200 old fashioned baby names that are making a comeback

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  • Old fashioned baby names are a great choice for those parents who want a unique name with meaning, inspired from yesteryear.

    It’s a bit of a paradox but old fashioned baby names are really in fashion right now!

    With classic baby names like Olivia and Stanley riding high in the most popular baby names charts, more and more parents are looking at history for inspiration when it comes to naming their baby. Though, if these don’t float your boat, try some unusual baby names, maybe a choice from the many Italian baby names or from the best unisex baby names list.

    Sherri Suzanne is a New York-based baby naming expert who helps parents all over the world choose the perfect name for their little one. She believes there are a few reasons why parents are choosing vintage baby names, including the fact they actually feel quite modern now.

    Stephanie Lowe, Goodto.com Family Editor says: “Old fashioned names have such a nostalgic and vintage feel. From Cecily and Dot to Betsy and Pearl, I just adore them. Choosing a vintage name is classy and gives longevity. Not to mention the historic angle. A lot of parents choose theses names to honour a grandparent… or their favourite Downton Abbey character and I’m here for both of those reasons.”

    Here are Stephanie’s top ten old fashioned baby names;

    Ten old fashioned baby names for girls

    1. Agnes
    2. Betsy
    3. Cecily
    4. Dot
    5. Hattie
    6. Louis
    7. Mabel
    8. Nancy
    9. Pearl
    10. Vivian

    Ten old fashioned baby names for boy

    1. Archie
    2. Bert
    3. Chester
    4. Edwin
    5. Frank
    6. Herbert
    7. Jasper
    8. Ned
    9. Percy
    10. Winston

    “As they say, ‘What’s old is new again’  – the names of our peers and our parents can feel stale, while names from 100 years ago may seem fresh and ready to be taken down and dusted off,” Sherri Suzanne says.

    She continued: “Choosing a vintage name that has been out of circulation is a way to seem original or creative without being too audacious. Choosing from old fashioned baby names may be an unexpected choice but not an unfamiliar one. Old fashioned baby names also have history. Over time, many have taken on charming qualities that parents admire. Names like Aurelia may seem romantic, while Atticus feels bold.”

    If you’re ready to go back in time to find an old fashioned baby name for your little one, we’ve got some ready to make a comeback – and those that have never really gone away!

    Old fashioned baby names for girls

    Ada
    Origin: German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: A-dah
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go, this truly lovely old-fashioned baby name that dipped in popularity during the ’70s and ’80s, Ada makes a nice change from the more popular Ava. It means noble.

    Adelina
    Origin: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Slavic | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ah-duh-lee-nuh
    Meaning: This vintage name means noble or nobility. Can be shortened to Addie, which is also super cute.

    Agatha
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: A-ga-tha
    Love a mystery? Then choose this vintage name, which belonged to UK crime author Agatha Christie. Meaning good and honourable, your little one may grow up to be a sleuth on a par with Miss Marple as well!

    Agnes
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ag-ness
    Meaning: Thanks to the power of Marvel, Agnes is once again in the limelight thanks to her appearance in the Disney TV show Wandavision. Meaning pure or virginal, Aggie is a cute nickname.

    Vintage baby names Allegra

    Allegra
    Origin: Latin, Italian | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ah-leg-ruh
    Meaning: This gorgeous Italian-derived name means joyous or cheerful. The term allegro also means quickly, lively tempo, so perfect for music-loving parents.

    Amelie
    Origin: French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: A-meh-lie
    Meaning: Of French and German origin, Amelie means industrious. Amelie is a famous 2001 French film, starring Audrey Tatou.

    Annette
    Origin: French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: An-net
    Meaning: This pretty name was super popular in the fifties. A pet name for Anne, it means grace.

    Anita
    Origin: Spanish | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: A-nee-tah
    Meaning: A popular girls’ name until the ’60s, Anita means grace or unguided.

    Audrey
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Aw-dree
    Meaning: Audrey Hepburn was the epitome of grace and sophistication, making this vintage baby name the perfect choice for any little girl. The name however goes way back to Anglo-Saxon times and derives from Aethelthryth, which means noble strength. Strong and stylish – the perfect name, surely?

    Barbara
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Bahr-bruh
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go, this was hugely popular until the ’70s, Barbara means foreign or stranger. It also has a plethora of amazing women who share the name, from singing legend Barbara Streisand to 1940s Hollywood legend, Barbara Stanwyck. And how could we forget the UK’s very own Barbara Windsor!?The nickname Babs is also a super cute choice.

    Berenice
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Buhr-nees
    Meaning: Berenice was the name of the wife of Ptolemy I of Egypt and was also the moniker of a fourth century saint. It means she who brings victory or queen and was hugely popular in the late 1800s. Sweet nicknames for this Greek baby name are Bernie, Berry, Binnie and Bunny.

    Betsy
    Origin: Hebrew | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Bet-see
    Meaning: Denise Van Outen chose this cute vintage name for her daughter with ex-hubby Lee Mead. A shortened version of Elizabeth, Betsy’s height of popularity was from the ’40s to the ’60s. It means pledged to God.

    Betty
    Origin: Hebrew | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Bet-ee
    Meaning: A nickname for Elizabeth, Betty means oath of God. Betty Grable was the pin-up girl of WWII when the name was originally very popular. Can also be spelt Bette, as in Bette Davis, the old school Hollywood actress.

    Blanche
    Origin: French, German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Blan-sh
    Meaning: Blanche was a royal name in France and was then brought to England by the French wife of Henry I. A name with a 1920s feel, it means white or pure. Blanche DuBois was also a character in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire.

    Blossom
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Blos-som
    Meaning: A cute name that means to bloom, Blossom was hugely popular in the 1920s, which gives it a great vintage feel.

    Billie
    Origin: English, German | Style: Vintage Pronunciation: Bill-ee
    Meaning: A derivative of Wilhelmina, Billie means resolute protection. It’s a popular moniker among celebrities with the likes of Billie Eilish, Billie Jean King and Billie Holiday.

    Birdie
    Origin: German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Bur-dee
    Meaning: Birdie means bright, famous and little bird. It was a hugely popular name in the 1800s and is enjoying a resurgence now

    Cecily
    Origin: Latin, Welsh | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ses-i-lee
    Meaning: A feminine form of Cecil, Cecily is derived from the Roman name Caecilius, which is based on the Latin coccus meaning blind. One Cecily was the mother of King Richard III, whose beauty gained her the title ‘the Rose of Raby’.

    Claudette
    Origin: French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Klo-det
    Meaning: A name tinged with glamour thanks to movie star Claudette Colbert who was one of the best-paid stars of the ’30s and ’40s. The feminine version of Claude, it means lame or enclosure.

    Colette
    Origin: English, Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Kaw-let
    Meaning: A chic name that has returned to the popularity charts after going missing for 30 years. A female version of Nicholas, it means people of victory.

    Constance
    Origin: French, Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Con-stance
    Meaning: The English version of the Latin name Constantia, Constance has a much more vintage feel than its common nickname Connie. It means steadfastness.

    Cora
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Kor-rah
    Meaning: Cora was another name for the goddess of fertility and the underworld, Persephone. This short and sweet vintage baby name was hugely popular in the 1880’s and it means daughter or maiden.

    Coral
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Kor-al
    Meaning: As well as being a form of sea life, Coral also refers to the pretty pinkish/orange colour. A name once popular in Victorian times, maybe it’s time this vintage name had a revival?

    Cordelia
    Origin: Latin, Celtic | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Cor-de-lee-ah
    Meaning: Cordelia was one of King Lear’s daughters and has a lovely vintage feel to it. It means heart (which comes from the Latin word cor) or daughter of the sea.

    Cosette
    Origin: French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Koh-zett
    Meaning: Cosette is best known as the heroine of Les Miserables – the name was invented by Victor Hugo who wrote the novel. It means little thing.

    Cressida
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Kress-ida
    Meaning: A vintage name that is enjoying a surge of popularity thanks to the Netflix hit, Bridgerton. In the show, Cressida Cowper is a debutante competing with Daphne Bridgerton for the most eligible suitors. As well as having some TV cool, Cressida has a shiny meeting – gold.

    Dahlia
    Origin: Swedish | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Day-lia or Dah-lia
    Meaning: A vintage name showing a resurgence in popularity – and it’s easy to see why as it means flower or valley. In the language of flowers, the Dahlia denotes elegance and dignity so a great name to bestow on your own little flower.

    Daphne
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Daf-nee
    Meaning: Daphne was the daughter of Peneus, the god of rivers, yet the name means laurel or bay tree. A vintage-sounding name, it’s seen a huge rise in popularity in the last year thanks to the lead heroine in Bridgerton bearing the name.

    Deanna
    Origin: English, Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Dee-anna
    Meaning: An English version of Diana, it was the stage name of Deanna Durbin, who appeared in musicals during the ’30s and ’40s. It’s a heavenly name for a little girl as it means divine.

    Doris
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: D-o-ris
    Meaning: Doris Day was the ultimate girl-next-day in the ’50s and ’60s and we think this name is ready for a revival. In Greek mythology, Doris was the daughter of Oceanus, so it’s no wonder this name means gift of the ocean.

    Dot
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Dot
    This vintage name injects a touch of cuteness to Dorothy. Meaning gift of god, you can up the cuteness actor even more with Dotty!

    Edna
    Origin: Hebrew | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ed-nuh
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go, this is one of those vintage names that hasn’t been popular for many years, but, which may be on the cusp of a revival. It means delight.

    Emilia
    Origin: Italian, Spanish, Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Em-mee-lia
    Meaning: An old-fashioned name that’s having a resurgence thanks to the likes of actresses Emilia Fox and Clarke, it means rival.

    Evangeline
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Eh-van-je-leen
    Meaning: A gorgeous old-fashioned name that’s ripe for a return to popularity, especially as it’s so positive. It means good news – and that newborn baby certainly is that!

    Faye
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Fay
    Meaning: It’s Fay but with a showbiz makeover thanks to the likes of actress Faye Dunnaway and Steps star Faye Tozer and has the cutest meaning – fairy!

    Fern
    Origin: Scottish | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Fern
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go, this popular name in the early 1900s, this nature-inspired name comes from the shade-loving plant. It can also be spelt Fearne as in presenter and writer, Fearne Cotton.

    Flora
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Flaw-ruh
    Meaning: Flora means flower – it was also the name of the Roman goddess of springtime.

    Garnet
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Gar-nit
    Meaning: While Amber and Ruby are popular jewel names, Garnet is a little under the radar, making it the perfect unique baby’s name. It’s a dark red gemstone – named after the pomegranate that the garnet crystals resemble.

    Gia
    Origin: Italian | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Gia
    Meaning: A shortened version of Gianna, this Italian name means God is gracious. Gia Carangi was the ’80s supermodel whose biopic provided Angelina Jolie’s first major role in 1998.

    Vintage baby names Gina

    Gina
    Origin: Italian, Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Gee-nah
    Meaning: A right royal choice, Gina means queen. Fifties pin-up Gina Lollobrigida gave this name a boost back in the day.

    Ginger
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Jin-jur
    Meaning: Could there be anything more glamorous than Ginger Rogers dancing with Fred Astaire? Or anything more uplifting than Ginger Spice in a Union Jack tea towel? Ginger covers all aspects! This spicy name means pure or virginal.

    Gladys
    Origin: Welsh | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Glad-is
    Meaning: A super modern name at the start of the 20th century, Gladys is possibly a Welsh version of Claudia. As such, it means land or nation.

    Gloria
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Glore-ee-ah
    Meaning: A fabulously vintage name that has connections with 1920s Hollywood thanks to Gloria Swanson, and disco through the dulcet tones of Gloria Gaynor. The name means glory and was chosen by acting couple Maggie Gyllenhall and Peter Saarsgard for their second daughter.

    Grace
    Origin: English, Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Greys
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go this one packs a glamour punch. Grace Kelly literally lived her to her name! The personification of grace and beauty, this lovely old-fashioned name was brought to England in the late 16th century by the Puritans, who then took the name with them to America. Derived from the Latin gratia, it means grace, favour or blessing.

    Greer
    Origin: Scottish | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Gre-err
    Meaning: This unisex name carries much weight. It was the first name of the Oscar-winning Brit actress Greer Carson, who was in the height of her fame in the ’40s, and is also the surname of feminist writer, Germaine Greer. It means alert, watchful.

    Guinevere
    Origin: Welsh | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Gwihn-uh-veer
    Meaning: In mythology, Guinevere was King Arthur’s queen – and this old-fashioned name would be perfect for your little queen! It means fair one, white shadow or white wave.

    Hattie
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Hat-tee
    Meaning: A diminutive of the more prim and proper Harriet, Hattie was hugely popular with parents in at the end of the 19th century. It means home ruler.

    Hedy
    Origin: German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Hed-ee
    Meaning: A diminutive of Hedwig, which these days is more commonly associated with an owl, Hedy has a strong vintage appeal thanks to gorgeous actress Hedy Lamarr (who incidentally also invented technology during the war that was incorporated in later days to bluetooth and GPS!) The name means war or strife.

    Iris
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: I-ris
    Meaning: In Greek mythology, Iris was the goddess of the rainbow, which is a pretty meaning for a pretty name. It’s also the name of a pretty purple flower that blooms in late spring/early summer – so perfect for babies born around then.

    Isadora
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Is-a-dora
    Meaning: The name of acclaimed dancer Isadora Duncan, this lovely old-fashioned name has long been neglected, but it makes a stylish alternative to Isabella. Meaning gift of Isis, Isis was the main goddess of ancient Egypt.

    Jacqueline
    Origin: French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Jak-uh-lin
    Meaning: The glamour of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy gave rise to a whole host of little girls being given this name in the ’60s. The name, which was originally imported into England by a French sister-in-law of Henry V, means supplanter or to uproot.

    June
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Joon
    Meaning: This calendar name comes from the Roman god Juno, who was the protector of pregnant women.

    Kitty
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Kit-ee
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go, this nickname for Catherine, Kitty means pure. One for literary lovers, Kitty was one of the Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice and was also a character in Dickens’s Bleak House.

    Lana
    Origin: Hawaiian, Irish, German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Lann-uh
    Meaning: In Hawaii, Lana means calm as still waters. The name may also be derived from the Gaelic word ‘leanbh’, which means child, however, some people think it comes from the German Alana, which means precious. Made famous in the 1950s by pin-up star, Lana Turner.

    Lena
    Origin: English, Scottish, Dutch, German, and Scandinavian | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Lee-nuh
    Meaning: A name with a truly multi-cultural background, it means bright and beautiful.

    Leslie
    Origin: Scottish | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Les-lee
    Meaning: Despite being huge around the mid 20th century – in part thanks to the actress Leslie Caron – Leslie is not so popular these days, which is a shame as it has such a pretty meaning – holly garden!

    Lettie
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Leh-tee
    Meaning: Whether you just love the movie starring Kevin Bacon or you want your little one to be fancy free, you need to pick this vintage name as it means footloose!

    Lisbeth
    Origin: German, Hebrew | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Lis-beth
    Meaning: This vintage name is the German version of Elizabeth, and as such is a sweeter version of the monarch’s name. It means pledged to God.

    Lois
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Low-is
    Meaning: While Lois is the forever girlfriend of Superman, this vintage name goes way back to New Testament times and was hugely popular in the ’20s and ’30s. It means superior.

    Loretta
    Origin: Latin, English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Lor-etta
    Meaning: Full of glamour – Loretta Young was a big American film and TV star in the ’40s and ’50s – the very fashionable Sarah Jessica Parker chose it as a middle name for one of her daughters. It means bay laurel.

    Louella
    Origin: German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Loo-ella
    Meaning: A combination of the names Louise and Ella, Louella was made famous in the 1930s by movie columnist, Louella Parsons. It means female warrior.

    Lucille
    Origin: Latin, French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Loo-seel
    While Lucy may be more popular with parents, Lucille has true vintage appeal thanks to 1950s comedian Lucille Ball. However, this old-fashioned name goes way back – to the Roman Empire. It means light.

    Mabel
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: May-bell
    Meaning: Popular in Victoria times, Mabel comes from the Latin ‘amabilis’ and means lovable.

    Madeleine
    Origin: French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Mad-a-leine
    Meaning: This French version of Magdalen was hugely popular at the start of the 19th century. Meaning woman from Magdala or high tower, if you’re looking for a name with added chic, this is the one to go for.

    Mae
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: May
    Meaning: A shortened version of Margaret, this name first hit the dizzy heights in the ’30s and ’40s thanks to actress Mae West. More recently, Mae Jemison was the first African-American woman to travel in space. It means pearl.

    Margot
    Origin: French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Mar-go
    Meaning: French derivative of the name Margaret that means pearl, it can also be spelt Margaux. Experiencing a resurgence in popularity due to actor Margot Robbie.

    Maimie
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Mey-mee
    Meaning: A cute version of the form Margaret, it means pearl or star of the sea.

    Marilyn
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage Pronunciation: Mar-i-lin
    Meaning: Without a doubt made famous by Marilyn Monroe in the ‘50s. The name is a combination of Mary and Lynn and means drop of the sea, bitter, beloved and lake.

    Marjorie
    Origin: English, Scottish | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Mar-jor-ee
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go this is an old royal name in England and Scotland, it means pearl.

    Martha
    Origin: Aramaic | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Mar-tha
    Meaning: A New Testament name, Martha is the patron saint of housewives, waiters, and cooks, which lends the meaning – lady of the house – to this vintage name.

    Matilda
    Origin: German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ma-til-dah
    Meaning: Matilda may have been the cute heroine in the Roald Dahl book of the same name, but it’s meaning – battle mighty – packs a real punch! Chosen by Gordon Ramsey for one of his daughters, it’s a name that has several cute nicknames include Tilly and Tilda.

    Maud
    Origin: French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Maud
    Meaning: A name with British royal connections – Maud was the daughter of King Edward VII and granddaughter of Queen Victoria.This old-fashioned name is due a revival soon and its pretty, vintage feeling belies its tough meaning – battle-mighty!

    Mildred
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Mil-dred
    Meaning: While Millie has long been a popular name for little girls, we think it’s about time Mildred got its own time in the spotlight. An ancient Anglo-Saxon name that became popularised in England via an 8th century saint, it means gentle strength.

    Minnie
    Origin: Hebrew | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Min-ee
    Meaning: The fifth or sixth most popular name throughout the 1880s, the most famous Minnie has to be Mickey’s girlfriend. In Hebrew, this cute old-fashioned name means wished for child.

    Myrna
    Origin: Irish | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Mer-na
    Meaning: Made popular in the ’30s and ’40s by actress Myrna Loy, it means beloved or festive.

    Myrtle
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Muh-tl
    Meaning: Myrtle comes from the plant name Myrtus. Popular during the Victorian era, the plant was often associated with Venus, the greek goddess of love.

    Nancy
    Origin: Hebrew | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Nan-cee
    Meaning: Originally a nickname for Ann in the 18th century, Nancy means grace in Hebrew. It’s a popular literary name with characters such as Nancy in Oliver Twister and Nancy Drew, the girl detective.

    Nora
    Origin: Irish, Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: No-ruh
    Meaning: A cute vintage name that enjoyed its heyday in the 1880s. Derived from the name Honora, it means honour.

    Ottilie
    Origin: French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: O-tti-lie
    Meaning: A name with German roots via Otta, this unique baby name means prosperous in battle. It was recently chosen by You Tube stars Zoella and Alfie Deyes for their first child.

    Paulette
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Paul-ette
    Meaning: A name that’s not been fashionable since movie star Paulette Goddard dated Charlie Chaplin in the ’30s, this cute retro name is due a revival. It means small, but is big on vintage charm.

    Pearl
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Perl
    Meaning: Popular in the late 19th century, Pearl lost its lustre, but is now showing signs of a comeback. The birthstone for June, this is a perfect choice if you’re after a gem name that is sleek and sophisticated.

    Petra
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Pet-rah
    Meaning: A female version of Peter, this old-fashioned sounding name means rock, so perfect if you want to find a pretty name with a strong meaning.

    Phyllis
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Fil-is
    Meaning: Phyllis was the name of a woman who was turned into an almond tree in Greek mythology and the literally means green bough.

    Rita
    Origin: Spanish | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ree-tah
    Meaning: Before singer Rita Ora came along, this old-fashioned name had soap opera connotations that put some people off, however it’s vintage appeal comes from the glamour of old Hollywood stars such as Rita Hayworth. Plus it has a shiny meaning – pearl.

    Rosalind
    Origin: Spanish | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation:
    Meaning: The name of Shakespeare’s heroine in As You Like It, Rosalind was also the name of a top actress in the ’40s. One of the many old-fashioned rose-related names being chosen by modern parents, it means pretty rose.

    Rosamund
    Origin: German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Roz-uh-muhnd
    Meaning: A variant of an old German name Rosamond, this name means horse protector.

    Roxanne
    Origin: Persian | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Rox-ann
    Meaning: Roxanne was the subject of the song by The Police. Peak popularity hit in the ’50s but its making a comeback thanks to writer and activist Roxane Gay. It means dawn.

    Rue
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Roo
    Meaning: A cute unisex name, which means regret, it’s also the name of a herb that has medicinal properties.

    Sophia
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: So-fee-uh
    Meaning: Sophia Loren gives this name an injection of glamour, however, it actually means wisdom.

    Stella
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Stel-ah
    Meaning: The perfect name for your little star as it literally means star!

    Suzette
    Origin: Hebrew, French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Soo-zett
    Meaning: Susan gets a French makeover – oo, la, la! A retro-sounding name, it means lily flower.

    Sylvia
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Sil-vee-uh
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go this is cute nature name, Sylvia means from the forest. Originally spelt Silvia in Roman times, this vintage name was at peak popularity in 1932. The French version Sylvie is a very chic alternative.

    Sybil
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Sibul
    Meaning: A hugely popular name in the ’20s and ’30s, this forgotten vintage name is definitely owed a revival. It was a name used by the ancient Greeks to describe a prophetess, someone who could interpret the wishes of the gods.

    Thelma
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Tehk-lah
    Meaning: A popular name right up until the 1940s, Thelma has lost its popularity in recent years, which is a shame as it has a great meaning – ambitious and wilful.

    Vanessa
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Va-nessa
    Meaning: Invented by writer Jonathan Swift for his poem Cadenus and Vanessa in 1713, Vanessa was a popular name in the ‘80s. It’s also a type of butterfly.

    Verity
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Veh-ruh-tee
    Meaning: A virtue name that’s feels more vintage than Hope or Faith, Verity means truth. It was also the name of Madonna’s character in Bond movie Die Another Day.

    Veronica
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ver-ron-i-kah
    Meaning: A name that oozed glamour in the ’40s thanks to actress Veronica Lake and her peekaboo haircut. The nickname Ronnie gives it a modern feel. It means true image.

    Viola
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Vi-oh-lah
    Meaning: A flower name that’s not as obvious as Daisy or Poppy, this name was inspired by the violet flower. The most current bearer of this name is Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis.

    Vivian
    Origin: Latin, | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Viv-vee-an
    Meaning: This old-fashioned unisex name means life. It’s cool factor was given a boost by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie when they chose the spelling Vivienne for one of their twins.

    Wilma
    Origin: German, Scottish | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Wil-mah
    Meaning: A shortened version of Wilhelmina, Wilma means resolute protection. It jumped into popular culture with The Flintstones back in the ’60s – Fred Flintstone’s wife was named Wilma.

    Vintage baby names for boys

    Abraham
    Origin: Hebrew | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ay-bre-ham
    Meaning: It’s not surprising this old-fashioned name means father of multitudes – Abraham is considered the founder of the Jewish people. The cute nicknames Abe or Bram have given this vintage name a new injection of life.

    Albie
    Origin: German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Al-bee
    Meaning: This cute vintage boy’s name, which is a nickname for the slightly more old-fashioned name Albert, has a lovely meaning – noble, bright, or famous.

    Alfie
    Origin: German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Alf-ee
    Meaning: Possibly the cutest name in the list, Alfie means elf or magical counsel!

    Algernon
    Origin: French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Al-ge-rnon
    Meaning: The name of a character in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest, Algernon means man with a moustache!

    Ambrose
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Am-brows
    Meaning: This lovely-sounding vintage name comes from ambrosia, the food of the gods, said to give immortality. Popular in the late 19th century, we say Ambrose is due for a revival!

    Archie
    Origin: Latin, German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ar-chee
    Meaning: A hugely popular name at the start of the 20th century, this cute vintage name has become popular again thanks to Harry and Meghan choosing it for their first born. It means brave, genuine or bold – and works just as well for a girl as well!

    Arnold
    Origin: English, German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ar-nold
    Meaning: This old-fashioned name is gaining in popularity and is perfect for any twitchers out there as it means powerful eagle. Can be shortened to Arnie.

    Arthur
    Origin: Celtic | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ahr-thur
    Meaning: The legendary King Arthur first made the name popular in the Middle Ages but more recently, it’s enjoying a second resurgence, especially with the nickname Artie. This popular baby name means bear.

    Atticus
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: At-ti-cus
    Meaning: One for literary lovers – Attiucs Finch was the hero of the classic book To Kill A Mockingbird. It derives from the Greek Attikos, meaning from Attica, which was the Ancient Greek region that included Athens.

    August
    Origin: German, Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Awg-ist
    Meaning: The German form of the more formal Augustus, this monthly vintage name works well for both boys and girls. And don’t just use it for babies born in the month of August as its meaning – great, magnificent – makes it a strong name choice whenever they were born.

    Basil
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Baz-el
    Meaning: Is it time for a Basil revival? Once thought of as a comedy name thanks to Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers, it actually has a might meaning – royal or regal.

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    Benedict
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ben-a-dikt.
    Meaning: It’s thanks to the charms of actor Benedict Cumberbatch that this old-fashioned name is having its time in the name spotlight again. It means blessed.

    Bert
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Burt
    Meaning: While this short boys’ name means illustrious, respect for Bert has dropped with only seven boys being given the name in 2021. However the derivative, Bertie is on the rise for both boys and girls.

    Bing
    Origin: German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Bing
    Meaning: The meaning of Bing is a hollow shaped like a pot. It’s also the first name of legendary crooner and movie star Bing Crosby, which gives this unusual name a pleasantly retro feel.

    Booker
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Book-er
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go, this was Popular in the early 20th century, this old-fashioned name has connections with literature. Not only does it mean scribe, but there’s also the the Man Booker Prize, which is awarded annually in the UK to the best novel.

    Bruno
    Origin: Italian, German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Broo-noh
    Meaning: Currently enjoying a resurgence thanks to Disney’s Encanto and the chart-topping song ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’, it means brown.

    Buddy
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Bud-ee
    Meaning: A cute name for your little buddy, it means friend. It was also the name of ’50s singer Buddy Holly, which gives it a real rock and roll retro feel.

    Burgess
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Buh-juhs
    Meaning: An English surname name that comes with a vintage feel, it means inhabitant of a fortified town or town citizen.

    Buster
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Buh-stuh
    Meaning: Silent movie star Buster Keaton means this boy’s name has a real vintage flare to it. Chosen by actor Jonny Lee Miller for his only son, it means tough guy.

    Cabot
    Origin: French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ka-but
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go, this was originally an English surname, this unusual name for boys means to sail – so perfect for any little boy who lives by the sea!

    Cary
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ker-ee
    Meaning: A name full of style thanks to the debonair actor Cary Grant, this vintage moniker means pleasant stream.

    Caspian
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Cas-pee-an
    Meaning: Caspian is derived from the Latin term ‘caspii’, meaning white. A great choice for literary lovers, CS Lewis used the name in his Narnia series.

    Cecil
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ses-il
    Meaning: A name that goes way back! It was once a Roman clan name and also has connections to the glamorous world of film and fashion via director Cecil B. DeMille and photographer Cecil Beaton. It means blind.

    Charlton
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Charl-ton
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go, this vintage name that makes a great alternative to Charlie. It means settlement of free men.

    Chester
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ches-ter
    Meaning: Chester means fortress or camp of soldiers. It derived from the northern town of Chester, which was an ancient Roman settlement. Both Tom Hanks and Holly Willoughby have sons named Chester.

    Clarence
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Klar-ence
    Meaning: A popular name in the ’30s, Clarence is the name of the guardian angel of George in the Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. It means bright, so give our little one this name if you want him to have a bright start!

    Clark
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Klark
    Meaning: Whether it’s Clark Gable, the actor, or Clark Kent, the superhero alter ego, this name is loaded with vintage appeal. It means clerk, scholar or scribe.

    Clement
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Klem-ent
    Meaning: The meaning of Clement is mild or merciful. The name of fourteen popes and several saints, it has a lovely retro feel to it.

    Clint
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Cl-int
    Meaning: A shortened version of Clinton, Clint has a cooler edge to it thanks to the likes of Clint Eastwood. It means hilltop town.

    Clyde
    Origin: Scottish | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Clide
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go, this was a popular name in the 1930s, Clyde comes from the River Clyde, which runs through Glasgow.

    Cuthbert
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Cuth-burt
    Meaning: Nerdy in a cute way, Cuthbert has a wonderful meaning that any parents would love to bestow on their baby boy – brilliant or famous.

    Cyril
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Seer-uhl
    Meaning: A name with regal connotations, Cyril means lordly. A hugely popular name at the turn of the 20th century, Cyril is one of those old-fashioned names ready for a return to the dizzy heights of popularity!

    Dewey
    Origin: English, Welsh | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Doo-ee
    Meaning: This cute vintage name is the anglicised version of the Welsh nickname for Daffyd, Dewi. Hugely popular at the end of the 19th century, Dewey means beloved.

    Dustin
    Origin: Norse, German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Dus-tin
    Meaning: Silent movie star Dustin Farnum certainly put this unique vintage name on the map. Meaning brave warrior or Thor’s stone, the nickname Dusty is super cute!

    Earl
    Origin: English, Norse | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Url
    Meaning: An English aristocratic title, Earl means nobleman or prince. As English as it sounds, it was actually brought to UK shores by the Vikings.

    Edwin
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ed-win
    Meaning: Maybe if you give your son this name he’ll be lucky with money as it means wealthy friend. The name goes back to the 7th century with a martyr called Edwin of Northumbria. For parents looking for something a little different to Edward, this fits the bill.

    Emlyn
    Origin Welsh, Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Em-lin
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go, this was popular from the 1400s to mid-1900s, this cute Welsh name is a great vintage choice for parents who want a name that stands out. It means charming, flattering or rival.

    Emmett
    Origin: English, German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Emm-et
    Meaning: This German male version of Emma has had a revival in recent years thanks to the Twilight film and book series and the Lego movies! It means universal.

    Eric
    Origin: Old Norse | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: E-rik
    Meaning: Simon Cowell chose this old-fashioned name for his first-born son, the English version of the Norse name Eirik. It means eterntal ruler and can also be spelt the Scandi way, Erik.

    Ernest
    Origin: English, German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Er-nest
    Meaning: A top 40 name from 1880 to 1926, it means serious or resolute. A great one for literature lovers thanks to novelist Ernest Hemmingway.

    Errol
    Origin:Scottish | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Er-rol
    Meaning: A name full of romance thanks to Errol Flynn, who was known for his love life as much as his acting, this old-fashioned name is the Scottish version of Earl, so also comes with regal connotations!

    Farley
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Far-lee
    Meaning: Despite this old-fashioned name having very English origins – meaning fern clearing – it gains its vintage feel thanks to Hollywood movie star Farley Granger.

    Felix
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Fee-liks
    Meaning: Felix means happy or fortunate. Originally a Roman surname, Felix was chosen as a nickname by the Roman Sulla, who believed that he was especially blessed with luck by the gods.

    Fletcher
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation:
    Meaning: An occupational surname meaning arrow maker, Fletcher Christian was a sailor on board the HMS Bounty during Lieutenant William Bligh’s voyage to Tahiti.

    Floyd
    Origin: Welsh | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation:
    Meaning: While these days Floyd may be more connected with American lightweight boxer, Floyd Merriweather, it’s a name that goes way back to the 1800s. While it means grey-haired, it’s the perfect name for a baby boy.

    Frank
    Origin: German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Fr-a-nk
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go, this version of Francis, Frank means Frenchman or free man. With a wide variety of namesakes from Frank Sinatra to director Frank Capra, this name has a true old-school feel about it.

    Gale
    Origin: Irish, English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Gey-l
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go, the name Gale dates as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who had a cheerful personality and literally means happy and cheerful.

    Gene
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Jeen
    Meaning: A, some may say, cooler diminutive of Eugene, it means of noble descent. First made popular by actor and dancer Gene Kelly back in the ’50s, it’s having a resurgence again now thanks to the likes of Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton choosing it for their son.

    Geo
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Gee-oh
    Meaning: An abbreviation of George, this cute boy’s name means farmer. It was super popular at the end of the 1800s, so perhaps it’s due for a revival now?

    Gerald
    Origin: English, Irish, German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Jer-awld
    Meaning: A saint’s name and a presidential one thanks to Gerald Ford, this popular ’30s and ’40s name means ruler with the spear. Can be shortened to Gerry.

    Gilbert
    Origin: German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Gil-bert
    Meaning: The Normans introduced Gilbert to England, where it was common during the Middle Ages. Meaning shining pledge, the nickname Gil is a cute alternative if Gilbert seems too nerdy.

    Glenn
    Origin: Irish, Scottish | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Glen
    Meaning: Popular in wartime, thanks to the big band sounds of Glenn Miller, this unisex name means valley.

    Gregory
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Gre-gor-ee
    Meaning: Gregory means vigilant or a watchman. It has a leading man feel about it thanks to Hollywood old school star Gregory Peck.

    Gus
    Origin: Irish | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Gus
    Meaning: A diminutive of various names such as Augustus, Angus and Gustave, this short and sweet vintage name means one strength.

    Harold
    Origin: Scandinavian | Style: Classic | Pronunciation: Hair-rold
    Meaning: Harold was the name of the last Anglo-Saxon king of England before the Norman conquest, and while this name has plunged out of popularity, it’s ripe for a revival, especially with nicknames like Harry and Hal to choose from. It means army ruler.

    Henry
    Origin: German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Hen-ree
    Meaning: The most famous person to be called this popular old fashioned baby name is Henry VIII of England. It means estate ruler.

    Herbert
    Origin: German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Her-bert
    Meaning: The meaning of Herbert is illustrious warrior or bright army. It was the first name of the British sci-fi author H. G. Wells.

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    Holden
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Hold-en
    Meaning: A name that means hollow valley, it’s a good choice for parents who love a good book – Holden Caulfield is the hero in the 1951 novel Catcher in the Rye.

    Hunter
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Huhn-ter
    Meaning: This English surname dates back to medieval times and literally referred to the occupation – a hunter. The writer Hunter S. Thompson, who wrote Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas in 1971, brought this vintage name to a whole new audience.

    Irving
    Origin: Scottish | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Er-ving
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go this name, which originated as a Scottish place and surname name, means green river or sea friend. Popular at the turn of the 20th century, one of the most famous people to bear this vintage name is the composer Irving Berlin.

    Jasper
    Origin: Persian | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Jas-pur
    Meaning: Jasper is the name of an opaque quartz gemstone, as well as one of Three Wise Men. It means treasurer.

    Joel
    Origin: Hebrew | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Johl
    Meaning: A biblical name from the Old Testament, Joel means Jehovah is his God.

    Kit
    Origin: Arabic | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Kit
    Meaning: A diminutive of Christopher, Kit means follower of Christ. Popular in the late 19th century, Game Of Thrones actor Kit Harrington has given the name a new surge in popularity.

    Knox
    Origin: Scottish | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Nox
    Meaning: This unusual nature name, which means from the hills or round hills, was chosen by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt for their son in 2008.

    Lenny
    Origin: English, German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Len-ee
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go, Leo has become super popular, this unisex vintage name packs a cooler punch. It means brave lion.

    Linus
    Origin: Greek | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Lye-nus
    Meaning: In Greek myth, Linus was a musician and poet – he invented rhythm and melody and taught music to Hercules! The name means flax.

    Louis
    Origin: German, French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Loo-ee
    Meaning: In 2018, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge named their third child, Louis Arthur Charles. The name means renowned warrior.

    Marlon
    Origin: English, French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Mar-lon
    Meaning: Its associations with movie star Marlon Brandon give this name a cool vibe. It’s unknown where this vintage name originated from – some think it comes from the French ‘merle’, meaning blackbird.

    Melvin
    Origin: English, Scottish | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Melvin
    Meaning: Melvin means council protector. Hugely popular in the ’20s, this vintage name can also be spelt Melville.

    Mickey
    Origin: Hebrew | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Mick-ee
    Meaning: A unisex name that means who is like God, the name peaked in popularity in the ’50s probably thanks to the likes of actor Mickey Rooney and of course ‘that’ mouse!

    Montgomery
    Origin: French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation:
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go this one is after Montgomery Clift; a dashing movie star from the Golden era of Hollywood, probably best known for his role opposite Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits. The Normans brought the name to England – it means man power. The nickname Monty is super cute as well!

    Mungo
    Origin: Scottish | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Mun-go
    Meaning: It’s one of Hugh Grant’s middle names, Mungo Park was also a Scottish explorer – the first Westerner to travel to the central part of the Niger River at the end of the 18th century. A Scottish nickname it means my pet.

    Ned
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ned
    Meaning: Short for Edward, the most famous Ned is probably Ned Kelly, the Austrian outlaw. Ned means wealthy guardian.

    Nelson
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Nel-son
    Meaning: If it’s good enough for one of Celine Dion’s son, it’s good enough for any parent after a vintage name with clout! Thanks to Nelson Mandela and Admiral Nelson, it’s a great name for any history-loving parents – or any dads called Neil as it literally means son of Neil.

    Otis
    Origin: German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Oh-tis
    Meaning: A variation of the German name, Otto (which means wealthy) this vintage name has a cool feel thanks to singer Otis Redding. Actors Tobey Maguire and Olivia Wilde have both chosen this name for their children.

    Percy
    Origin: French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Per-see
    Meaning: Originating as an aristocratic Norman name, Percy became fairly widespread in England and is looking for a revival now. It comes from the French place name, Perci-en-Auge and means one who pierces the valley.

    Perry
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Peh-ree
    Meaning: This English cute boy’s name means dweller near a pear tree. It was made popular in the ‘50s thanks to crooner Perry Como.

    Presley
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Pres-lee
    Meaning: While this old-fashioned name might mean priest’s meadow, it has a true rock and roll feel thanks to Elvis Presley. Cindy Crawford chose it for her son, although it’s also becoming more popular for girls as well.

    Ralph
    Origin: English, German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ralf
    Meaning: A super classic name, Ralph means wolf counsel. The French alternative makes a great alternative – Raoul.

    Reggie
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Reh-jee
    Meaning: A diminutive of the much less popular name Reginald, it means counsel power and suits both girls and boys.

    Rex
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Rex
    Meaning: A popular name until the ’60s, Rex, which means king, has lost those dog-name associations behind and now has a cool vintage feeling. Chosen by various stars for their boys, including Coldplay’s Will Champion and actress Natascha McElhone, this is one short and sweet name that’s on the rise.

    Rhett
    Origin: Dutch | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Rett
    Meaning: Rhett will forever be associated with Scarlett O’Hara’s lover in Gone With The Wind. This Dutch-originated romantic name means advice.

    Ronnie
    Origin: Hebrew, Norse | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ron-nee
    Meaning: A pet name for Ronald, Ronnie means ruler’s counsellor. It was a popular name in the ‘20s.

    Rupert
    Origin: German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Roo-pert
    Meaning: He was one a bear who wore some very stylish checked trousers, but Rupert (the German variation of Robert) has had an update thanks to the likes of actors Grint, Everett and Friend. It means bright fame.

    Sid
    Origin: British, French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Sid
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go, this shortened version of Sidney, Sid means wide island or Saint Denis.

    Silas
    Origin: English, Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Si-las
    Meaning: Justin Timberlake chose this for his son, which gives this old-fashioned name an injection of coolness! Derived from Sylvanus, who was the Roman god of trees, Silas means wood or forest.

    Spencer
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Spen-cer
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go, try retro without sounding old-fashioned, Spencer Tracey was the one of the major stars of the Hollywood Golden Age. Also works well for a girl’s name, it means steward or administrator.

    Stanley
    Origin: English, French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Stan-lee
    Meaning: Stanley comes from Old English ‘stan’ meaning stone and ‘lah’, meaning wood or clearing. Modern namesakes include movie director Stanley Kubrick and actor Stanley Tucci.

    Sylvester
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation:
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go Sylvester was last super popular in the 1920s, which means its ready for a revival. And we’re not the only ones that think that! Model Emily Ratajkowski named her first child Sylvester Apollo Bear! It means wood, forest.

    Ted
    Origin: French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ted
    Meaning: Ted means wealthy protector, brave people or God’s gift. This vintage name is one to choose if you want something a little less formal than Edmund or Theodore, which its derived from.

    Tyrone
    Origin: Irish | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Ty-rohn
    Meaning: The actor Tyrone Power first made this name popular in the ‘30s and ‘40s, but it’s lost its star appeal in recent years. Of Irish origin, it means land of Owen.

    Valentino
    Origin: Italian | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Val-un-tee-no
    Meaning: Want a name that screams glamour? Then look no further than Valentino, which was the surname of the silent actor Rudolph and the first name for the fashion designer. Its meaning, which belies its glitzy exterior, is strength or health.

    Victor
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Vick-tor
    Meaning: As old fashioned baby names go, this is one of the earliest Christian names, this is truly a vintage name. It means conqueror.

    Vincent
    Origin: Latin | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Vin-cent
    Meaning: Vincent was originally popular during the Middle Ages among the French, who brought it to England. Vincent Van Gogh is probably the most famous bearer of this name, and variants of the name include Vince or Vin. It means conquering.

    Wallace
    Origin: French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Wall-iss
    Meaning: Hugely popular in the 1920s, this adorable vintage unisex name means a Welshman. It can also be spelt Wallis, as in Wallis Simpson who the King of England abdicated from the throne for.

    Walter
    Origin: German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Wal-tur
    Meaning: During Elizabethan times, Walter was seen as an extremely noble name thanks to the likes of Sir Walter Raleigh. Meaning army ruler, the nickname Walt has the Disney touch thanks to the Walt Disney!

    Whitman
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Whit-man
    Meaning: A great old-fashioned English name that means white man and can be shortened to the very cute Whit or Witt!

    Wilbur
    Origin: German | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Wil-bur
    Meaning: Looking for a pioneering name? Then you could do worse than choose this vintage name. Wilburn Wright was one half of the aviation duo who invented the world’s first motor-operated plane. It means resolute or brilliant.

    Winston
    Origin: English | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Win-stun
    Meaning: Derives from old English words ‘wynn’ – meaning joy – and ‘stonn’ – meaning stone. Undoubtedly the most famous bearer of this vintage name was Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister during World War II.

    Wyatt
    Origin: English, French | Style: Vintage | Pronunciation: Wy-att
    Meaning: A name that goes back to the wild, wild west thanks to the famous sheriff Wyatt Earp. The name means brave in war or wood.