Cottagecore Baby Names Turn Back the Clock

October 20, 2020 Sophie Kihm
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Cottagecore is a recent aesthetic trend defined by an appreciation for romanticized rural life, according to The New York Times. Hobbies such as bread baking, embroidery, and mushroom foraging are among the wholesome, nostalgic elements of the cottagecore lifestyle.

Cottagecore baby names, too, evoke this bucolic way of life. These vintage names with soft sounds and calming auras easily fit in with the lace-trimmed aesthetics of cottagecore.

If it feels like a name out of Little Women or Pride & Prejudice, or that of a 19th-century child living in the countryside, there’s a good chance it’s a cottagecore baby name. Below, a selection of the most fashionable choices right now, as well as a quiz to discover your cottagecore name.

Cottagecore Names for Girls

Clover: The cottagecore lifestyle embraces simple, natural living. Clover speaks to the latter with its botanical connection.

Eliza: Spunky and smart, traditional and charming, Eliza embodies the cottagecore aesthetic to a tee.

Faye: A twee, old-fashioned name meaning “fairy,” Faye is practically perfect for a cottagecore girl. Flower fairies are a common cottagecore interest.

Flora: The ethereal, vintage name Flora is making a comeback that mirrors the rise of the cottagecore trend.

Harriet/Hattie: The combination of Harriet and Hattie is ideal for cottagecore name and nickname, capturing seriousness and sweetness in one.

Jane: In its relative plainness, Jane resonates with the uncomplicated, fuss-free virtues of cottagecore.

Maisie: Gentle and pure Maisie would feel right at home as the name of someone living a pastoral cottagecore life.

Matilda: The name of a cottagecore hero, Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Plus, Matilda comes with a variety of cottagecore-approved nicknames — Maude, Tilly, and Tilda.

Nellie: Cottagecore harks back to the turn of the century, during which Nellie was a Top 100 name. Parents have recently rediscovered Nellie for their daughters, and shorter form Nell is on the rise as well.

Opal: Opal is undergoing a revival along with many other gem-related names. If you’re worried that it’s too grandma-ish, well, that’s part of the cottagecore appeal.

Rosemary: Rosemary is the sort of plant a cottagecore-devotee grows in their backyard garden, and it’s also a perfect cottagecore baby name.

Winifred: Slightly offbeat and very endearing, much like the archetypical cottagecore woman.

Cottagecore Names for Boys

Ambrose: A grandpa name on the rise, Ambrose checks all the cottagecore baby name boxes: traditional, old-fashioned, mellow, and unworldly.

Amias: The soft sounds of Amias — a recent vintage hit — are sure to appeal to the cottagecore parent.

Asher: Among biblical baby names, Asher is the best suited for cottagecore. As a bonus, Asher boasts the nature nickname Ash.

Edmund: The hero of any historical novel set in England or the ultimate cottagecore name for a boy? Spoiler alert: it’s both.

Harvey: We thought Harvey might have been done-in by the hurricane and scandals of 2017, yet it’s on the rebound. It must be that cottagecore charm.

Jack: Cottagecore is about going back to basics, and the recent rise of short and simple Jack reflects the sentiment.

Jasper: One of the few gemstone names used mostly for boys, Jasper is masculine yet subdued — an ideal combination for the son of a cottagecore parent.

Linus: Linus’s wholesome image — much due to the blanket-toting Peanuts character — places it among our favorite cottagecore names for boys.

Lyle: Understated and bookish Lyle has a certain serenity so coveted by the cottagecore community.

Miles: Slightly sensitive and exceedingly handsome, it’s easy to picture a cottagecore Miles writing letters by candlelight and reading books of poetry beneath the shade of a tree.

Silas: Silas means “forest,” which happens to be one of the idyllic backdrops cottagecore esteems.

Theodore: Theodore is one of the gentlest traditional names for boys, helped along by nonaggressive nicknames Theo and Teddy. However, it’s the more classical full form that speaks most to the cottagecore aesthetic.

So which one of these is your cottagecore name? Take our quiz to find out!

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About the author

Sophie Kihm

Sophie Kihm has been writing for Nameberry since 2015. She has contributed stories on the top middle names of 2019, the top baby names in each state, and the hottest nickname names of 2018. Sophie is Nameberry’s resident Name Guru to the Stars, where she suggests names for celebrity babies. She also manages the Nameberry Instagram and Pinterest. You can follow her personally on Instagram or Pinterest, or contact her at Sophie lives in Chicago.

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