The Newest, Hottest, Oldest Baby Names
Every year, the US government issues a list of the names that are making the biggest leaps up the popularity list. And there, among the reality TV-inspired Daleyzas and Jayceons, sprinkled in with the new-fangled Jurnees and Zayns, is a collection of vintage names that for a range of reasons have suddenly become hot.
Here, 40 vintage baby names making big leaps up the popularity list. The +number indicates how many places each name moved up the US popularity list in 2013. And the second number is the name’s standing on the popularity list. Please note: Only those names in the Top 1000 are tracked.
Marjorie, +735, to 910
Mabel, +338, to 707
Rosie, +235, to 883
Leona, +176, to 734
Alma, +154, to 701
Mercy, +143, to 854
Hattie, +138, to 570
Millie, +124, to 598
Dorothy, +115, to 808
Beatrice, +102, to 593
Pearl, +80, to 677
Anastasia, +79, to 257
Vera, +77, to 422
Felicity, +76, to 579
Mae, +74, to 674
Olive, +73, to 291
June, +70, to 362
Frances, +70, to 693
Sadie, +69, to 50
Rosemary, +68, to 533
Enoch, +178, to 836
Harvey, +176, to 616
Cassius, +172, to 760
Clyde, +160, to 999
Samson, +129, to 671
Theo, +129, to 666
Gilbert, +112, to 885
Thaddeus, +105, to 797
Otto, +89, to 696
Francis, +86, to 506
Roland, +77, to 665
Lionel, +74, to 733
Reuben, +72, to 896
Hank, +58, to 626
Frederick, +46, to 492
Augustine, +45, to 955
Uriah, +34, to 539
Walter, +34, to 342
Franklin, +33, to 495
Ephraim, +32, to 972
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on February 19th, 2015 at 12:24 am
Oh thank God for these names. I do not like misspelled, creatively spelled, smooshed, or otherwise alternative names. I like name names. Like these! Names with a history and backbone.
on February 19th, 2015 at 1:19 am
These are, almost without exception, fabulous names. I particularly love Marjorie, Mabel, Mercy, Anastasia, Vera, Felicity, June, Rosemary, Harvey (LOVE), Cassius, Theo (I know two, both my age), Thaddeus, Otto, Roland, Reuben, and Walter.
on February 19th, 2015 at 7:32 am
Ah, some refreshingly solid names!
on February 19th, 2015 at 9:08 am
Fun list! How do you pronounce Enoch?
on February 19th, 2015 at 10:52 am
I think Mabel has become a lot more wearable due to “Gravity Falls” and the celebrities that have recently used it. Dunno how much higher Uriah’s gonna go, though.
on February 19th, 2015 at 11:25 am
So many lovely names. I LOVE Pearl and Theo as a sibset – too sweet!
on February 19th, 2015 at 12:32 pm
Mabel, Mae, Theo, and Uriah are my favorites…
on February 19th, 2015 at 12:42 pm
I love classic names like this! My favourites are Rosie, Anastasia, Felicity, Mae (I prefer it as a MN, though), June, Sadie, Lionel (although you can’t use it here without people thinking you’re obsessed with Messi), Frederick (LOVE the nickname Fred) and Walter (my favourite uncle’s name). Simple, solid names like this with easy spelling and lot of history are the apple of my eye
on February 19th, 2015 at 2:23 pm
Some good options. I can’t believe how far some have jumped in ONE year!
on February 19th, 2015 at 2:58 pm
I LOVE so many of these! I just added Marjorie, Mabel, Leona, Vera, and Harvey onto my lists and already had Rosie, Beatrice, Pearl, Anastasia, Olive, Theo, and Otto on my lists! Such good, classic, and vintage names that have a modern and fresh feel!
on February 19th, 2015 at 6:20 pm
I absolutely love and would use in a heartbeat…
Hattie (as nn for Harriet)
on February 20th, 2015 at 12:08 am
My three week old is Frederick! It’s such a classy and strong name. I’m unsure how I feel about Otto, but I think I like it. Although with a very German last name, and my Leo and Frederick, Otto might be a little too much if we have a third boy.
on February 20th, 2015 at 4:19 pm
I think Jory/Jorie is a super cute nickname for Marjorie. Lots of fantastic names on this list!
on February 22nd, 2015 at 7:25 pm
I love the vintages! No doubt Pope Francis is helping the male Francis. In Chicago, we have a retired Archbishop Francis George, and a newly installed archbishop, Blase Cupich. I’m liking Blase on account of him, as well as its recent attention on Nameberry.
on February 22nd, 2015 at 7:26 pm
I love May, but don’t care for Mae. May can be the next Rose, as far as middles go.
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