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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:

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  • Henry

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    Henry, after hovering around the latter half of the Top 100 for 35 years, is now rising once again. Its stylishness has increased substantially to the point where in upmarket neighborhoods and... Read More 

  • Homer

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Homer is a name that has traveled from the ancient Greek scribe of the great classical epics to Bart Simpson's doltish dad, and has also become the surprise hot celebrity pick of such parents as... Read More 

  • Howard

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Howard, once hugely popular -- in the Top 50 from the 1870s to early 1950s, hitting Number 24 in 1920 -- has been stuck in Dad-Grandad limbo for decades, but is showing some signs of stirring back... Read More 

  • Ida

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    Many vowel names stylish a century ago are coming back, and Ida seems like a possible, logical successor to Ada and Ava.

    A century ago, Ida was considered "sweet as apple cider," and... Read More 

  • Isaac

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    Isaac has shaved off his biblical beard and leaped into the upper echelon of popular boys' names -- outrunning cousin Isaiah -- and shows signs of heading even higher. A favorite of the Puritans,... Read More 

  • Isabel

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    The charming Isabel is hugely fashionable again, a century after its first wave of success. And it's easy to see why: it's ladylike (a la Isabel Archer in Henry James's Portrait of a... Read More 

  • Jasper

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    Jasper has a lot going for it -- it's been rocketing up the ranks in the US, after long being considered a posh and charming name in England. Distinctly masculine, Jasper represents a variety of... Read More 

  • Josephine

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    With its large measure of class and character and a gently offbeat quality, plus an intriguing number of vivacious nicknames, Josephine is a Nameberry favorite.

    There have been many... Read More 

  • Josiah

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Josiah -- a biblical name with lots of quaint, old-fashioned charm -- makes a much fresher sounding alternative to either Joseph or Joshua, combining the best of both. Josiah is among the several... Read More 

  • Julian

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    Julian is a rising star, having overcome the somewhat pale, aesthetic image it projected in the past and become a solid, handsome, recommended choice, and now solidly in the Top 50. ... Read More 

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