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Old man names like Max and Sam and Henry have been used for babies for so long now that they no longer sound like old man names. But don't worry, there are plenty more where those came from. To qualify as a cool old man name, a name has to feel both classic and slightly moth-eaten, like the perfect vintage suit.
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  • Albert

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    This name remained stylish for over eighty years, but with its serious, studious image (think Einstein, Schweitzer), it's far from fashionable today. Still, along with such stalwarts as Walter and ... Read More 

  • Alfred

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    Alfred is up off his recliner! If you're looking for a path to Fred, you can go directly to Frederick or take the long way round with the so-out-it's-in-again Alfred. Alfred the Great, King of W... Read More 

  • Arthur

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    Arthur, once the shining head of the Knights of the Round Table, is, after decades of neglect, now being polished up and restored by some stylish parents. In addition to its leading role in the A... Read More 

  • Barney

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    This may be hard for American parents to believe, but the name Barney is hot among hip Londoners who are perhaps unacquainted with our purple dinosaur.  Read More 

  • Calvin

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    Calvin is a slightly quirky but cozy name that has a fashion edge thanks to Calvin Klein. It has been steadily on the popularity list since records were kept, never lower than Number 250, peaking ... Read More 

  • Desmond

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    Desmond is a sophisticated and debonair name, with noble ties to 1984 Nobel Peace Prize-winning Bishop Desmond Tutu, and with some great nicknames--Des/Dez, Desi/Dezi. It is beginning to catch on i... Read More 

  • Edmund

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    The sophisticated Edmund and its nearly-identical French twin Edmond are coming out of mothballs now that Edward, inspired by "Twilight," is once again a hot name. Edmund has had an enviable histo... Read More 

  • Edwin

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    Some might be surprised to learn that there were over 1200 little Edwins born last year, bringing it to Number 282, since on the surface it seems less stylish than Edward or Edmund. But Edwin has ... Read More 

  • Eugene

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    Eugene is a grandpa name that at least so far has shown no signs of rejuvenating-- or to quote Jim Carrey, whose middle name this is, "You can never get too cool with a name like Eugene." The hero ... Read More 

  • Frank

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    A Top 10 name from the 1880s until the 1920s, Frank has fallen from favor but still has a certain warm, friendly real-guy grandpa flavor that could come back into style, like other such choices as ... Read More 

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