New Old Names for the New Year

December 31, 2015 Abby Sandel

Looking for fresh inspiration for your 2016 baby? Some of the newest names are the oldest – favorites from a century ago, ready for revival in the coming year. Twenty years ago, Amelia and Oliver were the new old names to watch. Now that they’re near the top of the charts, another set of antique appellations is on the rise. None of these names rank in the US Top 1000 – yet — but they’re all poised to make a comeback in 2016.By Abby Sandel


Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany named their daughter Agnes Lark in 2011. By 2014, there were 187 girls with the name. Agnes is a gentle, vintage choice, big in the 1890s, while Aggie fits right in with Abby, Addie, Maddie, and Maggie. Another bonus? Despicable Me featured three adorable sisters with sassy, retro names – Margo, Edith, and Agnes.

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Abby Sandel is nameberry's Senior Editor and resident Name Sage. Look for her baby name news round-ups every Monday, and her Name Sage columns on Wednesdays. Abby is the creator of the baby name blog Appellation Mountain and mom to Alex and Clio. For a chance to have your questions answered, contact Abby at

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