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:
  • Henry

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Henry, after hovering around the latter half of the Top 100 for 35 years, is now at its highest point since World War II. Its stylishness has increased substantially to the point where in upmarket... Read More 

  • Homer

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Homer is a name that has traveled from the ancient Greek scribe of the great classical epics to Bart Simpson's doltish dad -- and has also become the surprise hot celebrity pick of such parents as... Read More 

  • Howard

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Howard, once hugely popular -- in the Top 50 from the 1870s to early 1950s, hitting Number 24 in 1920 -- has been stuck in Dad-Grandad limbo for decades, but is showing some signs of stirring back... Read More 

  • Ida

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Many vowel names stylish a century ago are coming back, and Ida seems like a possible, logical successor to Ada and Ava.

    A century ago, Ida was considered "sweet as apple cider," and... Read More 

  • Isaac

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Isaac has shaved off his biblical beard and leaped into the Top 35, where it's been for the past few years -- outrunning cousin Isaiah -- and showing signs of heading even higher. A favorite of... Read More 

  • Isabel

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    The charming Isabel is hugely fashionable again, a century after its first wave of success. And it's easy to see why: it's ladylike (a la Isabel Archer in Henry James's Portrait of a... Read More 

  • Jasper

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Jasper has a lot going for it -- it's been rocketing up the ranks in the US, after long being considered a posh and charming name in England. Distinctly masculine, Jasper represents a variety of... Read More 

  • Josephine

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    With its large measure of class and character and a gently offbeat quality, plus an intriguing number of vivacious nicknames, it's no wonder Josephine is a Nameberry favorite and climbing up the... Read More 

  • Josiah

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Josiah -- a biblical name with lots of quaint, old-fashioned charm -- makes a much fresher sounding alternative to either Joseph or Joshua, combining the best of both. Josiah is now at Number 64,... Read More 

  • Julian

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Julian is a rising star, having overcome the somewhat pale, aesthetic image it projected in the past and become a solid, handsome, recommended choice, and now solidly in the Top 50. ... Read More 

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