Antique Baby Names Ready for Restoration

If you're looking for somewhat unusual baby names, but ones with a solid history and vintage charm, these names are just that. Dating back to Great-Grandma's day, they've been retired long enough to feel young and fresh again.

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  • Matilda

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    The comeback of this sweet vintage name has been prompted by a boomlet of starbaby Matildas, beginning with chef Gordon Ramsey's in 2002 and Moon Unit Zappa's two years later. But the renaissance... Read More 

  • Maude

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    Maude, also spelled Maud, is a lacy, mauve-tinted name that was wildly popular a hundred years ago, but has been rarely heard in the past fifty. Some stylish parents are starting to choose it... Read More 

  • Millicent

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    Combining the mild and the innocent, this sweet and feminine name is worthy of a comeback, in the mode of Madeline and Cecilia. Its original, also attractive form is Melisende, which came from... Read More 

  • Mirabel

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    Mirabel is one of those names that's not on the Top 1000 but ought to be — and undoubtedly will be soon. There's a real resurgence of 'bel' names like Isabel and Annabel, and Mirabel, a more... Read More 

  • Nell

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    Nell, once a nickname for Helen, Ellen, or Eleanor, is a sweet old-fashioned charmer that is fashionably used today in its own right. While Nell is perfectly in tune with contemporary vintage name... Read More 

  • Otis

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    Otis has a double image: it's cool and bluesy a la Otis Redding, but also an upscale, high-society name of the past. Otis has real appeal for parents attracted to its catchy O initial and... Read More 

  • Otto

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    Cutting-edge parents have revived this German name a la Oscar: it was an on-the-rise choice in the US and UK in 2015 and 2016.

    Like most German names, Otto fell out of favor during and... Read More 

  • Phineas

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    Julia Roberts drew the biblical Phineas into the limelight when she chose it, with the even-more-antique spelling Phinnaeus, for her twin son, now called Finn. Phineas had last been heard from via... Read More 

  • Rufus

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    Rufus is a rumpled, redheaded (it was the nickname for red-haired King William) ancient Roman name popular with saints and singers (e.g. Rufus Wainwright); now, Rufus is on the cutting edge of... Read More 

  • Ruth

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    Ruth, with its air of calm and compassion, was the third most popular name in the 1890s, remaining in the Top 10 through the 1920s. It's still in use today as some parents tiring of Rachel and... Read More 

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