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.

  • Murray

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Murray, you may be surprised to discover, is a Scottish surname name --that of an ancient noble clan--with a sea-swept meaning, and just could be in the next wave of reevaluated grandpa names.... Read More 

  • Myrtle

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Long in our category of so-far-out-it-will-always-be-out category, seen as a gum-cracking 1940's telephone operator, we think maybe it's time to reassess Myrtle, and look at is as a nature name, a... Read More 

  • Norma

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Invented for Bellini's opera, Norma had some star quality in the silent-screen and Marilyn Monroe days, but at this point it's a graying grandma in baby name limbo. Read More 

  • Norman

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Norman, perhaps because it sounds so much like the word 'normal', conjures up the image of a normal-looking guy with a normal kind of job-- not necessarily an image many modern parents seek for... Read More 

  • Pearl

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Pearl, like Ruby, has begun to be polished up for a new generation of fashionable children after a century of jewellery box storage. The birthstone for the month of June, Pearl could also make a... Read More 

  • Rhoda

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    To those who remember, Rhoda is still stuck with the brassy Bronx 1970s sitcom Rhoda Morgenstern. But Rhoda has a much longer history--it is a name that can be found in the New Testament as a... Read More 

  • Seymour

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    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 

  • Thelma

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    If you're desperate to honor an ancestor named Thelma, think Thea instead. Read More 

  • Velma

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Out playing bridge with Thelma and Selma. Read More 

  • Vern

    Gender: M LoveDislike

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