly name seemed fitting for this mean mom, who we felt kept our friend under lock and key and had a long list of unreasonable chores for her.

Today, I look back and laugh at that scenario, not just because I'm a mother myself and know that Emma wasn't being mean at all and that she was just making sure her daughter stay on the straight and narrow, but I also laugh because "Emma" is one of the most beautiful names I've ever heard. How could we have thought it was as homely as Beulah, Myrtle, or Gertrude? What sounded awkward and ugly back in the 1980s has become a beautiful, feminine, and extremely popular name twenty-odd years later.

Old fashioned names have always been used to some extent. In the recent past, they've been given to baby girls by parents who feel obligated to name their little girl after a grandmother, great-grandmother, or great-aunt. These duty-bound parents would often use the out-of-fashion name as a middle name, hoping that would be enough to make grandma happy without their child actually having to go by a dated moniker.

Old Names Have Meaning

Another attractive aspect of old fashioned names is that they come with meanings. While "Kymbreigh" doesn't mean anything, and a Lexus is a car, old-fashioned names can be traced back to Greek, Latin, French, Italian, Celtic, Hebrew, German, and other languages in which the names actually mean something. Parents can give their darling daughters a name which reflects the baby's attributes, the attributes the parents hope their child will possess, or perhaps a word that has some sort of significance to the parents or the family. For example, the name Neva means "snow," which in my opinion is quite beautiful. Imogen means "beloved child," Clementine means "merciful," Della means "noble," and Vera means "truth," all of which could have special meaning to a family.

I Would Love to Hear From You!

What names have you given your children? What names do you love, and what names do you hate? What names have I left off the list? I would love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below.

Have a boy? Here's a list of retro names for boys.

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        GG 2 weeks ago

        My grandmothers name is Tamara.

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        Robert 4 weeks ago

        My daughter's name is Erina pronounced Erin-ah which I know is a very uncommon name from Ireland and thanks to your wonderful list our new whippet puppy is going to be called Blyth to go with our other dog Bronte. Really am grateful.

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        Sibyl 8 weeks ago

        What my name was put under harsh old lady names

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        Jade Barber 2 months ago

        We have a Mabel Marguerite ☺️

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        Crystaline 2 months ago

        my doughters name is kynlie and I have another on the way can any body hlep

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        Kimberley 2 months ago

        We use family members as middle names, my eldest is Mollie Joan, my son is George David and I’m pregnant with a girl. My mother in law wants us to use her name, Gaynor. I just can’t.

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        Emiliee 3 months ago

        I am looking to write a book but have no names to use. Does anyone have any ideas on what would really make it work? I have been stumped for days and in need of help.

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        Kat Stevens 7 months ago

        Our 4 year old daughter is Mabel Rose, now trying to think of names for her little sister who's due in January :)

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        Juuhb 9 months ago

        Hun. Bank76t

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        Lgutung 2 years ago

        My 5 year olds name is Agatha! Sad to see it's not on the like list BUT we love it and so does she. Btw her younger sisters names is Colette.

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        Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

        Great hub on retro names for baby girls. Check out last year's list of names of girls, which recently came out. Some of those names are listed again on top of the list. Voted up for interesting!

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        Autumn 3 years ago

        I seem to like the classic old fashioned names . I have a Jesse for oldest son, Ben, Daniel, Isaac and Mary, my only girl. If I were to have another girl I like Esther Ruthie Elizabeth.

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        shannon 3 years ago

        so i don't know if my parents even put this much thought into my name at the time, but i have wanted my children to have original non traditional names, and names that were still in the family 4 years ago when i was having my daughter we came across my husbands dads great great great (couple more greats in there) grandmother's name Johanna so it was decided my little girl got her name Johanna Noel.

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        Kasandra D Utt 3 years ago

        Please add my son's name it is pronounced A-ein. It's a beautiful name and no one has the meaning or spelling of it. His name is

        ..... AEYN .. ...

        It is a unisex name

        The Hebrew meaning is prayer

        The Islamic meaning is fountain, spring and eye

        Alternative spellings...

        Ayn, Ain, Aan, Aen, Aein, Aaen, Aayn, Aain, ayen, aien, etc

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        momof6 3 years ago

        I named my first child jayden (aboy) which i soon regretted, since that name and many like it became all the rage not long after. So for the rest of my babies i was really drawn to older more unique names. Libby, ella, miles, audrey, and ruby. I love ur lists of retro names! They are so fun to look thru, im looking for a name for my sister who has 3 boys and pregnant with number 4 , who we are hoping is a girl!

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        Claudia Mathews 3 years ago

        This was a fun article. Certainly most of those names are better than the new names that are coming out today. Personally I prefer more traditional names like Elizabeth and Mathew.

        BTW, Im brand new here and having fun reading different Hubs. I would sure appreciate it if anyone reading this would check out my Hubs (just 2 atm) and hopefully decide to follow me :-)

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        Géraldine 3 years ago

        My name is Géraldine (I'm 15) my opinion it's a really old name and very difficult to pronounce if you don't live in France

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        Mary bullard 3 years ago

        I am surprised to see that Mary isn't on your list it might not yet be quite ready for a comeback in America but long overdue a comeback in the uk,I was born in the sixties and it was out of fashion then but years later like a lot of old names it stays stubbornly on the outer fringes of popularity.

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        Jessy 3 years ago

        We have stuck to traditional names. Emily and Christopher. My grandmother's name was Phyllis and I love that name. Maybe my next child... :)

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        Kirsty 3 years ago

        I have two daughters aged 2.5 and 15weeks....Olive & Mabel.

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        Jessica 3 years ago

        I named my granddaughter and it's one I've never seen on any list but I think it's beautiful . Mandilyn Shay

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        Layla 3 years ago

        We called our daughter Myrtle Rose. A lot pf people love her name. We do.

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        AshH 3 years ago

        My daughter's name is Lola Estelle. After mine & my husbands grandmothers. I love that both these names aren't common.

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        Aime 3 years ago from Trudeauland (it's like Disneyland but hotter)

        I love old lady names. I have an Abigail. I'm also totally ready for Effie to come back, I think that name is pretty stinkin' cool.

        Imogen is at the top of my favourites list at the moment. I love the Shakespeare connection! I'm also quite fond of Ivy.

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        Trudih 4 years ago

        Millie Eve, Lola Jean and Lottie Belle are our special girls names which I think are very vintage retro cool names... Of course!!

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        Cholee Clay 4 years ago from Wisconsin

        I love this hub! I am totally in love with names. Currently I'm looking for vintage retro names and this hub is a great resource :) I love the solid and feminine sound of the names on your list. They stand great on their own and have no need for nicknames, which is huge for me as I am not a fan of nicknames.

        From your lists I like Evelyn, Cora, and Vivienne. I've also come to really like Victoria and Vera.

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        SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas

        Mabel! Go for it! :)

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        vibesites 4 years ago from United States

        Hey, Mabel is cool... my co-worker is called like that, shortened for her more old-fashioned real name Maria Belen. :)

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        SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas

        Ha! Thanks Pinkchic18! I suspect those "ugly" names will rise up in popularity eventually, as fashion seems to go in a circle.

        @Fifi's Mom, congrats on your pregnancy! I think you have chose two beautiful vintage names. What's not to love about Leona? I think the name just might not sound familiar to those who are telling you they don't like it. I think it's lovely! Seraphina is beautiful as well, I think the nicknames Sera and Fina and adorable, as well.

        To Marion Langley, Liz Baranski, Babynology and Ibicecream, sorry I'm just now replying, it seems I have comments I wasn't quite aware of. I am jus a sucker for beautiful vintage, feminine names, as I love Cora, Nona, Piera, Elizabeth, Marion and Genevieve! Much lovelier than Madison and McKenzie, in my humble opinion.

        Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting.

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        Fifis_Mom 4 years ago

        My husband and I are expecting a girl in February and we both love the name Seraphina Leona (Middle). We found after choosing it that it was the name of his great x3 grandmother, whose daughter was named Leona. Not many people we have met like the name, but such is life.

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        Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

        Love the list of names you're not ready for. I bet within 10-15 years they will be popular again.

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        Liz Baranski 4 years ago

        I love the name Cora, its so cute and i can just see a beautiful little girl named Cora. i wanna name my child this and pair it with Elizabeth for a middle name. Elizabeth both my grandmothers name and is also my name so i wanna keep it alive for awhile!!!

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        babynology 4 years ago from New York

        Each name comes with information on any known meaning. If you would like to find out the meaning or origin any of the names, you can simply search over the internet.

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        marion langley 4 years ago from The Study

        I love "Nora" and "Marion"...also "Genevieve" has recently charmed my consideration. Thank-you for posting and encouraging those of us who are sentimental about honored traditions.

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        lbicecream 4 years ago

        My daughters names are old and not on the list. My first born is Nona Frances (old family name) and my second is Piera Avery(Piera is the female version of Pierre.) I used to live in the French dialect speaking area of Italy. She is named after a dear friend. I am looking for a middle name to go with Charles. Also a family name. I'll check out your boy names!

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        SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas

        Lucy is such sweet, classic name! I love it because it is fitting for both a delicate little blossom of a girl, and also a tomboy spitfire. I'm sure you'll find that perfect middle name. Thanks for your ind words, and for that tidbit about Edwina. Names of people we know really do make a difference on whether we like that name or not, don't they!

        I wish you all could post photos here. I would love to see what everyone's little Aggies and Lucys look like! I'm sure they are all precious.

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        SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas

        I must admit that Aggie is an adorable name! Biblical names have such wonderful meaning and symbolism, they really never do go out of style. I think it's time to do some revising on this list! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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        Laurensavell 4 years ago

        My baby girl is due in August. She will be a Lucy but we haven't found a perfect middle name yet. I love your lists. On the not ready for a comeback list, I met an Edwina once and had never heard of the name. She was a lovely woman and has put great meaning behind it for me! Hope it makes a comeback

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        Aggiesgrandma 4 years ago

        My grandaughter's name is Agnes and we love it! It fits her to a tee! Who couldn't love a little Aggie?

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        Stephanie S. 4 years ago

        What about the name Modesta? Its pretty old and I have had 5 Modesta's in my family. I really like the name if I have a girl. But a lot of people I've asked is not sure it's a good name.

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        Marozia 5 years ago

        My daughter's name is Teye (rhymes with 'eye'), Egyptian for "Promised to the Goddess Neith".

        My mum is Sophie, and my MGM is Ivana (Joanna in English). PGM is Alexandra. These are still in use. And of course, there's me, Marozia (a form of Maria).

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        jewell 5 years ago

        Burklee and Hermoina

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        Brooklynn 5 years ago

        I'm Brook, I Have 1 daughter Victoria Jo (Tori) And i'm pregnant with my second girl and she is due next week! I'm so exited but can't think of any names! I love Lacey but im not sure, please help! and were planning on her middle name being Reese or Nicole.? :) thanks!

        With love,- Decker Family!

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        ElleBee 5 years ago

        I also know multiple Esthers (one of whom is barely a teen). I would actually have put Esther on the comeback list in place of some of the ones you included on the "Retro-cool" list. If I ever have children I'm sure there names will fit on this list well! I definitely want my kids to have a name with meaning and not one of the "Trendy" names of the moment. My other requirement is that (barring significant disability or some such) my child be able to spell and pronounce their name by school age and not have to explain it to eveyrone they meet!

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        Emily 5 years ago

        I was browsing and saw that the "not ready for comeback list" had Mabel listed. I had my first child, which happened to be twin girls 3 years ago. My husband and I did want them to have classic names that weren't popular. Our names are uber popular and we did NOT want that to happen to our kids. We grace our daughters with the names, Greta Jane & Mabel Ruth. They fit them so perfectly it's unreal. Now that we are about to give birth to our 3rd daughter we are naming her Agnes Faye. We realize we went the very retro and unique naming style but yet it's so classic and that's our style. Thanks for the article!

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        rapsimo 5 years ago

        i'm devastated to see Doris in your 'not ready for a comeback list' - although not really surprised i must admit. i'm 23 weeks and have my heart set on Doris Avelyn (first/middle names) for my little girl, but am yet to convince DH. I really want Dottie for a first name but he won't hear of it, so Doris/Dorothea are my alternative suggestions. Doris is my paternal grandmother's name but i have no strong attachment to her, just becoming a bit obsessed with her name - and its beautiful meaning "gift". can anyone else see the beauty in Doris???

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        Jayme Kinsey 5 years ago from Oklahoma

        Great article. We chose a "classic" name ( Delia, so happy to see it on your list) and have been surprised at how few people have ever heard it before. We chose it because it was beginning to get very boring to go to the store and hear a million kids called by the same two trendy names. Yet at the same time, it was not the most popular of the retro names. I love this list, and have already fallen in love with several other names here. Only one thing...I think Agatha should be moved up to the top list. I always thought it was a neat name, but my husband said NO. I am eagerly awaiting the day when it becomes popular again!

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        SmartAndFun 5 years ago from Texas

        Whay sbeautiful and very unusual names. LivvLaa. My grandmother's name was Esther, so I love that one. I actually know two little girls named Esther, so that name is definitely making a comeback!

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        LivvLaaa 5 years ago

        All these names are sooo cute!,i especially love Hazel,Marion,Esme and Nora!,i named my Daughter Freya Esther Violet last month(Freya 1st name,Esther and Violet middle names) ,no regrets!

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        SmartAndFun 5 years ago from Texas

        Thanks for stopping by and commenting. IMHO Liza is the epitome of a beautiful, old-fashioned name. It's a great choice, and I would bet it fits your darling daughter well!

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        AMOM 5 years ago

        My daughter's name is Liza, and I'm glad to see it on the list - this is exactly what we thought when we picked it. Some people think the name is odd and "new," but most people know it as a classic and very traditional name (As old as "There's a hole in the bucket, Dear Liza . . .")

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        SmartAndFun 5 years ago from Texas

        Maggie is an adorable name! I'm so glad you commented, because somehow I left Maggie off the list. I have remedied that!

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        stanleyreese 5 years ago from Alabama

        Maggie fits my five year old just fine.

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        SmartAndFun 6 years ago from Texas

        Thanks pinkchick! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Names are so fun and interesting, in my opinion.

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        Sarah Carlsley 6 years ago from Minnesota

        I totally love this hub! There are so many cute ideas, and I am all about using vintage/retro names for babies. It's just so cute!!

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        LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

        I'm glad my daughter didn't see Fender Martini...that probably would have been used!!! LoL

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        LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

        Thank you!

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        SmartAndFun 6 years ago from Texas

        Congrats on the granddaughter, BTW!

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        SmartAndFun 6 years ago from Texas

        Thanks Justateacher. Oh, I just love Olivia Claire, that is adorable! And she's not named after a guitar, LOL. With the two exclamation points, I thought it said Fender Martini, so at least Fender Martin is better than Fender Martini!

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        LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

        My granddaughter that is due in June will have an old-fashioned name - Olivia Claire...I think it is extremely adorable! It was much better than if the child would have been a boy - Fender Martin!!

        Love your lists!

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        SmartAndFun 6 years ago from Texas

        Thanks for reading and commenting! I think there must be a backlash against the weirdly spelled, made-up names. I love traditional names, too, and was happily surprised to see that 9 out of the top 10 for 2011 were traditional. The only newfangled girls' name that made it into the top 10 was Madison, although the remaining 90 included plenty of them. I do know that whatever is popular today will eventually make way for something else -- it's just like hairstyles and clothing, LOL.

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        Brainy Bunny 6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Nice. My daughter's name is on your list of retro-cool names. That's not why we chose it (nearly nine years ago, after all!), but it had special meaning for us. We really like traditional names, and I think there is a backlash, at least in some regions of the country, against non-traditional names and names that are spelled in funky ways.