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50 Vintage Names Making a Comeback

Names that once sounded old-fashioned are popular again. Here are the top vintage girl names, boy names, and gender-neutral names making a comeback right now.
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Updated: January 7, 2023

Sometimes the best baby names come from the past. Baby girl names that might sound old fashioned or retro or even “old lady”, like Alice, Clara, or Edith, are starting to sound good again. Baby boy names like Leo or Theodore that once sounded old school are now trending. If you’re looking for something original but not “wacky,” a vintage name might be for you.

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Want a classic name from the early 1900's for your little one? Check out our list of vintage baby names.

Vintage Girl Names

  1. Ada - English, German, Polish, Hungarian, Italian, Finnish, means “noble”
  2. Adelaide - English, Italian, Portuguese, means “noble”
  3. Alice - English, French, Portuguese, Italian, German, Czech, means “noble”
  4. Clara - German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Catalan, Romanian, English, Swedish, Danish, means “clear, bright”
  5. Cora - English, German, Greek Mythology, means “maiden” and a cognate of Persephone
  6. Cordelia - English, meaning unknown
  7. Edith - English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, means “fortune of war”
  8. Eleanor - English, meaning unknown
  9. Eloise - English, means “health”
  10. Esther - Persian, means “star”
  11. Ethel - Old English, means “noble”
  12. Genevieve - French, meaning unknown
  13. Gertrude - English, Dutch, French, means “spear of strength”
  14. Hattie - English, means “home ruler”
  15. Josephine - French, means “he will add”
  16. Lillian - English, means “in the oath of God” or “lily”
  17. Mabel - English, means “loveable”
  18. Millie - English, means “gentle strength”
  19. Minnie - English, means “will helmet”
  20. Opal - English, means “opal”
  21. Penelope - English, Greek Mythology, means “duck”, Odysseus’s wife
  22. Rosemary - English, means “dew of the sea”
  23. Sadie - English, means “lady, princess, noblewoman”
  24. Stella - Italian, means “star”

Vintage Boy Names

  1. Alfred - English, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Polish, Dutch, means “elf counsel”
  2. Archie - Scottish, English, means “genuine, bold”
  3. Arthur - English, French, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Arthurian Mythology, means “bear king”, King Arthur
  4. Barnabie - English, means “son of encouragement”
  5. Caspian - Literature, Prince Caspian of the Chronicles of Narnia series
  6. Chester - English, means “camp, fortress”
  7. Emmett - English, means “whole, universal”
  8. Everett - English, means “brave boar”
  9. Forest- English, means “forest”
  10. Franklin - English, means “freeman”
  11. Frederick - English, means “peaceful ruler”
  12. Harvey - English, means “battle-worthy”
  13. Jasper - English, Dutch, means “treasurer”
  14. Jethro - Biblical, means “abundance”
  15. Jonas - Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Biblical, means “dove”
  16. Leo - German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, English, Croatian, means “lion”
  17. Reuben - Hebrew, means “behold, a son”
  18. Roman - Russian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian, Slovene, Croatian, Estonian, German, English, means “Roman”
  19. Silas - English, Greek, means “wood, forest”
  20. Theodore - Greek, means “gift of God”

Vintage Gender-Neutral Names

  1. August - German, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Catalan, English, means “exalted, venerable”
  2. Clover - English, means “clover”
  3. Ira - English, Hebrew, means “watchful”
  4. Jennings - English, means “Yaweh is gracious”
  5. Ollie - English, means “army, warrior”
  6. Remy - English, means “oarsman, rower”

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