Best Old fashioned girls names

Old fashioned names I like. Not necessarily old but at least with that old-timey feel.
  1. Cecily
    • Adia
      • Blythe
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "happy, carefree"
        • Description:

          Blythe originated as a nickname for an upbeat person, coming from the Old English word bliðe, meaning "merry" or "cheerful." Today the homophone blithe shares the same meaning. Blythe was eventually adapted to a surname before it became a feminine given name.
      • Briony
        • Origin:

          Spelling variation of Bryony
        • Meaning:

          "to sprout"
        • Description:

          Briony may be the variation and Bryony the original, but many parents will see this as the more authentic-feeling version of this attractive botanical name. Still unusual in the U.S., Briony is in the British Top 100 and may appeal to parents as a fresh spin on Briana or Brittany or an honorific for a Brian, though it bears no relationship to the male name.
      • Bryn
        • Origin:

          Welsh
        • Meaning:

          "hill"
        • Description:

          Bryn is an up-and-coming gentle, yet substantial, Welsh name that would also be effective in the middle spot. In Wales it's a traditional boys' name, but it's far more popular for girls now in the US.
      • Dottie
        • Origin:

          English, diminutive of Dorothy
        • Meaning:

          "gift of God"
        • Description:

          Dottie and Dot are old Dorothy nicknames that some cutting-edge Brits are bringing back to fashion. It's been half a century since Dottie ranked on its own in this country, one of those nickname names that flourished in the 1890's.
      • Edith
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "prosperous in war"
        • Description:

          Edith was a hugely popular name a hundred years ago that's being revived among stylish parents in Stockholm and London. It's currently beginning to gain traction in the US among those with a taste for old-fashioned names with a soft but strong image.
      • Emmylou
        • Origin:

          Combination of Emmy and Lou
        • Description:

          There's only one: Emmylou Harris, the singer who gives dignity to an old-style combo name.
      • Esme
        • Origin:

          French
        • Meaning:

          "beloved"
        • Description:

          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, which means "emerald".
      • Etta
        • Origin:

          English and Scottish, short form of any name ending with -etta: Henrietta, Loretta etc.
        • Description:

          Thanks to the surprise hit revival of Etta James' song At Last and because of recent interest in vintage style nicknames, Etta has established herself as a possible successor to Emma and Ella. Back in the US Top 1000 as of 2023 and rising rapidly up the UK charts, where it sits in the Top 200, Etta is a snappy, smart and sparky choice.
      • Evelyn
        • Origin:

          English from French and German
        • Meaning:

          "desired; or water, island"
        • Description:

          After decades of disuse, soft and feminine Evelyn has returned to the baby name stage in a huge way. It reached the Top 10 for the first time in 2017. Evelyn has now surpassed its former heights, joining a legion of contemporary little Evas, Avas, Eves, Evies, and Evelines.
      • Frankie
        • Origin:

          Diminutive of Frances
        • Meaning:

          "from France; free man"
        • Description:

          Vintage nickname name, with a down-to-earth country feel. This renewed interest placed Frankie back in the US Top 1000 in 2015 after a 41-year hiatus. For girls, it's a popular choice in England and Wales, Australia, and New Zealand. Drew Barrymore, who helped popularize and glamorize boyish names for girls, has a daughter named Frankie. On TV's Better Things, Pamela Adlon's middle daughter is named Frankie (sister to Max and Duke, both girls).
      • Freya
        • Origin:

          Norse
        • Meaning:

          "a noble woman"
        • Description:

          Freya has long been popular in the U.K. but has only taken off in the US in the last decade, along with the entire category of mythological names. Derived from the Old Norse name Freyja, meaning "Lady, noble woman", Freya is the name of the Norse goddess of love, beauty, and fertility.
      • Gladys
        • Origin:

          Possibly a form or Claudia or Welsh
        • Meaning:

          "land, nation"
        • Description:

          Hard as it might be to believe, Gladys was the Harper of 1900, emerging almost out of nowhere to take the naming world by storm. It became a favorite among parents — and writers of romantic Edwardian novels, seen as alluring and unusual. One impetus was the 1870 Ouida novel Puck, whose heroine was the idealized beauty, Gladys Gerant.
      • Harlow
        • Origin:

          English surname
        • Meaning:

          "rock hill or army hill"
        • Description:

          Jean Harlow (born Harlean Carpenter), the original platinum blonde bombshell, was a symbol of 1930s glamour, a factor that first Patricia Arquette and then Nicole Richie and Joel Madden probably had in mind when they gave their daughters the distinctive surname name Harlow.
      • Ila
        • Origin:

          French
        • Meaning:

          "from the island"
        • Description:

          A simple name occasionally heard a couple of generations back.
      • Ione
        • Origin:

          Greek
        • Meaning:

          "violet flower"
        • Description:

          This unusual Greek flower and color name has gained considerable recent attention via actress Ione Skye, who is the daughter of sixties folksinger Donovan.
      • Inza
        • Juniper
          • Origin:

            Latin tree name
          • Meaning:

            "young"
          • Description:

            Juniper is a fresh-feeling nature name -- it's a small evergreen shrub -- with lots of energy. A new favorite of fashionable parents, Juniper joins such other tree and shrub names as Hazel, Acacia, and Willow.
        • Leona
          • Origin:

            Latin
          • Meaning:

            "lioness"
          • Description:

            A Top 100 name from 1896 to 1921, Leona reached as high as Number 72. Since then, Leona had seemed to be one of the most unfashionable of the pride of lion names, but singer Leona Lewis has done a lot to rejuvenate it. Leona returned to the Top 1000 in 2009 after decades of being away.