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This page last updated 01-14-2005.


Unusual Old Fashioned Names

These kind of names are very popular right now. The names that were popular with the Colonists and Pioneers are popular with parents today, and the names used at the turn of the century and in the 20's and 30's are coming back as well. Sudenly, naming your baby after Great-Grandma Beatrice doesn't seem so awful. Emily, Hannah, Sarah, and Elizabeth, were the 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 10th most popular girls names in 1999, respectively. Victoria, Rachel, Olivia, Abigail, Julia, Alexandra, Katherine, Rebecca, Mary, Vanessa, Chloe, Madeline, Caroline, Laura, Cassandra, Claire, and Miranda, were all in the top 100. Old fashioned names for boys are even more popular. Jacob, Michael, Matthew, Joshua, Christopher, Nicholas, Andrew, Joseph, and Daniel were the 1st to 9th most popular names for boys, respectively. In the top 50 alone we find William, John, David, Zachary, Anthony, James, Alexander, Jonathan, Robert, Samuel, Benjamin, Thomas, Nathan, Aaron, Caleb, Adam, and Stephan. Here are some old fashioned style names that are not so popular. A warning on all these names, because this category of names are so popular, any of these names could shoot up on the lists in a short amount of time. It doesn't seem possible to some that Edith or Edwin could become a popular name for babies today, but 20 years ago, who would've thought that Hannah, Abigail, Samuel, and William would be popular names?

NOTE~ Just removed Sophia, Joscelyn, Elaine, Sebastian, and Victor from the lists as all names have entered the top 100 most popular names list.

NOTE~ Also removed Lillian, Audrey, and Evelyn from the lists as they have now entered the top 100 most popular names list as well.



Girls Names:

Ada
Adelaide *
Adeline *
Agatha
Althea
Amelia *
Annabelle
Arabella
Athalie
Augusta
Aurelia
Beatrice
Bertha
Belle
Beulah
Camille *
Cecilia *
Cecily
Celeste
Charlotte *
Clara *
Clarinda *
Clarissa *
Claudia *
Clementine
Constance
Cordelia
Corinne
Christabel
Cynthia
Daphne *
Delia
Dolores
Dorothy
Edith
Eleanor
Elise *
Eliza *
Ellen
Elnora
Eloise
Elsa
Elspeth
Emmeline *
Erma
Ernestine
Esme
Estelle
Ethel
Etta
Eudora
Eugenia
Evangeline
Felicity *
Francine
Frances
Genevieve
Georgia *
Georgiana
Gillian *
Gladys
Gwendolyn
Harriet
Hazel
Helen
Henrietta
Hester
Ida
Iris *
Isadora
Jemima
Josephine
Judith
Lavinia
Leona
Leonora
Lila
Lisette
Louisa
Loretta
Lucia
Lucinda
Lucretia
Lydia *
Mabel
Marion
Martha *
Matilda
Mavis
Melinda
Mena
Meredith *
Millicent
Miriam
Myra
Myrna
Myrtle
Nadine
Naomi
Octavia
Opal
Pearl
Phoebe
Priscilla
Prudence
Ramona
Regina
Roberta
Rosalind
Rosemary
Ruth
Simone
Sonya
Stella
Susannah
Sylvia *
Theodora
Theodosia
Ursula
Vada
Viola *
Violet *
Virginia
Vivian
Wilhelmina
Willa
Winifred
Zella

Boys Names:

Abraham
Abram
Alastair
Albert
Arthur
Bertrand
Braxton
Bruce
Byron
Cecil
Cedric
Chester
Clark
Clement
Clifford
Conrad
Cyrus
Darius *
Dexter
Dorian
Edger *
Edmund
Edwin *
Elias
Elliot
Emmett
Eugene
Evander
Ezra
Fabian
Felix
Franklin
Frederick
Gilbert
Graham
Griffin *
Harvey
Hector *
Herbert
Hirum
Hugh
Ira
Jarvis
Jasper *
Jonas
Julian
Lance
Laurence
Leander
Lemuel
Leo
Martin *
Miles *
Milton
Neville
Niles
Oliver
Percival
Rueben
Russell
Sheldon
Sherman
Silas
Stuart
Thaddeus
Theodore
Tobias
Vincent *
Warren
Willis
Wilmur


* Warning! Although this name is still unusual, it is beginning to be used more often.

If you would like to suggest a name that you think should be added to this list, please email me the name, with Old Fashioned Name as the subject line. Thank you.

Note~ I can't promise that I will add the name you suggest to this list. If I feel the name is not unusual enough, I will not post it.



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