Category: vintage baby names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Like our cousins across the pond, we’ve fallen in love with vintage nicknames for our girls—names like Maisie and Mabel and Sadie and Josie and Hattie are already on the rise. But do those parents who want a little Hattie necessarily consider putting Harriet or Henrietta on the birth certificate?

Maybe, maybe not.

In some cases, the adorable short form is actually succeeding in waking up its sleeping mother name. Like Josephine, for instance, and Beatrice. But here are some others whose full versions have not seen as much—if any– action, as adorable as their period nicknames may be.

Which of these cute, often tomboyish, girl nicknames do you think are capable of reviving their more staid Great-Grandma names?

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They’ve narrowed down names for Cora‘s brother, but they’re still feeling stuck! Is the best name already on their list, or is it time to start fresh?

Danika writes:

We are stuck! Our son is set to arrive in April, and we’re not in love with any of the names on our short list.

Our daughter’s name, Cora, felt right from the start. We’re not having the same feeling with any of our choices this time around.

I really like to use family names somewhere in the mix, and the meaning of names is important as well. Our daughter’s middle is Brewster, a family surname, and we’re considering Christopher, Cameron, Thornton, or Guy for a middle.

Some names we’ve considered:

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By Tiana Putric

The names of many American states have been used by parents of the past –– Arizona, Indiana, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington –– as well as others more popular with parents of today –– Carolina, Dakota, Georgia, Montana, and Virginia. But it’s interesting to note that there are other names, lesser-known ones, which lay hidden within the names of a number of US states.

Here are some unique appellations from America’s past that could be of interest to anyone looking for something truly exceptional.

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9 Girl Names Inspired by Ines

By Abby Sandel

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds waited months before sharing their daughter’s name – again! The family of four recently made their first public appearance, to celebrate dad’s new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Not long after, they made the big reveal.

Her name is Ines.

No word on the back story. Firstborn James was named for Ryan’s late father, so it’s possible there’s a family connection.

Ines has plenty of cross-cultural potential. The Spanish form of Agnes works flawlessly in English, too. That brings to mind other recent Number One names, like Isabella.

Or maybe it’s the latest vintage revival. Back in 1910, Inez – the more popular spelling in the US – ranked in the Top 100.

Let’s take a look at more names that you might love if you like Ines.

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By Tiana Putric

Girly appellations ending in the vowels ‘ie’ hold an endless appeal, perhaps it’s due to their innocent femininity. Think of today’s chart-rankers –– Annie, Dixie, Ellie, Elsie, Evie, Gracie, Hallie, Hattie, Jamie, Josie, Katie, Kenzie, Lexie, Lillie, Macie, Maggie, Maisie, Millie, Rosie, Sadie, Sophie, and Zoie. And yet, as appealing as these contemporary favorites are, there is a long list of lost vintage ‘ie’-ending names for girls that could be ready for a renaissance.

Here are five such vintage charmers –– from Acie to Kizzie to Mossie –– along with a long list of others –– that are not only fitting for a middle spot or a nickname but are also on par with some of today’s most popular ‘ie’ ending firsts.

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