Unusual Vintage Names for Girls

unusual vintage names for girls

by Pamela Redmond

We’ve been digging around in the baby name lists from the 1880s (around here, that’s called fun) and we’ve come up with dozens of rare and surprising names for girls.

These vintage names for girls go way beyond traditional choices like Mary and Jane that we think of as 19th century names. Many of these names are all-but-unknown today, while others are familiar yet unusual.

If you are looking for an unusual name for your baby girl that feels new and deeply-rooted at the same time, consider the names here.

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mill1020 Says:

August 3rd, 2017 at 11:40 pm

I like Vada, Althea, Idella, and Linna. Sula has potential, too.

jpruitt76 Says:

August 4th, 2017 at 8:12 am

I know a young Vada and a young Zella. I think both are very wearable today.

Haids1987 Says:

August 4th, 2017 at 8:53 am

It’s interesting to me to see how many of these names are US states! The 1800s were a very patriotic time, apparently 🙂

lesliemarion Says:

August 4th, 2017 at 10:05 am

I could give birth to 15 daughters and find three names out of this least for each of them.

Marvelous names!


lesliemarion Says:

August 4th, 2017 at 10:05 am

Oops, I meant list not least! 🙂

nuttymussel Says:

August 4th, 2017 at 5:52 pm

I love Althea, Clarissa, Geneva, Honora, Leonie, Magnolia and Minerva! Electa just sounds like someone quickly saying ‘elect her’, Imo, but it’s a pretty cool name.

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