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Vintage Boy Names: How To Find A Cool Old Name

Vintage Boy Names: How To Find A Cool Old Name

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. and Baby Name DNA. 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, and its new sequel, Older.