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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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  • Monty

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    Monty, a name with a World War II feel, is rarely used on its own. But we're hearing rumblings of a comeback and think that Monty, whatever it's short for, is an adorable vintage nickname name of ... Read More 

  • Mortimer

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    Other kids might see a teasible connection to mortician or mortuary.  Read More 

  • Murray

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    Murray, you may be surprised to discover, is a Scottish surname name with a sea-swept meaning, and just could be in the next wave of reevaluated grandpa names. Lisa Kudrow used it as the middle na... Read More 

  • Ralph

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    Ralph has two diametrically different images: there's the suave Ralph Fiennes-type Brit (often pronounced Rafe), and then there's the Jackie Gleason blue-collar, bowling blowhard Ralph Kramden bus ... Read More 

  • Raymond

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    Now that the show has gone into reruns, does anybody still love Raymond? Though it's been long dormant, some parents -- including Jack Nicholson -- are finding its cool component, largely through t... Read More 

  • Seymour

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    Out playing shuffleboard at his condo and not expected back for several generations -- unless it morphs into a girls' name, a la Sydney.  Read More 

  • Sidney

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    A contraction name, Sidney comes from Saint Denis and is related to Dioynsius, the Greek god of fertility and wine, although another theory is that it derived from an Anglo-Saxon place name, meanin... Read More 

  • Stanley

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    Although Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire personified brute force, most Stanleys have been portrayed as meek milquetoasts. Could be a Sydney-like girls' choice.  Read More 

  • Theodore

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    When Theodore Roosevelt took office in 1901, the name Theodore was in the Top 40, with Teds and Teddys everywhere. After some damaging stereotypes -- the chubby Chipmunk Theodore and Beaver Cleaver... Read More 

  • Victor

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    Victor is one of the earliest Christian names, borne (as Vittorio) by several saints and popes, symbolizing Christ's victory over death. It has been quietly in the Top 200 since 1880, but just rece... Read More 

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