Just like a nice vintage cheese or bottle of fine wine; these names only get better with age!
OLD FASHIONED BABY GIRL NAMES
Meaning: Hardworking. Character in Shakespeare’s Othello.
Popularity: Most popular in 1900, but another peak is expected in 2020.
Meaning: flower. Saint Rose of Lima celebrates her Saint’s Day on 23 August.
Popularity: Very popular in the early 20th century, the name fell out of favor almost completely after World War II, only coming back into use in the 1990s. But don’t be afraid! Until 2022, its popularity will grow.
Meaning: olive tree. First used by Shakespeare in Twelfth Night (1601).
Popularity: Made famous by Olivia Newton-John in the 1980s, this classic name is incredibly trendy right now; with its rise in popularity since 1984, it shows no signs of slowing down.
Meaning: from a flower.
Popularity: Lily, or the more common spelling of Lily, was extremely popular as early as the 1800s; it was rarely used throughout the 20th century. However, it made a comeback in the 1990s and this will last until the 2020s.
Means: “Goodness and beauty.”
Popularity: This name was common in Victorian times and well into the early 20th century. However, after World War II, the name was reduced to the 1980s; since then, its use has risen on the name charts and will continue to rise.
Meaning: Spanish version of the name Elizabeth (meaning “oath of God”).
Popularity: Popular in the 18th century, Isabelle saw little use for much of the 20th century. The name soon became popular again in the 1990s and would grow even more over the next ten years.
Means: in Latin “attractive” or “expensive”.
Popularity: Mabel was number one in the Victorian era and is making a comeback thanks to recent celebrities.
Means: in Aramaic “mistress of the house.”
Popularity. Martha’s popularity, which has fallen since the 1800s, is experiencing a resurgence, and in 2017 she was ranked 83rd in the list of the 100 best names for girls.
Meaning “white” in French.
Popularity: it is a climber; slowly but surely. It’s climbed 1,000 spots on the popularity chart since 2017, but is still quirky enough to ensure you don’t have a class full of Blanches.
Means: “Gift from God”.
Popularity: Always a classic given her association with the wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy has never made the top 100, but can you resist her vintage charm?
Meaning: “Mild and merciful.”
Popularity: Very popular around the turn of the last century, this name waned in the 50s and 60s but is now making a comeback. Great for lovers of old fashioned girl names.
Means “rich and blessed”.
Popularity: Edith plummeted in popularity in the 1900s and is still relatively rare. You may prefer the abbreviated “Edie” if you want to choose one of the old baby’s similar names.
Popularity: The name has grown in popularity over the past few years, thanks in no small part to people rediscovering Audrey Hepburn’s Hollywood glamour.
Means: “God is merciful.”
Popularity: This name, popular in the 1930s, is slowly becoming popular again, so if you want your girl to be the only girl with this name in the class, choose Jean!
Popularity: Slowly returning to its 1800s peak, which is not surprising given its fine charm.
OLD FASHIONED BABY BOY NAMES
Meaning: This name is associated with the legendary King Arthur and is believed to be derived from the Celtic word for bear.
Popularity: The name of one of England’s most famous kings, it was used fairly consistently throughout most of the previous centuries and remained popular well into the 1950s. However, it should return in the 2020s.
Meaning: means “farmer” and he is the patron saint of England.
Popularity: Another very popular name in the 17th and 19th centuries, this name was associated with kings and continued to be widely used well into the 1920s. After a brief slump during the swing sixties, it began to rise again and the name is now very popular.
Means “ancestor” and is named after the tree.
Popularity: One of the most famous Olivers was Cromwell, and the name was in constant use throughout most of the 18th and 19th centuries before falling completely unfashionable in the 20th. However, its use has grown steadily since the 1980s and will continue to grow over the next eight years.
Meaning: “Displacer”. Jacob from biblical multicolor glory.
Popularity: This name was little used throughout most of the 20th century, but its use has increased dramatically since the early 1980s. Its trend is still in the upward direction.
Harry or Henry
Means: ‘Ruler of the home.’
Popularity: Both forms of this name had a dip in use during the 1960s and 70s but has since gained in popularity.
Means: ‘Free man.’
Popularity: A name with
strong royal connections, the more old-fashioned form, Charles, is by no means as popular as its diminutive form, Charlie, which emerged from nowhere in the name charts during the 1980s and is now en vogue.
Means: ‘Very bold’
Popularity: Archie is more widely used than the more full-bodied “Archibald” and is more popular in the UK than anywhere else, currently at 23 in the most popular boys’ names.
Means: Noble and bright
Popularity: It is rising in popularity, rising 18 places in the last two years to be number 82 on the top 100 boys’ names.
Means: ‘Supplanter’ – the Cornish version of Jacob.
Popularity: This old-fashioned Cornish name hasn’t registered much on the popularity scale, but is a very dashing name for dashing young boys!
Popularity: Ezra is making a slow comeback currently residing at 72 in the top 100 baby names.
Means: ‘Guardian of the riches’
Popularity: This gentle yet beautiful name is still growing in popularity, but it is very often used as a shortened version of other old-fashioned boys’ names such as Edward or Edmund.
Means: ‘Rich guard’
Popularity: This one’s climbed a huge 22 places in the last two years; clearly many people can’t resist its time-honoured appeal.
Means: ‘Bear cub’
Popularity: Relatively popular in the 1850’s this substantial quirky name is still woefully underused.
Means: ‘Free man’
Popularity: Frankie makes it to the top 100, but good old Frank still has some catching up to do coming in at 187 of most used boys’ names.
Means: ‘Rocky Meadow’
Popularity: A great staple for lovers of old-fashioned boy names; its popularity has fallen slightly but still makes it to 76 in the top boys’ names.