Vintage Girls’ Names and Nicknames

Callie, Cassie and Clemmie

vintage girls' names

by Pamela Redmond

Vintage baby names have been back for a while now, but some vintage names are still waiting quietly for their new turn in the spotlight.

These pairs of vintage girls’ names and their old school nicknames are drawn from the list of popular baby names in 1880, the first year the US kept baby name records.

Nickname-names, usually ending in -ie for girls, were often used all by themselves, with Minnie, Annie, and Nellie all in the Top 20.

But there were also lots of companion names, proper laced-up girls’ names with adorable nickname options. In the list that follows, sometimes it’s the proper name that’s more unusual — Adelia is way more distinctive than Addie, for example — and sometimes it’s the nickname, as in Mellie as a short form of Amelia or Jettie for Juliet. And sometimes — Araminta and Mintie, for instance — it’s both.

Whatever your choice, this is a perfect way to get two names in one: formal and playful, vintage and fresh, unusual and familiar.

AdeliaAddie

AlbertaBirdie or Bertie

AmeliaMellie

AnnettaNettie

AramintaMintie

AugustaGussie

CarolineCallie

CassandraCassie

CharlotteLottie

Christena or HortenseTennie

ClementineClemmie

CordeliaCordie

DonnaDonnie

DorotheaDollie

DoveDovie

ElizabethBessie or Libbie

Esther or EstellaEssie

FlorenceFlossie

FrancesFanny

FredericaFreddie

GertrudeGertie

GoldaGoldie

HarrietHattie

Helen or CorneliaNellie

HenriettaHettie

JosephineJosie

JulietJettie

KatherineKittie

LaviniaVinnie

LetitiaLettie

LillisLillie

LouiseLulu

MargueriteDaisy

MaryMamie

Matilda or OttilieTillie

MelindaLinnie

MinervaMinnie

OdessaDessie

RoxannaRoxie

SalomeSallie

SusannahSudie

TeresaTessie

WilhelminaWillie

Winifred or EdwinaWinnie

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lesliemarion Says:

June 19th, 2017 at 11:39 pm

Some lovely nicknames, very cheerful and friendly sounding.

I also love ones like Dosia for Theodosia, Stacia for Eustacia, Cilla for Priscilla or Lucilla, Cinda for Lucinda, Helma for Wilhelmina, Tricia for Patricia, Mora for Morwenna, Hilda for Hildegard, etc.

JossieChris Says:

June 20th, 2017 at 12:12 am

This is definitely my category. Clementine, Cordelia, Harriet, Josephine and Matilda are all on my top 10 list. I prefer nn Emmy for Clementine, Clio for Cordelia, Rhett for Harriet, Fifi for Josephine and Matty for Matilda.

Bobcat108 Says:

June 20th, 2017 at 11:17 am

This is the era of my great- & great-great-aunts/grandmothers’ names…two of the more memorable:

Maria Salomina (Minnie)
Aelilia (Lil)

Kate4hisglory Says:

June 24th, 2017 at 10:34 am

I like the nickname Carly better than Callie for Caroline, and Etta better than Hettie for Henrietta. Florence is such a beautiful name, and Flossie is just so… not beautiful. Florence deserves a better nickname.

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