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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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  • Minerva

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    Minerva is the long-neglected name of the Roman goddess of wisdom and invention, the arts and martial strength--which might appeal to adventurous feminist parents. Minerva Pott is a character in D... Read More 

  • Miriam

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    The oldest-known form of Mary, serious, solemn Miriam has been a particular favorite of observant Jewish parents. But we can see it extending beyond that sphere into the next wave of Old Testament ... Read More 

  • Muriel

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    Once poetic Celtic name now the grandma on the TV sitcom. literary cred via Edinburgh-born author Muriel Spark, author of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie." Read More 

  • Myrtle

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    Long in our category of so-far-out-it-will-always-be-out category, seen as a gum-cracking 1940's telephone operator, we think maybe it's time to reassess, and look at is as a nature name, a plant w... Read More 

  • Olive

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    Though greatly overshadowed by the trendy Olivia, Olive has a quiet, subtle appeal of its own -- and is now enjoying a remarkable comeback. It returned to the Top 1000 in 2007, and has jumped 631 p... Read More 

  • Opal

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    Opal is on the verge of a repolishing, following other jewel names like Ruby and Pearl. A Top 100 name during the first two decades of the twentieth century, the opalescent Opal has a good chance o... Read More 

  • Pearl

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    Pearl, like Ruby, has begun to be polished up for a new generation of fashionable children after a century of jewelry box storage. The birthstone for the month of June, Pearl could also make a fres... Read More 

  • Penelope

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    Penelope's former image of an elderly British gardening lady in large-brimmed hat has of late been counterbalanced by the dramatic sensuality of Spanish actress Penelope Cruz. Penelope's popularity... Read More 

  • Priscilla

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    Despite her somewhat prissy, puritanical air, Priscilla has managed to stay in the Top 500 for every year since records have been kept--it reached as high as 127 in 1940--appreciated for its delica... Read More 

  • Prudence

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    Prudence, like Hope and Faith, is a Puritan virtue name with a quiet charm and sensitivity that is slowly returning to favor, though it hasn't yet registered on the charts. The White Album Beatles... Read More 

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