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Old, Vintage Name Suggestions

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Lamore · 01/01/2024 21:53

Hi all

Having a baby, due April 2023, and gender is a surprise. I love old vintage names. Could you suggest any as I'm really struggling to narrow it down?

Some ideas:
Boys - Hugo, Otto, Caspar, Reuben, Wilfred (Wilf),
Girls - Evelyn, Indie/India, Henrietta (Ettie), Audrey, Aubrey, Elodie, Everly

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LauderSyme · 02/01/2024 05:26

I agree as per pp's that many of your names aren't exactly vintage. I like Henrietta and Audrey plus Hugo and Wilfred.

There are some lovely suggestions here too. I like Cedric and Sabine.

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LadyRoo91 · 02/01/2024 05:40

My suggestion would be to maybe look back into your family tree (grandparents, ggparents, great aunts/uncles etc) and see if there is any names there that you like. It might be nice to repurpose an old family name.

Also consider heritage names, (eg, do you have Celtic heritage? If you do maybe look at Welsh, Irish, Scottish versions of names. Or Italian, Spanish, Asian, you get the idea).

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useitorlose · 02/01/2024 05:43

Horace, Ernest, Margery, Matilda - my grandparents, born between 1908 and 1918.

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Catswillbecats · 02/01/2024 06:02

Hester
Letitia
Emmeline
Violet

Alma
Chauncey
Jonty
Aubrey

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Princessfluffy · 02/01/2024 07:50

Herbert

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Mairzydotes · 02/01/2024 08:02

Cuthbert
Gladys or Glynnis

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LadyWithLapdog · 02/01/2024 08:03

Gladys
joan
myrna

frank
evelyn
leslie

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YYURYYUCICYYUR4ME · 02/01/2024 08:07

Stanley, Ernest, Audie, Geoffrey, Justin, Timothy, Max,

Freya, Isabella, Augustine, Lydia, Larna, Winifred, Ethel, Martha, Ngaio, May, Judy

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Maireas · 02/01/2024 08:17

Not Indie or India, they're not vintage, and not particularly nice.

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Maireas · 02/01/2024 08:19

Pamela, Joyce, Marie, Marjorie, Constance.
Harold, Cuthbert, Derek, Neville, Wilbur.

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Luddite26 · 02/01/2024 08:26

Names that were in our family from around 100 years ago are
James
William
Ronnie
Sidney
Barton
Ian
Edith
Marjorie
Susan
Joyce
Mary
Helen

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clara778 · 02/01/2024 08:39

I also recommend screaming you choices up the stairs to see if you like them..because you will be (at the park etc) in the future.

Also consider what nickname you will use, because everyone I know ends up with a pet name for their child. I know four Henrys who are all called Hen, or Hens for short. (they all chose Henry as it couldn't be shortened 🙄😂)

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MerryChristmasToYou · 02/01/2024 09:37

Evelyn - overused, will be Evie
Indie/India - dreadful
Henrietta (Ettie) - ok
Audrey - ok
Aubrey - boy's name
Elodie - not vintage, will be Ellie
Everly - surname, not vintage

Hugo, Otto, Caspar, Reuben, Wilfred (Wilf), - only Wilfred seems vintage

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Riverlee · 02/01/2024 09:44

Ernest
Josiah
Bertram
Gilbert
Hubert
Aloysius
Edwin

Kathleen
Florence
Agnes
Mildred
Winifred
Marjory
Jean

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Babla · 02/01/2024 11:28

Ethelred

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Mumofgirls2017 · 02/01/2024 11:36

I like Otto, Casper, Wilfred and elodie

rudy
rufus
jasper
cassius
otis
chester
monty
jago
victor
leonard
walter
quentin
silas
rex
magnus

eloise
lilian
olive
dorothy
tabitha
cora
beatrix
pearl
alma
meredith
ottilie
delilah
daphne
josephine
juliet

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sunflowerpinks · 02/01/2024 11:39

Dorothy
Cecily

Quentin
Leonard

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OmLidia · 02/01/2024 11:42

Beryl and Peregrine

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sparkedsparkle · 02/01/2024 11:42

Charlotte (Lottie)
Elizabeth (Libby)
Margaret (Maggie)
Penelope (Penny)
Edith
Agnes
Lilith/ Lilian
Barbara
Deborah
Sharon
Theresa
Valerie


Reginald (Reggie)
Harold (Harry)
Matthew (Mattie)
Henry
Arthur
Ralph
Wilbur
Timothy
Peter
Stanley
Alan
Nicholas

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queenofthewild · 02/01/2024 11:51

Wilbur
Ernie
Stanley

Betsy
Beatrice
Verity

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Dinkydoo17 · 02/01/2024 12:02

From other's lists, I love Bertie and Alice

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sunflowerpinks · 02/01/2024 12:07

I really like the suggestions of Henrietta, Iris, Quentin & Victor.

Some of the suggestions aren't vintage yet imo (Claire, Amanda??)

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sunglassesonthetable · 02/01/2024 12:08

Bertie and Alice are lovely .

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Decimate · 02/01/2024 13:55

sunflowerpinks · 02/01/2024 12:07

I really like the suggestions of Henrietta, Iris, Quentin & Victor.

Some of the suggestions aren't vintage yet imo (Claire, Amanda??)

Of course they are;

The word vintage literally means "of age." With such an open meaning, there are many interpretations. Most antique dealers consider an item to be vintage if it is at least 40 years old. So, in the context of this blog date, a vintage item would be made between 1918 and 1978.

Claire and Amanda were popular when I started school in 1976 so born early 70s...

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NachosAndCheese · 02/01/2024 14:23

I don’t know if you’re worried about popularity but school is overrun with Evies and Evelyn’s. Especially if you add the filler middle name of Rose/Grace/May on the end. Soooooo overused.

Love India and Henrietta is nice.

Reuben, know bloody loads of them! Wilf is great, Caspar is quite popular now.

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