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Old-fashioned baby names: Classic and cultured

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Traditional baby names for girls and boys

Looking for an old-fashioned baby name for your girl or boy? These traditional names are classics that will carry your child from infancy to adulthood. We've pulled names from Victorian times, the Roaring '20s and more to give you a great selection when naming your baby girl or baby boy.

Fads in baby naming come and go faster than bad fall TV pilots. But classic, old-fashioned names stand up to the test of time. If you are looking for a great name that isn't part of the latest Hollywood or suburban naming trend, these names are right for you. Grab a pen and paper and let's start thinking names.

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Victorian chic baby names

The fashions of the Victorian times were amazing. Big hoop skirts and fitted tops gave women amazing shape, while preserving their demurity. Victorian names like Scarlett (as in O'Hara — from Gone with the Wind) and Betsy come to mind. But those aren't the only Victorian baby names that you'll love.

According to the Social Security Administration (S.S.A.), these were the most popular baby names of the 1880s.

Top baby boy names of the 1880s

  1. John
  2. William
  3. James
  4. George
  5. Charles
  6. Frank
  7. Joseph
  8. Henry
  9. Robert
  10. Thomas
  11. Edward
  12. Harry
  13. Walter
  14. Arthur
  15. Fred
  16. Albert
  17. Samuel
  18. Clarence
  19. Louis
  20. David
  21. Joe
  22. Charlie
  23. Richard
  24. Ernest
  25. Roy

Top baby girl names of the 1880s

  1. Mary
  2. Anna
  3. Emma
  4. Elizabeth
  5. Margaret
  6. Minnie
  7. Ida
  8. Bertha
  9. Clara
  10. Alice
  11. Annie
  12. Florence
  13. Bessie
  14. Grace
  15. Ethel
  16. Sarah
  17. Ella
  18. Martha
  19. Nellie
  20. Mabel
  21. Laura
  22. Carrie
  23. Cora
  24. Helen
  25. Maude

Next page: Baby names from the Roaring '20s

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