120 old fashioned names that will be popular again soon

Calling your newborn something old-school is the trend new parents are loving.

Baby name trends roll in cycles, like many things. And one of the most popular trends to have emerged in recent years is the recycling of old fashioned names. As Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have recently demonstrated, naming their newborn daughter 'Lilibet' after the childhood nickname of 95-year-old Queen Elizabeth, there's a lovely sentiment in choosing an old fashioned name for a modern day baby.

If you take a look at the Office for National Statistics' most up-to-date data on baby names (from all births that took place in the year 2019), it proves just how much the vintage baby naming trend has taken hold over the last few years. Because there are two names that have recently re-entered the ‘most popular’ list for the first time in almost 100 years.

The old fashioned boys name Arthur was a firm fixture in the top 10 names for boys in the early 1900s, but after 1924 it dropped off. In 2018, however, it regained a spot in the top 10 (coming in at number 7), 94 years since it was last listed. In 2019 it grew further in popularity, ranking as the fourth most popular name for baby boys born that year (4,211 little Arthurs, to be precise).

Likewise, an old fashioned girls name that's also soared in the last few years for the first time in almost a century, is Ada. That was last included in the top 100 girls’ names in 1924, but hadn’t ranked again until 2018, when the name made a comeback as the 65th most used name for baby girls. In 2019, it rose up the list to 47th, with 1,028 newborns given the name Ada that year.

It’s thought the newfound favour for the names Arthur and Ada may potentially have been inspired by the characters in Peaky Blinders, as the monikers Tommy and Esme have also risen in popularity since the BBC series debuted.


If you’re inspired a bit of the old-fashioned when it comes to naming your future child, but want something not everyone is going for right now, you might want to take a look at this list we've drawn up. After cross-referencing the top 200 British boys and girls baby names from the year 1900, with the top 200 British boys and girls baby names from the year 2019, we've pulled out some of the ones that haven't quite risen back to the top yet in today's world - but are likely to.

Ready to see the old baby names that are bound to make a come-back in the coming years, in accordance with the vintage baby naming trend? You can thank us later...


Old fashioned girl names that haven't made a comeback yet:

  1. Mary
  2. Ethel
  3. Lilian
  4. Ellen
  5. Winifred
  6. May
  7. Catherine
  8. Frances
  9. Agnes
  10. Minnie
  11. Louisa
  12. Kate
  13. Constance
  14. Dora
  15. Ida
  16. Ruth
  17. Bessie
  18. Edna
  19. Vera
  20. Eveline
  21. Florrie
  22. Henrietta
  23. Millicent
  24. Audrey
  25. Nelly
  26. Selina
  27. Georgina
  28. Helena
  29. Cecilia
  30. Christina
  31. Flora
  32. Freda
  33. Josephine
  34. Adelaide
  35. Enid
  36. Lavinia
  37. Sybil
  38. Sylvia
  39. Bridget
  40. Stella
  41. Madeline
  42. Mona
  43. Alma
  44. Polly
  45. Cicely
  46. Maude/Maud
  47. Joan
  48. Queenie
  49. Lois
  50. Dorothea
  51. Adeline
  52. Celia
  53. Carrie
  54. Winnie
  55. Ena
  56. Hettie
  57. Rosanna
  58. Emmeline
  59. Veronica
  60. Leonora


Old fashioned boy names that haven't made a comeback yet:

  1. Ernest
  2. Harold
  3. Walter
  4. Herbert
  5. Reginald
  6. Percy
  7. Leonard
  8. Sidney/Sydney
  9. Cecil
  10. Horace
  11. Edwin
  12. Victor
  13. Hector
  14. Redvers
  15. Bertie/Bert
  16. Clifford
  17. Baden
  18. Bernard
  19. Hugh
  20. Douglas
  21. Gilbert
  22. Maurice
  23. Clarence
  24. Lawrence/Laurence
  25. Edmund
  26. Arnold
  27. Gordon
  28. Ivor
  29. Abraham
  30. Claude
  31. Roland
  32. Lionel
  33. Alec
  34. Wallace
  35. Oswald
  36. Clement
  37. Basil
  38. Solomon
  39. Israel
  40. Cornelius
  41. Augustus
  42. Noel
  43. Godfrey
  44. Llewellyn
  45. Timothy
  46. Winston
  47. Amos
  48. Morgan
  49. Moses
  50. Dudley
  51. Cuthbert
  52. Guy
  53. Emlyn
  54. Nelson
  55. Montague
  56. Russell
  57. Emmanuel
  58. Jeremiah
  59. Ambrose
  60. Valentine

I look forward to a future of retro-sounding Winstons, Idas, and Wallaces.