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Old People Names

Old people names -- or rather, #oldpeoplenames -- is a Twitter phenomenon, whereby people contribute their ideas of which baby names are, you guessed it, old people names. Some of the ideas that pop up on Twitter, from Marvin to Myrtle, are good ones, while others miss the mark. True old people names still carry the whiff of the nursing home, even if they're newly considered fit for babies.

Here, the names we consider Old People Names.

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  • 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 

  • Bernie

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  • Bertha

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    Ever since the enormous German cannon was dubbed by Allied soldiers "Big Bertha" in World War I, this name hasn't worked for a sweet little baby girl. But this was not always so. Hard as it might ... Read More 

  • Betty

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    Combine the popularity of Betty White and Mad Men 's glamorous Betty Draper Francis, with the residual sweetness of Ugly Betty 's Betty Suarez, and the result is an impending return of the name. It... Read More 

  • Donald

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    Donald has been used for centuries in Scotland, where the Macdonald clan is one of the most ancient and where there have been six early Scottish kings by that name. Donald was a Top 20 name through... Read More 

  • Earl

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    It may have a noble ranking, but Earl is likely these days to be either wearing overalls or hunched over his desk crunching numbers with an adding machine.  Read More 

  • Ethel

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    Ethel is a name we once declared as 'So Far Out They'll Probably Always Be Out,' but with the return of other names on that list and with its new starbaby cred via Lily Allen, its soft sound and ad... 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 

  • Gladys

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    Hard as it might be to believe, Gladys was the Harper of 1900, emerging almost out of nowhere to take the naming world by storm, becoming a favorite among parents--and writers of romantic Edwardian... 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 

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