Unusual Vintage Names: Which might come back?

By Linda Rosenkrantz

The folks at the Social Security Administration publish not only the thousand most popular names for every year dating back to 1880, but also the Top 200 names for every decade, making it possible to see broader patterns and trends.

I was scanning these decade lists to see if I might find any goodies that have escaped the mass raid on vintage names, and was able to pick out two girls and two boys from every decade from the 1880s to the 1950s that were once in the Top 100 but are not even in the Top 1000 now.

I ‘ve included the year they fell off the list and their highest ever point of popularity—plus some possible pros and cons. (Of course most of these names spilled over from one decade to the next.)

1880s—

Lula——off since 1965; reached #36

Pro—shares the popular double-l form with Lila, Lola and Lulu

Con—might be confused with any of the above

Maudeoff since 1950, reached #20

Pro—mauve-tinted Victorian charm

Con—strident Bea Arthur 70s sitcom character

Roscoe— off since 1978, reached #117

Pro—-Lively o-ending à la Milo and Arlo

Con— Hillbilly image via old Dukes of Hazzard -type shows.

Archie-off since 1988, reached #82

Pro—already a hit across the Pond

Con—comics character + Archie Bunker connection

1890s–

Augusta–off since 1944, reached #113

Pro—if August and Gus are cool, why not Augusta?

Con—go-to Great-Aunt name in English lit

Mamie—off since 1966, reached #53

Pro—Cute twin of Maisie

Con—First Lady Eisenhower’s bangs

Groveroff since 1974, reached #20

Pro—Presidential

Con—Muppet

Homer— off since 1983, reached #6

Pro—great ancient Greek epic poet

Con-Bart Simpson’s doltish dad

1900s—

Lottieoff since 1959, reached #75

Pro-Lacy Charlotte nickname name hot in England

Con—Does Charlotte need to be on the birth certificate?

Ethel—-off since 1975, reached #6

Pro—starbaby choice of Lily Allen

Con-Lucy Ricardo neighbor Mertz

Rufus—off since 1988, reached #88

Pro—cute for a redhead

Con –cute for a puppy

Otis—–off since 1994, reached #94

Pro—bluesy image, new star baby fave

Con–Pug dog in Adventures of Milo and Otis

1910s—-

Viola—-off since 1972, reached #42

Pro—Logical, Shakespearean, follow-up to Violet

Con–Too tied to the musical instrument?

Geneva-off since 1995, reached #107

Pro–lovely place name

Con–nickname Genny, so close to recently-ubiquitous Jenny

Floyd—off since 1998, reached #44

Pro—jazzy vibe

ConAndy Griffith’s barber

Earnestoff since 1992, reached #111

Pro—solid boy’s virtue name

Con–looks like a misspelling

1920s—

Inez—–off since 1976, reached #97

Pro–sizzling z-ending

Con–possible pronunciation confusion

Dora—-off since 1992, reached #46

Pro—ready to join cousins Cora, Flora and Nora in the playground

Con–vintage comic strip/expression Dumb Dora

Edmund–off since 1997, reached #130

Pro—a distinguished alternative to Edward

Con — could sound stuffy

Claude—off since 1993, reached #46

Pro—soft, cloud-like French feel

Con—villain of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

1930s—–

Maxine–off since 1996, reached #76

ProMax names are in

Con—Still playing canasta in the clubhouse?

Peggy—-Off since 1971, reached #31

ProMad Men’s Peggy Olson

Con— perky period prom queen

Lowell—off since 1980, reached #148

Pro—distinguished literary surname

Con–means “young wolf”

Freddie -off since 2003, reached #131

Pro—retro boy nicknames are back on trend

Con—nightmare memories of Freddy Krueger?

1940s–

Jill——- off since 2000, reached #41

Pro—time to follow Jack up the hill

Con—might need a little more time getting there

Kay—-off since 1984, reached #70

Pro—sleek and sophisticated

Con-—her name is her initial

Gordon–off since 2008, reached #70

Pro—Distinguished Scottish alternative to Jordan

Con –Greed is Good’s Gordon Gekko

Ted—off since 1996, reached #144

Pro—funkier than Theo

Con—fustier than Theo

1950s—

Beth—–off since 1997, reached #65

Pro—memorable Little Women character

Con— dated Elizabeth nn

Constance-off since 1999, reached #82

Pro— virtue name in disguise

Con–nn Connie

 Stuart— off since 2003, reached #161

Pro— royal Scottish heritage

Con—nn Stewie

Glen—–off since 2003, reached #136

Pro—evocative Gaelic nature name

Con— what happened to his final ‘n’?

So which of these names do you think deserve to be back on the Top 1000–if not the Top 200?

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CocoWhite Says:

June 16th, 2014 at 11:02 pm

I love Augusta (and I adore the Gus nickname possibility), but I wouldn’t want the name to get too popular before I have a chance to use it on my own child, haha.

CocoWhite Says:

June 16th, 2014 at 11:08 pm

The con for Viola was listed as “too tied to the musical instrument,” but being a violist myself, I can tell you that most people don’t even know what a viola is. So I don’t think that should be too much of a problem, if a problem at all. And even if someone WAS wise enough to recognize the musical association, what would be so bad about it? I think the viola is a lovely instrument, and the music association would just add to the beauty of the name.

pamjsg99 Says:

June 16th, 2014 at 11:41 pm

I would like to see Inez and Jill come back into fashion.

dalb Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 12:52 am

I love Connie and consider the tie to the heavy virtue-laden Constance its major downside! Each to their own I guess.

janeseemore Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 12:56 am

I think Dora’s only real con these days is the cartoon explorer association. I’d also argue that Vioia’s only real downside is it’s meaning in Spanish.

loislane1222 Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 3:46 am

I adore Augusta, Geneva and Lottie! They could be three fancy sisters.

1.) I have only met one Augusta in my life — She was a tall blond, beautiful college student who was called “Gus.” My husband’s great-grandfather’s name was August. Both August and Augusta are therefore on our list. My only concern: I told a friend about those two names, and she giggled and said “Like Augustus Gloop?” Augustus Gloop was the obese, chocolate-addicted child in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” I can’t shake that association now. Sigh.

2.) I know a pre-teen girl named Geneva who comes from a very wealthy family. She is beautiful, intelligent and has bright red hair. I love the name, but it does not flow well with our last name.

3.) I have loved the name Lottie ever since seeing it in one of the later “Indian in the Cupboard” books when I was in elementary school. Lottie was a cute, much-adored niece. I love the name, but I don’t think it could stand on its own — and we want to avoid Charlotte due to its popularity.

The one name I hope doesn’t make a comeback:

1.) Viola — I had a cruel, old aunt with this name. She terribly dyed, shoe polish-black hair. Aunt Viola once pulled the pants down on my Cabbage Patch doll to check and see if it was “real” — signed by creator Xavier Roberts. She cackled when she confirmed my poor doll was a fake. Due to that awful association, I can’t stomach Viola!

Myosotis Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 4:06 am

I love some of these, especially:
Archie- So adorable!
Viola- Any musical connection is great to me.
Earnest (Though I slightly prefer Ernest)
Edmund- Narnia, and so handsome.
Beth- Crushing so much on this, especially in the combo Matilda Hazel Beth.
Constance- Love this, but agree with the Connie con. 😛

I actually dislike Augusta because the ‘gus’ sound is so prominent, same problem with Augustus. August is great! I’d say the downside to Mamie is that it sounds like ‘maim’, even worse ‘maim me’. And Glen (out load) makes me think Quagmire and Family Guy.

bluejuniper Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 6:37 am

I have to disagree with Lowell – I definitely don’t see the meaning of “young wolf” as a con! It’s a little bit of a tongue twister to say, but I like it.

I love the pro-con format of this post, it’s fun 🙂

sorciereblanche Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 7:29 am

I still swear my firstborn girl is gonna be named Viola.

mermuse Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 7:47 am

Y’all back up off my Edmund — he will be mine!

katybug Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 7:53 am

I’m smitten with Inez and Lowell! Charming!

The con for Claude in my opinion is that I pronounce it just like “clod,” not a great connotation.

SunKissedChild Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 8:37 am

The only one I really love is Edmund- such a handsome name! And the con I see with this name is the nickname “Ed” or “Eddie” is bound to happen… And they are just terrible.

pippley Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 8:56 am

I have to ask, how on earth is nn Connie a con? Connie is an adorable name!

peach25 Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 8:58 am

I always thought Beth was pretty, by itself or as a nn. Prefer it to Bess, Betsy. On my family tree are Gordon, Claude, Grover, Augustus, Maude, Viola! I might use Gordon.

Tina_and_Bert Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 9:06 am

Oh, I love so many of these names, but especially Maude, Inez, and Rufus!

Auntie_A Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 10:00 am

ohh please keep the lid on Geneva! I don’t want it to get popular, though I really can’t understand why it’s not! My friend gave her daughter Inez as a middle name to honor a grandmother!

Auntie_A Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 10:01 am

I forgot to mention that I have a friend (early 20s) named Gordon… he’s the cool nerd type & the name is great on him!

Anaxandra Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 10:02 am

I think Viola is going to get popular, due to it’s similarity to the already popular Violet. It’s generally pronounced differently from the instrument though. The instrument is vee-oh-la and the name is pronounced (usually) like Violet with an -a ending instead of -et.

I really like Roscoe, Archie, Grover, Ethel, Rufus, Otis, Geneva, Floyd, Inez, Dora, Edmund, Freddy, Beth, Glen, Stuart…so most of the list.

Roscoe would have made our list, if the husband hadn’t vetoed it. That was the only one I really seriously considered, although Freddy and Beth aren’t off the table as potential nicknames.

Milo is popular so I don’t see why the movie would hold back Otis. I think it has a chance.

Dora definitely, with the growing popularity of the -ora names.

I don’t see Constance taking off. It’s not a very modern virtue, like with Earnest, but it also is too similar to another word that is more familiar to the modern ear that no one would want to go near.

Archie is already big as a nickname Archer is super popular, but it’s a little too cutesy for American parents as a full name I think.

Edmund, yes. Now that Edward is cool I think a number of Ed names are likely to become popular as well. Edmund has a great Jane Austen period drama connection that will help it I think. My personal favorite is Edwin though. (and guilty pleasure Edgar)

Homer will have to wait about 10 years for the Simpson reference to wane, I think.

I think Maude has a chance in a few years too.

I think the nickname Genny will actually help Geneva, and I also think it is rising, like Viola but isn’t very noticeable in the US yet since it’s under the top 1000. It’s got that popular Eva sound to it.

Kay is already popular, just not as a stand alone name. (Kayla, Kaylee, Kaylin etc)

marypoppins Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 10:15 am

My husband & I both LOVE the name Roscoe and thought we’d found the perfect name for baby no.2 if it’s a boy. Then we realised it’s almost an anagram of Oscar, of first son’s name, LOL. Back to the drawing board…

mill1020 Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 10:24 am

Kay deserves a comeback!

lesliemarion Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 10:58 am

I love so many of these names — Gordon, Lowell, Edmund, Otis, Grover, and Floyd, Geneva, Constance, Mamie, Maude, and Augusta…

These seem to me real and substantial names unlike this Caden/Draven/Striker/Strider/Ryder thing that is going on today.

I agree with the poster who said that Lowell meaning young wolf is not a con. Wolves are beautiful and amazing animals.

And I LOVE Andy Griffith’s barber, Floyd!

lesliemarion Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 10:58 am

I love so many of these names — Gordon, Lowell, Edmund, Otis, Grover, and Floyd, Geneva, Constance, Mamie, Maude, and Augusta…

These seem to me real and substantial names unlike this Caden/Draven/Striker/Strider/Ryder thing that is going on today.

I agree with the poster who said that Lowell meaning young wolf is not a con. Wolves are beautiful and amazing animals.

And I LOVE Andy Griffith’s barber, Floyd!

lesliemarion Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 10:58 am

I love so many of these names — Gordon, Lowell, Edmund, Otis, Grover, and Floyd, Geneva, Constance, Mamie, Maude, and Augusta…

These seem to me real and substantial names unlike this Caden/Draven/Striker/Strider/Ryder thing that is going on today.

I agree with the poster who said that Lowell meaning young wolf is not a con. Wolves are beautiful and amazing animals.

And I LOVE Andy Griffith’s barber, Floyd!

lesliemarion Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 10:58 am

I love so many of these names — Gordon, Lowell, Edmund, Otis, Grover, and Floyd, Geneva, Constance, Mamie, Maude, and Augusta…

These seem to me real and substantial names unlike this Caden/Draven/Striker/Strider/Ryder thing that is going on today.

I agree with the poster who said that Lowell meaning young wolf is not a con. Wolves are beautiful and amazing animals.

And I LOVE Andy Griffith’s barber, Floyd!

lesliemarion Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 10:58 am

I love so many of these names — Gordon, Lowell, Edmund, Otis, Grover, and Floyd, Geneva, Constance, Mamie, Maude, and Augusta…

These seem to me real and substantial names unlike this Caden/Draven/Striker/Strider/Ryder thing that is going on today.

I agree with the poster who said that Lowell meaning young wolf is not a con. Wolves are beautiful and amazing animals.

And I LOVE Andy Griffith’s barber, Floyd!

JH Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 11:09 am

So glad to see Jill on the list!!!

iwillpraise Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 11:34 am

I dislike Geneva just as much as Girard.. I don’t know if it’s because they are too heavy sounding or if they are just too familiar to me as they are small towns on either side of my hometown and I heard them all the years I was growing up. I do, however, have a dear friend named Geneva, but nonetheless my feelings aren’t favorable on the name itself.

With that being said, it’s funny that I have always been drawn to the name Gordon. I also have a good association for this one and could totally see my husband and I having a Gordon (altho DH doesn’t like the name at all). I’d be afraid of him being called Gordo (“large” in Spanish) or Gord – ugh. can’t stand those. DH does know a very small man named Gordon, called Gordo, but it is not because of him that he is opposed to the name.

Odious Otis – enough said
Dora the Explorer – enough said. For some strange reason, I slightly fancy Glendora as it gives a different image. My husband has an uncle named Glen.
Maxine – all I can think of (and all I think others would think of) is Maxi Pad. uh, no.
Stuart… Little, anyone?
Jill – I know 2 personally. One is in her early 30’s, the other in her late 50’s.
Beth – my lengthy experience in a call center says this name is hard to understand since it’s such a soft sound. Same as Effie or Essie IMO.

Viola is a BEAUTIFUL name. And as others have said, a musical instrument association is all the more attractive! Futhermore, I would think that with the success of actress Viola Davis, she’d be that much more popular..

Inez is beautiful. NMS, but beautiful nonetheless.

Maeve has a brighter sound than Maude, likewise Clyde than Claude.
Peggy – just thinking about Peggy gives me a belly laugh – to me, all “she” is is the Russian man in the Discover Card commercials.

When a fellow Berry named her newborn Benton Grover and announced it, I still swoon. I’m not sure how I feel about either name individually tho.

senseandsensibility Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 11:56 am

I love so many of these names – with Gordon and Edmund being in my top 10 for boys; I also like Floyd for a boy..
For a girl I love Maude (or spelled Maud), Maxine and Constance. My father wanted so badly to give me a variant of Constance – Konstancja – but my mom disagreed; Augusta and Jill are also very nice names. I like Beth a lot, but perhaps more as a nn for Elisabeth. I think these names deserve a comeback – the diversity of existing names is beautifully thrilling!

sarahdoodle Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Beth is actually my favorite nickname for Elizabeth. I think it’s sweet and sensible and soft. I just hope it doesn’t become too popular before I could use it! I also think Viola definitely deserves a come-back, as do Augusta and Edmund!

JanuarySong Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Viola and Inez are both family names for me and have been on my list for years. My grandmother is named Viola and personally doesn’t like her name very much, and gets irritated when people pronounce her name like the instrument. She pronounces is “Vye-O-La” not “Vee-O-La”. I have also heard it pronounce “Vye-ah-La” so for that reason I may not end up using it because of the confusion in how it is pronounced but i always thought it was a lovely name

joel613 Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Three that I love and could see coming back easily:
Edmund-So close to the other Ed names that it would take little for it to catch on.
Lottie-although I think it should always be a nickname for Charlotte-what if she turns out to be more of a Charlotte than a Lottie in personality?
Viola-Violet is so popular it could be seen as an alternate by parents who think Violet is becoming overused plus the popularity of Viola Davis.

The others that I can see returning to popularity but perhaps not as easily. Maude, Augusta, Inez, Claude, Maxine and Rufus. Of those I see Rufus probably having the least problem making the transition having the most in common with names like Liam, Aidan etc.

Even though I like the next three I’m on the fence about them.
Otis-it seems a bit county bumpkinish
Gordon-I’m a big Gordon MacRae fan but he was popular over 50 years ago. The nickname Gordy is far less appealing.
Constance-It’s a fine strong name with a nice message but Connie dates the name terribly. If you could make sure she was always called Constance than it’s a great choice.

miloowen Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

I’ve always loved Edmund and the name would have been used in some form on son number two if I’d had one. Other names I really like for boys from this list are Rufus (I’ve loved that name since I read A Death in the Family), Gordon, Claude, and Lowell. I prefer Archibald to just using Archie as a full name and I prefer the spellings Ernst (after Hoffmann) and Glyn. Stewart is a great name but I think Stewie has killed it, although Stewie is the nn of UConn Huskies phenom Brianna Stewart and it has a certain charm on her.

I love Maud, spelling Maud, as in Queen of Norway and “Come into the garden, Maud” by Tennyson. Two Cousin Mauds in my family. Also Augusta (Ballad of Baby Doe, what a wonderful role) and I love Kay. Such a sophisticated nn. I prefer Gillian to Jill and Constant to Constance, though.

dovah Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

[Con–means “young wolf”]

Yep, fail to see the con in that.

Several of these are already on my list (Rufus, Otis, Edmund, Maude, Roscoe). Inez is one I hadn’t really considered that I am now.

I agree that the pro-con format is a really fun blog theme! I’d like to see more of these.

linda Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

@dovah–The pro-con format is a lot of fun to do too, but you do run the risk of getting a lot of disagreements!

caliroz Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Mamie belongs in the top 200. It sounds hip like so many old fashioned new fashioned names being given to baby girls and boys these days. It has a nice ring to it too. And Augusta belongs back in the top 1000. It has so many variations for nicknames to it. Though it will be a hard sell for many. As for Floyd, please stay away! That name just doesn’t work! Though I think it actually might come back eventually due to all the Finns and Flynns out there.

hermione_vader Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Most of the cons listed for these names are pop culture references that carry little weight with the Millennial generation (who are now becoming parents) and would mean little to their children, so most of these are pretty usable.

namesage Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 6:12 pm

My favorites (from my own list)!

Roscoe – Roscoe and Jethro are recent crushes, though they are currently in GP territory…for now.
Archie – as nn for Archer
Augusta
Lottie – as nn for Loretta NOT Charlotte. Maybe even Carlotta.
Geneva – nn Neve?
Inez
Edmund – maybe as a way to get to Ned, but I would probably use Benedict
Claude

I see the appeal, and I know they are favorites of some on NB, but I still can’t get behind Grover, Homer, Ethel, and Floyd

LunaCross Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 8:08 pm

the con for Augusta would be city wise since there’s an Augusta, Georgia. I don’t want people to assume I am naming her after the city Augusta.

LunaCross Says:

June 17th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

oh, and, for Roscoe, MY generation would tie that name to Roscoe’s Modern Life. Also, when I hear Grover, I think of Percy’s friend Grover from the PJO novels.

revolutionrose Says:

June 18th, 2014 at 8:00 am

@lunacross -the show was Rocko’s Modern Life

JaneyBB Says:

June 18th, 2014 at 8:44 am

I have a Rufus. Most people say “what a great name!” (which they don’t say about my older, equally-wonderfully named son 😉

True, the only Rufus I had heard of previously was a Canadian singer, and a ginger cat.

Only recently someone overheard my husband and older son talking about the younger. The man said “Rufus, is that your dog?” and my husband replied the name was for his younger son. The man replied “That’s a great name…for a dog!”

ha. Most people don’t do that once they know the name belongs to a child, but whatever. He’s a toddler and sometimes does resemble a rambunctious puppy!

I un-surprisingly like most of these names but think Grover and Dora are sadly hard to use for the muppet and cartoon namesakes.

bowtiful Says:

June 18th, 2014 at 10:20 am

I really love Achie, Edmund, Otis, Lottie, and Viola

Prairiekeeper Says:

June 18th, 2014 at 11:03 am

I guess I would be telling my age if I stated that Most of these names were whispered among my name zany friends in our tweens of NOT ever to name your baby! Also keep in mind that I have a dog rescue!

Lula— Not bad
Maude– Sounds desperate (Great basset hound name)
Roscoe– I like Ross, but still ascertain that many name their coon hounds Roscoe!
Archie–-Images of “Archie yelling for a beer from poor Edith”, but I agree is cute now!
Augusta–Beautiful!
Mamie— Although you never hear this; many cat rescue’s have this name in their number one list!
Grover– not as bad as Kermit and the name “Grove” can sort of grow on me (no pun intended).
Homer–Bart Simpson’s doltish dad- this is all I can see!
Lottie—-Cute, cute cute!
Ethel—-Growing up we heard Ethyl (?) or regular when Mom’s station wagon needed a fill!
Rufus—Goes with Barkley for 1 out of 50 dogs that get brought in!
Otis—–Fond Memories of Andy Griffith’s “Mayberry” jail regular.
Viola—-Many of us still see a small violin although Viola is a Beautiful name as is Violet!
Geneva-Sweet name!
Floyd—Still feel it is a Great uncle’s name, that or a Rat terrier!
Earnest-Energetic Learner! 🙂
Inez—–Nice to see on the charts.
Dora—-all I can see is comic strip/expression Dumb Dora
Edmund–Now he is a clever one. Sounds great for a middle name!
Claude—Was always the twin of Maude.
Maxine–It’s recent comeback sounds regal!
Peggy—-can’t stop humming “Peggy Sue” even though that song is much older than I!
Lowell—Very polished, although somewhat Great grampa
Freddie -nightmare memories of Freddy Krueger?
Jill——- was huge success as there was one in every class in my school. I often thought it sounded trendy and they were always so darn smart!
Kay—-Many of my generations middle name. Although now it sounds quite airy compared to Kate.
Gordon–Since I am a “setter” fan way too many Gordon setters that owners name them Gordon thinking their being so cute!
Ted—Teddy as a boy, Ted as a Man! Love it.
Beth—–-Popular in my grade, and they were always beloved!
Constance–Love it with the Correct middle name or as a Middle name.
Stuart— Too much to live up to.
Glen—–Now that’s a Gentleman’s name!

CsprsSassyHrly Says:

June 18th, 2014 at 11:12 am

I love a few of these names. Roscoe I foresee as getting more popular. I heard it as the name of the son on a new tv show. Rufus and Otis are lovely and I have no cons about Otis being the pug dog on the movie Milo and Otis, an association that didn’t hurt Milo.

I love Augusta. I don’t know if I’d use it, though, since I love Auggie as a nickname for August. I’d be more likely to use that than Augusta.

I want to like Ethel, but every time I hear it, I can’t shake the thought of Lucy’s neighbor, who I liked, don’t get me wrong. But I don’t know if I’d want that association on the child.

I love Maxine. I love almost every name that ends with the -een sound, Colleen, Maxine, Justine, Maureen, Aileen, Celine, Geraldine…

alchemicallypurplefairy Says:

June 18th, 2014 at 11:52 am

I think Viola is a very pretty name, and is likely to make a comeback. I also like the name “Edmund,” especially since I am quite fond of “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

alchemicallypurplefairy Says:

June 18th, 2014 at 11:52 am

I think Viola is a very pretty name, and is likely to make a comeback. I also like the name “Edmund,” especially since I am quite fond of “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

Giinkies Says:

June 18th, 2014 at 9:40 pm

I think Viola will definitely make a comeback, but I also like Geneva.

nativoyoung Says:

June 18th, 2014 at 11:12 pm

One of the commenters already stole my comment–I was going to use Roscoe for this next baby but then realized that is was far too close to my Oskar. Drat!!

I adore Otis–it has a fun, rascal kind of sound. Love Roscoe for the same reason. Mamie is perfection–right up there with Birdie. SO CUTE! Lottie will never grow up. Constance is beautiful, but Connie is not. Dora is my three year olds favorite cartoon character–so it doesn’t ring as a name for a real person to me, yet.

Mostly I think Roscoe, Otis, Mamie and Birdie should be all the rage so I can be surrounded by kiddos with adorable names!

Another commenter mentioned loving Jethro as a similar name to Roscoe. I have a 12 year old nephew named Jethro and he totally rocks it. He’s a red-headed brainiac and the name just suits him. You should definitely take it off your GP list and put it squarely on your “will-use-for-my-next-boy list.” I love it.

daringfeline Says:

June 22nd, 2014 at 7:51 pm

I’m with Dalb, you’ve got the pros and cons for Constance back to front in my opinion!

Eatapp8 Says:

December 8th, 2014 at 3:05 am

For me Floyd brings to mind the band, Pink Floyd. I think I would tire of the “you must like Pink Floyd??” type questions. Also for a boys name it has a definite “slacker” feel which is unappealing.

Roscoe only brings to mind chicken and waffles for me so I think we’ll pass on that one.

And I don’t think “young wolf” as a meaning is really a con. That’d definitely be a pro in our house!!

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