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102 Old Lady Names That Are Popular Again for Baby Girls

These old lady names are having a comeback. A vintage girl name is a unique choice for your baby girl.
Updated: February 20, 2023

You ever hear a name like Ethel or Gladys and think it was a name only meant for a grandma, not a little girl?

These names aren’t outdated, they’re vintage!

Old-fashioned names or “old lady” names tend to jump back into popularity every few generations.

Once a popular girl name begins to fade out of the public eye, it’s only a matter of a few decades before it has a comeback in a new generation.

Think about it like this: the vintage 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 girl names will sound unique and trendy.

Related: 50 Vintage Names Making a Comeback

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.

These old-fashioned female names might remind you of “Golden Girls,” but we predict they’ll have a comeback and become trendy girl names once again!

"Old Lady" Names That Are Popular Again (A to E) 

These classic names for girls are fit for anyone, not just an “old lady!”

  1. Ada - English, German, Polish, Hungarian, Italian, Finnish, means “noble”
  2. Agatha - Greek name meaning “good” 
  3. Agnes - English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Estonian, means “chaste”
  4. Alice - English, French, Portuguese, Italian, German, Czech, means “noble type”
  5. Amelia - English, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Dutch, German, means “work”
  6. Audra - English, means “noble strength”
  7. Audrey - English, means “noble strength”
  8. Ava - English name that means “to breath, to live”
  9. Beatrice - Italian, English, Swedish - means “voyager, traveler”
  10. Bessie - English, means “in the oath of God”
  11. Betty - Hebrew name meaning “God’s oath” 
  12. Beryl - Hebrew name meaning “jewel” 
  13. Blanche - French, means “white”
  14. Caroline - French, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, means “warrior”
  15. Charlotte - French, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, means “warrior”
  16. Cicely - English, means “blind”
  17. Colleen - Irish name meaning “girl/woman” 
  18. Constance - Latin name meaning “faithful” 
  19. Cora - English, German, means “maiden”
  20. Cordelia - Latin name meaning “rope maker” 
  21. Clara - German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Catalan, Romanian, English, Swedish, Danish, means “clear, light”
  22. Deirdre - Gaelic name meaning “sorrowful” 
  23. Dinah - Biblical Hebrew, English, means “judged”
  24. Dora - English, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Croatian, Serbian, Dutch, means “gift of God”
  25. Dorothy - English, means “gift of God”
  26. Edith - English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, means “wealth, fortune” and “war”
  27. Edna - Hawaiian name meaning “delightful” 
  28. Eleanor - English, means “bright, shining one”
  29. Elise - German, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, English, means “in the oath of God”
  30. Ella - English, means “other”
  31. Eliza - Hebrew name meaning “God's oath, dedicated” 
  32. Eloise - English, means “great health”
  33. Elsie - English, Swedish, means “in the oath of God”
  34. Emmeline - English, means “work”
  35. Esther - Persian name meaning “star” 
  36. Etta - Hebrew name meaning “adorned” 
  37. Eunice - Greek name meaning “victorious” 
  38. 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”
  39. Evelyn - English, German, means “desired”

Old lady names that are popular again

"Old Lady" Names That Are Popular Again (F to M) 

Find the perfect name for your little girl by looking to the past for inspiration.

  1. Faye - Old French name meaning “fairy” 
  2. Flora - Latin name meaning “flower”
  3. Florence - English and French name meaning “prosperous, flourishing”
  4. Frances - Frances, or “Franny” as a nickname,
  5. Freda - English name that means “white, fair, blessed” or “reconciliation, peace”
  6. Genevieve - Welsh name meaning “white wave” 
  7. Georgia - Greek name meaning “farmer” 
  8. Grace - English, means grace
  9. Greta - German, Italian, Swedish, Lithuanian, Polish, English, means “pearl”
  10. Gretchen - German, English, means “pearl”
  11. Harriet - English, means “home ruler”
  12. Hattie - English, means “home ruler”
  13. Hilda - German name meaning “warrior” 
  14. Ida - Old German name meaning “youthful” 
  15. Irene - English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, German, Dutch, means “peace”
  16. Iris - Greek Mythology, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, French, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Greek, means “rainbow”
  17. Ivy - English - means “ivy, a vine”
  18. Jacqueline - French, English, means “supplanter” or “may God protect”
  19. Jean - Scottish name meaning “God is gracious” 
  20. Josephine - English, German, Dutch, means “He will add”
  21. Lena - Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Polish, Russian, English, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, means “of Magdala”
  22. Lilith - Semitic Mythology, Judeo-Christian Legend, means “of the night”
  23. Lillian - English, means “in the oath of God” or “lily”
  24. Lois - Hebrew name meaning “better” 
  25. Lorraine - Old German name meaning “Where Lothar dwells” 
  26. Lucille - French name meaning “light” 
  27. Lucy - English, means “light”
  28. Mabel - English, means “loveable”
  29. Madeline - English, French, means “of Magdala”
  30. Maggie - English, means “pearl”
  31. Maisie - Scottish, English, means “pearl”
  32. Margaret - English, means “pearl”
  33. Marjorie - Scottish, Gaelic, means “pearl”
  34. Martha - English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, Greek, Biblical, means “the lady, the mistress”
  35. Mary - English, means “beloved”
  36. Matilda - English, Swedish, Finnish, Slovak, means “strength in battle”
  37. Mavis - Gaelic name that means “joy, happiness” 
  38. May - English, means “beloved”
  39. Meredith - Welsh, English, means “sea lord”
  40. Mildred - English name that means “gentle advisor” 
  41. Millicent - English, means “strong work, labor”
  42. Millie - English, means “strong work, labor”
  43. Muriel - Hebrew name that means “bitter, rebellion” 
  44. Myrtle - English, an evergreen shrub

"Old Lady" Names That Are Popular Again (N to Z) 

  1. Nell - English, means “bright, shining one”
  2. Nellie - English, Swedish, means “bright, shining one”
  3. Nora - Irish, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Latvian, German, Dutch, Italian, means “honor”
  4. Olive - English, means “olive”
  5. Pearl - English, means “pearl”
  6. Rosaline - English, means “soft, tender, flexible” or “horse”
  7. Rosalie - French, German, Dutch, English, means “rose”
  8. Rose - English, French, means “rose”
  9. Ruby - English, means “ruby, a red gemstone”
  10. Rudy - English, means “famous wolf”
  11. Sadie - English, means “lady, princess, noblewoman”
  12. Sharon - Hebrew name that means “princess” 
  13. Sophie - French, English, German, Dutch, means “wisdom”
  14. Stella - English, Italian, Dutch, German, means “star”
  15. Vera - Russian girl name that means “faith” 
  16. Violet - English, means “violet, a purple flower”
  17. Vivian - English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, means “alive”
  18. Wanda - German girl name that means “wanderer” 
  19. Winifred - Welsh, English, means “white, fair, blessed” or “reconciliation, peace”

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