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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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  • 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 

  • Myrtle

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    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, and look at is as a nature name, a plant w... Read More 

  • Norma

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    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

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

  • Pearl

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

  • Rhoda

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    To those who remember, Rhoda is still stuck with the 1970s sitcom Bronx accent of Rhoda Morgenstern. But Rhoda is also a name that can be found in the New Testament as a servant girl in the house o... 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 

  • Thelma

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

  • Velma

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    Out playing bridge with Thelma and Selma.  Read More 

  • Vern

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