45 Adorable Vintage Names Making a Major Comeback in 2023

Names like Effie, Betty and Esther won’t be reserved for your Great Aunt anymore, according to a baby-naming expert. These are just three of the adorable vintage names predicted to make their grand return to the stage in 2023.

The rise of retro names

Vintage, or retro baby names, bring a whole new dimension to the baby naming world and to future preschool classrooms. Many names from yesteryear are edgy, vibrant, and bold and, unlike some of the more popular choices, haven’t been heard in a long time.

This is what makes them so desirable – they are different but without being too “out there”.

Plus, for many parents, naming their bub after a relative (who happens to have an old-school cool name) is a lovely way to keep traditions alive.

So, let’s take a look at some of the vintage names predicted to become popular this year:

Vintage girl names making a comeback in 2023

The ‘ie” effect

A lot of the vintage names for girls predicted for 2023 have the adorable “ie” ending. These include:

  • Effie
  • Elsie
  • Hattie
  • Goldie
  • Birdie
  • Winnie
  • Dixie

It’s interesting to see that a lot of them also have that Southern charm too.

The golden girls

Another interesting trend for vintage girl names? A lot of them have a ‘sunny’, colourful or bright disposition including Goldie above. Aurelia is another one, which means “the golden one” while Clara means “clear, bright.” If you like colour names, check out these 101 colour-inspired names. 

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  • Aurelia –  “the golden one” 
  • Clara – “clear, bright” 
  • Genevieve – “fair one” 
  • Posey – “bunch of flowers”
  • Viola – “purple or violet”
  • Olive – “green” 

The vintage vowels

Names beginning with vowels have always been popular and this is also the case with a few more vintage names including:

  • Adeline
  • Edith
  • Esther
  • Ida

Old school..and fabulous! 

Rounding out the vintage girl names list, we see some heavy hitters like Betty and Dorothy. And let’s not forget the fabulous Zelda!

  • Betty
  • Vivienne
  • Polly
  • Dorothy
  • Zelda

Vintage boy names making a comeback in 2023

The old, old, old school names

Moving onto the boy’s vintage names, we see a few more trends emerging. One that really stands out is just how “old” some of these names are. But hey, great-great-great-grandpa Walter would most likely be chuffed to see his name coming out of the woodwork again.

  • Milton
  • Walter
  • Winston
  • Grover 

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The long and short 

Another emerging trend for vintage boy names is names that are long but can easily be shortened. Such as:

  • Theodore (Ted)
  • Archibald (Archie)
  • Benedict (Ben) 
  • Maximillian (Max) 
  • Oliver (Oli) 

Four and five-letter favourites 

Speaking of short and sweet, here are a few more old-school options that you’ll be seeing a lot more of.

  1. Finn
  2. Otto
  3. Ezra
  4. Miles
  5. Wiley
  6. Silas
  7. Vance

And a few more to ponder over a cup of chamomile tea 

  1. August 
  2. Harris
  3. Stanley
  4. Quentin
  5. Caspian
  6. Jasper

What do you think of the list of vintage baby names for 2023? Do you love them? Hate them? Would you use one? Let us know in the comments!

Be sure to check out a few of our other retro baby name options from the past. 

In 2022, the top vintage names predictions were:

  1. Alberta 
  2. Aphra 
  3. Emmeline
  4. Hilda
  5. Delphine
  6. Thora
  7. Ambrose 
  8. Orson
  9. Barnaby 
  10. Waldo 

Read the full list here. 

And 2021 gave us:

  1. Minnie
  2. Mabel
  3. Maude
  4. Florence
  5. Lottie
  6. Leon
  7. Eugene
  8. Vinnie
  9. Rufus 
  10. Clifford 

Read the rest here. 

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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