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They’re Ba-ack: 12 Names You Won’t Believe Are Hot Again

Most of  the vintage names that have gained in popularity this year have obvious charms—Tobias, say, and Clementine, sweet Adeline and Matilda and spunky Mabel— names that might elicit coos from admiring older relatives. But there are others on the rise that feel more midcentury than antique, and which could completely bewilder your mother-in-law or Gran, who still associate them with their own in-laws or Grans.

Harold

Harold, in style limbo for decades, is inching back into favor, no doubt helped by its friendlier nicknames Harry and Hal—or even more by the fact that it’s the full name of One Direction’s Harry Styles. HaroldHappyHogan is Tony Stark’s bodyguard in Iron Man. In his former life, Harold ranked as high as Number 12 in 1917.

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chi1127 Says:

May 19th, 2016 at 11:34 pm

“But there are others on the rise that feel more midcentury than antique, and which could completely bewilder your mother-in-law or Gran, who still associate them with their own in-laws or Grans.”
Umm… Nope. My mother and mother-in-law are from the midcentury. They would associate those type of names with peers. My grandparents were born between 1919 and 1930, and my great-grandparents were born between 1876 and 1910. Thus, this statement had me a bit disoriented. I suppose it might be true for folks who had children at very young ages all down the line, just not even close for me.

southern.maple Says:

May 20th, 2016 at 3:40 am

Harold, Gerald, Ann, and Zelda are all names that I would seriously consider for a child. I do agree with @chi1127 in that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to label names as being from our parents’, grandparents’, great-grandparents’, etc. generation. My parents were born in the 70s and my grandparents in the late 40s and early 50s. What nameberry calls “mom names” or “grandpa names” tends to be a generation or two off for me.

maggiemary Says:

May 20th, 2016 at 6:33 am

I’m no One Direction fan, but even I know that Harry Styles’ birth name is Harry, he is not a Harold.

I love Lucille,

Liberty_Bell Says:

May 20th, 2016 at 1:38 pm

Zelda is gorgeous and I love Myra, it’s still unusable (in my opinion) in the UK because of Myra Hindley. A friend who was born a few years after the Moors Murders changed her name from Myra in her thirties after years of people making negative comments.

Wayne is a definite no go, again in the UK associated with chavs along with Sharon, Tracy and Gary. I’m sure they’ll be back in fashion in a generation or two. At the moment Vera, Olive and Violet are on the rise, it’ll be the turn of Susan, Carol and Janet next, and then maybe Tracy, Gary, Mandy and Wayne…..

actingfun Says:

May 20th, 2016 at 5:19 pm

I love the name Lucille! I think I like that ending, considering I also love Camille. Myra gorgeous too!

thorn144 Says:

May 20th, 2016 at 5:39 pm

But Allan Hyde is not in High School Musical…. but Zac Efron is? Is that who you’re thinking of? Also I agree with previous commenter Harry Styles’ given first name IS Harry.

emiliana232 Says:

May 21st, 2016 at 3:15 am

The rapper G-Eazy’s first name is Gerald which may be a reason contributing to it’s rise.
I can’t believe Harold is rising it’s my grandfather and uncles name (my uncles a junior), that said I know a lot about 5 Harrison’s so Harold is the more unusual choice but still it’s so dated.

@chi, I’m born in the 90’s and most of my friends grandparents aren’t even 70 yet making them born in the 1940’s and 1950’s. So for some younger parents these are the names of their grandparents generation.

emiliana232 Says:

May 21st, 2016 at 3:19 am

Though want to add that said for me, it’s not true either my grandparents were born in the 1920’s and 1930’s, I have uncles older then some of my friends grandparents but my pop was 42 when my dad was born (he’s 18 years younger then his eldest brother and the youngest of 7). Most of my grandma’s peers are becoming great grandma’s she’ll be around 87 by the time I’m ready to have kids

dreapress Says:

May 21st, 2016 at 10:17 am

I love Ann & Zelda! Vaughn is okay but the rest (although I am a HUGE Lucille Ball fan) are just not in my naming style. 🙂

Megan_Janaya Says:

May 21st, 2016 at 11:26 am

I adore Lucille! What a lovely name.

zoemaks Says:

May 21st, 2016 at 1:10 pm

Harry Styles’ birth name is Harry!!! His name is Harry Edward Styles, not Harold!!!

Star_Girl Says:

May 22nd, 2016 at 9:23 am

I’ve never even heard of Allan Hyde, and I’m pretty sure Harry Styles given name is Harry, not Harold. Also, you forgot to mention Bruce Wayne/Batman.

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