Pregnancy

Vintage baby names that really should be making a comeback

Attention parents with a love of all things vintage. We’ve dusted the cobwebs off the baby name books of the early 1900s and uncovered some hidden gems in quality baby names.

Here are the names from the turn of the 20th century that populated the classrooms back then and today can bring a unique level of old school charm to the baby name game.

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You cannot enter a playground nowadays and not hear at least one mum call out, “Jack”, “Olivia”, “Charlotte” or “William”. While the most popular baby names of the present are undeniably cute, if you’re looking for something a little more distinguished, then why not return to the generations of the past for some vintage namespiration?

Beyond Michael, Mary and Margaret – baby names of the 1900s

Parents in the early 20th century were massive fans of the classics – John, William, James, George, Charles, Mary, Helen, Margaret, Anna and Ruth were the top five of each gender in the 1900s.

While there is nothing wrong with these choices, here are a few that have that classic charm about them that you may not have thought of before.

Vintage boys’ names from the 1900s:

  • Arthur
  • Louis
  • Leo
  • Jesse
  • Homer
  • Leon
  • Archie
  • Julius
  • Otis
  • Otto
  • Wesley
  • Emmett
  • Felix
  • Clayton
  • Alton
  • Ellis
  • Max
  • Mack
  • Bennie
  • Dewey
  • Emil
  • Johnie
  • August
  • Ollie
  • Roscoe

Old fashioned vintage baby names

Classic and cute girls’ names from the 1900s

  • Alice
  • Lillian
  • Clara
  • Hazel
  • Della
  • Effie
  • Allie
  • Virgie
  • Cleo
  • Eliza
  • Elsie
  • Mabel
  • Pearl
  • Eva
  • Agnes
  • Viola
  • Lillie
  • Mattie
  • Lena
  • Willie
  • Hattie
  • Stella
  • Lula
  • Cora
  • Ada
  • Sadie
  • Daisy
  • Opal
  • Olive
  • Inez
  • Della
  • Adeline
  • Audrey
  • Janie
  • Alta
  • Ola
  • Flossie
  • Iva
  • Nina
  • Addie
  • Essie

If you are on the hunt for the perfect baby name, then you have to admit that some of these names are too cute not to consider (even if it’s just for your next dog’s name). My favourites have to be Ellis, August, Wesley, Cora and Sadie.

Which vintage baby names make your short list?

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Jenna Galley

Born and raised in Canada, Jenna traded in the cold mountain air for the laid back lifestyle of Australia nine years ago. She is now a mum to one son, one daughter, one dog and one cat, all of whom live with her and her partner in Cairns, QLD. When not writing about the ups and downs of parenting, she is usually outside doing some form of physical activity or indulging in a glass of antioxidant-infused fruit drink. Okay, it's wine.

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