75 "Old Man Names" That Are Popular Again

Updated: May 4, 2021
Vintage “old man” names tend to jump back into popularity every few generations. Choosing an "old man" name is a unique and trendy option for babies born in the 2020s.
75 Old Man Names

Trends come and go, especially in the world of parenting. Those parenting trends are always prevalent in the naming game. After all, you are selecting the name for a person to have for the rest of their life! While there is no guarantee your boy name will stay en vogue, some old-fashioned boy baby names are coming back in style.

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Consider Albert, for example, which has a princely ring to it, or maybe you’re more into a quirky name like Otis made famous in recent years by several athletes. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you may fancy something like Percy, George, or Ronald, three of the six Weasley boy names, all old-fashioned and in this case, all very British!

You may not hear some of these old-fashioned baby names much anymore, so why not be a trendsetter? Many of these are English names and given the popularity of shows like Downton Abbey and now Bridegerton, we will likely see a resurgence of old-fashioned British names.

“Old man” names that we once associated with our grandpas are a hit again! Maybe you’re considering one of these for a middle name to honor a family namesake, or perhaps you’re just down with these posh-sounding male names; either way, we have a list of 75 “old man” names you may want to consider for your boy to be.

Even if your baby boy’s name is not a popular name, choosing one from this list of retro names is sure to give him a one-of-a-kind start in life.

There were so many great names out there it was hard to par down our list to only 75 old-fashioned boy names, but we feel this list is full of classic names sure to inspire anyone looking for a solid vintage name.

“Old Man” Baby Boy Names

  1. Albert - German, noble and bright. The name of Queen Victoria’s famous love match husband.
  2. Alexander - Greek, defender of mankind. A political name for Alexander the Great and Alexander Hamilton
  3. Alfred - English, elf of wise counsel, a common nickname is Alfie
  4. Ambrose - Greek, immortal
  5. Amos - Hebrew, burdened or troubled, to carry, born of God
  6. Archie - German, bold, commonly short for Archibald but can be a stand-alone name
  7. Arthur - Celtic, noble, bear. Famous for the great king in the of legend King Arthur.
  8. Basil - Greek, royal, king
  9. Beau - French, handsome
  10. Byron - English, at the byres or the barn
  11. Calvin - Latin, bald, hairless, associated with lucky number 7
  12. Cecil - English, blind
  13. Charles - English, free man
  14. Chester - English, fortress
  15. Clifford - English, lives by the ford in the cliff
  16. Clyde - Scottish, the river of Clyde in Scotland
  17. Conrad - German, brave, bold ruler or counsel
  18. Cornelius - Latin, horn
  19. Cyrus - Persian, sun, name of the founder of the Persian empire
  20. David - Hebrew, beloved, may become popular again due to the popularity of the show Schitt’s Creek
  21. Desmond - Irish, a middle easter kingdom in Ireland, one from south Munster
  22. Duane - Scandanavian, dark, swarthy
  23. Dwight - German, white or blonde. Presidential for U.S. president Dwight Eisenhower.
  24. Edgar - English, successful spearman
  25. Edmund - Old English, protector, prosperity, riches
  26. Edwin - English, prosperous friend
  27. Elmer - English, noble, renowned
  28. Emmet - English - universal, also spelled Emmit
  29. Ernest - English/German, earnest, resolute, serious, a battle to the death
  30. Esteban - Spanish, a form of Stephen, wreath, crown, honor, fame
  31. Ewan - Scottish, born of the yew tree, Star Wars fans may like this one because of Ewan McGregor
  32. Francis - French, free, religious for Pope Francis
  33. Franklin - English, free landholder
  34. Frederick - German, peaceful ruler
  35. George - Greek, farmer. Same name as Kate and William’s firstborn Prince George and the first American president George Washington
  36. Gideon - Hebrew, having a stump for a hand. Old testament name.
  37. Gordon - Scottish, great hill
  38. Grady - Irish, a descendant of nobility
  39. Graham - English/Schottish, grand homestead
  40. Harold - Scandanavian, army ruler, Harry is a common nickname
  41. Harvey - German, warrior, soldier, battle-worthy
  42. Horace - Latin, man of time
  43. Hugh - English, mind, instinct, intellect
  44. Issac - Hebrew, laughter, he who laughs, religious old testament name
  45. Lawrence - Latin, from the Roman city Laurentum
  46. Leonard - German, lion-hearted
  47. Llyod - Welsh, gray
  48. Louis - French/German, a renowned warrior
  49. Marshall - English, caretaker of horses
  50. Max - Latin, greatest
  51. Milton - English, from a mill town
  52. Mortimer - English, still sea
  53. Murray - Gaelic, from the region of Moray in Scotland
  54. Norman - English, northerner, Norseman
  55. Oliver - Latin, olive tree
  56. Orson - Latin, bear cub
  57. Oscar - Irish, divine speaker
  58. Otis - German, wealthy, son of Otto
  59. Percy - French, piercing the valley
  60. Philip - Greek, lover of horses
  61. Phineas - Hebrew, Nubian, a part of Egypt. Nickname Phinn
  62. Quentin - Latin, fifth
  63. Ralph - English, wolf counsel
  64. Raymond - German, wise protector
  65. Rueben - Hebrew, behold a son
  66. Roland - English/German - advisor to the ruler
  67. Rudy - German, famous wolf, short for the name Rudolph
  68. Sebastian - Greek, venerable, from the ancient city of Sebastia
  69. Sidney - English, from the stony field, variations also used as a girl’s name
  70. Silas - Latin, forest, woods
  71. Stanley - Old English, stony meadow
  72. Theodore - Greek, divine gift
  73. Vernon - English, alder tree
  74. Wallace - Old French, means Welsman
  75. Wilbur - Old German, wild boar, resolute, brilliant

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