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Vintage Baby Names

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by Pamela Redmond

Vintage baby names are among the most fashionable today, for girls as well as boys.

Along with vintage names such as Emma and Noah leading the list, the US Top 100 includes such vintage names for girls as Alice, Grace, and Penelope, and vintage boy names Henry, Julian, and Wyatt. Unique vintage names gaining visibility include such new old choices as Ophelia and Posey for girls, Cassian and Linus for boys.

Choosing a vintage name can give you the best of all worlds, drawing on classic inspiration with modern style. Vintage baby names are found on the popularity lists of a hundred years ago and then often faded from sight, only to be revived for the new generation of babies. The best vintage names are inspired by literary, biblical and royal sources.

Here, our master list of the vintage baby names most stylish today.

  • Abel

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    Abel, the name of Adam and Eve's unfortunate younger son, compensates with positive connotations: capable, competent, ready and willing.

    Abel has literary connections to the novels of... Read More 

  • Abigail

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    Abigail is an Old Testament name—she was the wife of David, renowned for her beauty, wisdom, and prophetic powers—that became a term for a maid in the early nineteenth century, which led to a fall... Read More 

  • Abner

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    This neglected Biblical name--it was the name of the commander of Saul's army and appears twice in the New Testament--is ready to flee Dogpatch. It was regularly used in the nineteenth century,... Read More 

  • Abraham

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    Abraham is among the most classic baby names that's still widely-used today, popular for its references to both the Bible and American history. The Biblical... Read More 

  • Ada

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    Ada is one of the classic baby names for girls that is suddenly super stylish again. A favorite at the end of the nineteenth century, Ada is an alternative to... Read More 

  • Adelaide

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    Adelaide is now heading straight uphill on the coattails of such newly popular sisters as Ava, Ada, and Audrey, and in the company of Adeline and Amelia. It was chosen by actress Katherine Heigl... Read More 

  • Adele

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    Credit the award-winning single-named British singer for taking the girls’ name Adele from a quiet semi-retirement back into currency. Adele... Read More 

  • Adeline

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    Adeline has a lovely, old-fashioned "Sweet Adeline" charm, but has become so popular in the US under so many spellings and variations -- with Adalynn and Adalyn also popular -- that considered... Read More 

  • Adrian

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    Adrian has in the past been neglected due to its similarity to the feminine Adrienne, but is now being reconsidered. Well used in England since the 1950s, and the name of one Pope and several... Read More 

  • Agnes

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    Agnes, though it was the third most common English girls' name for four hundred years, has long been stuck in the attic. But now it looks like Agnes was so far out it's just about ready to come... Read More 

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