When it comes to baby names, often times choosing retro is the way to go. “Barn dances, homemade maple ice cream and beautiful petticoats, the golden old period had some great things.” shares MomJunction.com
Rather than opting for something trendy, choosing a retro and timeless baby name is one way to guarantee the name won’t go out of style anytime soon. Plus, there is something so cute about little babies and kids with older names. One way to choose retro, is to look towards family ancestry for inspiration. Often times the names of Great-Grandparents and even Great-Great Grandparents can be the perfect place to stumble across something timeless and definitely not overused. Another source of inspiration can even be last names. Looking through ancestry and maiden names is another way to find innovative and unique names, names with family ties at that.
It really is no wonder why parents everywhere seem to flocking to choose old-fashioned baby names. Luckily, there is no shortage of options to choose from. Listed below are even more retro baby names, as first featured several weeks ago! These names are also sure to only get more beautiful with time.
The name Kane is of Celtic origin and means warrior, making it pretty darn awesome inspiration for a baby name. “A name of multiple identities: a somewhat soap-operatic single-syllable surname, a homonym for the biblical bad boy Cain, and, when found in Japan and Hawaii, it transforms into the two syllable KA-neh.Kane also has multiple meanings: in Welsh, it's "beautiful"; in Japanese, "golden"; and in Hawaiian, "man of the Eastern sky,” shares NameBerry.com. The name sure has a lot of meanings, but they are all pretty wonderful, so it’s no wonder why the name is starting to creep back into society again. It’s still pretty unique, though!
Love wine so much you want to name your son after it? Then Winston might just be the name you are searching for. The name is of English origin and means wine’s town, according to NameBerry.com. “Even long after its popularity has worn off, Winston continues to retain its British connection and distinguished air. Most strongly associated with World War II hero Winston Churchill, it has a distinctly Anglo vibe and vintage appeal that could make it a chic choice for modern parents,” shares Babble.com. It’s certainly a regal name for any young man, and when shortened to Winnie, it makes a darling name for a little girl!
The name Ginny is a sweet sounding name for any little girl. The name is of English origin and means virginal, according to NameBerry.com. The name has actually seen a rise in popularity over the past decade and we can likely thank Ginny Weasley of the Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling for that. Ginny is a shortened version of Virginia, which is also a lovely old fashioned name. “Virginia is a lovely place name starting with the fashionable V and having deep historical roots, yet, unlike some other other girls' classics, has been sorely neglected in recent years,” writes NameBerry.com.
“Sweet Lorraine might just be old enough to be ripe for reconsideration. This French place name has moved in and out of fashion in the few hundred years it's been used as a girls' first name, somewhat influenced by the alternative name of Joan of Arc--Saint Joan of Lorraine. It was quite popular from the 1920s to the fifties, but has pretty much been in limbo since then,” writes NameBerry.com. The name Lorraine may be in limbo, but I think it has the potential to make a big comeback. This two syllable name is unique to this era, whimsical sounding and worthy of making its way back into the popularity charts.
Quite literally meaning a path or roady way, the name Lane is of English origin. More commonly used as a boys name, Teen Mom 2 Star Chelsea Houska just named her newborn baby girl Lane, so we may start to see the name rise in popularity for girls. As a boys name, the name currently ranks at number 297 on NameBerry.com popularity charts, as a girls name, it currently is not ranked. Either way, it’s retro baby name and deserves to see some use again. The name is very common as a last name, but that’s no reason to shy away from it!
Another name for a little boy that is full of strength and honor, Wyatt is the next retro name on the list. Wyatt is an old English surname that means brave in war, according to NameBerry.com. The name is actually still very much in use, currently ranked at number 25 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. Much more common as a boys name, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis actually named their daughter Wyatt, so it’s not totally out of the question to consider it for a boy or girl. Regardless, it’s a kick butt name for any little one, boy or girl!
The name Sloane is of Irish origin and means raider, according to NameBerry.com. Sloane is an old Irish surname that is commonly used as a girls name today. Sloane is currently ranked at number 200 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. “Sloane has been the name of girlfriend characters in Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Entourage, and it is currently the character played by Olivia Munn on The Newsroom. Sloane Crosley is a bestselling author, and comedian Rob Corddry named his daughter Sloane Sullivan. The association with London's Sloane Square and the upscale clique of Sloane Rangers, who have included Princesses Di and Kate, gives it some extra panache,” adds NameBerry.com.
Iona is a Scottish place name, and it’s super whimsical and charming. Iona was also the name of a legendary French King.This name is not commonly used anymore, so you can rest assured any Iona would be very unique. “People with this name tend to be creative and excellent at expressing themselves. They are drawn to the arts, and often enjoy life immensely. They are often the center of attention, and enjoy careers that put them in the limelight,” suggests SheKnows.com of those named Iona. Ione or Lorna are also timeless names to consider if you like the name Iona.
“Teddy might seem like a cute name for a little snuggly baby, but it could also be a name for a fierce protector. Teddy’s most famous namesake, President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, was a war hero, a conservationist and once gave a 90-minute speech after being shot in the chest. It’s a lot for a boy to live up to! In any case, it’s definitely more contemporary sounding than Edward or Theodore, so it could work as a tribute name, too,” suggests Babble.com. Teddy is so sweet and old-fashioned at the same time. The name is not very commonly used anymore but it definitely deserves some time to shine again.
Watts is an English baby name that means son of Walter, according to SheKnows.com. Watts is shortened version of the name Watson, which is also a very adorable name. And also happens to be the name of the aforementioned Chelsea Houska’s one year old son. Similarly to Watts, Watson simply means son of Watt. Watts is a unique and timeless name and I just think it’s so adorable for any little guy. Any Watts is sure to be an adventurer with a big heart and open mind. If you like the one syllable name Watts, you might also enjoy Crew or Hoyt as possible boy names.
“The name Genevieve is a girl's name of French origin meaning "tribe woman,” shares NameBerry.com. Genevieve is a truly darling and adorable name for a baby girl. “The medieval saint Genevieve, patroness of Paris, defended the city against Attila the Hun through her rational thinking, courage and prayer,” adds NameBerry.com. The name is currently ranked at number 184 on NameBerry.com popularity charts and continues to climb in popularity. The name Genevieve comes along with some awesome nickname possibilities, and I think Vi or Vivi, are very cute! Gen or Neiv or even Eve or Evie are also options.
Short and sweet, Ruby is next on the list and ready fora come back in a big way. The name Ruby is of Latin origin and means deep red precious stone, according to NameBerry.com. “Ruby, vibrant red, sassy and sultry, has definitely outshone the other revived vintage gem names, with its sparkling resume of cultural references. Ruby is an early rock classic -- think the Rolling Stones hit "Ruby Tuesday" --and other songs like "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love from Me." She's appeared in such works as Cold Mountain and been associated with performers like Ruby Keeler (born Ethel) and Ruby Dee. Chosen by Tobey Maguire and a number of other celebs, Ruby makes a cool yet warm choice,” shares NameBerry.com.
This formerly masculine name is now actually pretty gender neutral friendly. The name Dylan is of Welsh origin and means son of the sea, according to NameBerry.com. As a boys name, Dylan is currently ranked at number 29 on NameBerry.com popularity charts, and as a girls name it is ranked at number 353. Either way, it’s a darling name so it’s no wonder it has remained a popular choice over the years. “Dylan still feels poetic and romantic after years of popularity. A Welsh name tied to the sea, Dylan was a legendary sea god who prompted all the waters of Britain and Ireland to weep when he died. The name came to prominence via the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, whose name Bob Dylan adopted in tribute,” shares NameBerry.com.
Ace is one cool name, and it’s been around a long time! The name Ace is of Latin origin and means one or unity, according to NameBerry.com. It currently ranks at number 290 on NameBerry.com popularity charts for boys names. “People with this name have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family or community, and a need to work with others and to be appreciated,” suggests SheKnows.com on those with the name Ace. This one syllable name is full of character and charm, and any little boy would certainly be like to don the name.
One of my favorite classic names on this list, Minnie is up next. “Minnie was wildly popular at the turn of the last century—it was the fifth or sixth most popular name throughout the 1880s—but is completely obscure today. Blame Mickey's girlfriend. Regardless, it's possible that the up and coming trend toward old-fashioned nickname-names—think Maisie, Mamie, Millie—may give Minnie (all on its own, not as a short form of anything) a new moment in the sun,” writes NameBerry.com. If you can look past the Minnie Mouse reference, and I know it’s hard, but it is totally worth it. This old fashioned name is indeed ready for a big comeback, and luckily Minnie Mouse is not the worth thing that can come to mind when you hear a name.
The name Piers is of Greek origin and means rock, as noted on NameBerry.com. It’s literally a solid name and has definitely stood the test of time. “There's a famous satirical medieval poem called Piers Plowman, in which the title character symbolizes the virtues of honesty and industry. Piers Whiteoak is a main character in the sixteen-book series Jalna by Canadian author Mazo de la Roche; Piers Polkiss is the best friend of Harry's cousin Dudley in the Harry Potter books,” states NameBerry.com. Piers is both stylish and unique, and definitely a name to consider for any handsome little man.
It does Knox get any cooler than this name. See what I did there? But honestly, how cute is the name Knox for a little boy or girl? The name is of Scottish origin and means rounded hill, according to NameBerry.com. “The surname Knox dates back at least to the thirteenth century, and John Knox was the priest who brought about the Reformation in Scotland,” shares NameBerry.com. We can thank Brad and Angelina for the resurgence in popularity of this name. “Knox is an old Scottish surname that Brad Pitt (whose great-great-grandfather was named Hal Knox Hillhouse) and Angelina Jolie took out of the back cupboard, dusted off, and elevated to coolness--to the point where it entered the Social Security list's Top 1000 in 2009,” adds NameBerry.com
Another one of my favorites, Ellery is up next. This baby girl name is of English origin and means island with elder trees, shares NameBerry.com. This whimsical baby name has ties to nature, so if you are looking to raise a nature loving little girl, look no further than the classic baby name Ellery. Not completely unheard of as a boys name, the name has also been said to mean joyful and happy. It is certainly a joyful name, and any little one would be lucky to bear the name. This three syllable name would pair well with a one syllable middle name such as Jo or Mae.
This bold baby name means magnificent, August is up next. “August has been heating up in Hollywood--used by Mariska Hargitay, Lena Olin, Dave Matthews and Jeanne Tripplehorn, (and by Garth Brooks for his daughter), and is rapidly becoming the preferred month of the year for boys. The month of August was named after the Emperor Augustus,” shares NameBerry.com. The name is currently ranked at number 191 on NameBerry.com popularity charts and is not ranked for girls names. It’s a refined and regal name, with a very strong meaning behind it. So if you are looking for an astute and powerful name, look no further than August.
Still super whimsical and charming, Camille is next up on this list of retro baby names. “At one time just the sound of the name Camille could start people coughing, recalling the tragic Lady of the Camellias, the heroine played by Greta Garbo in the vintage film based on a Dumas story, but that image has faded, replaced by a sleek, chic, highly attractive one,” writes NameBerry.com. The name is currently ranked at number 251 on NameBerry.com popularity charts, and we can expect to see it continue to rise. Cami or even Millie make very sweet nickname options for any Camille.
Here me out on this one, this very old fashioned name is ready for a come back as a popular boys name choice. The name is of English origin and means hardy, according to NameBerry.com. “A character in a 1920s British novel; the name from which Everett derives,” adds NameBerry.com. “People with this name have a deep inner desire to inspire others in a higher cause, and to share their own strongly held views on spiritual matters,” suggests SheKnows.com on those named Everard. If you’re looking for an out of the box baby boy name, consider jotting Everard down on your list of possibilities.
No longer just your Grandfather's name, Harvey is about to see a comeback in a big way. The name is of French origin and means battle worthy, according to NameBerry.com. Harvey is currently ranked at number 382 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. “Harvey, which was brought to England by the Normans and is a version of the French name Herve, has some noteworthy references, such as a blind sixth century saint who was said to be a monk and minstrel able to talk to animals,” states NameBerry.com. This two syllable name is full of big charm, definitely one to consider if you are looking for a timeless baby name.
“Florence, which has been neglected for decades, has a lot going for it, both for its floral feel and as a place name connection to the lovely Italian city (after which Florence Nightingale was named—it was her birthplace). The association to the city seems to be helping Florence stir back to life, along with cousin Flora,” shares NameBerry.com. This charming baby girl name has just made its way into the top thousand, currently ranking in at number 980. It’s likely to only go up from this point on. It’s a charming and pretty name, and it is still plenty unique at this point.
It’s no Elsa, but Isolde happens to mean ice queen. This old Welsh name sure has a lot of big charm to it. “Now that Tristan has been rediscovered, maybe it's time for his fabled lover in the Arthurian romances and Wagnerian opera, a beautiful Irish princess, to be brought back into the light as well. This would make an artistic and romantic choice, as the medieval heroine is seen as a symbol of undying--if unhappy--love,” states NameBerry.com. If you like the name Isolde, you may also like Isadora, Elodie or even Freya...all of which I think are very adorable!
This list of retro baby names will end with the always classic, timeless and witty, Betty. “Combine the popularity of Betty White and Mad Men's glamorous Betty Draper Francis, with the residual sweetness of Ugly Betty's Betty Suarez, and the result is an impending return of the name. It's got presidential cred via Betty Ford and feminist history through Betty Friedan,” states NameBerry.com. The name is currently ranked at number 719 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. The name Betty comes with a big shoes to fill, but with a name like Betty, it won’t be hard to follow suit. It’s a fun and timeless name, and is definitely not too commonly used anymore. For a fresher spin on the name, you could try changing the spelling to Bettey or Bettie.