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Nameberry Picks: 12 Best Old Lady Names

December 13, 2010 Pamela Redmond

Old lady names are wonderful because they’re both classic and quirky, timeless yet intriguing. And they tend to have admirable antecedents, whether they’re famous women, literary heroines, or even beloved members of your own family.

Here, our favorite 12 old lady names right now.

Ada

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Ada is an old lady name that's simple enough to appeal to the modernist, who may also be inspired by namesake Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron and the first female "computer programmer." Ada was also the name of a heroine of novelist Vladimir Nabokov and the wife and muse of artist Alex Katz; this is one of Katz's many paintings of her.

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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