Do you love old fashioned baby names? I sure do! For our first pregnancy, I almost had my husband convinced that we should name our daughter either Adeline or Scarlette…both stunning vintage baby names with rich meanings and history.
The thing is, old fashioned baby names aren’t a passing trend inspired by the next big actor. No, these names have been around for a while. They’ve aged like fine wine. Meaning that your unborn child will always have a beautiful story connected to his or her name.
Below are just a few of my favorite old fashioned baby names for boys and girls. I hope you enjoy them, and most of all, find that special name that is perfect for your little one.
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Originally Latin, meaning “working”, “thriving” or “industrious”.
One of my favorite old fashioned baby names (mostly because it was almost my daughter’s!). A French variation of the name, Adele. It means “noble”.
A nickname for August or Augustine, “Augie” was more popular in the 1950s.
Betty is the short version of the Greek name, Elizabeth. It means “pledged to God” or “oath”.
Originally an Old English surname, Bingley is the perfect homage to classic literature. (Please tell me you know the one! 😉 )
A classic French name meaning “petite”.
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A variation of the old Latin name, Caecilius. It means “blind”.
Greek for “from the isle of Delios”.
Hebrew in origin; literally meaning “David’s son”.
A Germanic name meaning “work”.
Also a German name, Emery means “powerful” or “brave”.
Italian meaning “free” or “from France”.
Gaelic for “fair hero”.
Nickname for Harriet, an old English name meaning “estate ruler”.
An old English surname alluding to the classic book, Catcher in the Rye.
A Spanish variation of the name Elizabeth. “Pledged to God.”
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Originally Hebew, Ishamel means “God will hear”. Also used for ts reference to the character Ishmael in Moby Dick.
Germanic and masculine originally, Joceline literally means, “member of the Guat Tribe”.
A fun, simple name popular in the 1960s.
Greek, meaning “pure”.
While Kelly is still popular for girls, the masculine version of the name is rarely used. Kelly is Gaelic, meaning “strife.”
Feminine variation of the Latin name, Louis. “Renowned in war.”
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A form of William more commonly used by the Irish. It means “protector”.
A variation of the original Latin name, Margarita, which translate to “pearl”.
In French, Marshall translates to “the one who looks after the horses.” This name also has Scottish origins, meaning “lover of horses.”
At its oldest form, Nettie originates from a Germanic tribe called the Teutons. It literally means, “clean”. It was a popular name in the 1800s.
Nolan was originally a gaelic surname. Eventually it came to mean, “champion.”
This beautiful Hebrew name means, “I will praise God.” It was most popular in the early 1900s.
Welsh for “noble”, Owen was very popular at the end of the 19th century.
Is this baby your fifth? If so, Quintin is perfect for you. It’s Latin name reserved for the “fifth” child.
Although Rose was most popular in the late 1800s-early 1900s, this name has reigned in popularity charts for two centuries now.
Although Rhett (Latin for “Speaker” or “Advisor”) is definitely an old-fashioned baby name, it has never been more popular than it is now. Having said that, it’s still a great homage to Gone with the Wind.
Susanna was ridiculously popular in the 1800s (which should come as no surprise considering the old Western songs.) It’s Hebrew for “Lily”.
This is an Old English name meaning “loved.” Although Sedric was most popular in the 1970s, it also hit a peak in the early 1900s as well.
Thomas is a classic Biblical name, meaning “twin”. It’s an antique baby name that continues to rise in popularity intermittently.
Do you suspect that you have a firecracker on your hands? Tilly is an old Germanic name meaning, “battle-mighty”.
Uma actually has several meanings. Some relate it to the Hindu goddess, which means “tranquility”, others think of the Hebrew name that means “nation.”
Ulrich or Ulric is an old German name meaning “powerful.”
Vera is almost synonymous with classic American culture. The name reached the height of its popularity in the 1920s. It’s Russian for “faith”.
Vincinent has a rich history, dating all the way back to the Roman times. It’s a variation of the Latin word “Vincentius”, meaning “conquer”. Vincent became popular in France, England, and Ireland before migrating US charts in the 1800s.
This can either be cute nickame for the English name Wellington, which means “rich estate” or simply another name for “spring”.
Christmas baby? Yule is an old fashioned name referencing the holiday season.
Now the Russian form of George, Yuri stems from the Hebrew name meaning, “light of God.”
Zeke is a classic old fashioned name that has recently become more popular. It’s another Hebrew name meaning, “God strengths.”
Zada is quite the antique baby name. It may not be popular in our day and age, but 19th century moms and dads loved it. This name is Arabic for “fortunate or prosperous.”
I love old fashioned baby names, simply because they have so obviously stood the test of time! If you loved these names, I bet you’d like a few on this post as well. I’d love to hear some of your favorites! Let me know in the comments below!