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  1. #1
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    What are your favorite "antique" names?

    A good friend of mine recently gave birth to a baby girl named Evelyn nn Evie.
    I'm pregnant but I don't know the sex of the baby. When I heard this name, I immediately fell in LOVE with the idea of choosing a name more commonly found on grandparents, but with a very usable nickname. I've looked under the "antique names ready for restoration" section, as well as "old lady cool names" name lists, and found a few I really like.

    What are your favorites? I really want to hear what "older" names/nicknames you guys like so I can get some ideas while still keeping possible name ideas a surprise to friends/family.

    Do you have any children, friends, relatives with these kinds of names?

    I need boys and girls names. Any suggestions would be great!

  2. #2

    Re: What are your favorite "antique" names?

    older names are personally my favorite, but i am better with the girl ones

    alice
    amelia
    amity
    beatrice
    charlotte
    clementine
    elinor
    eliza
    emmeline
    felicity
    georgia
    iris
    louisa
    mae
    mabel
    maisie
    nell
    olive
    ophelia
    penelope
    phoebe
    rose
    stella
    violet

  3. #3

    Re: What are your favorite "antique" names?

    My dd's name is certainly Ol'School and has the more 'hip' nn. Jocelyn. Once used strickly for men, it's now all-girl. So, obviously this is my fave... that's why we chose it.

    Livia. If I'm not mistaken, Livia's been around a lot longer than Olivia? And, I like the nn Liv.

    Antique names in general aren't my style, but Those two I really do love (;

  4. #4
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    Re: What are your favorite "antique" names?

    What a great topic! I love vintage names.
    Girls' vintage names
    Blythe
    Millicent nn Millie
    Imogen nn Immy
    Genevieve nn Eve, Evie
    Georgia nn Georgie (on hipster list)
    Vivian nn Vivi or Viv
    Pearl
    Sylvia nn Sylvie
    Josephine nn Josie
    Frances nn Francie
    Louisa nn Lulu
    Frieda
    Kaye
    Myrtle
    Paulina nn Lena
    Rosemary nn Rosie or Romy
    Veronica (I'm not sure this is vintage, but the nickname Vera is.)
    Olive
    Ivy (vintage?)
    Anthea (vintage?)
    Cordelia nn Delia

    Boys' vintage names:
    Lionel
    Leopold
    Harvey
    Rupert
    Vincent
    Theodore nn Theo
    Moses
    Henry-getting so popular
    Edwin
    Victor
    Frank
    Edward nn Ned, Neddy
    Frederick nn Fritz
    Rufus
    Quentin
    Clive
    Bernard nn Bernie
    George
    Duke
    Harrison nn Harry
    Oscar

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    Re: What are your favorite "antique" names?

    Just a few that came to mind while reading:
    Cornelia, nn Cora
    Matilda, nn Mattie or Tillie
    Edith, nn Edie
    Eleanor, nn Nora or Nell

    John - about as old as you can get!, nn Jack
    Timothy, nn Tim
    Elias, nn Eli
    Philip, nn Pip, Phil


    Sorry I can't think of more right now. Rather brain dead, I've been awake since 5 am!

  6. #6
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    Re: What are your favorite "antique" names?

    I had a 10 yr old patient today named Nancy Maude. At first I thought - what! That is an old lady name on a kid!! But she goes by Maude and after hearing her Mom say the name a couple times it (oddly) really grew on me! I think that Mabel is another old lady name with possibilities.

  7. #7
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    Re: What are your favorite "antique" names?

    Thanks for all the great names!
    So here's my "short" :) list so far:

    Adeline/Adelia nn Addie/Lena/Delia
    Ramona
    Alice
    Blythe
    Charlotte nn Charley/Lottie
    Cordelia nn Delia
    Eleanore/Eleanora nn Nora/Ellie
    Emmeline (emma-leen)
    Estella nn Stella
    Frances nn Frankie
    Georgia
    Hazel
    Hattie
    Helena
    Iris
    Josephine nn Josie
    Livia
    Eloise nn Lulu
    Sadie
    Maxine
    Scarlett
    Maisie
    Matilda nn Tillie
    Nell nn Nellie
    Olive
    Phoebe
    Rosie
    Rubie
    Vivienne

    Alfred
    Weston
    August
    Miles
    Fred
    Joe
    George
    Charlie
    Henry
    Frank
    Dexter
    Ned

    As you can see I have a TON of girls names I love, but I'm really struggling on the boys side. Just wondering... for future siblings, is it ok to mix vintage names with more modern names or will it sound odd? What are your top few favorites out of this list? I really need some help!

  8. #8
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    Re: What are your favorite "antique" names?

    I absolutely love......

    Girls
    Madeline.....Maddie (nickname)
    Susan....Susie
    Tiffany...(overused)
    Helen


    Boys
    Stanley
    Arthur
    George
    William
    Gregory

  9. #9
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    Re: What are your favorite "antique" names?

    I love Lawrence for a boy. Lura May was my grandmother's name and I think it's very beautiful, but could get mispronounced as Laura.

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