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100 vintage baby names that are about to come back around

Old fashioned baby names are having a revival, especially those from the 1920s. Here are 100 vintage names to provide you with some inspiration.

Vintage baby names

Vintage baby names are having a moment right now, and it’s not hard to see why. Choosing a baby name can be a tricky task on top of all the other things you have to think about as impending parents, like packing a hospital bag or getting the nursery organized. Finding something that’s both timeless enough to take your newborn through to adulthood and unique enough to set them apart from all the other children in their class is a fine balance to strike.

That’s why many parents are turning to old fashioned names for inspiration. Rather than zoning in on the baby names that are topping the charts now, there’s a growing trend to take a look at what was popular this time last century and beyond.

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There are plenty of vintage names that have already had their resurgence — the likes of Ava, Arthur, Evelyn, and Charles, for example, have risen back to the top of US and UK baby name lists over the past few years and show no signs of budging. But there are plenty of other old fashioned names that haven’t been dug out of the archives just yet, so we’re about to uncover some of them.

We combed through historical data — the Social Security Administration’s top 500 baby names in the US in 1920 and the Office for National Statistics’ top 100 baby names in the UK in 1924 — to find the names that were popular in the 1920s but that you rarely see now, around 100 years later. If you’re hoping to find a unique, vintage name for your baby boy or baby girl before everybody else discovers it, perhaps some of these suggestions might be just what you’re looking for .…

Vintage baby girl names from the 1920s

  1. Agnes
  2. Annie
  3. Alma
  4. Beatrice
  5. Bertha
  6. Bessie
  7. Betty
  8. Beulah
  9. Bridget
  10. Carrie
  11. Clara
  12. Constance
  13. Daphne
  14. Dora
  15. Dorothy
  16. Edith
  17. Edna
  18. Ellen
  19. Elsie
  20. Enid
  21. Ethel
  22. Freda
  23. Geneva
  24. Genevieve
  25. Henrietta
  26. Ida
  27. Iris
  28. Joan
  29. Josephine
  30. Leona
  31. Lillian
  32. Lucille
  33. Mabel
  34. Mae
  35. Martha
  36. Minnie
  37. Nellie
  38. Nora
  39. Norma
  40. Olive
  41. Opal
  42. Pearl
  43. Peggy
  44. Ruth
  45. Sylvia
  46. Virginia
  47. Vera
  48. Viola
  49. Vivian
  50. Winifred
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Vintage baby boy names from the 1920s

  1. Albert
  2. Alfred
  3. Allen
  4. Alvin
  5. Arnold
  6. Bernard
  7. Cecil
  8. Chester
  9. Clarence
  10. Clifford
  11. Clyde
  12. Cyril
  13. Douglas
  14. Edgar
  15. Edmund
  16. Edwin
  17. Elmer
  18. Ernest
  19. Eugene
  20. Everett
  21. Francis
  22. Franklin
  23. Gilbert
  24. Gordon
  25. Harold
  26. Herbert
  27. Herman
  28. Horace
  29. Howard
  30. Hubert
  31. Ivan
  32. Ivor
  33. Kenneth
  34. Lawrence
  35. Leonard
  36. Lester
  37. Louis
  38. Maurice
  39. Percy
  40. Ralph
  41. Roland
  42. Sidney
  43. Stanley
  44. Vernon
  45. Victor
  46. Vincent
  47. Walter
  48. Wallace
  49. Wilbur
  50. Wilfred

Old fashioned baby names: The takeaway

None of the names listed above feature highly in the US and the UK’s most up-to-date “popular baby names” lists. This shows that there are a whole host of vintage baby names that haven’t been used widely for decades, but as the trend for old fashioned baby names continues, they may just be on the cusp of coming back again.  So … are there any in there that could be perfect for your baby? If not, perhaps it’s worth taking a look through these lists of one-syllable baby names for boys, gender-neutral baby names, or uncommon baby names for girls.

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