Historic Names

What baby names have been used when throughout history? Here are lists of ancient names and Presidential baby names, of baby names from Jane Austen and early African-American Names.

  • Number One Baby Names

    Baby names that have achieved the top standing in the U.S. are an elite group. Since the beginning of American baby-naming time, 1880, there have been only 16 baby names that have reached Number One, with Emma and David only touching the top for one year each and Ashley for just two. The all-time Number One baby names in the U.S. are:

  • Old Lady Names

    Old lady names are cool by virtue of their very disdain for fashion. If you're interested in the baby names on this list, check out our blog on old lady names for more commentary and ideas.

  • Old Man Names

    Old man names like Max and Sam and Henry have been used for babies for so long now that they no longer sound like old man names. But don't worry, there are plenty more where those came from. To qualify as a cool old man name, a name has to feel both classic and slightly moth-eaten, like the perfect vintage suit.

  • Old People Names

    Old people names -- or rather, #oldpeoplenames -- is a Twitter phenomenon, whereby people contribute their ideas of which baby names are, you guessed it, old people names. Some of the ideas that pop up on Twitter, from Marvin to Myrtle, are good ones, while others miss the mark. True old people names still carry the whiff of the nursing home, even if they're newly considered fit for babies.

    Here, the names we consider Old People Names.

  • Old-Fashioned Baby Names

    Old-fashioned baby names sound new again: We mean the gently old-fashioned vintage names last popular a century ago. Some of the old-fashioned baby names recommended for your consideration today include:

  • Papal Names

    The selection of Pope Francis I has added a new name to the ist of papal names, which began in the year 32 with St. Peter. Here are some other names of popes that are still usable today--many of them worn by multiple bearers.

  • Patriotic Baby Names

    Baby names with a patriotic flavor honor the land of the free and the home of the brave. Whether you're having a fourth of July baby, or you're just a proud American, here is a list of patriotic baby names sure to pay tribute to America.

  • Presidential Baby Names

    Presidential surnames are becoming increasingly stylish as baby names, ideally as a way to give your child something to live up to.

  • Roman Names

    Roman Names are suddenly hot and fresh again as baby names, partly thanks to The Hunger Games, the futuristic book that featured Roman names for most of the male characters, partly because of the HBO series Rome, and also thanks to the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird and its hero Atticus Finch. Roman baby names on today's roster include several familiar choices along with even more fascinating names yet to be revived.

  • Royal Names for Boys

    Royal names for boys on this list are those used by the British royal family for over a thousand years. Some of the royal baby names for boyS you might consider are:

  • Royal Names for Girls

    Royal baby names on this list come from those used by the British royal family over the centuries. Royal names for girls you might consider include:

  • Saints' Names

    Here's proof that you can find saints' names that go way beyond the traditional Anne or Francis. Following is a selection of some of the coolest saints' names for babies.

  • Saints' Names For Boys

    It is tradition, though no longer a requirement, in the Roman Catholic Church for a child receiving baptism to be given a saint's name. However, even parents who don't find themselves particularly religious have begun to take interest in the rare, uplifting, and sometimes unheard-of names of saints for their sons and daughters. This list includes a wide range of appealing saints' names for boys.

  • Saints' Names for Girls

    Saints' names may no longer be required for a Roman Catholic baptism, but many parents choose to honor saints with their children's names anyway. Beyond religious strictures, you might be interested in saints as inspirational namesakes or as a source of unusual ancient names. This list includes a range of saints' names for girls, from the classic to the cool to the rarely-heard.

  • Shakespearean Names

    Shakespearean names were drawn by the Bard from a range of ancient and modern cultures. Many have survived through the ages and are ripe for modern play. Among the Shakespearean names we recommend are the following.

  • Steampunk Baby Names

    The steampunk movement has been inspired by literature and cinema, blending futuristic themes with 19th century Victorian style. Think alternate history meets science fiction entwined with elements of steam power and clockwork. Here is a list of baby names incorporating this unique style.

  • Traditional Baby Names

    Traditional baby names, by our definition, are those that have been used consistently in English-speaking countries for centuries -- and are still in widespread use. Traditional baby names might not be the most exciting choices in the book, but they are the most reliable. Here are some of the top traditional baby names for both boys and girls.

  • Unique Baby Names from History

    Unique baby names aren't only the new and the invented; there are also many highly unusual names with deep historic roots. Read more about this topic in our blog on unique baby names from history. Here's a selection of the most intriguing.

  • Unique Vintage Baby Names for Girls

    Unique baby names don't have to be new and invented: They can also be vintage names revived from either the near or distant past. These unique vintage baby names for girls all lie outside the Top 1000 but have deep roots and rich histories. In case you're wondering how unique is unique, these names were given to 260 or fewer girls in the US in 2015. Check current statistics to make sure the name you like hasn't hopped back on the list.

  • Unusual Biblical Baby Names

    The Bible is full of names, many of them having grown more popular as baby names over recent years but hundreds of others still unusual. Unusual biblical baby names for boys and girls from both the Old and New Testaments include the following.

  • Victorian Royal Baby Names

    Queen Victoria named six of nine children after either herself or her husband Prince Albert, making the royal baby names from the 19th and early 20th centuries a cozy bunch. The full list of royal names from the Victorian era includes:

  • Vintage Baby Names

    Vintage baby names are among the most fashionable today, for girls as well as boys. Choosing a vintage name can give you the best of all worlds, drawing on classic inspiration with modern style. Vintage baby names are drawn from the popularity lists of a hundred years ago, from classic literature along with biblical and royal sources. Here, a list of the vintage baby names stylish today.

  • Vintage Baby Names for Boys

    Vintage baby names for boys are in style now, along with vintage clothes and furniture. The most popular vintage baby names for boys include the following.

  • Vintage Baby Names for Girls

    Vintage baby names for girls are as chic as vintage clothes and furniture. The vintage baby names for girls that are most stylish today include the following.

  • Vintage Nicknames for Boys

    There's a group of nicknames that were used in distant past and are all but forgotten now. The following might be worth a fresh look. You may also want to consult the larger list of Nicknames for Boys.

  • Vintage Nicknames for Girls

    There's a group of vintage nicknames for girls that were used in the distant past and are all but forgotten now. The following might be worth a fresh look. Check our larger Nicknames for Girls list for more choices. And if it's adorable you're after, check out this list of cute baby names, which includes lots of nickname-names.

  • Virtue Names

    Virtue names, favored by the Puritans, represent qualities we should embody or at least aspire to. Virtue names that can work as modern baby names include: