Our Favorite Old-Fashioned Baby Names

What's old is new again—especially when it comes to baby names.
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Old-fashioned baby names are like that great vintage dress—they are eternally cool and never go out of style. Many parents love classic girl and boy names because they remind of us a simpler, more innocent time. From Clayton and Wilson to Josephine and Lillian, check out our favorite old-fashioned baby names.

Old-Fashioned Baby Girl Names

Old-fashioned names are feminine and beautiful. In the 1880s, the most popular baby girl names were Mary, Anna, Emma, Elizabeth and Margaret. These vintage names would be wonderful choices for today, as well.

Check out more of our favorite old-fashioned girl names:

  • Rose
  • Pearl
  • Hattie
  • Edith
  • Mabel
  • Helen
  • Maude
  • Minnie
  • Alice
  • Clara
  • Gertrude
  • Nettie
  • Ida
  • Florence
  • Penelope
  • Gemma
  • Opal
  • Sadie
  • Dorothy
  • Geraldine

Old-Fashioned Baby Boy Names

These classic baby boy names have an effortlessly cool sound to them. In the 1880s, the most popular boy names were John, William, James, George and Charles. Check out more of our favorite retro baby names:

  • Wallace
  • Owen
  • Max
  • Nicholas
  • Edward
  • Jack
  • Everett
  • Russell
  • Gus
  • Otis
  • Levi
  • Sebastian
  • Wilson
  • Albert
  • Curtis
  • Cecil
  • Eli
  • Wiley
  • Henry
  • Flynn
  • Arlo
  • Samuel

Classic Baby Names From Novels

Flip through the pages of your favorite classic novels for more baby name inspiration. The Great Gatsby, for example, gives us the great retro names of Daisy, Myrtle, Meyer—and even the name Gatsby. More great examples include Holden from The Catcher in the Rye, Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird, Lily from The House of Mirth and Shakespeare's Ophelia.

Jane Austen novels offer an amazing selection of old-fashioned baby names with an English charm to them, including Georgiana, Harriet, Augusta and Louisa for girls or Bertram, Wentworth, Bingley and Knightley for boys.

If you are searching for a classic name that will never go out of style, these great old-fashioned baby names might be just what you are looking for.

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