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Old lady names 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 old lady names for more commentary and ideas.
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  • Dorothea

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    Dorothea is a flowing and romantic Victorian-sounding name which was popular in the early decades of the twentieth century, but has been off the charts since 1970. Definitely on the brink of a rev... 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 

  • Elsa

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    Lost in limbo for decades and decades, Elsa now stands a good chance of following along in the progression from Emma to Ella to Etta, having just about lost her German accent--and as the newest Dis... Read More 

  • Elsie

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    Not so long ago, Elsie might have been on a list of Names Least Likely to Succeed--but look at her now! She entered the U.K. Top 100 last year at Number 87, and in the U.S. she's now in the Top 50... Read More 

  • Esther

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    One of the major female figures in the Old Testament, quiet, studious Esther was in the Top 50 a hundred years ago, and stayed in the Top 100 until 1935. It is now on the ascent again, appealing t... Read More 

  • Etta

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    Etta, once a short form of Henrietta, it has long been used on its own, and we wonder if it could follow the progression of Emma to Ella to...Etta. Etta has taken the first step, having recently ... Read More 

  • Eudora

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    Eudora is the name of five minor goddesses of Greek mythology and a major goddess (in the person of Pulitzer Prize-winning Eudora Welty) of modern American literature. Eudora is pleasant and euphon... Read More 

  • Eugenia

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    Eugenia, a name scarcely used at all since the 1980's, is another that flourished a century ago and could be due for a revival. Eugenia has some interesting literary references, including the fasc... Read More 

  • Evelyn

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    Evelyn, a soft and feminine name hugely popular a hundred years ago (it was Number 12 in the 1910s), is returning to favor in a big way now. We predict that in the next decade Evelyn will achieve ... Read More 

  • Fay

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    Fay, also spelled Faye, who had been napping quietly since the 1930's, has, like cousins May/Mae and Ray/Rae, sat up and started rubbing her eyes, ready for a mini-comeback, especially as a middle ... Read More 

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