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Vintage Baby Names

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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 also inspired by literary, biblical and royal sources. Here, our master list of the vintage baby names most stylish today.

  • Aurelia

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    Aurelia is the shimmering female form of the Roman classic Aurelius, very common in the Roman Empire and currently experiencing a resurgence in the US—it re-entered the Top 1000 list in 2012 after... Read More 

  • Aurelius

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    Since Aurelius was given the supermodel seal of approval by Elle Macpherson, this is one of the Roman emperor names, like Augustus, now in the realm of possibility. Like the female Aurelia and... Read More 

  • Aurora

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    Aurora, the poetic name of the Roman goddess of sunrise whose tears turned into the morning dew, and of (Disney's) Sleeping Beauty, would be sure to make any little girl feel like a princess. ... Read More 

  • Barnaby

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    Barnaby, a genial and energetic name with an Irish-sounding three-syllable lilt, is an ancient appellation that manages to be both unusual and highly attractive and deserves to be used more than... Read More 

  • Beatrice

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    Beatrice is back. Stored in the attic for almost a century, the lovely Beatrice with its long literary (Shakespeare, Dante) and royal history is being looked at with fresh eyes by parents (such as... Read More 

  • Belle

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    Belle has nothing but positive associations, from "belle of the ball" to "Southern belle" to the heroine of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. As if this weren't enough good things, Belle is... Read More 

  • Benedict

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    Parents who like Ben and Benjamin but find those forms too popular sometimes consider Benedict as a more distinctive choice. Unlike the Old Testament Benjamin, Benedict is the name of the saint... Read More 

  • Benjamin

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    Benjamin is a biblical name that has enjoyed widespread favor for decades -- and is attractive and strong enough for it to break into the top 10 for the first time ever in 2015. It has stayed near... Read More 

  • Bennett

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    Bennett is Ben with a bow tie, kind of a cross between Benjamin and Beckett. It's been trending up on the popularity charts in recent years, and its choice by The Unbreakable Kimmy... Read More 

  • Birdie

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    Birdie was until recently a middle-aged Ladies' Club member wearing a bird-decorated hat --but now it's just the kind of vintage nickname (think Hattie, Josie, Mamie, Millie) that's coming back... Read More 

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