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What baby names have been used when throughout history? Here are lists of ancient names and Presidential baby names, of baby names from Jane Austen and early African-American Names.

  • 1900's Baby Names

    The turn of the century. Sourced from the 1900's Top 50, here is a list of popular baby names which are relatively rare today. Read More 

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  • 1910's Baby Names

    The Great War. Sourced from the 1910's Top 50, here is a list of popular baby names which are relatively rare today. Read More 

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  • 1920s Baby Names

    Baby names popular in the 1920s include the following, many not often heard today. The names here are all from the Top 50 of that decade. If the Hundred Year Rule holds true, we'll be hearing more of these 1920s baby names in the near future. Read More 

    Shirley, Mary, Leonard, Carl, Richard ...

  • 1930's Baby Names

    The Great Depression. Sourced from the 1950's Top 50, here is a list of popular baby names which are relatively rare today. Read More 

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  • 1930's Baby Names

    The Great Depression. Sourced from the 1950's Top 50, here is a list of popular baby names which are relatively rare today. Read More 

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  • 1940's Baby Names

    The Second World War. Sourced from the 1940's Top 50, here is a list of popular baby names which are relatively rare today. Read More 

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  • 1950's Baby Names

    The Golden Age. Sourced from the 1950's Top 50, here is a list of popular baby names which are relatively rare today. Read More 

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  • 1960's Baby Names

    The Swinging Sixties. Sourced from the 1960's Top 50, here is a list of popular baby names which are relatively rare today. Read More 

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  • Angel Names

    We've brought heavenly names for your little cherub down to earth, from biblical messengers to guardian angels. Read More 

    Michael, Angelica, Cael, Kemuel, Rabia ...

  • Antique Baby Names Ready for Restoration

    If you're looking for somewhat unusual baby names, but ones with a solid history and vintage charm, these names are just that. Dating back to Great-Grandma's day, they've been retired long enough to feel young and fresh again. Read More 

    Josiah, Amity, Cora, Barnabas, Phineas ...

  • Bible Baby Names: Most Popular

    Bible baby names have been getting increasingly popular over the past several decades. Old Testament Names for boys, particularly, have been high on the popular baby names list, but some Biblical girls' names are also longtime favorites. Here's a selection of the most popular Bible baby names. For more unusual choices, you might also want to check the Cool Bible Baby Names list. Read More 

    Joshua, Hannah, Noah, Daniel, Eli ...

  • Bible Names for Boys

    Bible names have been popular for boys for more than a generation now, with early favorites Aaron and Adam giving way to new favorites such as Asher and Abraham. Here's our collection of biblical baby names for boys. Read More 

    Nathan, David, Jedediah, Jothan, Asher ...

  • Bible Names for Girls

    Bible names for girls have been popular for girls for more than a generation now, with early favorites Mary and Anna giving way to new favorites such as Ada and Abigail. Here's the complete collection of biblical baby names for girls. Read More 

    Abra, Keziah, Rebekah, Abiah, Tabitha ...

  • Biblical Place Names

    Biblical place names relate not to the people in the Bible but the physical places. Can these ancient place names work as contemporary baby names? We say yes. Read More 

    Idalah, Shiloh, Meribah, Canaan, Zelah ...

  • Big Apple Baby Names

    These baby names capture everything that is New York. From New York landmarks and streets to notable New Yorkers, get inspired by these big time picks from the most populous city in the US. Read More 

    Mercer, Lennon, Apollo, Dawn, Harlem ...

  • Classic Baby Names

    What are the most classic baby names for girls and boys? While there are hundreds of classic baby names from the Bible, ancient cultures, and other traditional sources in common use today, these are our picks for the most, um, classic classic baby names. Read More 

    Catherine, James, Isabel, Alexander, Laura ...

  • Classic Baby Names with a Twist

    What if you love classic baby names but want something more original? Or if you're looking to honor a relative but want to spin their classic name a bit differently? Without getting into too-crazy spelling variations or too-easy international forms, here some twists on classic baby names. Read More 

    Anton, Emmeline, Marta, Willa, Helene ...

  • College Baby Names

    When you're on the prowl for the perfect name, anything can be an inspiration. Colleges around the country provide an endless possibilities for noteworthy baby names. Check out this list of baby names, each derived from the name of a college or university: Read More 

    Cooper, Anselm, Hendrix, Clark, Carleton ...

  • Colonial Craftsmen Names

    Opening the door to America's colonial past reveals some very aniquated names that were worn by early craftsmen. Read More 

    Elijah, Phineas, Job, Ebenezer, Simon ...

  • Colonial Names for Boys

    Many of the baby names that were widely used during colonial times have fallen out of favor for long enough now to sound fresh and even cool again. If you like historic baby names but want to move beyond the Victorian and biblical choices we've heard so much of in recent years, consider these names culled from Revolutionary War rolls and eighteenth-century town histories. The only caveat: The choices are much wider and more appealing for boys than for girls. Read More 

    Phineas, Jonas, Horatio, Obadiah, Cotton ...

  • Colonial Names for Girls

    Many colonial names have fallen out of favor for long enough now to sound fresh and even cool again. If you like historic baby names but want to move beyond the Victorian and biblical baby names we've heard so much of in recent years, consider these names culled from Revolutionary War rolls and eighteenth-century town histories. The only caveat: The choices are much wider and more appealing for boys than for girls. Read More 

    Charity, Temperance, Abitha, Theodosia, Tabitha ...

  • Cool Bible Baby Names

    Cool Bible Baby Names are those that move beyond the biblical baby names that have been popular for several decades now. Such previously off-limits Bible names as Moses and Noah are now completely baby-worthy and ever-more-obscure baby names from the Bible are being revived all the time. For more popular Bible names, check the Biblical Baby Names: Most Popular list. Here are the top cool baby names from the Bible. Read More 

    Seth, Boaz, Tamar, Isaiah, Zebedee ...

  • Cool Boy Names From Ancient Cultures

    Unique baby names are the order of the day, yet why invent a unique name when there are so many ancient names -- from Rome and Byzantium, from Olde England and Germany -- that deserve to be unearthed in the interest of cool? Here's a selection of worthy ancient choices, from a range of eras and places, that make unique baby names for boys. Read More 

    Titus, Seneca, Remus, Decimus, Justus ...

  • Cool Girl Names from Ancient Cultures

    There are so many ancient names for girls -- from Rome and Byzantium, from Olde England and Germany -- that deserve to be unearthed in the interest of cool. Here's a selection of worthy ancient names, from a range of eras and places, that make unique baby names for girls. Read More 

    Abelia, Lucretia, Fabia, Severina, Mahala ...

  • Cool Midcentury Baby Names

    Midcentury houses are in, midcentury furniture is in, so why not midcentury baby names? Maybe because too many of them feel like the dowdy, overplayed Baby Boomer names just heading into retirement and not due back in style for another generation or two. But some cool guy and girl midcentury names, with their sleek lines and no-nonsense feel, can work now. Read More 

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  • Cool Vintage Baby Names

    Vintage baby names are very cool these days....and cool vintage names are very Nameberry. So does that mean that all vintage baby names are cool? Not exactly. Here are some of the coolest -- at least by popular agreement -- right now. Read More 

    Ruby, Theo, Asa, Winifred, Louisa ...

  • Cowboy Baby Names

    Looking for a name that says cowboy boots and stirrups? Check out this list of cowboy baby names, many of them inspired by Westerns of the last century. Read More 

    Lucius, Reece, Cash, Jebadiah, Amos ...

  • Early African-American Names

    Early American slave rolls are filled with classical and biblical names designed to show off the slave-owners' education and not normally used for whites; variations of African day names and place-names; along with other unusual names more closely identified over the years with black than white American culture. Some of the most notable: Read More 

    March, Dolly, Pascal, Pompey, Hagar ...

  • Easter Baby Names

    Expecting an Easter baby? These baby names refer to the springtime holiday, including international names for Easter, Easter flowers, biblical personages connected with the holiday, or Easter's symbolism of rebirth. Read More 

    Renato, Daffodil, Breton, Renata, Butterfly ...

  • Girls' Names With Gravity

    For many parents, girls' names (and boys' names too) should carry more than an attractive sound and appealing image; they should have real history behind them. These names relate to a range of impressive personages, real and imagined, and also have both breadth and depth in terms of the meaning they convey. Inspired by a fascinating discussion on our forums, here are some girls' names with history and weight. Read More 

    Phoebe, Anna, Emma, Agnes, Elizabeth ...

  • Gladiator Baby Names

    Gladiator baby names -- boys' names from Ancient Rome -- are suddenly hot again after a couple of millennia, thanks to Hunger Games, HBO's Rome, Atticus Finch, and Russell Crowe. If you're looking for a baby name for your own little gladiator -- or emperor or god, for that matter -- consider the following. Read More 

    Caius, Severus, Cassius, Aurelius, Septimus ...

  • Goddess Baby Names

    Goddess names, the names of mythological figures from all over the world, seem more baby appropriate now that ever, with the rise of ancient Roman names and the discovery of many antique choices. Baby names for your own little goddess might include the following. Read More 

    Sabrina, Padma, Grania, Devi, Deva ...

  • Gothic Baby Names

    Gothic baby names relate to the culture that combines horror with romanticism. Gothic can refer to the medieval or the modern; Gothic style encompasses music and architecture, literature and fashion. Here are some names that, for a range of reasons, might be considered Gothic. Baby appropriate? In a dark sort of way.... Read More 

    Tempest, Abraxas, Drusilla, Edwina, Morrigan ...

  • Heroine Baby Names

    If you want to give your little girl an inspirational name drawn from a heroine of the past or present, in the arts or politics, real or fictional but always inspirational, consult this list of heroine baby names. Read More 

    Anais, Bronte, Rosa, Grace, Beatrix ...

  • Jane Austen Baby Names

    If you're a fan of Jane Austen, you might draw inspiration for baby names from her characters. These classic baby names are perfect for parents who value strength, sophistication, and substance. Read More 

    Mary, Elizabeth, Elton, Darcy, John ...

  • Jewel Baby Names

    Jewel names were popular a century ago and they're back in style now as baby names. Among the jewel names you might want to consider for your little gem, er, girl, are: Read More 

    Coral, Sapphire, Topaz, Gemma, Ruby ...

  • Midcentury Baby Names

    Midcentury furniture may be in, but midcentury baby names, not so much. These are the names of the Baby Boomers, new or about-to-be grandmas and grandpas of today, and their names feel middle-aged to young parents. Wait a generation or two, and given the hundred year rule, you might look for these midcentury names to make a comeback as baby names in the 2040s and 2050s. Read More 

    Donna, Gary, Neil, Janet, Roger ...

  • Mythological Baby Names for Boys

    Baby names inspired by mythological figures are on the rise, inspired by the use of mythological names for boys in the Hunger Games series. The pantheon of Greek and Roman deities and other classical mythological figures can provide an abundant source of audacious baby names, all combining deep history with not-heard-in-a-long-time freshness. Mythological names that might sound right for modern baby boys include: Read More 

    Odin, Mercury, Oceanus, Odysseus, Osiris ...

  • Mythological Baby Names for Girls

    Mythological baby names for girls can impart both tradition and strength to a child. The pantheon of Greek and Roman deities and other classical mythological figures can provide an abundant source of audacious options, all combining deep history with not-heard-in-a-long-time freshness. Read More 

    Neith, Enid, Rhea, Hestia, Acantha ...

  • Number One Baby Names

    Baby names that have achieved the top standing in the U.S. are an elite group. Since the beginning of American baby-naming time, 1880, there have been only 16 baby names that have reached Number One, with Emma and David only touching the top for one year each and Ashley for just two. The all-time Number One baby names in the U.S. are: Read More 

    Jacob, David, Emily, Sophia, Michael ...

  • Old Lady Names

    Old lady names are cool by virtue of their very disdain for fashion. If you're interested in the baby names on this list, check out our blog on old lady names for more commentary and ideas. Read More 

    Dora, Evelyn, Ursula, Miriam, Etta ...

  • Old Man Names

    Old man names like Max and Sam and Henry have been used for babies for so long now that they no longer sound like old man names. But don't worry, there are plenty more where those came from. To qualify as a cool old man name, a name has to feel both classic and slightly moth-eaten, like the perfect vintage suit. Read More 

    Sidney, Murray, Harvey, Milton, Raymond ...

  • 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. Read More 

    Gladys, Bertha, Loretta, Hilda, Hortense ...

  • 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: Read More 

    Emma, Beatrice, George, Martin, Elijah ...

  • Papal Names

    The selection of Pope Francis I has added a new name to the ist of papal names, which began in the year 32 with St. Peter. Here are some other names of popes that are still usable today--many of them worn by multiple bearers. Read More 

    John, Peter, Marcus, Marcellus, Linus ...

  • Patriotic Baby Names

    Baby names with a patriotic flavor honor the land of the free and the home of the brave. Whether you're having a fourth of July baby, or you're just a proud American, here is a list of patriotic baby names sure to pay tribute to America. Read More 

    Grant, Quincy, Jackie, Jersey, Eleanor ...

  • Presidential Baby Names

    Presidential surnames are becoming increasingly stylish as baby names, ideally as a way to give your child something to live up to. Read More 

    Roosevelt, Taylor, Tyler, Truman, Obama ...

  • Roman Names

    Roman Names are suddenly hot and fresh again as baby names, partly thanks to The Hunger Games, the futuristic book that featured Roman names for most of the male characters, partly because of the HBO series Rome, and also thanks to the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird and its hero Atticus Finch. Roman baby names on today's roster include several familiar choices along with even more fascinating names yet to be revived. Read More 

    Maxima, Drusilla, Remus, Decima, Urbana ...

  • Royal Names for Boys

    Royal names for boys on this list are those used by the British royal family for over a thousand years. Some of the royal names for boy you might consider are: Read More 

    Edgar, Edward, Jasper, Henry, John ...

  • Royal Names for Girls

    Royal names on this list come from those used by the British royal family over the centuries. Royal names for girls you might consider include: Read More 

    Judith, Sarah, Helen, Maud, Isabella ...

  • Saints' Names

    Here's proof that you can find saints' names that go way beyond the stodgy Anne or Francis. Following is a selection of some of the coolest saints' names for babies. Read More 

    Felicity, Romeo, Oliver, Conan, Joaquina ...

  • Saints' Names For Boys

    It is tradition in the Roman Catholic Church for a child receiving baptism to be given a saints' name. However, even parents who don't find themselves particularly religious have begun to take interest in the rare, uplifting, and sometimes unheard-of names of saints' for their sons and daughters. This list includes the likes of saints' names for boys. Read More 

    Malachy, Ives, Leo, Cloud, Bruno ...

  • Saints' Names for Girls

    Saints' names are still required for a Roman Catholic baptism, but beyond religious strictures, you might be interested in saints as inspirational namesakes or as a source of unusual ancient names. This list includes a range of saints' names for girls, from the classic to the cool to the rarely-heard. Read More 

    Cleopatra, Flavia, Juliana, Jeanne, Irene ...

  • Shakespearean Names

    Shakespearean names were drawn by the Bard from a range of ancient and modern cultures. Many have survived through the ages and are ripe for modern play. Among the Shakespearean names we recommend are the following. Read More 

    Jaques, Malcolm, Desdemona, Jupiter, Juliet ...

  • Steampunk Baby Names

    The steampunk movement has been inspired by literature and cinema, blending futuristic themes with 19th century Victorian style. Think alternate history meets science fiction entwined with elements of steam power and clockwork. Here is a list of baby names incorporating this unique style. Read More 

    Evangelene, Sophronia, Cyrus, Cecelia, Granville ...

  • Traditional Baby Names

    Traditional baby names, by our definition, are those that have been used consistently in English-speaking countries for centuries -- and are still in widespread use. Traditional baby names might not be the most exciting choices in the book, but they are the most reliable. Here are some of the top traditional baby names for both boys and girls. Read More 

    Margaret, Patricia, Charles, Anne, Katherine ...

  • Unique Baby Names from History

    Unique baby names aren't only the new and the invented; there are also many highly unusual names with deep historic roots. Read more about this topic in our blog on unique baby names from history. Here's a selection of the most intriguing. Read More 

    Idonea, Jevon, Haidee, Iolo, Averil ...

  • Unusual Biblical Baby Names

    The Bible is full of names, many of them having grown more popular as baby names over recent years but hundreds of others still unusual. Unusual biblical baby names for boys and girls from both the Old and New Testaments include the following. Read More 

    Rosh, Tabitha, Hezekiah, Keziah, Jotham ...

  • Victorian Royal Baby Names

    Queen Victoria named six of nine children after either herself or her husband Prince Albert, making the royal baby names from the 19th and early 20th centuries a cozy bunch. The full list of royal names from the Victorian era includes: Read More 

    Norah, Edward, Charlotte, Viktoria, Lord ...

  • Vintage Baby Names

    Vintage baby names are among the most fashionable today, for girls as well as boys. Choosing a vintage name can give you the best of all worlds, drawing on classic inspiration with modern style. Vintage baby names are drawn from the popularity lists of a hundred years ago, from classic literature along with biblical and royal sources. Here, a list of the vintage baby names stylish today. Read More 

    Martin, Louis, Hazel, Miranda, Violet ...

  • Vintage Baby Names for Boys

    Vintage baby names for boys are in style now, along with vintage clothes and furniture. The most popular vintage baby names for boys include the following. Read More 

    Sebastian, Edwin, Jacob, Isaiah, Theo ...

  • Vintage Baby Names for Girls

    Vintage baby names for girls are as chic as vintage clothes and furniture. The vintage baby names for girls that are most stylish today include the following. Read More 

    Margaret, Penelope, Sabrina, Isabella, Sophie ...

  • Vintage Nicknames for Boys

    Vintage nicknames that were once widely used for boys and might be revived by modern parents include: Read More 

    Clem, Cal, Bat, Tobe, Bige ...

  • Vintage Nicknames for Girls

    There's a group of vintage nicknames for girls that were used in the distant past and are all but forgotten now. The following might be worth a fresh look. Check our larger Nicknames for Girls list for more choices. Read More 

    Lou, Nellie, Doe, Ria, Flossie ...

  • Virtue Names

    Virtue names, favored by the Puritans, represent qualities we should embody or at least aspire to. Virtue names that can work as modern baby names include: Read More 

    Patience, Merritt, Noble, Cornelia, Illumination ...

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