A lot has changed in the past 100 years, including our taste in baby names! Some of the most popular baby names from 100 years ago, the year 1918, to be exact, are no longer even on the top 1000 today.
But we reckon it’s about time to change this and return to the land of the vintage baby names. Because old school names are pretty flippin’ adorable.
Here’s our favourite 100 baby names that topped the charts 100 years ago that we hope will make a comeback this year!
Vintage baby girl names
Starting with the vowels
A, E, I, O, U and sometime Y? Why not? Here’s a few to add to the list:
- Agatha (Aggie for short)
The “ie” ending
Searching for a name with the “ie” ending? 1918 brings the goods!
- Bessie – Okay, it’s a little cowish, but it’s also kind of cute.
The “Ella” effect
Ella remains a top contender today. But have a look at these Ella-inspired monikers from the past:
The naughty nanas
These names have that vintage edginess to them.
The uber old school
Then there are the names that are so old they are begging to be revived! Come on mums and dads, bring Beryl back!
Vintage boys’ baby names
The vintage vowels
As with the little ladies, naming bub with the vowel proves to be popular with the dashing dudes as well.
Plenty of parents opted for names inspired by book characters and authors of the past, which continues to be a popular trend today. Atticus anyone?
Last names first
Surnames as first names? Yep, it was trendy back then too!
Princes of the posh
These names have royal charm written all over them.
The burly boys
Big, bold and burly, these strong names are built to last. Another generation perhaps?
The grass is greener
These nature names all seem to stir up notions of greenery.
- Cleveland (the name means ‘hilly land’)
The cartoon characters
Sure, Sesame Street and Looney Tunes weren’t around in 1918, but it looks like these old school names live on in today’s popular TV shows.
So, there you go – 100 names that ooze with that vintage vibe cool. Looking for more baby name ideas? Check out these edgy baby names for mums born in the 80s.