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Vintage Baby Names

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  • Ephraim

    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 

  • Esme

    Esmé comes from the past participle of the Old French verb esmer, meaing “to esteem” or “to love.” It can also be considered a derivative of the Spanish name Esmeralda. Esmé was traditionally as... Read More 

  • Estelle

    Maybe it's because she shares that winning -elle sound with Isabel and Bella, but Estelle is no longer seen as a muumuu-wearing canasta player of a certain age (think George Costanza's mother on... Read More 

  • Esther

    One of the major female figures in the Old Testament, quiet, studious Esther was in the Top 50 a hundred years ago, and stayed in the Top 100 until 1935. It is now on the ascent again, appealing... Read More 

  • Ethan

    Ethan derives from the Hebrew name Eitan. There are several Ethans in the Old Testament, the most prominent of whom, Ethan the Ezrahite, is praised for his wisdom. International variations include... Read More 

  • Etta

    Etta, once a short form of Henrietta, has long been used on its own, and we wonder if it could follow the progression of Emma to Ella to...Etta.

    Etta has taken the first step, having... Read More 

  • Eulalia

    Eulalia is a melodious name with a southern drawl, thanks to those lilting double Ls.

    A teenage martyr, Saint Eulalia was born in Spain and is a patron saint of Barcelona,... Read More 

  • Eva

    Eva is found in many different languages as a variation of Eve—the Old Testament name recognizable as the first woman in Abrahamic religions. Short forms of the name include Evie and Evita. The... Read More 

  • Evan

    Evan was derived from Iefan, a Welsh version of John. John is ultimately a derivative of the Hebrew name Yochanan, comprised of the elements yo, meaning “God” and chanan, “to be... Read More 

  • Evangeline

    Evangeline is a romantic old name enjoying a major comeback, thanks to its religious overtones, Eva's popularity, and the hot star of the TV megahit Lost, Evangeline Lilly. Evangelica and... Read More 

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