Aiming for an old-fashioned baby name? That can lead you to some very, um, interesting choices (hats off to the Zebediahs of the world). But time-tested doesn’t have to mean out-of-date; there are plenty of old-fashioned baby names that work great in our postmodern era, too.
So we thumbed through the history books and gathered up the best classics 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.
According to the Social Security Administration, these were the most popular baby names of the 1880s.
Top baby boy names of the 1880s
Top girl names of the 1880s
A version of this article was originally published in February 2016.