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Old-Fashioned Baby Names

Old-fashioned baby names sound new again: We mean the gently old-fashioned vintage names last popular a century ago. Some of the old-fashioned baby names recommended for your consideration today include:
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  • Catherine

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    Catherine is one of the oldest and most consistently well-used female names, with endless variations and nicknames. The Catherine form feels more gently old-fashioned and feminine than the more pop... Read More 

  • Cecily

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    Cecily is as dainty as a lace handkerchief. Sisters of Cecily that may also interest you: Cecilia, Celia, Cicely, and Celestia. Cecily has a wide assortment of namesakes. One Cecily was the moth... Read More 

  • Chester

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    Chester is a comfortable, little-used teddy-bear of a name that suddenly sounds both quirky and cuddly. Chester was a Top 100 name from the 1880s to 1929, gradually fading till it finally dropped ... Read More 

  • Clara

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    Long relegated to an Olde World backwater, the European-flavored Clara has been speeding up the charts on sleeker sister Claire's coattails for the past few decades. Now, many would say the vintag... Read More 

  • Clarence

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    The name of the guardian angel in It's a Wonderful Life is rarely heard the rest of the year because of its studious, near-nerdy image, but this could change in the current naming climate. An Eng... Read More 

  • Cora

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    Cora is a lovely, old-fashioned name -- Cora was a daughter of Zeus and Cora Munro is the heroine of The Last of the Mohicans (in fact James Fenimore Cooper probably invented it for his 1826 novel)... Read More 

  • Dorothea

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    Dorothea is a flowing and romantic Victorian-sounding name which was popular in the early decades of the twentieth century, but has been off the charts since 1970. Definitely on the brink of a rev... Read More 

  • Edgar

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    Edgar is an Old English name historically associated with the tenth century English king known as Edgar the Peaceful, and there was also a King Edgar of Scotland. Edgar has been a stalwart on the ... Read More 

  • Edith

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    Edith was a hugely popular name a hundred years ago that's being revived among stylish parents in London--iand is beginning to gain traction here among those with a taste for old-fashioned names wi... Read More 

  • Eleanor

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    Eleanor, a stately name that has been in and out of fashion since Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine brought it from France to England in the twelfth century, is hot again. Eleanor's straightforward femini... Read More 

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