Old fashioned baby names are one of my FAVORITE topics, so I’m extra excited about today’s baby name help submissions! You can call them “vintage” “old fashioned” or even “old lady” names, but I think of these names as classic names that deserve another generation’s worth in the spotlight!
Older, classic names have made quite a comeback lately and some have started to hit the top charts. So today, we’ve got a bunch of old fashioned names that haven’t gained quite as much popularity yet as the mama-to-be submission requested (and a few that have!), both standalone names and names that have great nicknames. And as aways, I hope you’ll weigh in in the comments with your favorites.
Emily M is a first time mama looking for a great old-fashioned name, but also one that you might not hear a dozen other times at the playground. Here’s her submission:
“Hi! First time parent here and love classic (or old-fashioned/old lady, ha!) names along the lines of Eleanor, Esme, Eloise, Margot, Vera, Charlotte! However, I am interested in something more unique and am not a huge fan of some super popular “classic” names (I.e. Sophia, Emma, Elizabeth).
I am struggling with wanting something super classic like Eleanor, but also something a little unique!”
Keep reading for our suggestions!
Unique Old Fashioned or “Old Lady” Baby Names
I’m excited to see a new generation of little ones with these incredible timeless names. First up, we’re sharing several stand alone names that aren’t as common nowadays as names like Emma and Sophia.
Old Fashioned Baby Names with Great Nicknames
We’ve done several posts where we features names with great nicknames, and this is no different! Perhaps a classic but unusual longer name that has the option for a more modern nicknames is a perfect choice. Here are some of our favorite unique old fashioned names that have awesome shortened options:
- Beatrice (Bea)
- Bernadette (Bernie)
- Dorothy (Dot, Dottie)
- Edith (Eadie)
- Estelle (Stella)
- Evelyn (Evie)
- Florence (Flo)
- Frances (Frankie)
- Harriet (Hattie)
- Loretta (Lottie)
- Lucille (Lucy)
- Martha (Mattie)
- Sylvia (Sylvie)
- Winifred (Winnie, Freddie)
What are your favorite old fashioned baby names?
I’d love to hear your favorite, creative old fashioned baby names? Any favorites from other generations in your family? Or perhaps one you’ve heard recently from a friend? Maybe something that’s been on your list for years? Share them below so we can help Emily out!
Congratulations, Emily! We hope you find a name you love!
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Hi, Kelly! Hi, Emily! Congratulations on your first born! Here’s a few suggestions:
Margaret (Margie, Peg)
These, along with virtually any flower you can name (Daisy, Rose, Poppy, etc) should give you a good start.
Happy choosing, and please let us know your selection? Thanks!
Oooh, I never thought of Millie as a nickname for Amelia and I LOVE that!!
Jenny N says
I had. Great aunt Afton and I never got to use the name. Please, somebody use it!
Afton is on my top 5 list!! i LOVE it!!
Love this name.
I have twin cousins in their twenties named Afton and Aubrey.
Lindsey Lasher says
One of my favorite old fashioned baby names is Effie. It was my great grandma’s name. I feel like it would go really well with Emily too!
LOVE that name!!
If I have another daughter I want to name her Evelyn Gladys but call her Effie! I love it so much.
S R says
I think Samantha is great “classic/old fashioned name” that you don’t hear a lot. Congratulations and good luck picking a name!
Allison Elefante says
My daughters are named Juliet and Vivian! They feel old fashioned to me, Vivian was named after my great grandmother.
We have a Cornelia (who we call Neely, after my maiden name– Neill) and a Leona (who is called Bona or Bones these days) as well as a Marlowe (which isn’t old fashioned but we still love 😉)
Omg what a line up!! Love your kiddos names!!
My grandma’s name is Gardenia and her nickname is Gaga! Would be so cute for a little babe!
Taylor Duenas says
My daughter’s name is Eleanor but we call her Nori (she’s our little sushi roll 🙂 ). We have another baby on the way and she’s gonna be Beatrice and we’re gonna call her Bea! (And Beanie!) Feeling very seen by this post lol
I never see any kids named Marilyn, it’s so pretty and classy.
My mom’s name is Marilyn and her childhood nickname was Millie. I love a classic name with a cute nickname!
Sarah Chivers says
My great grandmothers name was Minerva (Minnie for short). She was a petite powerhouse and I’ve never met anyone else with her name.
Wow! What a great name. Love Minnie as a nickname!
Love older, unique names! My daughters are Fiona Violet and Beatrix Ann (we call her Bea).
We have a baby Aveline, which is the French version of (the very trendy) Evelyn.
What a beautiful name!! Thank you for sharing!
My daughter has a friend named Agnes and I love it so much. Her nickname is Aggie.
These are older names from Norway, but I don’t see why you couldn’t use them in the us ☺️ Uni/Unni (no need for a nickname),
…among others ☺️
Hi Unni from a Swedish neighbour! 🙂
I love the name Henny, one of my closest friends named her daughter that. Simple yet unique.
We also favor strong old-timey names- with a twist. We just had a baby girl, Montie Rose. Her big brother is Henry. They feel old-fashioned, but giving our GIRL the name Montie (traditionally, a boy name– Monty/Montgomery) it’s a little twist and wink and makes it feel current. We share the middle name, Rose… classic and special.
love that! henry and montie are such a great sibset! ☺
My daughter’s name is Martha so I’m partial to that name.
Here’s some Swedish old fashioned names that might work over there as well
All the best to you and your baby girl.
Tsarina Metker says
We named our 4 year old Luella and call her Lulu. It is an old name that is not used very much at but we love it!
Hey hey! I had the same requirements for both our daughters and a LOT of the names on our list are listed here (Evelyn, Margot, Estelle). But we ended up going with Silvi and Della! Good luck!
My daughter’s name is Clementine Juliet! Old fashioned but unique I think.
Kourtney Jackson says
My two daughters have classic old lady names: we have Paige and Lola
Paige was my great grandma and Lola was a great Aunt
Theodora Sideridis says
I might be biased since it is my own name but Theodora is old fashioned and a nice alternative to Dorothy. Also the meaning is “gods gift” in Greek 🙂
Casey Schalich says
My daughter is Esther, it can also have cute nicknames like Essie or Tess
Stephanie Yost says
My daughter’s name is Nell. So unusual… we’ve never met another kid with that name! Sweet and simple. My older daughter is Josie which is much more common.
Alexus Milliron says
I love every single one of these names! I think Clara fits well with this list too!
We went to the hospital with Lenora (hubs loved but I was in w Lenny as nickname) – came home with Darcy bc she did NOT look like a Lenora but still a great name that fits your parameters!!!!! It took us three days to regroup and come up with another name and it’s awesome bc she is SUCH a Darcy! Good luck!!!
My little girl is Edie named after my grandads mum, I was going to use Edith but she’d never be called that so we just used the shortened version. I half wish we had used a different spelling as people pronounce it Eddie which is annoying. Other names I love are Maeve, Lilybet (although Prince Harry just called his little girl that and I feel like that has the potential to make it popular maybe) Violet, Florence (flo) Dotty, Eliza and I also really like Dee Dee but I’m not sure if it’s old fasioned.
My daughters name is Audrey. We call her Aude for short. Currently pregnant with a second girl and am almost set on the name which will also be old fashioned.
Joan or Jones! I’m pretty sure they are old fashioned? Well actually I think I just made up Jones as a first name but I still love it🤓 I think these names are strong and sweet at the same time!
We have a Henrietta (nicknamed Henri) and a Louisa. Both old fashioned but not very common nowadays.
I LOVE Henrietta. We plan on using it with the nickname “Etta”
I had pretty much the same wish list for our baby girl (she’s now nearly 3) My husband and I both prefer traditional and more old-fashioned names but didn’t want to use one that has already become popular and have 3 others with same name in her class at school. We decided on Caroline Mae. It suits her so well and to date I haven’t met another Caroline her age
Kelly Fox says
Oohhh, how about Gloria, Elaine, Millie, Lucy, or Josephine (Joey)
Bear Balentine says
I heard the name ‘Mare’ yesterday and thought it was so unique. Looked it up and it’s been around for a while. So had to share.
Mere Street says
Love these suggestions!
We named our daughter Dita, which is another nickname for Edith. We also loved Sadie as a nickname for Sarah.
My daughter’s are Elisabeth (Libby) and Guinevere (Guin) – the great thing with Elisabeth is there are so many variations: Elsbeth, Elisa, Lisa, Lissi, Beth, Bethan (my nieces names), Elsie, Betty, Busy.
Lisa Dini says
A suggestion to consider Louisa as an alternative to Louise. My husband and I both had a Grandpa Lou, and Louise never sparked for us but Louisa felt more romantic and even a bit more classic and unique.
While deciding on a name for my daughter, I too, leaned towards traditional names , but wanted name that wasn’t too common, and most likely French in origin. Considered Gemma, Clementine, Vivienne, Ynez. My husband and I ended up naming her Elodie.
Lydia Loveall says
YES! Love old classic names! I work at a pediatric office and had the hardest time choosing a unique but classic name for my daughter that I hadn’t heard 20 times already.
We decided on Gwyneth! We call her Gwynnie as a baby but love that she can go by Wyn (my personal fave,) or Gwyn.
I also loved Adele (Dela or Dellie), Eliza (Liza), Flora, Annelle and Iris (Ris)!
Best of luck on the baby naming journey!
Alice Robinson says
I love Daphne!
Amy Gomez says
I love the name Enez! This was actually the name of one of my Great-Grandma Dess BFF’s!
I second flower names, and would like to add jewel names (Pearl, Opal). Enola is a nice old fashioned name. I recommend looking at baby names from 100+ years ago for ideas.
Jessica Ruxton says
Love your lists!
My friend has a little one named Bernadette and she goes by Birdie! So cute
My daughters are Charlotte and Eleanor and go by Charlie and Elle. If we had one more, she would either be Hazel or Hattie. Good luck with the name game and congratulations! ❤️
My name is Louise and my nicknames are Lulu, Weez, and Weezy 🙂
I’m an Audrey and was the only I knew growing up but now I hear it more often. I’ve always planned on naming a girl Millie or Stella for my great grandma or Great great aunt but alas, I have 3 boys.
My Grandmother found my name on a headstone from the 1700s, in Vermont, Lauri
carolyn silvers says
my middle name was swiped from a gravestone too… Aletta… you’re the first other person Ive heard of being named that way. ❤️
Hi Emily M! Your post mede me think of my great Aunt Nellie. He real name was Elnora, which I think is just lovely. It sounds classic like Eleanor, but with a classy twist! Right?
Bella J says
Well, it was a nice ride through some of the best old fashioned but still lively baby names here. I’m always a fan of old names but ageless as we call it.
I’m working as a babysitter and currently taking care of two kids names Booby and Summer. My madam is going to welcome third kid soon and she is looking for a classic old name. I think I can suggest some best picks now to her.
I loved the names Alma and Iris from the first list and from the nicknames list I definitely pick the Evelyn (Evie).
Some suggestions from my side are:
Hope you like it.
Babysitter at Tadbeer ( https://www.tadbeer.ae )
My daughter is named Cecilia, and old Roman name and we call her Cici or Sea. We love how sweet and classic it is with cute nickname options
I like this post overall, but:
Elizabeth isn’t SUPER popular. On the charts, yes it’s super popular , but besides that not really. it’s also such a gorgeous name, how could anyone not like it? and she likes Charlotte, which is even more popular. weird.
and btw evelyn isn’t “unique”, it’s the #9th most popular name.
Jane can also be one! It’s not unique sounding but it’s also very uncommon.
Laura W. says
Our daughter’s name is Greta. Old fashioned, I think, but I’ve seen it on a few lists for names that are coming back.
Were all on my list, but I named my girls Georgina (Gia) and Loucielle (Ciel or Lou)
Hi! My Gma’s were Ruby Delle
And Geneva Pearl!!
My Mother in law is Jewell..love all of my “fine gems”!!
Is my name popular do people still use the name
My name is Margot, a name I’ve grown to love as an adult. My nicknames have included: Margs, Mango, Mo, and Go-go.
On top of Daphne and Loretta, I’ve always lovvved the name Imogene!
Melissa Annunziato says
My granny’s name was Wilhelmina Rae and her nickname was willie or Mina
My grandma name was Bianca Rose but she went by Rose , ( no middle name)