75 "Old Lady" Names That Are Popular Again

Updated: March 22, 2021
Vintage “old lady” names tend to jump back into popularity every few generations. Choosing an "old lady" name is a unique and trendy option for babies born in the 2020s.
75 Old Lady Names

Vintage “old lady” names tend to jump back into popularity every few generations. Once the name begins to fade out it gains more interest in the current generation. Think about it like this: the names you consider “old lady” names belong to a generation that will pass on by the time your own children or grandchildren grow up and have children. They won’t have the same “old lady” association as you do, but instead these names will sound unique and trendy.

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Current “old lady” names that are making a comeback include those with the suffix -line (like Emmaline, Caroline, Rosaline), names with the long /a/ sound and names beginning with the prefix El-. We also see lots of diminutives of Margaret and Elizabeth popping back up.

Check out our list of 75 old lady names that are becoming popular again:

  1. Ada - English, German, Polish, Hungarian, Italian, Finnish, means “noble”
  2. Agnes - English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Estonian, means “chaste”
  3. Alice - English, French, Portuguese, Italian, German, Czech, means “noble type”
  4. Amelia - English, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Dutch, German, means “work”
  5. Audra - English, means “noble strength”
  6. Audrey - English, means “noble strength”
  7. Ava - English, means “to breath, to live”
  8. Beatrice - Italian, English, Swedish - means “voyager, traveller”
  9. Bessie - English, means “in the oath of God”
  10. Blanche - French, means “white”
  11. Caroline - French, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, means “warrior”
  12. Charlotte - French, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, means “warrior”
  13. Cicely - English, means “blind”
  14. Cora - English, German, means “maiden”
  15. Cordelia - English, meaning unknown
  16. Clara - German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Catalan, Romanian, English, Swedish, Danish, means “clear, light”
  17. Dinah - Biblical Hebrew, English, means “judged”
  18. Dora - English, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Croatian, Serbian, Dutch, means “gift of God”
  19. Dorothy - English, means “gift of God”
  20. Edith - English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, means “wealth, fortune” and “war”
  21. Eleanor - English, means “bright, shining one”
  22. Elise - German, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, English, means “in the oath of God”
  23. Ella - English, means “other”
  24. Eloise - English, means “great health”
  25. Elsie - English, Swedish, means “in the oath of God”
  26. Emmeline - English, means “work”
  27. Eva - Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, English, Czech, Slovak, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Estonian, Danish, Icelandic, Faroese, Greek, Slovene, Bulgarian, Croatian, Russian, Georgian, means “to breath, to live”
  28. Evelyn - English, German, means “desired”
  29. Flora - Latin, means “flower”
  30. Florence - English, French, means “prosperous, flourishing”
  31. Freda - English, means “white, fair, blessed” or “reconciliation, peace”
  32. Genevieve - English, meaning unknown
  33. Grace - English, means grace
  34. Greta - German, Italian, Swedish, Lithuanian, Polish, English, means “pearl”
  35. Gretchen - German, English, means “pearl”
  36. Harriet - English, means “home ruler”
  37. Hattie - English, means “home ruler”
  38. Irene - English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, German, Dutch, means “peace”
  39. Iris - Greek Mythology, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, French, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Greek, means “rainbow”
  40. Ivy - English - means “ivy, a vine”
  41. Jacqueline - French, English, means “supplanter” or “may God protect”
  42. Josephine - English, German, Dutch, means “He will add”
  43. Lena - Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Polish, Russian, English, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, means “of Magdala”
  44. Lilith - Semitic Mythology, Judeo-Christian Legend, means “of the night”
  45. Lillian - English, means “in the oath of God” or “lily”
  46. Lucy - English, means “light”
  47. Mabel - English, means “loveable”
  48. Madeline - English, French, means “of Magdala”
  49. Maggie - English, means “pearl”
  50. Maisie - Scottish, English, means “pearl”
  51. Margaret - English, means “pearl”
  52. Martha - English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, Greek, Biblical, means “the lady, the mistress”
  53. Mary - English, means “beloved”
  54. Matilda - English, Swedish, Finnish, Slovak, means “strength in battle”
  55. May - English, means “beloved”
  56. Millicent - English, means “strong work, labor”
  57. Millie - English, means “strong work, labor”
  58. Meredith - Welsh, English, means “sea lord”
  59. Myrtle - English, an evergreen shrub
  60. Nell - English, means “bright, shining one”
  61. Nellie - English, Swedish, means “bright, shining one”
  62. Nora - Irish, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Latvian, German, Dutch, Italian, means “honor”
  63. Olive - English, means “olive”
  64. Pearl - English, means “pearl”
  65. Rosaline - English, means “soft, tender, flexible” or “horse”
  66. Rosalie - French, German, Dutch, English, means “rose”
  67. Rose - English, French, means “rose”
  68. Ruby - English, menas “ruby, a red gemstone”
  69. Rudy - English, means “famous wolf”
  70. Sadie - English, means “lady, princess, noblewoman”
  71. Sophie - French, English, German, Dutch, means “wisdom”
  72. Stella - English, Italian, Dutch, German, means “star”
  73. Violet - English, means “violet, a purple flower”
  74. Vivian - English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, means “alive”
  75. Winifred - Welsh, English, means “white, fair, blessed” or “reconciliation, peace”

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