Category: vintage baby names

9 Girl Names Inspired by Ines

By Abby Sandel

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds waited months before sharing their daughter’s name – again! The family of four recently made their first public appearance, to celebrate dad’s new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Not long after, they made the big reveal.

Her name is Ines.

No word on the back story. Firstborn James was named for Ryan’s late father, so it’s possible there’s a family connection.

Ines has plenty of cross-cultural potential. The Spanish form of Agnes works flawlessly in English, too. That brings to mind other recent Number One names, like Isabella.

Or maybe it’s the latest vintage revival. Back in 1910, Inez – the more popular spelling in the US – ranked in the Top 100.

Let’s take a look at more names that you might love if you like Ines.

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By Tiana Putric

Girly appellations ending in the vowels ‘ie’ hold an endless appeal, perhaps it’s due to their innocent femininity. Think of today’s chart-rankers –– Annie, Dixie, Ellie, Elsie, Evie, Gracie, Hallie, Hattie, Jamie, Josie, Katie, Kenzie, Lexie, Lillie, Macie, Maggie, Maisie, Millie, Rosie, Sadie, Sophie, and Zoie. And yet, as appealing as these contemporary favorites are, there is a long list of lost vintage ‘ie’-ending names for girls that could be ready for a renaissance.

Here are five such vintage charmers –– from Acie to Kizzie to Mossie –– along with a long list of others –– that are not only fitting for a middle spot or a nickname but are also on par with some of today’s most popular ‘ie’ ending firsts.

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a Name Sage post by: Abby View all Name Sage posts

UPDATE: She’s here! Scroll to the bottom to learn the name Kate and her husband chose for their new daughter.

Kate writes:

I am driving myself crazy trying to find a name for our baby girl due in October. Our son is named Oliver Mark. We call him Ollie. Our last name is a short W last name.

I prefer vintage names, while my husband is all over the place. We are nickname people, so whichever name we choose needs a sweet nickname to go along with it.

We have both always loved the name Abigail, however I don’t like Abby and it is too popular, so its been vetoed. The nickname Emmie is at the top of our list. We like Emilia, but I worry about a lifetime of having to correct her name as it sounds so similar to Amelia.

I also like Ruby, Matilda (Tilly), Eloise (Ellie), and Beatrice (Bea) – but my husband doesn’t like Beatrice. He also likes Penny (but not Penelope) and Aria, which just seems too trendy to me.

We both like Winifrid (Winnie), but I’m not sure if it is too formal for us, and having a W last name I don’t know if it plays.

Middle name possibilities are Kate (my name) as well as Clementine, which has been her nickname in utero (though maybe a bit too out there for a first name pick for us).

The Name Sage replies:

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Vintage Baby Names: Lost Boys of 1916

By Abby Sandel

In April, we looked at the vintage girl names of 1916, rarities still lingering in the attic. Now it’s time for vintage boy names from 1916! These choices weren’t chart-toppers one hundred years ago, but they were in the Top 1000, and in steady, regular use. Today, they feel surprisingly fresh, even modern. If you’re looking for a rare name with a history of use, these names could be the perfect pick for a son.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Marilyn Monroe was unquestionably the sex symbol of midcentury America. And even though everyone knew she was born Norma Jean, she became big enough to be known simply as Marilyn. (Though Marilyn hasn’t caught on like other Old Hollywood stars, there has been something of a revival of Monroe, in tribute to her.) It’s interesting to take a look at the names of the characters she inhabited in her relatively short career (barely 15 years), to see which ones played on her sensual image, and which worked against it. 

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