Look down the sign-in sheet at your child’s daycare and you will be sure to note some of these ‘old fashioned’ names appearing. I could tick off Grace, Charlotte, Emily, Sophie, Harry, Henry, Jack and William in my daughter’s class list.
Why is it that these names that were popular 100 years ago which we used to associate with our grandparents and great-grandparents are now so popular? Is it that we are bored with the names our own or our parents generations, and find these names to common-place and that the older names seems more elegant and alluring?
Perhaps it is that we can associate our new baby name with a favourite relatives' name or look to bring our grandparents names back into the family. For instance, Lillian “Lily” was my grandmother and Thomas my grandfather - these are both popular names today and made it to my shortlist of baby names.
I was surprised when a friend recently told me her baby’s name was Martha Mae, at first I thought this ‘old fashioned', but it seems my friend is right on the mark for this latest trend. Perhaps there will be a few more Martha’s in the next few years…
100 years of Baby Names Tool
An interesting tool for looking checking your baby name choices against those popular 100 years ago is a government tool 100 years of Baby Names Tool. Just type in the name you like and it creates a graph of the results of the names popularity over a 100 year period.
Test the tool on some of the names below…
Top Old Fashioned Girls Names
Top 'Old Fashioned' Boy Names
Celebrity Babies with 'Old Fashioned' names
These celebrities are encouraging the trend...
Reese Witherspoon daughter Ava
Angelina Jolie daughter Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt
Rachel Griffiths daughter Clementine
Sarah Michelle Gellar daughter Charlotte Grace
Isla Fisher daughter Olive
David Cameron (British PM)daughter Florence Rose
Mark Wahlberg daughter Grace Margaret
Toni Collette daughter Sage Florence
Gisele Bundchen son Benjamin
Colin Farell son Henry Tadeusz
Tom Cavanagh son Thomas Patrick and James Joseph
Lance Armstrong son Max