Traditional 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.

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World War II baby names from the 1940s

Back in the 1940s, the so-called baby boom started, causing births to skyrocket. With a war happening abroad for half the decade, times were tough and families were torn apart. The men who returned from war got coupled up with women back home and started families. These were the popular baby names, according to the S.S.A., in the 1940s.

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Comments on "Old-fashioned baby names: Classic and cultured"

You Don't Even Want To Know April 06, 2014 | 9:14 AM

@ Brandi and everyone else defending stupid names: take it from someone who's BTDT, "unique" names are not fun for the child or the adult the child will grow into. I have an unusual name. It was a pain in the butt as a kid, and it's a pain in the butt now. It will likely be that way until I die. No, I don't want to change it because it's my name now and I've grown to accept it. But if I could travel back in time I would have asked my mother to name me Jane. Or Beth. Or Maria. Or really anything that is normal and that people can remember, pronounce and spell. When I go anywhere that my name is asked but isn't really important (Starbucks) I give my name as Jane. There are plenty of unconventional names available that don't involve atrocious spellings or drug references. Really? Cristalyne Beth? Wtf? Maybe my mother wasn't that bad, at least she didn't name me after an amphetamine smoked out of a light bulb. I know (hope) the woman who posted that is a troll; I noticed one of her other children is named "Chandalier" [sic]. It's not your name. Please remember that. A child is not a pet. They have to live with that name their entire life (or until they finally get sick enough of it to legally change it, a frustrating and time consuming process). You don't. So as cute as you think it is to name your kid "Geosseff" instead of Joseph, please don't. It's not unique, it's not special, it's just Joseph spelled by an idiot. Same with naming your kid anything utterly unpronounceable or my personal favorite "Pilot Inspektor".

Megan March 24, 2014 | 4:10 AM

I have 2 daughters. 1 year old twins called Abigail Elizabeth and Lillian Jane. I love classis older fashioned names. And also Elizabeth is my grandmothers name and Jane was my mothers name. I love my daughters names. Their aunt and uncles called them Abi or Abbs and Lilli or Lills. I chose their names due to the unpopularity of them. Personally I don't hear many Abigail's or Lillian's where I'm from. I'm hoping to call my next child Clara Anne, or if it's a boy William John

britney dargavell March 21, 2014 | 4:55 PM

@ Brandi: Cristaline Beth is a HORRIBLE name. WHY would someone name their child that? Abbie was just stating a fact that it's a stupid name and the fact kids are gonna tease her anyways.

Britney March 21, 2014 | 4:54 PM

@ Arisella : Your name is Arisella, you honestly have NO room to talk about names.

Brandi March 14, 2014 | 6:23 AM

Re: Abbie about her comment on the name Cristaline Beth. I'm not a mom, but you don't have to be to see what you just did, and know that it was wrong. I don't know if you're a mom of x amount of years, or a new mom, a mom to be or even a one day I will be a mom... but either way, you need to learn a quick lesson. Have you ever heard of the saying "It's easy to tear down a kid, but nearly impossible to build up an adult?" What you just said, you bashed a kids name, and further more you bashed another mother's choice in what she named her kid. Basically you bullied. Is that what you want to teach your kids? Make fun of another kids name just because it's different, and maybe sounds like a drug? My name is an alcohol with one letter different.. I didn't like being called Liquor when I went to school. Even my grade ten social studies teacher made a joke of it in front of my mom and my class... it really hurt. So think before you speak, and don't bash someones name just because you wouldn't choose it for whatever reason even if it's for the example you made. Plus, do you really want to teach your kids to be bullies? They will learn your bad habits (even if they learn your good ones too), it'll just help the world be kinder. P.s. @ Sarah and Carol (and goes for any past and future people like you). You two are really rude. Please learn the same lesson that Abbie needs to learn, since being a bunch of cackling es isn't nice to be around, and show's your ugly hag side. :/ which no one wants to see on.

Allison March 03, 2014 | 5:45 PM

And Ky, is the best name ever.

Allison March 03, 2014 | 5:41 PM

Lol, @Lucile @Melissa, you guys both commented right after each other! You prego besties. You guys soooo think alike. Good job for finding this web site by the way Luc, now I'm naming my kid Ernest. Lol jk.

Melissa March 03, 2014 | 5:38 PM

I have four children right now, Penelope, Calliope, James, and Jessamine, and another on the way. We're Catholic so we have whatever we have. And I was think Arthur for a boy and Flora; or really Florrance for a girl. My husband wants Albert or Mae. And my kids want Samuel or Anna, or something "cool" and "hip" instead of classic like, Blake or McKenna. I'm torn, and don't want to disappoint anyone, so, who's truly is probably the best for my soon to be baby?

Lucile March 03, 2014 | 5:27 PM

I am an only child, so growing up I had always wanted a huge family. Today I have 4 boys and 2 girls (we kept trying until we had girls; who happened to be twins). They are all named different but original names, I think at least. Nash, Jaxon, Stiles, Jude, Cecily, and Cecilia. Wow, right? What do you think of my names? My best friend, who apparently just decided to tell me that she dislikes my names (she named her son Ky) and I was just wondering if you agree? Are these names to different or just perfect? Thank you.

Abbie February 05, 2014 | 3:01 PM

Re: Top comment- "Cristalyne Beth"? You might as well have named your 15-year-old "Crystalline Meth". So much for setting your kids up for success.

Vessily-Loue Cosrine January 29, 2014 | 11:49 AM

I have five daughters, three of which are named, (the other two are twins who have just been born) My three daughters: Chandalier Maye Cosrine, 12 yrs, Marandina Roselyn (After my mother), 14 yrs and Cristalyne Beth, 15 yrs. I am thinking of calling my twin girls Gwendolyn Josephine and Karisma Adelaide. What do you think? Are they exotic enough names for my family? We are known for unusual names- As I said, My mother was called Marandina, my father was called Oskaro and my three sisters are Genayla, Zoyannie and Florida. My brother is Oskarino after my father and my first cousins are Jenevaisa and Jackolio. My husband is called Orismo. I love the names. We are special. Different. DO you like them?

Dara January 16, 2014 | 10:58 PM

My cousin named his daughter Wednesday Rhodora. I thought it was pretty neat. She's like 7 or 8 and apparently has never been made fun of for it (yet). She acknowledges that it's different but she loves it because she's ''not another Sarah or Jessica''.

Anne January 13, 2014 | 1:54 PM

Why oh why do people now give their kids names that either sound like appliances, cocktail waitresses, dead presidents or factory outlets?! I like a lot of these "solid" names in the list. Think about regional accents, for example. If you later move to Boston or the South, a name may sound VERY different. It also irks me when a first name doesn't fit the last name. (I have a long Greek last name, and NO one would think of sticking "Kennedy" before it -- but people do, God help us.) And let's not forget nicknames. My co-worker Angelina has LOATHED being called "Hey Anj!" all her life. (Men are especially prone to shortening names; not sure why.) Anyway... fuel for thought!

Alice December 18, 2013 | 3:43 PM

I like Emma. It's so pretty. But of course I like Alice! :)

susan November 01, 2013 | 1:59 PM

um, delilah, if your twins are a boy and a girl they're fraternal, not identical. "identical" means "the same" and, um, boys and girls are different.

Chelsea October 19, 2013 | 10:52 AM

I have two boys Justin Levi and Colt William. I love both their names. We kept the middle name family names and came up with what we best liked for their 1st names. A really good resource if looking for unique but classical names is look up names by heritage ie Irish, Dutch ect even if you may not like the specific names it can give you a resource to find something great.

Carol September 19, 2013 | 9:32 AM

Sarah, I agree! Cannot imagine naming a child Laviethan Rae! Not to mention the spelling but leviathan is a huge sea monster...think of the teasing this poor child will endure

sarah August 22, 2013 | 7:43 PM

im sorry but someof these names are stupid

Lisa August 18, 2013 | 2:00 AM

Growing up I was the only one of my large circle of friends that didn't want to have a different name. Nearly 50 I still like my name. I called my daughter Gemma and she complains because she would have liked to be called Lisa. It's short, easy was never shortened And i was never teased because if it. Can't ask for more than that. X

Abby August 10, 2013 | 4:26 AM

I decided to choose names I like rather then worry if everyone else likes them - My eldest daughter is called Skylar, my son is called Boydan and my youngest girl is called Kendra. 2 modern names and 1 old english name, they like their names and have never been picked on because I didn't choose popular names!!!!

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