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Historic Name News

Historic names drawn from a range of periods of the past, from Ancient Rome to the late 20th century, are the focus of the news stories and analysis here. If you're interested in finding historic names for your baby or in expanding your knowledge about names throughout history, this is the category for you.

Do You *Really* Know What These Names Mean?
Sun Sep 26 2021

Do You *Really* Know What These Names Mean?

You've looked up the meaning of your favorite name, you love it... and then another source says it means something totally different! How do you know which one is right? Aili Winstanley Channer explains why, for many well-known names, there's room for both.
Photography Names Are Picture-Perfect
Tue Sep 07 2021

Photography Names Are Picture-Perfect

Though photography is one of the youngest art forms, there has been enough history to produce an aggregation of interesting names; from Ansel to Imogen to Zanele.
Real Romani Baby Names Make History
Sat Aug 28 2021

Real Romani Baby Names Make History

Unearthing a fascinating collection of old Romani names that were used in England around the turn of the last century.
The REAL Top Baby Names of All Time!
Thu Aug 19 2021

The REAL Top Baby Names of All Time!

We crunch the numbers to reveal the *real* top baby names of all time, once all variant spellings are combined. Does your name make the list?
Cool, Unique Saints’ Names Have Faith and Form
Sat Aug 07 2021

Cool, Unique Saints’ Names Have Faith and Form

There are so many saints' names beyond the obvious; here are some that are both unusual and cool.
Old Man Names Get a New Lease of Life
Sun Aug 01 2021

Old Man Names Get a New Lease of Life

Old man names for babies are finally following their female counterparts into the spotlight. Find out where your name style falls on the cool-clunky scale!
Doll Names: Traveling Back in Time
Tue Jul 27 2021

Doll Names: Traveling Back in Time

Through the years, from Barbara Lou to Barbie, dolls' ID tags have said a lot about name trends.
Old People Names: Predicting the Next Wave
Mon Jul 12 2021

Old People Names: Predicting the Next Wave

Old people names are the edgy old-fashioned choices that make a real style statement. Here are 14 under-the-radar choices we think could – or should – be in the next wave of vintage revivals.
Names Inspired by Tarot Cards
Fri Jul 02 2021

Names Inspired by Tarot Cards

There are 22 major arcana cards in the Tarot deck, each one associated with a name. Guest blogger Isadora Vega interprets tarot card names for us here.
Ann Alternatives: Updating a Classic
Mon Jun 28 2021

Ann Alternatives: Updating a Classic

Looking for alternatives to Ann or fresh routes to Annie? We take a look all of her variations, from elaborations to combination names to international imports.
Vintage Surname Names Come Back Around
Thu Jun 17 2021

Vintage Surname Names Come Back Around

Vintage surname names? Yes, this modern trend isn't so modern after all. See the top surname names from a century ago, along with unique choices from our secret source.
Cornish Baby Names Blend Ancient and Modern
Sat May 29 2021

Cornish Baby Names Blend Ancient and Modern

If you are looking for a name with Celtic heritage and a unique yet oddly familiar ring – then look no further than the offerings from Cornwall.
Mom Names Get Younger
Sun May 09 2021

Mom Names Get Younger

Today's Mom Names are yesterday's Cool Girl Names.
Edwardian Names Ready to Revive
Mon Apr 26 2021

Edwardian Names Ready to Revive

Edwardian names stand out due to the sheer variety of different names used. Discover some of the most surprising trends among Edwardian baby namers.
Royal Baby Names Rule
Thu Apr 15 2021

Royal Baby Names Rule

Our ultimate guide to royal names! Discover popular and classic names fit for a king or queen, see what today’s princely parents are naming their children, and check out more names with regal meanings.
Tudor Names Are Rich in History
Mon Mar 29 2021

Tudor Names Are Rich in History

Tudor names include some fascinating lost gems, names rich in history but now all but forgotten. British naming expert Eleanor Nickerson highlights some of the most interesting names of the Tudor Era.
A Brief History of Black Names, From Perlie to Latasha
Sat Feb 06 2021

A Brief History of Black Names, From Perlie to Latasha

Scholars have long considered distinctively Black names to be a product of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, but recent research shows that Black names have been around for centuries.
Names Honor Martin Luther King Jr
Mon Jan 18 2021

Names Honor Martin Luther King Jr

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, we look at some of the most important names in the inspiring civil rights hero’s public and private life.
Best Rare Names from 100 Years Ago
Sun Jan 03 2021

Best Rare Names from 100 Years Ago

Rare names from 100 years ago that were fashionable during the Roaring Twenties, but feel fresh and unique today.
Flower Name Meanings Hold Secrets
Mon Nov 09 2020

Flower Name Meanings Hold Secrets

Flower name meanings hold secrets related to friendship and love that Victorians used to convey hidden messages.
The Name Joe Finally Gets Presidential
Sat Nov 07 2020

The Name Joe Finally Gets Presidential

Thanks to President-elect Joe Biden, the name Joe has finally joined the elite roster of presidents’ names. Joe might be the ultimate friendly, down-to-earth, good guy name, and one of the most popular boy names for all of American history. But unlike its fellow traditional, perennially popular boys’ names, Joe has until now never reached […]
Victorian Baby Names Revive an Era
Mon Oct 26 2020

Victorian Baby Names Revive an Era

Victorian baby names feel fresh and strong, even as other vintage names rise up the charts. We round up the best popular and unique Victorian picks.
Where to Find Cool Vintage Girl Names
Fri Oct 09 2020

Where to Find Cool Vintage Girl Names

So you’re looking for cool vintage girl names. The perfect name has to have style. It has to have charm! It shouldn’t be common. You refuse to be scoffed at! We get it. Yes, these seemingly elusive qualities are hard to capture all in one name, but hey, that’s why we’re here. We’ve identified one […]
Exploring the Meaning of Julian
Sun Oct 04 2020

Exploring the Meaning of Julian

Our search for the meaning of Julian takes us through 3000 years of history, telling the story of Roman civilization from its foundation to its fall.
Unraveling the Origins of Evelyn
Mon Aug 31 2020

Unraveling the Origins of Evelyn

What is the meaning of Evelyn? Where does it come from? We take a deep dive into the fascinating history of the name Evelyn in search of the answers.