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20 Stunning Vintage Girl Names Making A Strong Comeback In The US

20 Stunning Vintage Girl Names Making A Strong Comeback In The US

Choosing a baby name is a most difficult decision for some. Some people have the name picked out from the time they are kids. The there are people like me, who never planned on having a child, and was given the difficult task of naming my offspring. Albeit a difficult task, it is definitely a fun one. And there are tons of names to choose from, which is why it is hard to pick!

When I found out I was expecting and having a girl, the name came fairly quick—Sailor Jane. My husband was not for it, I think he said “Oh, hell no! Sailor is not a name.” Then asked me if I was a hippie. So, back to the drawing board I went. We ended up picking her name while we were in the hospital, the day after I had her. That was almost 10 years ago. I have now heard of a few kids named Sailor…

We are a little over a month into 2017, and with the new year comes new beginnings, and lots of new babies being born. Traditional or classic names seem to be gaining popularity. People tend to like not-so-common names, and a lot of classic or even old time-y names are just that. They used to be common, but not anymore.

I have found some names, wonderfully classic names,  that are gaining popularity. Names of people from American History. The names of great-grandparents and our ancestors. Don’t call it a come back though, these names have been around for years, just not as popular as they will soon be again.

20 Annabelle


Annabelle is an old school name not heard much these days. It has a wonderful meaning behind it —loving. If you are looking for significant meaning behind a baby name, this is a great one. In 2013 there was a horror flick that came out about a scary doll named Annabelle, (don’t show your little ones this movie!)

In 1997 a more family and kid friendly film premiered entitled Annabelle’s Wish. One is about a scary doll, and one is about a cute baby cow with a Christmas wish. Both are good movies, albeit on different ends of the movie genre spectrum. Annabelle was popular in the early 20th century, but become less and less common until 1995.

Last year it ranked 92 on the list of most popular names from 2016.

19 Bonnie


Bonnie means beautiful and cheerful. Bonnie first became a popular girls name thanks to Gone With The Wind. Rhett and Scarlett lovingly nicknamed their ill-fated daughter Bonnie. The daughters name was actually Euginie Victoria. The called her Bonnie due to her eyes being as big as the Bonnie blue flag. Bonnie then came to fame again in the 1960’s when Bonnie and Clyde premiered.

Bonnie Parker was a notorious gangster, but Faye Dunaway’s performance brought the name to the limelight once more.The name is gaining in popularity once more, thanks to television shows like The Vampire Diaries and a mini-series about the notorious Bonnie and Clyde. The name now resides at number 871 on the baby list of top 1000 names.

And if history repeats itself, the name will rise to the top once again.

18 Callie


Callie means the most beautiful and is a truly beautiful name. It was recently ranked number 196 for popular girls name. In the late 1800’s is when it was at it’s most popular. Since the 1800’s over 47,000 babies have been given this name. Callie is also a version of the name Cayley. It was never the most popular name, but always around and has made comebacks in recent years.

While it disappeared from the mainstream over the years, it’s been gaining in popularity since 2015. Researching the names I have found a lot of the names meanings go back to nature and working. Some of the names mean farmer, woodcutter, and of the forest. The others have names of beauty and strength. This name has a couple of the meanings.

The original version of Callie (Cayley) means from the forest and Callie means beautiful.

17 Daisy


Daisy, who comes to mind hearing that name? Why Daisy Duke of course! Probably the most famous Daisy, or close to it. It’s a close call between Daisy Duke and Daisy Duck. Both are sassy and cute females, lusted after by their male counterparts. No matter whom the most popular is, Daisy is a classically beautiful name.

Daisy is actually a shortened version of Margaret, or Marguerite, which is French for flower. And the name is derived from the flower as well. It pulls in at 183 on the list of popular baby names. Daisy has been a most famous name in literature and film.

Mentioned above was Daisy Duke and Daisy Duck, but there was also a very famous movie starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman called Driving Miss Daisy. The popularity of the name may fluctuate, but the name is not going to be off the most popular list anytime soon.

16 Elizabeth


Elizabeth is a classic name, that simply put, may never goes out of style. While it’s popularity may fluctuate, it is always around. Elizabeth is strong name, Queens have this name. Elizabeth Taylor is a notable Elizabeth. She also hated to be called any variation of the name Elizabeth, like Lizzie.

Liz was one in particular she despised. She said she hated to be called Liz because it “sounded like a hiss.” In the Bible, the mother of John The Baptist was also named Elizabeth. It is just now placed outside of the top 10 baby girls names. It comes in at a strong number 13.

The name has been on the list of top 25 names since 1880, except for one time, in 1945. Elizabeth means pledged to God.

15 Faye


The name Faye is one I love. It is a very feminine, lady like name in my opinion. One famous lady named Faye comes to mind, Faye Dunaway. She also played Bonnie in Bonnie and Clyde. Not only did she bring the name Bonnie to popularity, she made the name Faye famous as well.

Another famous, or relatively famous Faye is from a reality show— Christley Knows Best. If you haven’t seen the show, I highly recommend it. Grandma Faye is hilarious, and full of crazy antics that drive her son mad. The meaning of the name Faye is fairy. There is something magical and mystical about the name Faye, isn’t there?

Faye is increasing popularity, and has been on the list of top 1000 baby girl names since 2014.

14 Georgia


Georgia, Georgia, the whole day through… keeps Georgia on my mind. Georgia, such a classic American name it even has a song written about it. Georgia, as most know is a lovely state in the south.So lovely in fact, it became a popular girls name. There is also a Country in the Caucasus region in Eurasia called Georgia.

Many famous actors and actresses have named their daughters Georgia—William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman and Zac Brown to name a few. Georgia’s meaning is the female form of farmer. Women named Georgie are considered to have a special kind of warmth and strength. It is number 230 when ranked on the list of most popular baby names.

And we can’t bring up the name Georgia without mentioning Georgia O’Keefe, who had a role in bringing the name to fame.

13 Harper


The name Harper has become quite the popular little girls name. It wasn’t always this way. Harper was once a very popular surname. Years ago it was commonplace for boys names to come from surnames. Harper was a popular boys name until 1906 when it seemed to drop off the radar.

It took nearly 100 years for the name to find it’s way back into the mainstream, only this time, it was used for girls.

Little girls are often referred to as little angels. If you consider your little girl to be angelic, this is the name for her. It means someone who plays the harp, which we all know angels are know for their harp playing. Harper is now listed as number 10 on the top 1000 baby names list.

12 Imogen


Imogen is an absolutely lovely name, one that will make a little girl stand out from the crowd. The meaning is maiden. While never a most popular name, it is gaining popularity thanks in part to famous people naming their offspring Imogen. There is also a famous musician whom shares this beautiful name, Imogen Heap.

The first time the name was ever recorded was in a Shakespeare’s play entitled Cymbeline. Although, many have speculated the name was a misprint.

Although Imogen has yet to appear on the top 1,000 list in America, it is becoming quite the stylish name among trendy parents—hipsters. Little Imogen’s are popping up all over now, and more than likely, sometime soon, the name will break out on to the top 1,000 list of baby names.

11 Jolene


Jolene, made famous by Dolly Parton singing her heart out, begging for Jolene not to steal her man. Thanks to Dolly Parton, in 1973 when the song Jolene came out, it launched the name into fame. The song made the name popular and since 1990 it has held a spot on the top 1,000 list of baby names.

In 2008 there was a movie titled Jolene.It was an indie flick that told a coming of age tale about a 15 year old girl on the road. Looking into the meaning of the name; it comes from the middle English name, Joseph. The meaning is he will increase. Jolene has been on the top 1000 since 2010 and every year is moving up in popularity.

It currently ranks at number 293, which is up 260 spots since 2016.

10 Katherine


Katherine is up next. The name brings to mind a couple of famous actresses. One is the fierce leading lady, Katherine Hepburn. She had a plethora of successful feature films. She was know for playing an older spinster lady, a somewhat ornery one at that. And fiercely independent. Katherine Heigl is another one.

She has not has near the success as the former Katherine, but gained fame from her stint on Grey’s Anatomy and a few hit movies that followed. She hasn’t been heard much lately, due to being labeled “difficult to work with”.

There are many variations of Katherine. Kathy and Kat are the shortened versions of this lovely name. The name means pure and virginal. It is listed at 140 on the list, which is up 49 spots from last year.

9 Lucy


Hearing the name Lucy is not as common these days as it once was. It used to be though, it was a very popular household name. Thanks to the late, great Lucille Ball. Watching her zany antics and how she got out of them made this one of the best shows of all time. The show still plays in syndication, and hopefully will for many years.

Lucy actually means light, but when thinking of Lucy Ball, one might think it means crazy! The name was given to girls born at dawn, which is where the meaning is derived. The name is usually associated with bossy and independent women. Lucy from the Peanuts comic is a good example. The name is also that of a Saint.

Lucy ranks in at 42 on the top 1000 list.

8 Marlow


The next name is one of my favorite names. Marlow. I love the name so much that I named one of my horses Marlow. If I would have had another child, I would have named her Marlow. Now I get to use my favorite names when naming my animals.

The name means driftwood. This name has been on the rise sometime now, and increased 934 spots on the list, since last year. It is now ranked at 1,1478. It is more common as a girls name these days, but once it was a more popular boys name. And just like many first names, it came from a surname. Lucy Marlow from A Star Is Born carried the surname.

Marlo Thomas shares the name, with a different spelling though. There are a couple ways to spell Marlow: Marlo and Marlowe.

7 Nora


Nora has fast been quietly gaining in popularity for some time now, and is currently ranked at number 41, making it one of the elusive top 50 names. It is also an all time high for Nora. The meaning of Nora is light.

Nora Roberts is a best selling American novelist. The Lifetime channel has turned many of her novels into T.V. movies and brought even more fame to name, Nora. Nora Ephron is another famous Nora. She did it all, from journalism to directing. The name seems to be worn well by strong, independent women.

It is an older and beautiful name, that sound as good, and works as well as it did in the older days. Nora has been around for years, and it certainly doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. Which is why it landed on this list.

6 Olivia


Olivia has the same meaning as Oliver, olive tree. While it may have same meaning, it is immensely more popular than it’s counterpart Oliver. It now is sitting pretty at number 2 of most popular girls names. However, this wasn’t always the case. Olivia took a big decline in the past, only to come in and become one of the most popular names for girls.

My daughter is named Olivia, and 10 years ago when I had her, I hardly ever heard that name. Now it’s everywhere. And for good reason, it’s a great name. There are many famous Olivia’s. Olivia de Havilland, from which I got my daughter’s name.

Olivia Wilde is a very popular actress these days, along with Olivia Munn, and Olivia Newton John, which I am sure everyone remembers from Grease.

5 Ruby


Coming in at number 83, and meaning precious red stone is Ruby. Ruby had it’s biggest streak of popularity from the early 1900’s to the 1930’s. It reached it’s height of fame in 1920 when it ranked at number 24. It then lost the popular vote for many years.

However, in the past 10 years or so, it is continually becoming more and more popular. At the rate it is going, will be on the top 50 list in no time. Ruby became famous again the 60’s and 70’s thanks to songs like, Ruby, Don’t Take You’re Love To Town by Kenny Rogers.

Ruby is also the birthstone for the month of July. If you are having a bay girl in July, Ruby would be a great choice. You could by a ruby stone for your baby Ruby.

4 Scarlett


If you hear the name Scarlett there are probably a few famous people or that come to mind. For me I think of Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With The Wind. She was sassy, classy, feminine and tough as nails. Albeit a little selfish at times. The movie was a huge success. People began naming their own children names from the movie, and Scarlett was one of the most popular.

It entered the top 40 list of names in 1940, one year after Gone With The Wind came out.
The name tapered off over the years, and has recently began making a comeback. With popular stars like Scarlett Johansson, and a lead character from Nashville named Scarlett, the name has rapidly increased in popularity.

It is now number 22 on the list of baby names.

3 Talley


Talley is a surname dating back to the time of the pilgrims, and as of the 19th century found it’s way as a girls first name. Parents looking for a one of a kind name, this is it! It has a special uniqueness about it. And you certainly won’t ever have to worry about your child having someone in their class with the same name! It may be hard to find a key chain with this name though.

The meaning of Talley is leaping water and flourishing. It is considered to still be a rare name for women, and is more common as a surname. Despite this fact, the name is popping up more and more as a first name for little girls. Due to the rarity of the name it has no ranking available.

2 Virginia


We have reached a name that ranks on the top 1000 list, once again, coming in at 522 is Virginia. The meaning is pure, virginal. Virginia was on the top 10 girls name list for 25 years from 1912 to 1937. It reached its peak at number 6 on the list in 1921.

Even though it is now far off from the top 25, it is increasing in popularity every year for the past 4 years.

Of course we know beautiful Virginia is one of the 50 States, but there are also many famous people carrying the name. Virginia Woolf is one of the greatest novelists of all time and one of the most modern writer’s of the 20th century. Virginia Rappe was a famous silent movie star and model.

1 Whitney


Whitney is, like many others on this list, originally a surname. The meaning behind it is white island. It first became popular thanks to the actress Whitney Blake in the 1960’s. It was a very popular little girls name for a while and slowly went away. Then, thanks to Whitney Houston, the name gained popularity once more in the 1980’s through the early 1990’s.
The name can be for males or females, but is far more common place to be used as a girls name. Whitney once again lost it’s popularity but has begun to make a comeback since the 2000’s. It is currently ranked at number 648 on the top 1,00 list. It reached it’s peak of popularity in 1990, when it was ranked at number 60 in the United States.

Even if you have a hard time finding the perfect name for your little one, there are so many choices out there. Just keep looking and researching. If the name meaning is important to you names like Elliot, Virginia and Elizabeth are good ones. If the meanings aren’t as important, you are still covered. Sometimes a name will just pop out and you think “this is it, the perfect name!”


Other times, you can’t decide until the baby is born and you see him or her for the first time.

While coming up with the perfect name can be challenging, it is also a lot of fun. It can be a great time for mom and dad to bond over their new bundle of joy. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a name though. You will want something that goes well the babies last name, and you want the first and middle name to compliment each other as well. If you are having a hard time choosing, think of what’s important to you and your spouse and go from there.

Years down the road, after the baby is no longer a baby; you can tell him or her about other names you thought of. I told my daughter, Olivia, about wanting to name her Sailor. She marched up to her daddy and said, “Thank you for not letting mom name me that!” She enjoyed hearing the story of how we finally came up with her name and the lists of names we didn’t use. Don’t worry, no matter what you choose, it will be right.