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Antique Baby Names Back in Style

  • Emilia

    Emilia is the feminine form of the Roman clan name Aemilius, which derived from the Latin aemulus, meaning “rival.” In Shakespeare’s Othello, Emilia is the wife of Iago and... Read More 

  • Emma

    Emma originated as a diminutive for Germanic names beginning with the ermen root. A very old royal name well used throughout the centuries—Queen Emma married King Ethelred the Unready in... Read More 

  • Emmeline

    Emmeline is an Emma relative and Emily cousin that is destined for greater use in the wake of the megapopularity of those two names. A recommended Nameberry fave, Emmeline hopped onto the US Top... 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 

  • 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 

  • Evelyn

    Evelyn was originally a surname that derived from the French feminine given name Aveline. However, when it transitioned into first name use, Evelyn was considered a masculine name. Variations... Read More 

  • Gabriel

    Gabriel -- the name of the archangel who heralded the news of Jesus' birth -- appears in Christian, Jewish and Muslim texts. He presides over Paradise, serving as the angel of mercy, life, joy,... Read More 

  • Grace

    Grace is derived from gratia, the Latin word for “grace.” It existed as Gracia in the Middle Ages but was not in common use until the Puritans adopted it along with other Christian... Read More 

  • Harrison

    Harrison, a name made viable by Harrison Ford, is increasingly popular with parents who want an H name that's more formal than Harry or Hank but doesn't veer into the stiff Huntington-Harrington... Read More 

  • Hazel

    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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