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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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  • 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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    Hard as it may be for many American parents to believe, this Norman name is enjoying a big style revival in England--it's in the Top 50 there--along with similar choices like Stanley and Arthur. An... 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 

  • Louis

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    While this classic royal name has yet to catch on, we sense a comeback. Both Louis and Lewis are in Britain's Top 100, and if they don't revive here, all the better for those -- like actors Sandra ... Read More 

  • Martin

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    Martin is one of those names like Arthur and Vincent and George that is in the process of throwing off its balding middle-aged image to start sounding possible again, used in full without the dated... Read More 

  • Milton

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    Once an upper-class British surname conjuring up the epic poetry of John Milton, it then descended to the antics of "Uncle Miltie" Berle, and now has left the stage completely.  Read More 

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