Many of the most beautiful old fashioned names don’t seem to be around much anymore. Have you ever noticed that?
I’m sure you probably have.
Maybe you had a Granny or Great Aunt named Adeline, Bernadette, Fannie, or Anastasia. Ours was named Olga.
And, what about a Grandpa or Great Grandpa named Elijah, Ernest, Claude, or Alexander? Cool. Right?
Have you heard any of these names in the last 10 or 20 years?
And, wouldn’t it just be uniquely wonderful to help your own children give your new grandchildren a name of distinction? One of those most beautiful old fashioned names? Even just for their middle name?
Sitting around with your family and a pot of tea, and, finding wonderful names can be a lot of fun too!
He or she is not your baby…. Right? They are your children’s babies. So, you can only make suggestions.
BUT, wouldn’t it be cool to help your own kids find a unique and charming name for their next offspring?
This year, 2021, the most popular girl’s names were: Olivia, Emma, and Amelia. The most popular boy’s names were Liam, Noah, and Oliver.
All of those are pretty cool. Do you agree?
But, are they getting too over used and common?
If you’ve been out and about where the grandchildren are playing, you’ve probably heard these names a lot. Maybe a bit too much.
Names seem to be a bit like fashion. Every few years we get a few new ones that almost everyone seems to want to use on their new babies. Liam for example, was nowhere to be found in my neighborhood as a kid.
Now, it’s more common than John, or Bill, or Mike.
Also, our generation’s names seem to be getting lost.
William (that’s me! is down at #24 on the list. It used to be #5)
John, John one of the most popular names in my neighborhood as a kid is #48
Stevie (or Steven), Richard, Brian… a few of each in our local area. None are in the top 50 in 2021.
Did you have an Elizabeth (#36) in your school?
An Emily (#41)?
What about Grace (#50)?
Judy, Jane and Margrette are not even in the top 50! Cathy? Kathy? Kathie?.. not anymore.
Remember: Those regular old names we heard as a kid can seem quite new these days. When was the last time you heard a kid called Judy, Becky, Jim, or Tom?
In recent past years, naming the kids and grandkids has gotten more
Still, I do miss John, Stevie, Margarette, Cathy (with all
the different spellings)….
But, if we’re going to be really unique and outstanding in naming someone today, we can simply search back in time a bit more to find really gorgeous and classic ones. The often forgotten Most Beautiful Old Fashioned Names can fill the bill here perfectly.
for the boys?
for the girl’s?
Nice. Right? So melodic....
We couldn't resist showing you these. We came upon them in our name searches. And, we got a good chuckle. We hope you do too. No offense meant to anyone here. A name is just a name. But, I'm older, a bit old fashioned, and I just can't relate to these.....
If you live in a major city, where there are lots of kids, I’m sure you know by now that we’ve even gotten into some really different names these days. Don’t you agree?
For example, have you heard any of these: Brick, Custard, Denim, Hashtag, Kale, Quiche, Window…. Yes, these are all real!
I kid you not. You can find all of those and more in this article from FamilyMinded: “60 Worst Baby Names Parents Have Ever Picked”
But, for those of us who prefer the old fashioned classics, here are some of the Most Beautiful Old Fashioned Names that a 109 member senior group put together with us.
We undoubtedly have missed some. So, if you have a special one to add to this list, please send us an email.
Now, if you want to find something really Old, Beautiful, and Unique, some of the Most Beautiful Old Fashioned Names, we’re going to take you back 200 - 300 years.
We asked a group of 109 seniors what their favorite very old fashioned names for both a boy and girl would be. Maybe a name one of their grandparents or great grandparents had.
Here are the lists, boys and girls (in alphabetical order), of the very old names these seniors shared with us.
Way back then, names were often given to newborns because of the name’s meaning. So, we also added the origin of the name, and, the meaning that went along with each name.
We think you’ll love many of these names as much as we do.
1. Aldous (German) means “old and noble”. Famous name bearer: Writer Aldous Huxley
2. Alistair (Scottish) means “defender of men”. Famous name bearer: Cricketer Alastair Cook
3. Alton (English) means “river settlement”
4. Apollo (Greek) means “to destroy"
5. Aristotle (Greek) means “superior". We all know Aristotle the Greek philosopher. And, Aristotle, the famous shipping tycoon. But, it's one of the rarest boy names today.
name bearer: Greek philosopher Aristotle
6. Auden (Danish and English origin) means “old friend"
7. Baxter (Anglo-Saxon and Scottish origin) means “baker”
8. Benedict (Latin) means “blessed”. Famous name bearer: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch
9. Bertram (Germanic) means “bright raven”. Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay
10. Boaz (Hebrew) means “swiftness”
11. Caspar (Hebrew) means “treasurer”
12. Clifton (English) means “cliff settlement”
13. Clovis (French) means “famous warrior”
14. Dietrich (German) means “ruler”
15. Eleazar (Hebrew) means “God helps”. Once a common name, it isn't as popular anymore
16. Elmer (Germanic and British origin) means “noble”
17. Elton (English) means “settlement”. One of our favorite Singer/Songwriters: Elton John
18. Everton (English) means “wild boar settlement”
19. Fenton (English) means “marsh settlement”. It can also be used as a surname that will define the character of your son
20. Gabe (Hebrew) means “God is my strength”. It could also be used as a nickname
21. Hemming (Swedish) means “shape changer”
22. Ivor (Old Norse) means “bow warrior”. Ivor Francis, Canadian actor, father of American soap opera actress Genie Francis
23. Janus (Roman) means “gateway”. In Roman mythology, he is the God of beginnings. A strong name with strong roots
24. Lambert (English) means “bright land”
25. Lazarus (Hebrew) means “God is my help”. Again, one of the baby names that aren't as popular anymore
26. Morten (Latin) means “ancient”
27. Oswald (Anglo-Saxon) means “divine ruler”
28. Stirling (English) means “dwelling of Melyn”
29. Styles (English) means “steep ascent”
30. Sylvester (English) means “woodland”. Rocky: Sylvester Stallone
31. Waldo (English) means “rule”
32. Zadok (English) means “righteous”. You may think this rare name has been almost forgotten, but it is making a comeback
We couldn’t find quite as many for the girls. But, we think these 27 names, dating back some 300 years, are just wonderful:
1. Abigail (Biblical) meaning "my father is joy". Abigail is one of the most uncommon female names. Tennis player: Abigail Spears
2. Ada (English) means "noble". This is a beautiful name for a daughter
3. Arabella (English) meaning "yielding to power"
4. Berenice (Ancient Greek) meaning "bringing victory"
5. Briar (English) means "thorny plant"
6. Chloe (Latin) meaning "green shoot". The name refers to new plant growth. American actress: Chloe Grace Moretz
7. Claudia (German) means " lame or crippled". This name is actually quite popular still
8. Elsie (English) meaning "my God is an oath"
9. Faith (English) meaning "to trust”. Country singer Faith Hill
10. Felicity (English) means "happiness". Actress: Felicity Huffman
11. Frances (French) meaning "Frenchwoman". This name is still a classic beauty
12. Grace (English) means "by virtue". A Classic that is old but not forgotten and still relatively common today. Actress: Grace Kelly
13. Hannah (Hebrew) meaning "by favor". She was the wife of Elkanah in the Old Testament
14. Joan (Old French) meaning "gracious". Joan of Arc the 17 year old peasant girl who rose as a leader for the French army. She also defeated the British at the 'Battle of Orleans' in the 15th century
15. Joy (English) defines joyous nature. Joy is still a popular middle name for baby girls
16. Leah (Hebrew) meaning “weary"
17. Lydia (German) described a woman who was from the place 'Lydia'
18. Mercy (English) meaning "wages or rewards"
19. Omelia (Ancient American) meaning "self-sufficient"
20. Orinda (Hebrew) means "pine trees"
21. Patience (Latin) meaning "to suffer"
22. Renata (Italian) meaning born again". Famous Opera singer Renata Tebaldi
23. Selene (Ancient Greek) meaning "moon". She was also the Goddess of Moon
24. Skylar (English) meaning scholar. Skylar Grey is a famous singer
25. Temperance (Archaic English) meaning “moderation"
26. Tracy (French) meaning " the domain of Thracians". Such baby girl names are quite old fashioned
27. Veronica (Roman) meaning "true image”. Maybe you remember Veronica from the “Archie” comic books?
When we had the lists complete, we asked our group of 109 seniors to vote on which they liked best. Which of the names did they think were the most beautiful old fashioned names to give boy and girls.
These are the names that ranked #1, #2, and #3 by our seniors group.
For the Boys:
For the Girls:
From the longer lists, which did you like best?
As you may already know, when it comes to picking a name, the task can seem daunting.
Did you know there are over 10,000 baby names for boys and over 10,000 more for girls?
Still, for many of us, the Most Beautiful Old Fashioned Names are our favorites. The old classics, that almost always came with history and a meaning, as well as Elegance and Charm.
Maybe those of us who love these names best are a very unique group. Or, maybe, too many of these beautiful names have been forgotten and we just need to see them again to use and enjoy them.
We hope we helped you find the Most Beautiful Old Fashioned Names that you were wanting to find. Aren’t they just wonderful?
For myself, I would choose Alistair for my middle name. Why? Simply because I like it. William Alistair. What do you think? Doesn't that have a nice ring to it?
And, isn’t that the way a name should be chosen? Just because you like it? Right?
So, tell us, which name(s) did you like best?
We Hope You Have Lots of Fun Choosing! ~ William, Fiona, and Charlotte