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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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  • Helen

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    Helen is a name that has connoted beauty since ancient times (the mythological "face that launched a thousand ships," over whom the ten-year Trojan War was fought). The name Helen has moved in a... Read More 

  • Herbert

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    With the possible exception of Robert, all names ending in bert, from Egbert to Dilbert, are in permanent exile.  Read More 

  • Hilda

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    Short for Brunhilda, the operatic Valkyrie of Teutonic legend, Hilda still retains that image.  Read More 

  • Hortense

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    A "you can't do this to your daughter" name. 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 

  • Irma

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    Wears orthopedic shoes and support hose.  Read More 

  • Irving

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    A popular choice for first-generation Jewish-American boys whose parents looked to surnames from the British Isles to confer a measure of assimilation and class. Actor Ving Rhames streamlined and c... Read More 

  • Joan

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    Poor Joan. After being the seventh most popular name throughout the 1930s, it hasn't even appeared in the Top 1,000 for a dozen years, and it would take a Joan of Arc to revive it today. These days... Read More 

  • Loretta

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    Though Loretta has long ago lost its Latin flair, fashionable Sarah Jessica Parker's choice of it as the middle name of one of her twin daughters freshens it up a bit. It's one of several such name... Read More 

  • Marvin

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    Marvin has been neglected for so long that it's hard to believe that it has windswept Welsh roots. It also has some strong namesakes going for it--singer Marvin Gaye, composer Marvin Hamlisch and b... Read More 

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