When it comes to retro/vintage names …
what are some that you really can’t picture coming back?
There are some I would have guessed wouldn’t appeal to parents today that I’ve seen coming back so sometimes I’m surprised but in general, are there some that you find so dated or unattractive-sounding that you can’t picture them making a comeback?
Some I would put in this category:
Gertrude (I think Gertie is cute, but the “trude/rude” part at the end seems to kind of ruin this name for me)
Mildred (again, Millie is cute if short for another name, but the “dred” … no)
Oh and there aren’t as many boys’ names I’d put in this category, but a few:
Whaaaat? Agnes and Otis! I love them.
And I’m sorry to say, but Agnes, Alma, Maude, Alfred, Virgil, and Otis are already on their way back in.
For me, it’s Mabel. It’s already coming back, but I can’t wrap my brain around it. MABEL. It’s the epitome of frumpy and ugly for me. I just don’t get it! I used to feel the same about Susannah, but I’ve come around. Also Florence. *shudder*. Florence, oh Florence, why?! Flora is adorable. Fleur, sure. But Florence?!
(And don’t even get me started on Beatrice!)
embraParticipant4 months ago
I’d agree with most of your girl picks. I’d add Beulah, Talullah, and Olga for a girl, and remove Frieda. I think the link to Freida Khalo could bring it back, and it doesn’t have an awful sound imo. For the boys, I could see Clyde, Edgar, or Otis making a come back, especially Otis since it is similar to Owen and has the Otis Redding retro-cool factor. Edgar has the Edgar Allan Poe connection, and I just don’t think Clyde is that awful. I’d add Ebenezer, Egbert, Igor, and Waldo, partly because of widely known associations for some of them. I’ve been surprised before though. I’d have put money on Matilda never seeing the light of day again…
kimihaParticipant4 months ago
ash, lol! im surprised at your response. i think beatrice, mabel and susannah are doable. not my faves but they could grow on me. i dont see anything attractive about agnes and otis. its funny how some names can be perceived very differently.
one name that i think is coming back into style but i dont understand why is olive.
@kimiha – omgoodness! I love Olive. Meh, it’s not everyone’s style, but I think she’s so so sweet, and a nice alternative to the popular Olivia. I’d use her as a nn for Olivia, sometimes, I think. Don’t you have an old hag name you love? hahaha. Agnes is mine. I love her. I have ever since I’ve heard the name pronounced in French (ahn-YESS!), and I really like it in English, too. I think the nn Annie for it is cute, too, even if a bit of a stretch. I don’t know. I just like it. I like it much better than Agatha, which really seems to have caught on.
I love Susannah! I know a few of the names on that list have been used but I still think of them as a “WHY would you want to revive *that* one?” And actually, I’m not surprised by Alfred (though it sounds quite stuffy and pretentious to me), but I really haven’t seen Alma, Maude, Virgil or Otis mentioned at all that I can recall with all my time spent on baby name message boards or elsewhere. Hmm.
Kimiha, I’m with you on Olive. Just kind of a homely-sounding name to me. Sorry, Ash!
Oh and I totally forgot I don’t like Agatha. That actually is probably the least attractive-sounding name I can think of. I looked at the list of top 200 names from 1900-1909 for inspiration when creating my own list.
Did any of you guys watch The Andy Griffith Show when you were kids? That is probably what ruined the name Otis for me. That and to me it just has an unappealing sound.
haha! Otis Campbell? The drunk dude? I never watched the show, but have you heard of Adventures in Odyssey? I think your boys are probably still a bit too young for it, but the actor who played Otis plays this amazing grandfather character on the show, John Avery Whittaker. So I think of Whit instead of the drunk dude on The Andy Griffith Show, and it’s a good tie. I’m weird. I could see your family getting into AIO. Quite a few Christians I know have heard it–it’s put out by Focus on the Family and I still listen to it. hahaha. In fact, I just borrowed an album from the library today that I don’t own.
Erm, I think Alma is more in other countries. I think I’ve heard it’s pretty big in Brazil, and a couple other South American countries. Maude… Sophie Winkleman (sp?), a British actress, named her daughter Maud (Maude?) sometime this year. Maude Elizabeth Daphne Marina, I think. She’s married to some duke or lord or earl or something in England. I’ve heard quite a bit of talk about it on the other name site I go on, Nameberry. I’ve heard Otis over there quite a bit, too. Idk, it’s funky and vintage. I have a bad association to Otis as a surname, but I think it’s a fun name name! And Virgil. Really? I know of someone on Nameberry who has a son named Virgil, and someone else who has Virgil on her short list, and I hear it tossed around over there with regularity. I don’t mind it. It seems a bit pretentious to me, though, thanks to THE Virgil.
kimihaParticipant4 months ago
lol. yea i think alot of people like olive. i guess it could grow on me. it just doesnt sound like a name. hmm what old hag name do i love? im sure i could think of one. thats a good thing to call them haha
Och, I forgot one! Edith. (That I like, I mean, haha.) Wouldn’t Agnes, Edith, and Olive make the most darling sisters? I had always thought if I went the super-old-fashioned route, I would have three girls named Agnes, Edith, and Meryl (still really like them together!), but I think Olive would fit in really well. Agnes, Edith, and Olive. Annie, Edie, and Liv. How cute is that?
yellowwattsParticipant4 months ago
Oh I agree with most of these!
And in regards to Alfred, we have a little neighbor boy (about 7 or so) named Alfred but I think he’s named after his dad.
Ash, don’t do it! Please!! You have so many gorgeous names on your list already!
I do think Edie is an absolutely adorable nn but I can’t get behind Edith.
And yeah, I think sometimes names get popular on a particular name message board where it starts to grow on people, but it may not be as common or well-liked in the general population. I think on name boards, you do tend to start influencing each other’s taste over time, or you get tired of certain names you hear too much and think it’s “too popular” when it’s really only popular on that board and not in general.
Oh and yes, I listened to AIO a few times when I was younger and I know my older sister’s kids are into it. I haven’t introduced it to my boys yet but that might be an idea for our upcoming road trip.
NMteacherParticipant4 months ago
Madge. Blanche. Helga.
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Good ones, NMteacher!
MermaidtailsParticipant4 months ago
Vernon, Hester, Ethel, Floyd, Lloyd, Boyd, I hate names like that lol. I also don’t like agatha, Mildred, Gertrude, Beulah, fanny, Gladys, Bertha, Geraldine, myrtle, Deloris…icky
lcd1912Participant4 months ago
I met a teenager yesterday who named her baby Bernard.. A Teen! Bernard??! And Dorothy, our one grandparent’s name I just can’t like or bring back…
I agree with all of those, mermaidtails and lcd1912! I could see Dorothy as a MN, but other than that … (I did know a little girl named Dorothea when I was a kid but I don’t think I’ve met a young Dorothy!)
I don’t know–how old are Will and Alex now? I tried to get one of my favorite little girls to listen to it (she was seven at the time), and she really wasn’t too interested in it. I think it was just a bit too ahead of her still. I think it’s recommended for kids 8-12, but obviously younger kids do listen to it. The might like it, though. I’m obviously a huge fan, though, haha!
They’re turning 5 next month. Maybe I’ll wait a few years.