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20 Vintage Names We’re Surprisingly Still Not Annoyed With (Yet)

In the past, choosing the name of the baby was less complicated. It was enough to check the family tree or ask loved ones and couples for suggestions. And in many cases, moms-to-be used to choose the name of the father or grandparents for their babies as a way to show respect for them, but nowadays things have changed. These are times where people have at their fingertips information that past generations never thought they would have within reach of a click in their pocket. The problem? The higher the range of information, the higher expectations become.

Today many parents face the social pressure of choosing a different, original and pleasant name that allows their children to stand out from the rest of the kids. Currently, parents walk through factors such as meaning, spelling, combination with surnames and middle names, pronunciation, origin, religious beliefs, originality and the opinion of their loved ones. Therefore, the decision to choose a name has become a more difficult task to fulfill.

But what many parents have forgotten, is that parents can find elegance and personality today in names that their ancestors used to wear. Inspiration is everywhere and parents must be extravagant. That's why today I want to talk about 20 baby names that people have probably heard some time but they did not give it enough attention at the time to appreciate their beauty and its touch of charisma that is impregnated in each of their letters.

20 Albert

Albert is a name that we have heard several times throughout our lives and I sincerely believe that we have not given it enough merit. Albert is a masculine name that has diverse origins such as English, French, Catalan, German, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, and Romanian. Among its meanings we can highlight noble and bright, which is why it is common for people to associate these characteristics to the people who bear this name.

Albert is a classic name that can be very charming, especially with the correct combination of middle names and surnames. Besides, this name was common among medieval German royalty.

19 Ava

Ava is a charming name, and its appeal lies in that it is short and simple, which is why it works very well when combined with middle names. This name has different roots such as English, Latin and Biblical, while its most common meaning is Iniquity and is a variant of the name Eve. In fact, the daughter of the renowned American actress Reese Witherspoon is named Ava Elizabeth Phillippe.

Ava is one of those types of names that seem to combine with everything. It's elegant, easy to learn, and has that princess name essence that every father dreams for his little daughter.

18 Baldwin

Baldwin. Please, let's take a second to appreciate this name. It is a masculine name that has a charm that catches you from the minute you hear it. It is a name with personality and certain elegant appeal that makes the boys that carry this name stand out from the rest. Baldwin has different origins such as English and Ancient Germanic, and this given name means "noble friend."

Finally, Behind the Name explains that "In the Middle Ages [it] was a popular name in Flanders and among the Normans, who brought it to Britain. It was borne by one of the leaders of the First Crusade, an 11th-century nobleman from Flanders."

17 Birdie

Birdie is a feminine name that has English and American roots, and among its meanings we can highlight little bird and birdlike. This name is usually found on the lists of baby girl names inspired by nature and birds. In fact, the English singer and composer, Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde, better known in the music industry as Birdy, uses a variation of this name as her name on stage.

Birdie is a variation of names such as Bertha, Bridget, and Beatrice. It used to be used as a nickname, eventually began to appear as given name.

16 Charles

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Charles is a male name that has English, French, German, and Teutonic roots. Its most common meaning is manly. Charles is that kind of name that reminds us of polite, elegant and handsome gentlemen, similar to Charles Brooks, a fictional character in the television series Younger, which is played by actor Peter Hermann.

Charles is one of those classic names that parents often underestimate, but in reality they have a charming personality and a lot to offer as the given name of that prince who is coming to their lives. Charles is easy to combine with different middle names and surnames.

15 Clementina

Clementina is a girls name with Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese roots. Among its meanings we can highlight clemency, and mercy. Clementina is one of those names that have a charming and warm personality, probably due to its Spanish roots, but the truth is that it's just one of those names that are pleasing to hear.

This name is another version of the name Clement, and it usually combines very well with Latin and English-speaking surnames. For parents who like to color outside the lines without taking it to the extreme, Clementina can be a beautiful option for that princess who is about to reach their lives.

14 Darla

Darla is a name of American and English roots, which means darling or dearling that came from the old english. This name is the short version of the name Darlene and it is usually more common to hear it in countries like the United States. Its correct pronunciation in English is DAHR-lə.

Darla may be the ideal option for parents looking for short and elegant baby girl names that are easy to write and pronounce. In addition, among the other attributes of this name we can mention that girls who carry this name are often associated with qualities such as being communicative, friendly, calm and noble.

13 Dean

Yes! The first thing we think about when we hear the given name Dean is in the iconic Hollywood actor James Dean. This is a masculine name of English, American and Latin origin that began as a surname but over the years people began to use it as a given name. This name in Latin means 'leader of ten people'. Its correct pronunciation in English is DEEN.

For parents looking for short names that are easy to combine with middle names and different last names, Dean may be the ideal choice because its appeal lies in its simplicity.

12 Florence

Florence is a name that can be used for girls or boys and has French, American and Latin roots. This name is related to flowers and among its meanings, we can highlight "prosperous, and flourishing". Its correct pronunciation is FLAWR-əns (English), and FLAW-RAHNS (French).

Behind the Name explains that "the name can also be given in reference to the city in Italy, as in the case of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910). She was a nurse in British hospitals during the Crimean War and is usually considered the founder of modern nursing." For which we can have an interesting story to tell about the name of our child.

11 Fabio

Fabio is a masculine name, and it is thanks to his roots Italian, Latin and Spanish that this name is so charming. Among its meanings we can highlight Bean farmer or Bean grower. In addition, this name is a variation of the Latin name Fabius. Its correct pronunciation in English is FA-byo.

Foreign names can be an ideal option if we are looking for originality and the name is not so common in our country. Fabio is a name impregnated with a charismatic personality that catches the attention of everyone, and also combines very well with English-speaking surnames. In general, this name is more common in countries such as France, Austria, Italy, and Portugal.

10 Goldie

Goldie is a baby girl name that began as a nickname and ended up becoming a given name over the years. This word was generally used to describe women with blond hair, which is why it is a word of English origin. While its correct pronunciation in English is GOL-dee.

Goldie is one of those baby girl names that can surprise us, is friendly, easy to write and pronounce, and is easy to combine with different middle names and last names. This name is more common in countries like United Stated, but Goldie can become the name parents-to-be are looking for that princess who will come to their lives.

9 Herbert

Herbert is a male name that is rare in certain countries, especially in Latin countries, and this is because this name has roots English, German, Dutch, French, and Swedish, and among its meanings we can highlight intelligent warrior. According to the website Behind the Name, the Normans introduced this name to England, where it replaced an Old English cognate Herebeorht. In the course of the Middle Ages it became rare, but it was revived in the 19th century.

Currently this name is more common in countries such as Canada, Czech Republic, France and the United States. Herbert is the kind of name for boys who have personality and call attention.

8 Hazel

Hazel is a feminine name that has diverse origins such as Teutonic, American, and English. Among its meanings we can highlight "commander". It's more common to hear it in countries like Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Behind the Name explains that this name comes from "the English word for the tree or the light brown color, derived from Old English, it was coined as a given name in the 19th century." Finally, its right pronunciation is HAY-zəl ( English).

Like most short names, Hazel has a certain charm that catches the attention of many parents. It is also an easy name to write, spell, combine with middle names and different surnames.

7 Mabel

Mabel is a feminine name of English roots and is the variation of names such as Mabelle, Mable, Maybelle, Mabella, and Maybelline. This name was quite common in the middle ages, though they became rare after the 15th century. And according to Behind the Name, it was revived in the 19th century after the publication of C. M. Yonge's novel 'The Heir of Redclyffe' (1854). Another well-known character with the same name is Mabel Pine, from the Disney animated series, Gravity Falls.

Mabel is a great name for a little girl, it's lovely, short, easy to spell and pronounce and it can be combined with different middle names and surnames.

6 Matthew

Let's be honest, Matthew is one of those names worthy of a prince, and no matter how many times we hear it our hearts melt. Matthew is a name for baby boys that has English and Hebrew roots. Among its meanings we can highlight given and reward. As an English name, Matthew has been in use since the Middle Ages, and among famous bearer we can mention the American actor Matthew McConaughey, and the fictional character of the show Downton Abbey, Matthew Crawley, role played by the english actor, Dan Stevens.

Matthew is a classic name that will never go out of style, it's elegant, easy to combine with different middle names and surnames, and it could be what moms-to-be are looking for.

5 Polly

Polly is a feminine name that has Hebrew, English, and American roots. This name means sea of sorrow or wished for child; and is a variation of the name Molly. In addition, it has reached a certain popularity among the names of girls in different opportunities throughout the years such as in the '80s, '30s, and the '50s. Although in the '90s the name rose popularity again thanks to the children's game Polly Pocket, however, fans of the television series Riverdale probably will associate the name with Polly Cooper, Betty's older sister.

Honestly, I think Polly is one of those names that never go out of fashion, it's short, and lovely. Many times to be original we have to look at the past, because what we will find are elegant names very uncommon nowadays.

4 Spencer

Spencer is a given name that can be used for girls or boys, although it is more common to hear it as a male name. This name is from English roots and means keeper of provisions. Its correct pronunciation is SPEN-sər in English.

This name is derived from Middle English spense "larder, pantry" and was usually used as a surname, but over time it began to be used as a given name. Spencer is one of those names that attracts our attention immediately, has personality and an elegance that lies in its simplicity. Currently ir has gained popularity thanks to the character of the television series Pretty Little Liars, Spencer Hastings.

3 Sarah

Sarah is one of those classic names that have remained throughout the decades and always seem to regain their popularity. Sarah is a feminine name that has different origins such as English, French, German, Hebrew, Arabic, and Hebrew. Among its meanings we can highlight lady, princess, pure and happy, what a perfect name for a little girl!

According to Behind the Name in the Old Testament this is the name of Abraham's wife, considered the matriarch of the Jewish people. Her name was originally Sarai, but God changed it at the same time Abraham's name was changed (Genesis 17:15) Meanwhile, in England, Sarah came into use after the Protestant Reformation.

2 Theodore

Theodore is a masculine name that has Greek and American roots that means God-given. One of the things I love about this baby boy name is that kids who carry this name are often nicknamed Theo.

According to Behind the Name, Theodore was a common name in classical Greece, and, due to both the saints who carried it and the favorable meaning, it came into general use in the Christian world, being especially popular among Eastern Christians. This can be the ideal option for a baby boy, it's a charming name and easy to combine with diverse middle names and surname.

1 Wilmer

Wilmer is a masculine name that has origins German, Teutonic, English and American and means resolute or famous, also this name comes from an English surname which was derived from the given name WILMǢR. Among the celebrities who bear this name we can mention the American actor, of Colombian and Venezuelan roots, Wilmer Valderrama.

This name can be the ideal choice for that baby boy that is going to come to our lives because it is elegant, uncommon among children nowadays and has a mystifying personality that attracts attention. It is also easy to combine with English-speaking surnames and different middle names.

References: thestir.cafemom.combehindthename.com, and sheknows.com

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