30 vintage boy names not to be laughed off your list
By Linda Rosenkrantz
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.
Floyd –Has an appealingly retro jazzy-cool vibe
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.
Montgomery—When Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen chose this upstanding surname name for their son in 2015, a lot of other namers decided to give it a second look. Long off the national list, Montgomery is #382 on Nameberry and having a comeback in England.
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.
Percy—A noble Norman surname associated with the poet Shelley, once as high as #110, and recently both Harry Potter and Heroes of Olympus characters, Percy would make a pleasantly surprising choice for a modern boy—or even a girl.
Roscoe—An appealing o-ending name that is eligible under the 100-year rule.
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on June 26th, 2017 at 4:33 am
I’m a big fan of vintage names for girls, and some of these are gorgeous, but others I’m not so keen on. I love Abner, Cecil, Ferdinand, Humphrey, Montgomery, Percy, Phineas, and Roscoe. I quite like Clovis, Floyd, Giles, and Morris. I’m not a fan of Aldous, Barry, Chauncey, Jabez, Jarvis, Myron, Ring, and Rupert.
on June 26th, 2017 at 10:26 am
“Percy would make a pleasantly surprising choice for a modern boy—or even a girl.”
Could we please have one post on BOY’S names that does not involve the author slipping in a comment about which name(s) they feel would also work for a girl? I know that Nameberry’s blog posts have more or less devolved into clickbait, but posts on boy’s names are rare enough without the authors using these posts as opportunities to push Nameberry’s weird “post-gender” propaganda. The fact that we never see “X would make a pleasantly surprising choice for a modern girl–or even a boy” in a post on girl’s names proves that we are not “post-gender.”
on June 26th, 2017 at 10:46 am
Roscoe is one of my most enduring favorites. It’s just such a great name.
on June 26th, 2017 at 6:10 pm
I feel like I’ve seen the same headline for a blog post used on this site about 50 times over now. Can we please get posts on something OTHER than vintage names y’all think should come back?!
on June 26th, 2017 at 9:17 pm
My son’s middle name is Morris (it was my mom’s maiden name). My grandfather’s name was Rufus, which I love (he was a redhead), but I couldn’t talk my husband into it. He kept imagining kids calling him Rufus the Doofus. *sigh*
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