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Antique Baby Names Ready for Restoration

If you're looking for somewhat unusual baby names, but ones with a solid history and vintage charm, these names are just that. Dating back to Great-Grandma's day, they've been retired long enough to feel young and fresh again.
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  • Celia

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    Celia, splendidly sleek and feminine, is a name that was scattered throughout Shakespeare and other Elizabethan literature, but still manages to feel totally modern. Shakespeare has been credited... Read More 

  • Chester

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    Chester is a comfortable, little-used teddy-bear of a name that suddenly sounds both quirky and cuddly. Chester was a Top 100 name from the 1880s to 1929, gradually fading till it finally dropped ... Read More 

  • Clarissa

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    Clarissa, the daintier version of Claire, has a long literary history of its own, having been featured in the novels of Samuel Richardson, Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf--Clarissa was the title... Read More 

  • Clementine

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    Clementine is a Nameberry favorite though it hasn't appeared on the U.S. Top 1000 for more than half a century. Still, its style value may mean there are more Clementines than you might guess in y... Read More 

  • Cora

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    Cora is a lovely, old-fashioned name -- Cora was a daughter of Zeus and Cora Munro is the heroine of The Last of the Mohicans (in fact James Fenimore Cooper probably invented it for his 1826 novel)... Read More 

  • Cordelia

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    Cordelia, the name of King Lear's one sympathetic daughter, has style and substance, and is exactly the kind of old-fashioned, grown-up name that many parents are seeking today. If you're torn betw... Read More 

  • Dexter

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    The jazzy, ultra-cool Dexter, like most names wih xs, has a lot of energy and sex appeal. Over the years, it's been attached to a number of diverse real and fictional personalities--C. K. Dexter H... Read More 

  • Dudley

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    It's easy to love a name that rhymes with "cuddly" and is also attached to the surname Do-Right -- once you ignore the "dud" connection. Dudley has aristocratic roots--the name was originally fam... Read More 

  • Edith

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    Edith was a hugely popular name a hundred years ago that's being revived among stylish parents in London--iand is beginning to gain traction here among those with a taste for old-fashioned names wi... Read More 

  • Eliza

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    Eliza is one of our favorite names; we love its combination of streamlined modernity and Eliza Doolittle charm and spunk, and offer Eliza as one of our top recommendations. That said, a lot of ... Read More 

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