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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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  • Frederick

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    Frederick, and friendlier nickname Fred, seemed almost to have disappeared, leaving just the memory of Freds past such as Astaire, Mr. Rogers and Flintsone, but today's parents are beginning to rec... Read More 

  • Gilbert

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    Considered ultra debonair in the silent-movie era, Gilbert then went through a nerdy phase, a la Gilbert Gottfried. Now though, like Albert and Alfred and Walter and Frank, it could be in for a sty... Read More 

  • Gus

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    Gus is a homey grandpa nickname name that can work as a short form for any of the above or stand on its own as a cutting-edge replacement for Max and Jake--though it dropped off the Top 1000 in 197... Read More 

  • Harold

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    The name of a pipe-smoking, bespectacled grandpa or uncle, rarely a baby, though any latent nerdiness can be counteracted with the relaxed nickname Hal.  Read More 

  • Harry

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    Harry was everyone's elderly uncle until Princess Diana, following British royal tradition, named her son Henry but called him Harry. Then Harry Potter became a rage and Harry Styles of One Direct... Read More 

  • Harvey

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    Following a huge revival in England, the US seemed to pick up on this trend for 2013 -- it was one of the year's fastest-rising choices, and a contender to keep climbing. Harvey did have a respect... Read More 

  • Howard

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    Howard, once hugely popular -- in the Top 50 from the 1870s to early 1950s -- is now a real dad-grandad name, with no sign of a revival in sight. To honor a relative, you might just drop the first ... Read More 

  • Humphrey

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    Humphrey is an old name that might have faded completely were it not for that Bogie flair. A royal name in Britain, where it's used somewhat more frequently, Humphrey might just have some life beyo... Read More 

  • Julius

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    Immortal through its association with the ancient Caesar (it was his clan name), Julius may still lag behind Julian, but is definitely starting to make a comeback, and in fact feels more cutting ed... Read More 

  • Leonard

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    Medieval saint's name -- he's the patron of prisoners -- now popular only in Leo and Leonardo forms.  Read More 

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