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Old-Fashioned Baby Names

Baby names tend to follow hundred-year cycles of popularity. The old-fashioned names here were last popular a century ago. Some of these names, such as Emma and Henry, were recently considered to be vintage names, but are now so popular among babies that they’ve shed any lingering dustiness.

Along with Emma and Henry, other old-fashioned baby names in the US Top 500 include Abraham, Arthur, Edith, Frederick, Josephine, Olive, Philip, Rosemary, and Walter. Other old-fashioned names that are up-and-coming include Amos, Ida, Lucinda, and Ralph.

Vintage baby names are always a popular category among parents, but the names in this category shifts over the years. Some of the old-fashioned boy names and old-fashioned girl names recommended for your consideration today include:

  • Elijah

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    Elijah -- the name of the Old Testament prophet who went to heaven in a chariot of fire -- has become a fashionable biblical choice. The name is rising in popularity and is near the top of the... Read More 

  • Eliza

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    Eliza is one of our favorite names; we love its combination of streamlined modernity and Eliza Doolittle charm and spunk, and offer Eliza as one of our top recommendations. It's both a classic and... Read More 

  • Ella

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    Following in the path of Emma and Isabella/Bella, Ella shot up the charts in the new millennium: it rose from Number 265 in 2000 to a high of Number 15 in 2013 and has stayed just outside the US... Read More 

  • Emma

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    Emma has now been the top girls' name in the United States for four years in a row, claiming the crown again for 2017. Emma has done handsprings up... Read More 

  • Ernest

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    Ernest is one of those sober, so-far-out-they're-beginning-to-be-reconsidered Great Uncle names. It was a Top 40 name from 1880 to 1926, and has never been completely off the Social Security list.... Read More 

  • Florence

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    Florence, which has been neglected for decades, has a lot going for it, both for its floral feel and as a place name connection to the lovely Italian city (after which Florence Nightingale was... Read More 

  • Frederick

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    Frederick, and friendlier nickname Fred, seemed almost to have disappeared, leaving just the memory of Freds past such as Astaire, Mr. Rogers and Flintstone. But today's parents are beginning to... Read More 

  • George

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    Iconoclasts though we may be, we like Fred, we like Frank, and we like George, which was among the Top 10 from 1830 to 1950, when the number of little Georges started to decline. Solid, strong,... Read More 

  • Harriet

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    Harriet has long been considered a stylish, upscale name in England, but it's still waiting to be revived in the US—though some parents seeking a solid, serious semi-classic are beginning to... Read More 

  • Hazel

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    When Julia Roberts named one of her twins Hazel in 2004, there was a great public outcry against "another one of those nutty celebrity names." But we didn't see why. Now that the old Hazel the... Read More 

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