Old Lady Names

<a href="http://nameberry.com/blog/nameberry-picks-12-best-old-lady-names">Old lady names</a> are cool by virtue of their very disdain for fashion. If you're interested in the baby names on this list, check out our blog on <a href="http://nameberry.com/blog/2009/11/10/old-lady-names-ready-for-the-next-wave/">old lady names</a> for more commentary and ideas.
  • Augusta

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    Augusta is a dignified name reminiscent of wealthy great-aunts, but with the fashion for both August and Gus for boys, Augusta could get some fresh energy.

    Augusta was the title of... Read More 

  • Beatrice

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    Beatrice is back. Stored in the attic for almost a century, the lovely Beatrice with its long literary (Shakespeare, Dante) and royal history is being looked at with fresh eyes by parents (such as... Read More 

  • Blanche

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Blanche, which originated as a nickname for a pale blonde and then became associated with the notion of purity, was in style a century ago, ranking in the double digits until 1920. She then had to... Read More 

  • Celia

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    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... Read More 

  • Clara

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    Long relegated to an Olde World backwater, the European-flavored Clara has been speeding up the charts on sleeker sister Claire's coattails for the past few decades. Now, many would say the... Read More 

  • Constance

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    Constance is one of the more subtle of the virtue baby names, but still has quite a prim and proper image. One impediment to its revival has been the decidedly dated nickname Connie, though modern... 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... Read More 

  • Cordelia

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    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... Read More 

  • Cornelia

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    In ancient Rome, Cornelia was considered the paragon of womanly virtue, making it a handsome name with an excellent pedigree. It's rare today, so if you want a name no one else is using, somewhat... Read More 

  • Dora

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Dora is poised for a comeback, right behind Laura, Nora, Cora, and Flora. First-time parents who haven't watched cartoons in a couple of decades should be aware of the Dora the Explorer... Read More 

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