One-of-a-kind vintage baby names for boys and girls
The classics never go out of style. Out of fashion, maybe, but these vintage names are making a comeback – perfect for the retro-cool parent.
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We here at Parent24 have sourced and presented every kind of baby name under the sun for prospective parents to consider; from lovely local names in SetswanaXhosa, and Zulu to names inspired by nature and even the seasons

We’ve got you covered! 

Recently, we even looked at the family trees of royalty to inspire your choice of name. And if there’s anything we’ve learned from these families, they love going with the old school.

Just look at little Prince Louis Arthur Charles – his name is a throwback to several relatives including his grandfather's great-uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten; great-great-grandfather King George VI (born Albert Frederick Arthur George); and of course the newborn prince’s grandfather, Prince Charles. 

But if none of the names in your family read retro quite like British nobility, here are 40 old-fashion names to consider for your list of choices. 

A word of caution expectant parents, choose wisely – baby name regret is a thing! 


Vintage baby names

Ada

Meaning: first daughter, nobility, adornment
Origin: Igbo, German, Hebrew

Amara

Meaning: Immortal
Origin: Sanskrit

Arabella

Meaning: Beautiful, Eagle heroine, yielding to prayer
Origin: Dutch, German, Latin 

Bellerose

Meaning: Beautiful rose
Origin: French

Beatrix

Meaning: Bringer of joy
Origin: Latin, Italian

Clementine

Meaning: Mild or merciful
Origin: Latin

Cordelia

Meaning: heart, daughter of the sea
Origin: Latin, Celtic

Freya

Meaning: Lady
Origin: Scandinavian

June

Meaning: Young 
Origin: Latin

Lulu

Meaning: Precious, pearl, calm/peaceful, protected
Origin: Swahili, Tanzanian, Hawaiian 

Vintage baby names

Mamie

Meaning: Star of the sea, pearl
Origin: Greek, Latin

Marla

Meaning: Woman from Magdala
Origin: English

Mehitabel

Meaning: God rejoices
Origin: Hebrew

Mona

Meaning: Wishes, noble one, moon, who lasts forever
Origin: Arabic, Gaelic, Old English, Persian

Odessa

Meaning: Full of wrath
Origin: Greek

Olive

Meaning: Symbol of peace
Origin: Latin

Phoebe

Meaning: Bright and shining
Origin: Greek 

Rosalyn

Meaning: Rose
Origin: Latin

Solana 

Meaning: Sunshine
Origin: Spanish 

Wilma

Meaning: Resolute protector
Origin: Dutch

Vintage baby names

Archie

Meaning: Truly brave
Origin: Teutonic

Axton

Meaning: Swordsman's stone
Origin: English

Dale

Meaning: From the valley
Origin: English 

Huntley

Meaning: Meadow of the hunter
Origin: English

Emmett

Meaning: Powerful
Origin: German

Fallon

Meaning: Leader 
Origin: Irish 

Fletcher

Meaning: Maker of arrows
Origin: English

Ferdinand

Meaning: Bold voyager
Origin: German

Forest

Meaning: Woodland
Origin: English

Grover

Meaning: Lives near a grove of trees
Origin: English

Vintage baby names

Harris

Meaning: Son of Harry
Origin: English

Levi

Meaning: Join, attached
Origin: Hebrew

Ned

Meaning: Wealthy guardian
Origin: English

Orson

Meaning: Bear cub
Origin: Latin

Sebastian

Meaning: Venerable, revered
Origin: Latin, Greek

Vito

Meaning: Life
Origin: Latin, Italian 

Wallace

Meaning: Foreigner, Welshman
Origin: Old English

Waldo

Meaning: Powerful, ruler
Origin: German

Wiley

Meaning: Crafty 
Origin: Old English 

Zeke

Meaning: God strengthens
Origin: Hebrew

Which of these names strikes your fancy? Would you use another vintage name for your baby? Tell us in the comment section below. 

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