40 Throwback Baby Names Worth Bringing Back
Sometimes it pays to go back – way back – for a little inspiration. If you want a name that can stand the test of time, and stand out, then look no further. These names are the definition of classic.
While some things have been drastically improved by the passage of time (indoor plumbing anyone?) some things get even better with a little age.
And so it is for these names. They offer a peek in to our past that can help inspire the future.These names were topping the charts around the turn of the century – the 20th century that is. From 1890-1910 the names listed here could be found in the top 50. There's a chance that these names show up somewhere back in the branches your family tree, but even if they don't, they're worth a second look.
If old school is your thing, be my guest and bring one of these throwback names back into use. Every name listed here is one that I feel is worth consideration. Which are your favorites?
I absolutely love Florence, Italy so this follows my rule of if you name baby after a place, it should be somewhere you've been and adored. Bonus: If you've listened to Florence + The Machine before you know what a gorgeous voice she has. Something for baby to strive for? 😉
Is a Latin name meaning bright, shining, clear. I love that! The more I've read this name the more it's grown on me. It's a nice, strong name, although I don't know that I'd be able to go with ‘Clare' for a nickname.
This one is its meaning. It's perfect.
Short and sweet. I also feel like it ages well.
Adorable. I think adding the middle name ‘Mae' or ‘May' would be even sweeter.
Another that is short, sweet, and very likable.
This one is precious! Although it is pretty old sounding, so I could see why some wouldn't be so fond of it.
This was my dad's name so it holds a soft spot in my heart. That's him above. He was a fireman and passed away when I was twelve. Handsome, isn't he?! I don't love the nickname ‘Larry', but you could go with ‘Law'?
So pretty and ‘Lily' is equally so.
I don't know why, but I feel like an adult male with this name would have a strong handshake. I'm not very into ‘Gene' as a nickname though.
Cute! And ‘Nel' is very sweet also.
DiCaprio? Swoon …
This is my birthstone and I love it. They're elegant, and the name feels the same.
I feel like this is a name meant for a cowboy, and I like it.
Very sweet, and she could go by ‘Eve' or ‘Evie' too.
This is a strong name and the nickname ‘Teddy' is very cute.
Lovely. Bonus that it reminds me of The Nutcracker.
Also makes me think of a cowboy, also liking it.
This is on my list. It's so sweet and is nature-based which I love.
Cute when younger, strong when older. Plus ‘Alf' and ‘Alfie' make for sweet nicknames.
I really enjoy this one! And you could use ‘Hattie', another popular name from that era, as a nickname.
Unique and strong.
This one sounds spunky and I like it!
I haven't heard this one much and really enjoy it. It would age well too!
It's not ‘Elsa', although it's close. It's a very sweet name, but I'm not sure about it for an adult woman? Seems a bit young to me.
I love this one, although it already seems to be creeping back into popularity. It's adorable for the baby through child years and would age well into adulthood.
Ever since Little Women this one has stuck with me. It's a beautiful name and the nickname ‘Jo' is cute and sassy. Now I really want to watch the movie!
It's unique, short, and sweet. I like it!
It's definitely dated, but I still find it to be pretty darn cute for a little lady.
I don't particularly feel one way or the other on this one. Not sure I'd use it, but I don't have any specific feelings against it either!
The nickname ‘Edie' is pretty darn sweet. Edith does sound a bit old, but that's probably because it was one of my great aunt's names.
I actually like this one quite a bit! And ‘Cec' is cute for short.
I have a lovely friend named ‘Helena' who I call ‘Lena' for short. It's so pretty.
I do enjoy this one, however I don't think I'd ever use it because I grew up in Washington state where there's a city called Everett that never particularly appealed to me.
This was on my list until I saw it rise in popularity fairly recently. It's short and beautiful.
Another I don't have any particular feelings about, although I'm sort of into the surname as a first name trend.
So sweet. Although I think I'd go with ‘Lucille' and Lucy as the nickname.
I like this one okay, but it does fall a little flat.
I do like it, but I'm not sure about it wearing well as an adult.
I'd never heard of this one before. I like it as a full name, but I don't think I could use ‘Em' for a male.
Which is your favorite?