Retro baby names

Classic Names For
Girls And Boys

In today’s fast paced world, giving your girl or boy a retro baby name is a great way to reconnect to a more innocent time. These classic baby names will stand the test of time. Check out our picks for the best retro baby names for girls and boys.

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Retro boy names

Biblical baby names have dominated the charts from the 1800's to modern times.

Check out our list of the top retro boys' names:

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Retro names for girls

These retro girl names, straight from the list of top baby girl names from the 1800's, are full of classic, yet surprisingly modern sounding, baby names.

Here are our top picks for retro baby names for girls:

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Old Hollywood baby names

We can also find great retro baby names by looking at the popular celebrities in the 1930's. Some standouts include:

Boy names:

Fred (Astaire)
Clark (Gable)
William (Powell)
Charles (Laughton)
Thomas (Mitchell)

Girl names:

Greta (Garbo)

Baby Names from Literature

Take a look back at classic books and the character names for some wonderful names with a retro feel. Names such as Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird), Gatsby (The Great Gatsby), Holden (The Catcher in the Rye) and Phineas (A Separate Peace) for boys. For girls, consider Jane (Jane Austen), Ophelia (Shakespeare), Portia (Shakespeare), Lily (The House of Mirth) or Hester (The Scarlett Letter).

You can also take a look back at your own family tree. Not only may these names have a wonderful retro sound to them, but passing on a family name is a wonderful way to stay connected to the past while moving toward the future.

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Comments on "Retro baby names"

Heather July 31, 2011 | 9:09 AM

I love old lady names too. I looked on the Social Security name regisitery and looked at all the popular names over the last 100 years and my daughters are Lola and Lela (pronounced LEE-LA) both popular around the turn of the century.

barb July 28, 2011 | 8:32 PM

My girls are in the top 5!!! My Mary goes by Maisy and I have a Clara too. I love "old lady" names and "old men" names too! If we would have had a boy he would have been Hank, Gus or Abe.

Katie Kavulla July 28, 2011 | 5:23 PM

We have an Everett who is 16-months old, plus a Janie and a Meg -- love the retro names, Kim!

Becky Farris June 29, 2011 | 8:35 PM

My daughters name is Arlene Theresa Louise ... we care currently pregnant with our second child, unknown ... if its a girl it will be Ella Frantiska(husbands family tradition) Rose ... if its a boy we are between Jack or James for first names ... middle names undecided.

coolkid January 01, 2011 | 12:31 PM

Why label these baby names as retro? They are just good old fashioned solid names. Think of the Brisish Royal family. They're hardly retro.

Jess December 28, 2010 | 5:45 AM

baby names,very sweet retro

Dave December 26, 2010 | 11:40 PM

I don't know, some of these baby names might be a little too... retro

Nkhil December 25, 2010 | 9:49 PM

Retro baby names obviously reconnect to a more innocent time. The retro baby names Hubert, Marshall, Elizabeth are really nice.

nadeera December 25, 2010 | 6:15 AM

god site for kids names thanks

sachu December 24, 2010 | 2:18 AM


Alyssa November 27, 2010 | 8:37 PM

I'm here looking for potential baby names for my older brother, Xander, who is expecting his second child (whose has yet to be determend). He also has a 3-year-old named Atticus Israel.

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