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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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  • Rosemary

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    One of the original smoosh names, this amalgam of two classics projects a sweet, somewhat old-fashioned sensibility; it could come back as an aromatic nature/herb name. In ancient legend, Rosemary... Read More 

  • Samuel

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    Samuel has long been a popular Old Testament classic, and is currently just inside the Top 25, with close to 11,000 boys named Samuel annually. Its continued use is somewhat propelled by the likabi... Read More 

  • Sebastian

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    Sebastian is an ancient martyr's name turned literary, and "Little Mermaid" hero -- think Sebastian the Crab -- that's entered the Top 50 (rising 19 places this year) as a classic-yet-unconventiona... Read More 

  • Sophia

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    Sophia, the Number 1 girls' name in the US since 2011, has a sensuous sound and high-minded meaning. Sophia's been chosen by several celeb parents, and reached the top of the charts without losing ... Read More 

  • Thaddeus

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    Thaddeus, a distinguished, long-neglected appellation, has several areas of appeal: a solid New Testament legacy, a nice antique feel, and the choice of several more modern nicknames and internatio... Read More 

  • Theo

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    Many modern parents use Theo as the short form for Theodore rather than the dated Ted--including some celebs, such as Dallas Bryce Howard-- but others bypass the Grandpa name Theodore entirely and ... Read More 

  • Virgil

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    The name of the greatest Roman poet and an early Irish saint who believed the earth was round, Virgil is rarely heard nowadays, but it retains a certain pleasantly fusty feel and likable southern t... Read More 

  • Walter

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    Walter was seen as a noble name in the Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Walter Scott era, but then spent decades in baby name limbo. Now quite a few independent-minded parents are looking at it as a rene... Read More 

  • Winifred

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    One of the few remaining unrestored vintage gems, with a choice of two winning nicknames--the girlish Winnie and the tomboyish Freddie--as well as the slight stretch Freda. Winifred, the name of a... Read More 

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