Yes, there are still plenty of viable vintage names for boys that remain frozen in the popularity lists of the past. Some aren’t eligible yet for the 100-year-rule, some suffer from IDD (Image Deficit Disorder), and some have simply been forgotten. Here are 30 examples that we don’t think deserve to be dismissed.
Abner—A neglected Biblical name that got sidetracked into hillbilly country via a popular comic strip. Off the SS list since the 1930s, its Nameberry rank is 210.
Horatio—A noble Latin and Shakespearean name that seems like a natural, especially with its cool o-ending.
Humphrey—Time to let go of that tough-guy Bogey stereotype and reconsider this onetime royal British name. Off the US charts since the 1890s, our berries like it enough to rank it 345, seeing it as a flashback to Hollywood’s Golden Age.
Jabez–A mystery to us why this Biblical rarity with its charming Southern drawl and jazzy z-ending, has been off the Top 1000 since 1880.
Jarvis–Another neglected J-name that hasn’t been heard much in last several decades but which has lots of literary cred. (I just met an adorable toddler-age Jarvis.)
Jethro—A Biblical name that became a Beverly Hillbilly, but its cool meaning —‘excellence’–pleasant sound and o-ending should be enough to bring it back; Nameberry ranks it at #302
Murray—Though it’s a Scottish/Irish name with a sea swept meaning and a soft sound , Murray has suffered from IDD (image deficit disorder) over the last few decades, but could be reconsidered as a retro water-related name.
Myron—In the past Top 200s for half a century, Myron was the name of a major ancient Greek sculptor and an unlikely saints’ name, but is another sad victim of IDD.
Percy—A noble Norman surname associated with the poet Shelley, once as high as #110, and recently both HarryPotterand Heroes of Olympus characters, Percy would make a pleasantly surprising choice for a modern boy—or even a girl.
Phineas—A name with a lot of quirky charm and the perfect modern nickname of Finn. Has appeared in literature from Uncle Tom’s Cabin to HarryPotter.