Saturday, March 14, 2015

Uncommon Vintage Classic Names For Boys

Hello everyone! Earlier I featured an article about Uncommon Vintage Classic Names For Girls and now it's time or the boys! I'm really excited to share these with you today! Like I said before, some parents may think that in order for their child to have a unique or uncommon name, they must make up a new one or change the spelling. Why reinvent the wheel when you could bring back an amazing vintage name that's no longer in use?  I think it was easier for me to find vintage classic girls names that I like than it was to find the boys names but I still managed to find some great ones! Let's get started with these awesome vintage names, each one outside the top 1000.





Gerard
  • Meaning: spear strength
  • Origin: English and Irish from German
Gerard is a strong, ruggedly handsome name that I would love to see come back into style! I think the success of actor Gerard Butler would have done more to propel this name into the spot light... However, it is still currently outside the top 1000 and a great choice for those looking for something classic yet unique. Gerry would be the most obvious nickname but I think in order to help the name feel more modern, I'd just use Gerard in its entirety. 



Clive
  • Meaning: lives near a high cliff
  • Origin: English
I think Clive's style is definitely something that could fit in with today's trends. Clive is the C in C.S. Lewis, which makes it an appealing choice for a fan of his numerous literary works. If you're looking for a cool, uncommon, one-syllable name, try Clive.


Leopold
  • Meaning: bold people
  • Origin: German
Many different Leo names are very popular today such as Leonard, Leonardo, and Leo itself, but Leopold is still lingering outside the top 1000. Leopold is different from the other Leo names in that it does not have 'lion' in the meaning like you would expect, since its roots are German, not Latin. You could still get the completely adorable and modern nickname Leo, though.


Wallace
  • Meaning: foreign, stranger
  • Origin: Scottish
Wallace is name full of life, strength, and history but it has faded from popularity. If you're looking for a powerful way to honor a Scottish heritage, Wallace wold be a great choice. If you wanted to spell it Wallis, it would fit in quite well with the popularity of Ellis. Wally would make an appealing nickname. 


Ferdinand
  • Meaning: bold voyager
  • Origin: German
Ferdinand is a very handsome German name with a great meaning. It's certainly a very bold choice but I think it would be perfect for an adventurous namer. Ferdinand dropped off the US charts in the 1980s, which surprised me because I wouldn't have guessed that it hung on that long. I think Nando is probably the most usable nickname for Ferdinand.



 Norman
  • Meaning: northerner
  • Origin: English
Norman was once a very popular boys name in the US, reaching its peak in the early 1930s. It's since faded from the spotlight but I can see it making a strong name for a modern boy, if parents had the guts to choose such a grandpa-sounding name for their son. If other grandpa names can come back, why not Norman?




Elroy
  • Meaning: the king
  • Origin: English from French
Elijah, Elias, and Ellis are all fairly popular, so why not Elroy? Names beginning with the El sound are very popular these days for boys and for girls. Elroy fits in well with that trend but is still way ahead of the naming curve. 


Morris
  • Meaning: dark-skinned
  • Origin: English from Latin
This easier to spelling and correctly pronounce version of Maurice was once a top 100 name. It fell completely off the charts in the 90s. I could see Morris fitting in well with names like Ellis. Morrie, Mo, and even Moss could be nicknames for Morris.


Charleton
  • Meaning: settlement  of free men
  • Origin: English
I love the name Charleton! I grew up loving the movie The Ten Commandments and of course the star of the movie is Charlton Heston (he spelled it without the 'e' but I prefer it with an 'e'). Charlton Heston was not his given name but Charlton was his mother's maiden name. If you like Charles or want to honor a Charles but want a different spin on it, you might consider Charleton. You could still use the amiable nickname Charlie or if you want something with a stronger sound, there's also Char.

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Edmund
  • Meaning: fortunate protector
  • Origin: English
Edmund is quite the classic! Similar sounding Edward is #145 currently and has maintained it's status in the top 200 for over 100 years. Edmund used to be quite popular as well (tough never as popular as Edward) but it fell off the charts in the 90s. Edmund is a literary name chosen by C.S. Lewis for a main character in many of the Chronicles of Narnia book (spoiler alert! Edmund is actually a good guy!) If you want an old-fashioned and distinguished sounding choice, Edmund would be perfect. The only good nickname I could think of are the obvious Ed and Eddie.



Clement
  • Meaning: merciful
  • Origin: Latin
I love the name Clement! It gives off an impression of gentle strength to me with it's strong sound and kind meaning. I've featured it before in my Awesome But Underused Boys Names From The New Testament article and I featured it's feminine form Clementine in my Uncommon Vintage Classic Girls Names article. I love both Clement and Clementine but if I had to choose I think I love Clement more.


Niles
  • Meaning: son of Neil (which means cloud)
  • Origin: Scandinavian 
With both the root name of Neil being mid-range in popularity and the similar sounding Miles just outside of the top 100, why is Niles still outside the top 1000? There were a few Nileses on sitcoms from decades past but I think those associations can be overcome to allow this great name back into use. 


Irving
  • Meaning: green river or sea friend
  • Origin: Scottish
Irving definitely makes me picture times in the past but I think it might be an awesome choice for some baby namers looking for a rare vintage gem. Irving certainly has a unique sound: beginning with an 'I', including a very suave 'v'. and ending in 'ing'. Irv doesn't sound like a great nickname for a modern boy but edgier Ving might be a cool alternative.


Grover
  • Meaning: lives near grove of trees
  • Origin: English
If you can shake off the Sesame Street reference, Grover makes a really clunky-cool name choice. It has the fashionable 'v' in the middle an the very trendy 'er' ending. G isn't a letter you see an abundance of names starting with these days so that also adds to Grover's uniqueness. 


Bernard
  • Meaning: strong, brave as a bear
  • Origin: German
Bernard is a powerful sounding name with an equally powerful meaning. In the United States Bernard is pronounced "bur-NARD" but in other English-speaking places it's pronounced "BURN-erd". Berry makes a very endearing nickname for this fantastic bear of a name.



Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this list of uncommon vintage classic names for boys and maybe found some inspiration. My favorite names from this list are Gerard, Charleton, Clement and Bernard. Thank you so much for reading and may God bless you!


Which names were your favorites? Are there any you would add? Let me know in the comments! I love hearing from you!











Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Uncommon Vintage Classic Names For Girls

Hello everyone! I'm excited about sharing this list with you today! Many times when people are searching for an uncommon name, they think their only choice is to make something up or use a unique spelling. The beautiful girls names I'm going to share with you today are lovely, classic, and classy but all outside of the top 1000. If you choose one of these names for you daughter, she will not be one of many or have to attach her last initial to her name at school. She'll have a name that's familiar but also stands out. I hope you enjoy!




Rosalind
  • Meaning: beautiful rose
  • Origin: Latin
I was shocked to find out that Rosalind was not in the top 1000! Rose is #224 and Rosalie is #348 but Rosalind has been off the top 1000 list for quite awhile. Rosalind is a gorgeous, distinguished, classic name for a little girl with a really cute and accessible nickname Rosie. If you want to venture away from the obvious nicknames, Roe and Lindi would also be adorable.


Georgiana
  • Meaning: farmer
  • Origin: English
Georgiana is long and flowy as quite a few popular girls names are like Isabella and Arianna. Georgiana is the name that Jane Austen used for the little sister of Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. You could use the boyish nickname Georgie or the more feminine Gia,  Giana, or Ana. 


Susannah

  • Meaning: lily
  • Origin: Hebrew


  • Susannah is a beautiful classic Bible name that not many people are using these days. Susannah is my favorite spelling but none of the other spellings such Susanna or Suzanna aren't being used either. Susanna is the spelling used in many versions of the Bible and the mention of Susanna is in Luke 8:3 She was a follower of Jesus. If Sue and Susie aren't your style, Anna, Sanna, and Zanna all fit. I even think Sadie might work as a nickname for Susannah.



    May
    • Meaning: Pearl
    • Origin: Greek
    I find May to be an incredibly sweet name and I'd love to see it used more. Maya is super popular (#72) but despite its similarities to May, it has a completely different feel. Longer form Margaret has a similar old-lady chic and is #181. If you're looking for a cute, uncommon one-syllable name, May would be a lovely choice.



    Flora
    • Meaning: Flower
    • Origin: Latin
    Flora is a gorgeous classic name with a lovely meaning. I just picture a little girl in a field of flowers when I hear this name. Flora has a balance between clunky cute and beautifully feminine.



    Belle
    • Meaning: beautiful
    • Origin: French
    Belle is a beautiful classic that I've talked about before. Even with Bella itself at #58, and Isabella (a former #1) currently at #4, the less-frilly Belle is not in the top 1000. The Disney association is strong with this name but I think Belle is one of the most likable princesses.



    Henrietta
    • Meaning: estate ruler
    • Origin: German
    Henrietta is definitely clunky cool and deserves some more attention. Charlotte has become wildly popular and so has Penelope, so why not Henrietta? Some really cute nicknames would be Hattie, Hettie, Henny, Henna, Rett, Retta. Ettie, or Etta.

    Clementine
    • Meaning: merciful
    • Origin: Latin
    Clementine is a lovely old-fashioned name that has also fallen from popularity. Even when it was in the top 1000, it mostly stayed in the lower half. Clementine has such a lovely sound and a beautiful meaning. Clem, Clemmy, Tina, and Mennie/Minnie would be great nicknames.


    Louisa
    • Meaning: renowned warrior
    • Origin: German
    Louisa is a super-sweet name that hasn't gotten the attention it deserves in decades. It would fit in well with other names with Lu beginnings like Lucy and Luna, which are both fairly popular today. In my opinion, there are a lack of usable nicknames with Louisa. Lou, Lulu, and Wheezy really aren't my style but Louisa is lovely on it's own.


    Annemarie
    • Meaning: Grace from bitterness
    • Origin: Hebrew
    Annemarie is a beautiful feminine name that had a relatively short run on the top 1000 list, falling off the list in 1987. Annemarie used to be my top girl name. If you like the names Anne and Marie but they're too plain for you by themselves, Annemare makes a classic but underused choice. Anne, Annie, Marie, Amie, and even Nemmy would work as nicknames!


    Image result for old fashioned bird cageImogen
    • Meaning: maiden
    • Origin: Celtic
    Imogen is a lovely name that was created due to a misprint of the name Innogen. In England and Wales it has gained a fair amount of popularity.  It's pronunciation is disputed. Outside of the US, it's almost always pronounced Emm-ah-jen but in the United States, it can sometimes be pronounced Eye-ma-jean or Emm-ah-jean. It can even be spelled Imogene but many are not fond of this spelling/pronunciation. Immy, Gen, and Idgie are adorable nicknames!



    Maxine
    • Meaning: greatest
    • Origin: Latin
    Max, Maxwell, and Maximilian are all in the top 500 for boys but Maxine is nowhere to be found on the girls list. Maxine has been outside of the top 1000 since 1997. If you're looking for a girl's name with a boyish nickname, Maxine with the nickname Max might be fore you.



    Wilhelmina
    • Meaning: resolute protection
    • Origin: German
    Wilhelmina is a gorgeous old-fashioned name that would fit right in with today's trendy of long, feminine names. Wilhelmina sounds very princessy but like a warrior princess who could hold her own in battle. Willie, Willa, Willow, Mina and Mia would be lovely nicknames. 



    Theodora
    • Meaning: gift of God
    • Origin: Greek
    Even with brother name Theodore climbing the charts, Theodora is still outside the top 1000. However, despite the fact that it's low on the actual charts, it is popular in certain naming circles. If Dora is still too cartoon-ish for you, you could always go with Teddy or Thea for a nickname.



    Ramona
    • Meaning: wise protector
    • Origin: Spanish
    Ramona is a mysterious, vibrant name that certainly deserves a second look. Ramona has been off the charts for going on three decades now and it never reached the top 100, so I don't see it becoming ulta-popular anytime soon. Ramona would make a perfect choice for namers looking for something familiar but under the radar, and with lots of personality. Beverly Cleary used the name Ramona for the title character in several of her children's novels which kids today might still recognize. Ramona is a vivacious little sister but I'd still consider it a positive association (maybe because I relate to her so much!). Mona is a distinguished nickname option and Rae is a cute, spunky alternative.  You could even get the nickname Romy from Ramona if that's more your style.




    There you have it! I hope you enjoyed these uncommon classic names for girls! My favorites from this list are Annemarie, Susannah, and Roselind. Thanks for reading and God bless!


    Which names were your favorites from this list? Are there any you would add? Let me know in comments!