Considering going with vintage baby names for your newest bundle of joy? I think that’s a terrific idea! Over the last few years, unique baby names have been trending so hard that it’s almost commonplace to go with something a little more out there. By going back to your roots and looking through your family tree for some great names from the past, you’ll actually be going with something original. Does that make sense? If you find that your branches are lacking, though, we’ve still got you covered! Check out a few of our favorite vintage baby names for boys and girls!
Vintage Names for Girls
Beatrice– Beatrice is of Latin origin and means “she who brings happiness.” The name has a long literary history, most popularly being the main character in William Shakespeare’s comedic play Much Ado About Nothing and Dante Alighieri’s epic poem Divine Comedy.
Eleanor– Eleanor is of Greek origin and means “bright, shining one.” Most times, when we hear the name Eleanor, we think of the First Lady of the United States from 1933-1945, Eleanor Roosevelt. Eleanor was also the name of the wives of two of history’s most famous kings. Eleanor of Provence was the wife of King Henry III, and Eleanor of Castile was the wife of King Edward I.
Nora– Nora is of Latin origin and means “honor.” Nora was the name of one of the most famous writers, producers, and directors in history, Nora Ephron. It is also the main character, Nora Helmer, from Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 play A Doll’s House.
Pearl– Pearl is of Latin origin and means “precious.” Pearl is the birthstone for the month of June. It is also one of the main characters from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 work of fiction The Scarlett Letter.
More fabulous vintage names for girls include:
Vintage Names for Boys
Abraham– Abraham was a patriarch of the Old Testament and was also the 16th President of the United States. The name is of Hebrew origin and means “father of multitudes.”
George– George is a name that is often associated with royalty, most recently Prince George of Cambridge, born to Prince William and Duchess Catherine, on July 22, 2013. It is also the name of the 1st President of the United States, George Washington. The name is from the Greek origin and means “farmer.”
Isaiah– Isaiah is most known for being in the Bible, the Book of Isaiah, the son of Amos. Isaiah is also a popular name in the world of basketball, with such famous names as Isaiah Thomas, point guard for the Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics and Isaiah Canaan, point guard for the Houston Rockets. The name is of Hebrew origin and means “Salvation of the Lord.”
Oscar– Oscar is a name that goes back to Irish legend, Oscar, the warrior son of Oisin and fairy Niamh. Actress Gillian Anderson and her husband Mark Griffiths named their son Oscar, born in 2006. The name is of Irish origin and means “deer-lover warrior.”
More awesome vintage boys names that we love:
These are just a few of our favorite vintage baby names. If you dig back into your roots, I bet you’ll find the perfect one for your family! Plus you might even learn something new about your ancestry!