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Traditional baby names for girls and boys will never go out of style

There's a big benefit to choosing a classic name for your baby boy or girl — old-fashioned baby names never go out of style. With choices spanning from the Victorian era to the Roaring '20s to the Rockin' 1950s, you're sure to find a baby name that's the bee's knees.

Fads in baby naming come and go faster than bad fall TV pilots -- it's true. 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

Traditional baby names for girls and boys will never go out of style
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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.

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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

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

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