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Unusual Antique Baby Names

  • Elwood

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    The "el-" sound is red-hot these days, and a myriad of place names and surnames give this name a wealth of possible namesakes. The main drawback is its kinship to the name of the hero of the... Read More 

  • Enoch

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    A major figure in the Old Testament, Enoch was the son of Jared, the father of Methuselah, and the great-grandfather of Noah whose Book of Enoch provides a focal point for ancient Jewish... Read More 

  • Ephraim

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    Ephraim is an Old Testament name we would place high on the list of neglected Biblical possibilities, solid but not solemn.

    In Genesis, Ephraim is the second son of Joseph, and founder... Read More 

  • Era

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    Name that enjoyed some popularity early in the 20th century but now is locked in another, ahem, era.Read More 

  • Eula

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    Eula is a slightly sweeter and more compact version of Eulalia. Currently, neither name is given to more than a handful of girls each year. Eula was fairly popular in the US during the early... Read More 

  • Euphemia

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    Ancient martyr's name that, though not especially appealing, might still be mildly possible, especially for Anglophiles. It was widely used in early Scotland, but was overtaken by its nickname, EFFIE.Read More 

  • Florida

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    Lacks the cachet of some newer place-names. Read More 

  • Florine

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    This rare and archaic French name is a little too close to Chlorine for our liking. Despite its flowery origins, Florine has a warrior history - Florine of Burgundy was a female French crusader,... Read More 

  • Flossie

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    Flossie was an extremely popular Florence nickname that was used independently in the early twentieth century, given to over five hundred girls per year a century ago. Flossie was one of the... Read More 

  • Floy

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    All but unheard of today, Floy was a popular Florence nickname used on its own in a century ago: it was Number 448 in 1914.Read More 

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