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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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  • Ruth

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    Ruth, with its air of calm and compassion, was the third most popular name in the 1890's, then gradually faded away, though it's still in use today as some parents tiring of Rachel and Rebecca are ... Read More 

  • Theodora

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    Theodora is one of the most revival-worthy of the charmingly old-fashioned Victorian valentine names, softly evocative but still substantial, as is the reversed-syllable Dorothea. It was borne by s... Read More 

  • Ursula

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    A saint's name with a noteworthy literary background, including uses by Shakespeare in Two Gentlemen of Verona and Much Ado About Nothing , Ben Johnson, Walter Scott, Longfellow, D. H. Lawrence a... Read More 

  • Vera

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    Vera was the height of exotic fashion in 1910, then was for a long time difficult to picture embroidered on a baby blanket. Now, though, some hip parents are beginning to quietly revive it along wi... Read More 

  • Viola

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    Viola has several positive elements going for it: the rhythm of the musical instrument, the association with the flower, the trending 'Vi' beginning and its leading role in Shakespeare's Twelfth Ni... Read More 

  • Vivian

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    Vivian, once an elderly lady name, is on the rise, along with all form of names that mean life -- from Zoe to Eva to those with the vivid Viv syllable. It's now at Number 119, its highest ranking ... Read More 

  • Wilhelmina

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    Wilhelmina was long burdened with the Old Dutch cleanser image of thick blond braids and clunky wooden clogs, but that started to be changed somewhat by the dynamic Vanessa Williams character on Ug... Read More 

  • Winifred

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    One of the few remaining unrestored vintage gems, with a choice of two winning nicknames--the girlish Winnie and the tomboyish Freddie--as well as the slight stretch Freda. Winifred, the name of a... Read More 

  • Zenobia

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    With historical roots as a beautiful and intelligent ancient queen and literary ties to Hawthorne and Edith Wharton novels, this rarity could appeal to adventurous parents seeking the exotically un... Read More 

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