Old-Fashioned Baby Names With Modern Appeal

Old-fashioned baby names can lead to some very, shall we say, interesting choices. Sure, it’s great to be edgy and push the envelope, but trends also tend to come and go — and baby names are no exception. Something that seems super-hip now can later become… the bad kind of standout. Sometimes, it’s nice to just rely on the classics.

So we thumbed through the history books and gathered up names from the Victorian era to the Roaring ’20s to the Rockin’ ’50s. Elegant and timeless, these are names you’re not going to forget anytime soon.

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Old-fashioned baby names

According to the Social Security Administration, 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

Top old-fashioned 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

More: Baby Names From the Roaring ’20s

A version of this article was originally published in February 2016. 


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