Vintage, Old-Fashioned Baby Names That Are New Again

Updated on April 19, 2016
Vintage baby boy names are dignified, strong, and gentlemanly.
Vintage baby boy names are dignified, strong, and gentlemanly. | Source
Vintage baby girl names are sophisticated and timelessly lovely.
Vintage baby girl names are sophisticated and timelessly lovely. | Source

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:

  • Byron
  • Cyrus
  • Edward (Ned for short)
  • Elias
  • Emmett
  • Ezekiel
  • Hank
  • Harrison
  • Harry
  • Harvey
  • Henry
  • Hudson
  • Jack
  • Jasper
  • Jeremiah
  • Jonah
  • Josiah
  • Malachi
  • Micah
  • Miles
  • Milton
  • Montgomery
  • Nathaniel
  • Oliver
  • Owen
  • Quincy
  • Rex
  • Roger
  • Samuel
  • Si (alone or short for Simon)
  • Silas
  • Theodore
  • William


Would you consider a vintage name?

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Take a look at your family tree for old fashioned names that are sentimental.
Take a look at your family tree for old fashioned names that are sentimental. | Source

Vintage Girl Names:

  • Adelaide

  • Alice

  • Audrey
  • Beatrice
  • Caroline
  • Cecilia
  • Charlotte (Lottie for short)
  • Colette
  • Cora
  • Cordelia
  • Eloise
  • Elsie
  • Faith
  • Florence (Flo for short)
  • Georgia
  • Grace
  • Hazel
  • Helen
  • Hermione
  • Josephine (Jo or Josie for short)
  • June
  • Kennedy
  • Lucy
  • Mabel
  • Maria
  • Matilda
  • Nora
  • Olivia
  • Penelope
  • Rose
  • Stella
  • Tess

Consider a cool vintage name for your pride and joy.
Consider a cool vintage name for your pride and joy. | Source

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        Janet 2 years ago

        Have two grandsons, one named Valor and the other. Lincoln.

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        EmmeG 3 years ago

        My daughters first and middle name are on the list (Olivia Caroline) I love classic names.

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        Carrie Lee Night 3 years ago from Northeast United States

        Interesting :). I have always loved the name Owen for a boy and Hazel for a girl :). Classic and beautiful. thank you for sharing :)

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        Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        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.

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        Emma 3 years ago from Houston TX

        I've got some cool dudes of mine who answer these names! Nice hub!

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        Ari VK 3 years ago

        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.

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        Faith A Mullen 4 years ago

        Thanks for stopping by to read and comment, Maggie.L, Mojo Rox and steffsings! Glad you enjoyed the hub.

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        steffsings 4 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

        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.

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        Mojo Rox 4 years ago

        Great list -- I want to save it for reference for written character development!

        Last November, I had my second child ... named her Jane.

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        Maggie.L 4 years ago from UK

        Great hub. I love some of these vintage names. It's great to see some of these names making a comeback. Thanks for sharing.

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        Faith A Mullen 4 years ago

        Glad you enjoyed it, Aplethora23! Alice is lovely and makes me think of strength and imagination because of Alice in Wonderland (which I love!).

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        AngPow 4 years ago from North Cali

        Wonderful Hub!

        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.

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        Faith A Mullen 4 years ago

        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!

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        Nicole Kiddie Granath 4 years ago

        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!

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        Faith A Mullen 4 years ago

        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.

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        Carrie 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

        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.

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        Faith A Mullen 5 years ago

        Thanks for the comment, moonlake! I did not realize that Joyce has been around so long! I love Amelia and Fleming.

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        moonlake 5 years ago from America

        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.

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        Faith A Mullen 5 years ago

        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 :)

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        Abbyfitz 5 years ago from Florida

        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.

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        Faith A Mullen 5 years ago

        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.

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        nicolettemk 5 years ago from Rhode Island

        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.

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        Faith A Mullen 5 years ago

        Thanks, Hyphenbird! I love the names you chose. And I agree, you can't go wrong with something classic.

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        Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

        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.

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        Aga 5 years ago

        Very interesting hub! I noticed those older names making their way back. Some of them are cute, but some are just unbarable! :-)

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        Faith A Mullen 5 years ago

        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.

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        Barbara Mullen 5 years ago

        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.

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        Faith A Mullen 5 years ago

        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!

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        Serendipity7 5 years ago from Chicago

        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.

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        Faith A Mullen 5 years ago

        Thanks for reading, Anika! I love a lot of these names.

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        Anika Mullen 5 years ago

        These names are coming back in! I know a Harrison and a Hudson who were just born this year.

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        Faith A Mullen 5 years ago

        Thanks, ThePracticalMommy! And congrats on expecting! I wish you a safe and healthy delivery. I love names you don't hear too often.

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        Marissa 5 years ago from United States

        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!).

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