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These Vintage Names Sound New Again

These Vintage Names Sound New Again

Vintage baby names are a rich source of inspiration if you’re looking for a name with history and character. If the Hundred-Year Rule – which states that it takes a century for most names to come back into fashion – holds true, then we’re in for some interesting times, judging from the list of 100 Most Popular Names of the 1920s.

A handful of the top 1920s baby names are already solidly back in style.  Once old-fashioned baby names in the Top 200 today include:

Top Vintage Girl Names

Top Vintage Boy Names

If you’re wondering why the boys’ list is shorter, it’s because of the difference in turnover between boy and girl names. A lot of boys’ names are on both the 1920s list and the 2018 list not because they’ve come back, but because they never went away. John, James and Joseph, for instance, have never left the Top 30. The girls’ list has a few enduring classics — notably Sarah and Elizabeth — but most of the names there rise and fall more quickly.

Cool Vintage Names

A larger group is, not surprisingly, on the cutting edge of style, supporting the whole Hundred-Year theory by indicating which vintage 1920s names we’ll be hearing more of in the decade ahead.  The old-fashioned names from the Top 100 in the 1920s that sound fashion-forward today include:

Girl names

Boy names

Rare Vintage Names

Other choices still seem a bit far out right now, but we predict will become more stylish and feel more acceptable over the next decade, echoing their popularity of a century ago.  These include:

Girl names

Boy names

“Do you dare?” vintage names

Other names it’s just hard to imagine coming back in the foreseeable future.  But we’ve eaten our hat before so we may well see a resurgence of babies with these names. Early adopters and counter-culture lovers, the floor is yours.

Girl names

Boy names

Want more ideas? See all our Vintage Baby Names

About the Author

Clare Green

Clare has been writing for Nameberry since 2015, covering everything from the next high-rising names to how to choose a multilingual name, and keeping up-to-date with international baby name rankings. She has a background in linguistics and librarianship, and lives in England with her husband and toddler. You can follow everything she reads about names on Twitter or Scoop.it, or reach her at clare@nameberry.com