Grandma names are making a serious comeback right now and there are some super cute choices that parent should definitely consider. These beautiful names somehow got stuck with an old lady imagery that kept them from making it back to their former days on the charts but they are now making a comeback.
For parents who love a name with some serious vintage charm and old-fashioned appeal, these names conjure up all of that and more. These names have long withstood the test of time. Those parents who find themselves looking in the classic baby name category, it's time to take a step back in history and fall back in love with some of the most adorable and nostalgic names of all time.
We've put together a list of names that are the perfect combination of old-fashioned and chic. These names were extremely popular last century, and while some of them fell more out of favor than others, they're all set up perfectly to become super popular once again.
There is a reason that these monikers were classics for decades. Parents looking for something traditional yet stylish and beautiful, grab a pen and paper. Here are 30 super cute baby names that are making a strong comeback.
After a 50 year hiatus, this old-fashioned moniker has reentered the top 200 most popular baby girl names. Eloise with its vintage appeal was a top 500 name from 1880 until 1954 but fell out of favor from 1965 until 2009.
The "El" name trend is a mega hit right now, and Eloise is joining the ranks of others in the category, hitting #190 last year. Eloise is French for "healthy and wide." The book and movies Eloise at the Plaza is what most girls will think of when they hear this one.
Margot is a classic name that entered the top 1000 in 1914 but had little success most of its time on the charts. It fell completely off the charts in 1955 but reentered in 2010. Though Margo was more popular in the past, Margo has reentered the list at #361.
Margot is another classic French name, but this one's meaning is a little prettier. Margot means "pearl" in French. It used to be a nickname for Marguerite.
Margot has been used in several movies like Margot at the Wedding, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Wolf on Wallstreet.
Francine began its journey on the charts in 1916 and entered the top 500 in 1932, but was kicked out in 1972. By 1987, Francine was completely booted out of the popularity list. Last year it reentered at #575.
Francine is French for "from France, or free man." Pope Francis is credited for making all of the variations of his name popular, including Francine.
In the 1940s, Francine was hugely popular in France, followed by the U.S. Frankie is also a super cute tomboyish nickname option.
Josephine has been a mega-hit just about its entire life on the charts. It entered the popularity list in 1880 at #50 and remained in the top 100 until 1942. It never dropped out of the top 1000 and is back at #107 today.
Josephine is the French feminine form of Joseph and means "Jehovah increases." Josephine has a rich history and is full of literary flair too.
Napoleon's wife was Empress Josephine Bonaparte, and, of course, there's Josephine March or, Jo, from Little Women, which also gives us a great nickname option.
This German moniker was actually in the top 100 from 1880 until 1931 and didn't fall out of the top 500 until 1970. It remained in the top 1000 until 1985.
Bertha received a bad rep after it was used by the Allied troops for the name of a huge German cannon in World War II, "Big Bertha" and then again for a popular circus elephant.
Since then, "Big Bertha" became a pretty regular nickname for anyone given the name. It was previously a popular literary name, used by authors like Jane Austen and by Edith Wharton.
This adorable old-fashioned moniker was in the top 100 from 1880 until 1935 and was in the top 500 until 35 years later. It's only been out of the top for 6 years and is ranked #559 today.
Beatrice is Latin for "she who brings happiness." Beatrice is also a name that is rich in literary history, chosen by both Shakespeare and Dante. Recently chosen by the "Duke and Duchess of York" and Paul McCartney boosting the name into its former glory.
Beatrix and Beatriz are also on the rise, and nickname Bea has stood alone on the charts too. The original Beatrice is also very popular in the U.K.
Mildred was a top 100 name from 1880 until 1945 and was even in the top ten for 23 of those years. However, it fell completely out of the top 1000 in 1984 and hasn't been back on the charts since, though Nameberry has it ranked at #850.
Mildred is English for "gentle strength." Mildred is an old Anglo-Saxon name that came into popular use in the English speaking world in the 8th century, via Saint Mildred.
Millie is on the rise standing on its own but might just help restore Mildred to its glory days as well.
Edith has a pretty solid resume on the charts since it entered in 1880. It was in the top 50 for 30 consecutive years and the top 100 for 50. It only dropped out of the top 500 in 1975 but remained in the top 1000. Today, Edith is #476.
Edith is English for "prosperous in war." Edith has been the name of two first ladies, was used by William the Conqueror, and was used by authors like Louisa May Alcott.
Edith is widely popular in the U.K. and just beginning its comeback in the U.S. along with several other classic old fashioned names.
This Bible name has never left the top 500 and spent from 1889 until 1961 in the top 100. It has never dropped below #366, and today is ranked #265.
Ruth is Hebrew for "compassionate friend." In the Old Testament, Ruth was the loyal daughter-in-law of Naomi. She is best known for telling her "whither thou goest, I will go. Your people will be my people."
Ruth has been one of the most popular Bible names since its beginning and most likely will remain one.
Ruby's journey on the charts has always been an impressive one. Beginning in 1888 Ruby joined the top 100 and didn't leave until 1946. Ruby has never dropped below #403, and today is making a comeback at #79.
Ruby is Latin for "deep red precious stone." Ruby has been a favorite in the musical culture, used by bands like The Rolling Stones and Kenny Rogers.
Its been chosen by a number of celebrities like Rod Stewart and Toby Maguire. Ruby is not only making a comeback in the States but is also currently a top 100 name in 5 other countries.
This seasonal name is making a huge comeback and recently reentered the top 500, coming in at #244 last year. June entered the popularity list in 1880 and maintained a spot in the top 500 until 1973.
June is a month name that is Latin and stems from the goddess of Juno. June Allyson along with June Cleaver give this moniker some serious retro vibes and helped it remain on the charts for so many years.
June is also a great middle name with Juno and Juni being cute options on the rise as well.
Marjorie is another vintage moniker, but this one hasn't quite made it back to the top like its sisters. Marjorie entered the popularity list in 1880 and was in the top 100 for 50 years. It left the top 1000 in 1993 and only just reentered last year in the 900s.
Marjorie is Scottish for "pearl." The English variation is Margery. Both spellings were royal names used during Medieval times. It was also the name of the first female airline pilot.
Marjorie Rawlings was a famous female author and nickname Marge was the name of Homer Simpson's wife.
This fruit name entered the American list in 1880 and went on a roller coaster ride in between the top 400 and 900 until about 1953 when it was kicked out of the top 1000. Clementine reentered the top 1000 in 2014 and was ranked #744 last year.
Clementine isn't just a fruit it is actually the French feminine variation of Clement, which means "mindful, merciful."
Claudia Schiffer, Ethan Hawke, and Rachel Griffiths all chose Clementine for their daughters, helping it make it back on the charts.
For parents who don't mind using a recent mega-hit for their baby, Penelope is one of the top trending old-fashioned names right now. It has been on and off the charts since 1880, but recently found a spot in the top 10 and is now ranked #24.
Penelope is Greek for "weaver." It was used in Homer's The Odyesy and more recently in the Harry Potter series.
Penelope got a huge boost in popularity when Kourtney Kardashian chose it for her daughter, followed by other high profile celebrities like Tina Fey, by Anna Chlumsky, and by Natalie and Taylor Hanson.
Fiona, though it has a grandmother appeal, has actually only been in the top 1000 since 1990. Since then, it has been on a slow but steady rise to the top 200, coming in at #181 last year.
Fiona is Scottish for "white, fair." It is said to have been created by James Macpherson when he used it in his Ossianic poems followed by a Scottish writer who used it as a pseudonym in the 19th century.
Fiona entered the American scene in 1954 with the Broadway musical and movie, Brigadoon. It was later used in movies like Shrek and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Daisy was at the high end of the top 500 from 1880 until 1965. It didn't fall out of the top until then, but it never drifted very far. Daisy has reentered the top 200 and came in at #170 last year.
Daisy actually began as a nickname for Margarite but has been standing on its own for well over a century. The flower Daisy stems from the term "day's eye" and was called this because of its petals opening daybreak.
Daisy is one of the top trending flower names to date, most likely because of its rich history in pop culture and literature.
Goldie was in the top 500 from 1800 until 1942. Somehow, by 1958, it had dropped completely out of the top 1000 altogether. It only reentered last year at #851.
Goldie is the Anglicized version of the Yiddish names Golda or Golde, which means "gold." Goldie Hawn is the most famous namebearer, whom many will automatically associate the name. It was also chosen by Steve Madden, Lone Skye and Ben Lee.
Goldie, though it sounds like a nickname, has been standing alone for quite some time, and is now being reinvented by modern parents.
Isadora had a very short stint on the American list back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, but was never seen on the popularity list again. However, Nameberry predicts we'll see it in the top 200 soon.
Isadora is Greek for "gift of Isis." Isadora was the name of a 4th century saint. Artists Bjork and Matthew Barney chose Isadora for their daughter recently and it was also used in the show A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Isadora could easily take the place of the far overused Isabella. Izzy and Dora are both great nicknames options as well.
This variation of Nancy may have a lot of us thinking of the dog from Peter Pan, but it has a ton of other potential that hasn't been reached yet.
Nannie has never been on the American popularity list, even to this day. Though it could definitely take the place of Nancy, the name it is a variation of. In some regions, it is also a variation of the popular name, Ann.
Nannie is also the name of a famous folk artist, an American journalist and Irish poet. Nannie standing alone has great potential that parents are beginning to notice.
Lottie is an old fashioned name that spent several years in the top 100 and 200 most popular names. It entered the list in 1880 and didn't leave the top 500 until 1945. It wasn't long after that that it was completely kicked out of the top 1000.
Lottie began as an English diminutive of Charlotte, which means "free man." Lottie has been a favorite nickname for Charlottes in children's literature. It was used in The Princess and the Frog and The Little Princess.
Lottie has a lot of vintage charm and nostalgic appeal that Nameberry ranked in the top 300 names last year.
Esther has been one of the top Bible names of all time, though it gained a sort of grandma feel beginning in the 70s. Esther was in the top 100 for 40 years beginning in 1880 and never dropped below the top 350 baby names.
Esther is Persian for "star." In the Old Testament, Esther became the captured Jewish wife of the King of Persia. She risked her life to save the Jewish people from annihilation.
Esther has been a favorite of literature and film. It was used for characters in Meet Me In Saint Louis and in Dicken's Bleak House.
Hannah is another Bible name that has historically been extremely popular and still is today. Hannah entered the popularity list in 1880 and was in the top 500 until 1940. Hannah spent some time in the bottom 900, but entered the top 100 in 1986 and has been there since.
Hannah is Hebrew for "grace." In the Old Testament, Hannah was the mother of Samuel. It also has roots in the Arabic, Asian and European cultures.
Hannah has been used in shows like HBO series, Girls and Hannah Montana. Hana and Hanna are possible spelling variations, but neither are as pretty as Hannah.
This adorable moniker hasn't been seen on the American popularity list since 1966. It entered the list in 1880 and was in the top 100 from then until 1912. It didn't drop out of the top 500 until 1955, and quickly went downhill from there.
Mamie began as a diminutive of Mary or Margaret, which means "pearl." Mamie is the perfect nickname name to honor a Mary or Margaret.
Meryl Streep calls her daughter Mamie and it has been used for characters in 3rd Rock from the Son and Hot in Cleveland.
This moniker always makes me think of Hocus Pocus and the oldest Sanderson sister. However, long before that, Winifred entered the popularity charts and held a spot in the top 200. It wasn't until the 50s that it dropped out of the top 500.
Winifred is Welsh for "blessed, peacemaker." Winifred began as the name of a legendary Welsh saint in the 7th century.
Winifred has long been a favorite in literature and film. It was used for characters in The Jungle Book, Tuck Everlasting and Mary Poppins.
Hattie was extremely popular early last century, and is beginning to reach its former glory. Hattie was in the top 100 from 1880 until 1914 and the top 500 until 1956. It dropped off the charts for about 50 years and finally reentered in 2011.
Hattie is the English diminutive of Harriet, which means "estate ruler." In the U.S., Hattie has far surpassed its original, but everywhere else Harriet is by far the more popular name.
Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to win an Academy Award for her role in Gone With The Wind. It was also a character in Sweet and Lowdown.
Bessie was in the top 50 from 1880 until 1914 and remained in the top 100 for almost 100 more years. It didn't leave the top 500 until 1962, but then began a quick decline off the charts.
Bessie is a diminutive of Elizabeth, which means "pledged to God." This nickname name has been used since the 17th-century.
Bessie has been a favorite of literature. It was used in books like Jane Eyre and The Plough and the Stars. It was also used in the animated movie Cars.
Dorothy was in the top 100 from 1890 until 1961 and was in the top 500 for almost 30 more years. It was in the top 10 for 35 of those years. It didn't fall out of favor until 2006, but reappeared on the charts 5 years later.
Dorothy is the English variation of the Greek Dorothea, which means "gift of God." It began being used in Britain in the 16th century and resulted in the nickname Dolly, which is where we get the word "doll" from.
Dorothy's grandma image was probably due to the character on Golden Girls. However, it is now being reinvented and becoming as popular as it was when the Wizard of Oz was released.
Lula was a top 100 name from 1880 through 1912 and didn't leave the top 500 until 1956. When Lula began its descent, it really plummeted. Not even ten years later in 1965, Lula had completely dropped of the charts.
Lula basically began as a nickname and doesn't really have a meaning. Lula's former success is about to be matched. It looks like it might just join other trendy "l" names like Lily, Lola and Lila.
Bryan Adams chose Lula for his daughter and author J.K. Rowling used it for a character in one of her novels as well. Nameberry predicts Lula will soon be in the top 500.
Pearl definitely used to put off some grandma vibes, but this one is being completely revived. Pearl was in the top 100 from 1880 until 1926, but fell completely out of favor by 1986. It reentered the charts in 2010 and is ranked #652 today.
Pearl is a Latin gem name. It was recently chosen by Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson and Jack Osbourne for their daughters. It's also been used as a middle name by several celebrities like Busy Phillips and Jake Owens.
Pearl is joining other gem names like Ruby and being dusted off by modern parents. It's grandma image is likely to disappear soon.
Margaret has one of the most successful resumes on the charts. It entered in the top 10 in 1880 and remained there until 1939, however, it didn't go far. Margaret has never been below the top 200 baby names. Today, it is ranked #132.
Margaret is Greek for "pearl." Margaret has been used since the Medieval ages by royalty, saints and civilians alike. It is the Scottish national name and has been the name of several princesses and queens throughout Europe.
Maggie and Meg are still super cute nicknames options as well. Margaret is a classic name full of rich history and is making its way back to the top 100.
References: Nameberry.com, Everydayfamily.com, and Behindthename.com