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.
  • Minerva

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    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... Read More 

  • Miriam

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    The oldest-known form of Mary, serious and 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... Read More 

  • Muriel

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Once a poetic Celtic name, that of the angel who governs the month of June, Muriel is now the grandma on TV sitcoms. She does have literary cred via Edinburgh-born author Muriel Spark, author of... Read More 

  • Myrtle

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    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 Myrtle, and look at is as a nature name, a... Read More 

  • Olive

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    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... Read More 

  • Opal

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    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... Read More 

  • Pearl

    Gender: F Love Dislike

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

  • Penelope

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Penelope is a classic name that's been leaping up the charts, thanks to the glamorous image of Spanish actress Penelope Cruz and its choice by Kourtney Kardashian for her young daughter. It's one... Read More 

  • Priscilla

    Gender: F Love Dislike

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

  • Prudence

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    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... Read More 

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