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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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  • Maude

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    Maude, also spelled Maud, is a lacy, mauve-tinted name that was wildly popular a hundred years ago, but has been rarely heard in the past fifty. Some stylish parents are starting to choose it again... Read More 

  • Mercy

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    The quality of mercy makes this lovely Puritan virtue name undervalued today. Rarely heard since the late nineteenth century, we see Mercy as one choice destined for a comeback. Right now, it's b... Read More 

  • Minnie

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    Minnie was wildly popular at the turn of the last century--it was the fifth or sixth most popular name throughout the 1880s-- but is completely obscure today. Blame Mickey's girlfriend. Though it's... Read More 

  • Nathaniel

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    Although Nathan is more popular, the more dignified Nathaniel is firmly in the Top 100 and has been since the 1980s. Despite the profusion of Nat names around, Nathaniel remains singularly appeali... 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 

  • Olive

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    Though greatly overshadowed by the trendy Olivia, Olive has a quiet, subtle appeal of its own -- and is now enjoying a remarkable comeback. It returned to the Top 1000 in 2007, and has jumped 631 p... Read More 

  • Oscar

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    Oscar, a round and jovial choice, is a grandpa name that's fast taking over from such urban trendies as Max and Sam. Actors Hugh Jackman and Gillian Anderson chose Oscar for their sons. In Irish ... Read More 

  • Philip

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    Philip, the name of one of the twelve apostles, is still favored by parents in search of a solid boys' classic that is less neutral than Robert or John and more distinctive than Daniel or Matthew a... Read More 

  • Phineas

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    Julia Roberts drew the biblical Phineas into the limelight when she chose it, with the even-more-antique spelling Phinnaeus, for her twin son, now called Finn. Phineas had last been heard from via ... Read More 

  • Ralph

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    Ralph has two diametrically different images: there's the suave Ralph Fiennes-type Brit (often pronounced Rafe), and then there's the Jackie Gleason blue-collar, bowling blowhard Ralph Kramden bus ... Read More 

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