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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. You can also search Historic Names by list.

Moonstruck Names: Lunar names from Calypso to Cressida
Sun Nov 20 2022

Moonstruck Names: Lunar names from Calypso to Cressida

Shimmering moon names drawn from the worlds of Greek myth and Shakespeare's plays.
Popular Names Your Mom Never Heard Of
Fri Nov 11 2022

Popular Names Your Mom Never Heard Of

We crunched the numbers to reveal the modern baby names most likely to get that “His name’s what?!” reaction from Grandma. These names were all given to over 1000 babies last year, but were entirely absent from the charts three decades ago.
These Names Are Older Than You Think
Thu Oct 27 2022

These Names Are Older Than You Think

Some ancient names have aged so well that their antique origins can be hard to reconcile with the image they conjure up today. From Candace to Chad, discover 25 of the most surprising ancient names here.
Where to Find A Cool Vintage Girl Name
Tue Oct 04 2022

Where to Find A Cool Vintage Girl Name

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. We get it. Yes, these seemingly elusive qualities are hard to capture all in one name, but hey, that’s why we’re here.
Unraveling the Origins of Evelyn
Thu Sep 29 2022

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.
Saint Names: Patrons of the Arts
Sat Sep 24 2022

Saint Names: Patrons of the Arts

Saint names are spiritual and significant, and these beautiful options are perfect for parents of a creative persuasion. Patron saints of painters and poets, bookbinders and architects might give heavenly inspiration to a budding artist.
Photography Names Are Picture-Perfect
Tue Sep 20 2022

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.
Vintage Surname Names Come Back Around
Wed Sep 14 2022

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.
Traditional Boy Names: The Ultimate Guide
Mon Sep 12 2022

Traditional Boy Names: The Ultimate Guide

Traditional boy names are cool and classic, and never out of style (although not always popular!) Check out our ultimate guide to finding the perfect one.
Do You *Really* Know What These Names Mean?
Mon Sep 12 2022

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.
Elizabeth: The Name That Has Everything
Thu Sep 08 2022

Elizabeth: The Name That Has Everything

In honor of Queen Elizabeth II, who died today, a deeper look at her extraordinary name and its many amazing variations.
Victorian Baby Names Revive an Era
Mon Aug 22 2022

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.
Unique Saint Names Have Faith and Form
Fri Aug 12 2022

Unique Saint Names Have Faith and Form

There are so many inspiring saint names beyond the obvious candidates. Here are a selection of favorites that are both unusual and stylish.
Unusual Bible Names Feel Fresh Again
Sat Jul 30 2022

Unusual Bible Names Feel Fresh Again

Unusual Bible names that are ready to make it in the modern world! From Ashbel to Zillah, these cool Biblical baby names feel unique, but totally on-trend.
Old People Names: Predicting the Next Wave
Tue Jul 12 2022

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.
Waldorf Names: Whimsical and Wonderful
Sat Jul 02 2022

Waldorf Names: Whimsical and Wonderful

On the roster for Waldorf schools, you'll find children's names ticking many of the hottest trend boxes: names from nature and seasons, history and books, and classics hiding in plain sight. Discover the best names with this aesthetic — often ahead of the curve, sometimes way outside it.
Names Inspired by Tarot Cards
Sat Jul 02 2022

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
Thu Jun 02 2022

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.
100+ New Nameberry Names for 2022
Mon May 30 2022

100+ New Nameberry Names for 2022

Unique and intriguing names abound in our exclusive roundup of the newest names on Nameberry – many of them suggested by our very own international Berry community!
Truly Unique Names You’ll Never Meet IRL
Fri May 13 2022

Truly Unique Names You’ll Never Meet IRL

Truly unique baby names we can (almost) guarantee you'll never hear in the wild! From Anstice to Zennor, these 20 cool choices have never charted in the US.
Mom Names That Might Surprise You
Sun May 08 2022

Mom Names That Might Surprise You

Today's Mom Names are yesterday's Cool Girl Names.
Ancient Roman Names For Modern Babies
Sat Apr 30 2022

Ancient Roman Names For Modern Babies

Find out how the Romans really named their children — and which names from ancient Rome are making a comeback today.
Edwardian Names Ready to Revive
Sat Apr 30 2022

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.
Updating Popular 1950s Names
Fri Apr 01 2022

Updating Popular 1950s Names

If you’re looking for ways to update popular 1950s names for a modern baby, the good news is that there is plenty of scope for creativity! You might choose a fresher version of the name or look to meaning or key sounds to find clever ways to reinvent important honor names.
Tudor Names Are Rich in History
Tue Mar 29 2022

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.