Category: Historic Names

15 Old-but-New Names for Boys

vintage names for boys

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Vintage baby names have been so widely used for so long that the parent in search of a boys’ name that’s both old-fashioned and fresh-feeling may have to search long and hard.

On the boys’ side we’ve seen waves of Biblical baby names, from Adam and Zachary to current Top Ten favorites Noah, Jacob, and Ethan.

Traditional names are perennially popular for boys, with James and William leading the current pack that includes Michael, Alexander, and Matthew.

And then there are the quirkier vintage boys’ names that are stylish today and have even risen into the Top 100: Oliver and Sebastian, Josiah and Tyler.

Given all this popularity, if you’ve been looking for a vintage boys’ name that feels fresh and new, you may feel frustrated. So we’ve done the searching for you. These 15 boys’ names are all well below the Top 1000 yet can work in the modern world. They’re distinctly vintage — some Biblical, some from ancient cultures, some international — yet feel surprising cool.

Our picks for old-school boys’ names that feel new again are:

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poetic baby names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

April is National Poetry Month—and before it comes to an end, we have to acknowledge the rich reserve of poetic namesake names that just keeps on giving.

We’ve talked before about the fact that —whether by destiny or serendipity—some of our most famous poets happen to have eminently usable surnames, from Auden to Cullen to Dove to Frost to Lorca to Tennyson to Wylie. But today we’d like to dig a bit deeper and take a wider international and historic perspective. So here are some of the more unusual and exotic female poets’ first names we’ve discovered, ranging from ancient Greek to contemporary Australian.

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Vintage Baby Names: Gone girls of 1916

lost girls of 1916

Sometimes it feels as though our attics have been completely cleared out of stored vintage baby names. But every time we go back up there we do manage to succeed in finding a number of past treasures that haven’t been dusted off yet. The names shown here were all in the Top 1000 in 1916, one hundred years ago, several in the top half of the list and many of them not seen again for fifty years. Let’s see if the Hundred Year Rule applies and they’re ready for a comeback.

By Linda Rosenkrantz

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

As Earth Day approaches, a commemoration that seems to get increasingly relevant with every passing year, we tend to think of names in shades of green. But there are also some rich brown-hued names related directly to the earth. So you might want to consider one of these earth-related options to reflect your concern for the environment.

Acajou—This reddish-brown color name may literally mean cashew in French, but is also the wood from the mahogany tree. Acajou would make a lively, surprisingly distinctive choice.

Armona—A name of Hebrew origin whose meaning is ‘chestnut brown’, Armona is also a place name in California

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Romantic Italian Baby Names

Romantic baby names

Today we celebrate the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci, namesake of that other Leonardo–whose pregnant mother was said to have been inspired while looking at a da Vinci painting in Florence when she felt baby Leo‘s first kick. Now the name Leonardo has been embraced internationally, but there are other Italian Renaissance artists whose names are also as great as their art. So if you love romantic boys’ names with the magical o-ending, here are a few worth considering, whether or not you have Italian roots.

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