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Vintage Boy Names: How To Find A Cool Old Name

August 27, 2010 Pamela Redmond
1910 baby names

Do you love vintage names but want to move beyond the usual classics and Biblical choices to cool names from history?  We looked at the popularity lists of 1910 to uncover hundreds of vintage boy names that are no longer in use — but could be revived.

It’s odd that there seem to be more terminally-antiquated boys’ names from 1910 than girls’ names.  After all, girls’ names change more quickly and dramatically than do boys’, which tend to hinge more on tradition and less on fashion.

Yet beyond the Johns and Williams that have always predominated for boys (and still do today), there are dozens, even  hundreds of names that filled the Top 1000 list a hundred years ago and now are lost to time.

They include hero names, surname-names, nickname-names, androgynous names, and even regular old first names that few people seem to use any more.

Sure, some parents who love vintage names might revive Chester or Homer or Julius or Oswald.  But many of these popular names for boys in 1910 are rarely heard today.

  1. Alvin
  2. Arnold
  3. Bernard
  4. Carlton
  5. Cecil
  6. Chester
  7. Claude
  8. Cloyd
  9. Clyde
  10. Cornelius
  11. Delbert
  12. Dewey
  13. Dudley
  14. Earl
  15. Edgar
  16. Elex
  17. Elmer
  18. Elmo
  19. Ernest
  20. Eugene
  21. Floyd
  22. Franklin
  23. Guy
  24. Herbert
  25. Herman
  26. Homer
  27. Horace
  28. Hubert
  29. Ira
  30. Irving
  31. Jerome
  32. Julius
  33. Lester
  34. Lloyd
  35. Marvin
  36. Maurice
  37. Melvin
  38. Milton
  39. Morris
  40. Murray
  41. Myron
  42. Niram
  43. Norman
  44. Orville (or Orval)
  45. Oswald
  46. Percy
  47. Rudolph
  48. Sherman
  49. Stanley
  50. Sylvester
  51. Vernon
  52. Virgil
  53. Waldo
  54. Wallace
  55. Wendell
  56. Willard

When we looked at the lost names of 1880, one major focus was on nickname-names that had faded away.  Without repeating any of the names on the 1880 list, choices in use in 1910 and not often heard today include the following.  (And yes, we realize that Ike has a lot of hipster cachet, but it’s usually short for Isaac and not given on its own as it was in 1910).

  1. Alvie
  2. Bennie
  3. Buck
  4. Buddy
  5. Buster
  6. Cleve
  7. Coy
  8. Curley
  9. Dock
  10. Hal
  11. Hoke
  12. Huey
  13. Ike
  14. Junior
  15. Lonnie
  16. Mac
  17. Obie
  18. Ollie
  19. Ossie

Surname names were also highly fashionable in 1910.  Names of heroes of the day that were in widespread use include:

  1. Booker
  2. Cleveland
  3. Clinton
  4. Columbus
  5. Edison
  6. Fulton
  7. Jefferson
  8. Lafayette
  9. Morgan
  10. Napoleon
  11. Newton
  12. Taft
  13. Ulysses
  14. Washington
  15. Watson
  16. Webster
  17. Wilson
  18. Woodrow

Other surname names frequently heard a hundred years ago, but not so much today, are:

  1. Alford
  2. Brooks
  3. Brown
  4. Burnett
  5. Dorsey
  6. Doyle
  7. Evans
  8. Felton
  9. Fletcher
  10. Freeman
  11. Gardner
  12. Garland
  13. Grady
  14. Granville
  15. Harley
  16. Haskell
  17. Hayward
  18. Hobart
  19. Jones
  20. Lawson
  21. Levy
  22. Oakley
  23. Osborne
  24. Preston
  25. Rogers
  26. Sanders
  27. Stanford
  28. Stanton
  29. Thornton
  30. Tillman
  31. Warner
  32. Wiley

Hundreds of boys in 1910 were given names that would now be considered for girls only.  Used for boys back then but now lost from the male side of the ledger are:

  1. Allie
  2. Allison
  3. Audrey
  4. Averie
  5. Bonnie
  6. Clare
  7. Cleo
  8. Connie
  9. Courtney
  10. Dee
  11. Ellie
  12. Evelyn
  13. Florence
  14. Gale
  15. Guadalupe
  16. Halley
  17. Ivory
  18. Ivy
  19. Jewel
  20. Jodie
  21. June
  22. Kelly
  23. Lacy
  24. Lauren
  25. Lavern
  26. Lesley
  27. Leslie
  28. Lindsay
  29. Lindsey
  30. Marion
  31. Meredith
  32. Opal
  33. Patsy
  34. Rene
  35. Ruby
  36. Ruth
  37. Sandy
  38. Shelby
  39. Tracy
  40. Vivian
  41. Winfred

Looking for vintage names for boys that are in style now? Check out this list of Vintage Boy Names

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show of the same name.

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