12 Old-Fashioned Baby Names That Need To Make A Comeback

Some of these names were really popular in the 19th century

It’s always interesting to look at trends in baby names. Over the years, certain names become popular and others fall by the wayside. Various factors can influence the popularity of a name, and cultural changes definitely help to shape our naming customs. In this article, we’ll look back to the Victorian era and discover some of the popular names from that time. If you’re having a baby soon, maybe you’d like to choose a name from this list!

1. Eberhard

Wikimedia Commons

This name is associated with ideas of strength and force. It is also linked to the boar.

2. Ebba

Wikimedia Commons

This is the female variant of Eberhard.

3. Simeon

Wikimedia Commons

Like Simon, but different. This name has its origins in the Bible.

4. Larkin

Wikimedia Commons

A poetic name that conjures up ideas of romance, Larkin can work equally well for a boy or a girl.

5. Adelia

Wikimedia Commons

A beautiful name that was originally inspired by a Latin American plant.

6. Luella

Flickr / Wicker Paradise

A magical-sounding name that combines Louise and Ella.

7. Ottilie

Wikimedia Commons

The female version of Otto was very popular in the late 19th century. Nowadays, it’s almost impossible to meet any Ottilies.

8. Agnes

Wikimedia Commons

You might have known an Agnes or two in your time, but this name is very much associated with older generations. It’s still pretty and deserves a comeback!

9. Alva

Wikimedia Commons

Popular in Scandinavian countries, this female version of Alf is very nice and should be used more often.

10. Flossie

Wikimedia Commons

It might sound a little too much like ‘floss’ but this derivative of ‘Florence’ is still cute.

11. Wiley

Flickr / Beverly & Pack

Another intriguing name that can work equally well for males or females.

12. Elbert

Flickr / Tony Alter

There are a lot of Alberts out there, so how about naming your next baby boy Elbert instead?


What do you think about these names? Would you like to see some of them become more common? Let us know and SHARE the article.