Vintage Baby Names

Learn the meaning and origins of popular vintage baby names

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When it comes to choosing the perfect baby name, something with a bit of history and charm might be just what you're looking for. If you decide to go retro, you may find inspiration with literary, biblical, and royal names. Also consider researching all the names of your ancestors. There might be some real gems already in your family. You can also just check out this list of some of the cutest, sharpest, most fantastic vintage names.

Popular Vintage Names for Girls

Ada

  • Origin: West African, Igbo
  • Meaning: First daughter 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Adanna, Adaugo, Adaobi 
  • Famous Namesakes: Nigerian gospel singer, Ada Ehi; Nigerian artist and poet; Ada Uchechukwu; English writer and computer programmer, Ada Lovelace
  • Peak Popularity: Ada is the 665th most popular name of all time. It hit peak popularity in the year 1918 when 1943 babies were named Ada that year.

Alice

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Noble, exalted
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Alyce
  • Famous Namesakes: Canadian writer, Alice Munro; American singer, Alice Cooper
  • Peak Popularity: Alice was most popular in 2017. In that year, the number of baby girls named Alice was 3822, which represents 0.203 percent of total female births in 2017.

Beatrice

  • Origin: Dutch, English, German, French
  • Meaning: Delivers joy, blessed, traveler
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bea, Beatrix, Beata, Trixie, Viatrix,
  • Famous Namesakes: Princess Beatrice of England, daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson; Beatrix Potter, English author; Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, Queen of the Netherlands
  • Peak Popularity: The name Beatrice spent years as one of the most popular in the U.S., remaining in the top 100 through 1934 and peaking at 36 in 1910. It ranked 550th in 2020.

Fun Fact: Princess Beatrice has dyslexia and speaks openly to raise awareness and fight stigma.

Betsy

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Worshipper of God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Beth, Bethia, Betsey, Betty, Elizabeth
  • Famous Namesakes: American actress, Betsy Ann Brandt; American fashion designer, Betsey Johnson
  • Peak Popularity: 2006 was a peak year for the name Betsy with 370 baby girls given that name in the U.S., which represents 0.018 percent of total female births in 2006.

Fun Fact: Betsey Johnson has been married three times, first to Velvet Underground musician John Cale, from 1968 to 1971. She to Jeffrey Oliviere in 1981 and finally she married Brian Reynolds (whom she is stilled married to) in 1997.

Blanche

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: White, fair
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Blanchette, Blanch, Blanca, Bianca
  • Famous Namesakes: Queen-consort of Lous VII of France, Blanche of Castile; Mother of King Henry IV of England, Blanche of Lancaster; American actress, Blanche Bates, American actress and poet, Blanche Marie Louise Oelrichs
  • Peak Popularity: Blanche was a top 100 name in the early 1900s (peaking at number 58 in 1902) but it slowly declined in use from 1920 to 1960. It was no longer a top 1,000 name by 1965.

Cecilia

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Blind
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cecelia, Cicilia, Sicilia, Sicelia, Cecile, Celia, Ceil, Ceci, Cece, Sissy
  • Famous Namesakes: Norweigian boxer, Cecilia Braekhus; Spanish actress, Cecilia Freire; American portraitist, Cecilia Beaux
  • Peak Popularity: Cecilia has been in the top 500 for more than a century. It was number 199 in 1900 and number 147 in 2020.

Colette

  • Origin: French, Greek
  • Meaning: Victorious; triumphant
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kollette, Kolette, Collette, Colletta, Collett, Collete, Collet, Coletta, Coleta, Nicolette
  • Famous Namesakes: American pair skater, Colette Appel; American artist, Colette Calascione; American singer-songwriter, Colette Carr; daughter of actor Dylan McDermott, Colette Rose McDermott
  • Peak Popularity: Colette was a constant on the top 1,000 list from 1928 until 1986 when it disappeared. It reemerged in 2012 and was number 529 in 2020.

Daisy

  • Origin: British
  • Meaning: Day's eye
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Daycee, Dayzee, Dayze, Dacia
  • Famous Namesakes: Model, actor, and MTV's first Latina video host, Daisy Fuentes; English actress, Daisy Ridley
  • Peak Popularity: Daisy ranked in the top 1,000 names in 1900 at number 81. It hasn't been as popular since then but has continued to remain on the list of the top 1,000 names.

Fun Fact: Kathleen Kelly, the protagonist in the classic romantic comedy "You've Got Mail," was a huge fan of daisies. A famous quote of hers states, "They're so friendly. Don't you think daisies are the friendliest flower?"

Dorothy

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dorothea, Dorathy, Dorthie, Dora, Dorothee, Dorothia, Dolly, Dory, Dori, Dot, Dotty
  • Famous Namesakes: American figure Skater, Dorothy Hamill; Hungarian singer, Dorothy Martin
  • Peak Popularity: Dorothy spent many years in the top 10 reaching number 2 in the 1920s. It was much more popular in the early part of the 20th century and in recent years has dropped in rank.

Elaine

  • Origin: French, Greek, English
  • Meaning: Bright, shining light
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Eilanie, Elaene, Elain, Elainia, Elan, Elanna, Elauna, Elayn, Elayna, Elayne, Elena, Laine, Laney, Lanie
  • Famous Namesakes: Elaine Hendrix, American actress; Elaine May, American director and actress; Elaine Hamilton-O’Neal, American painter; Elaine Miles, American actress; Elaine Stritch, American actress and singer
  • Peak Popularity: Elaine has been popular for well over 100 years. It was in the top 100 from 1923 to 1958. In the past decade, it has ranked around 700th.

Fun Fact: Elaine Benes, famous for her dance called "The Elaine," is one of Jerry’s best friends on the television comedy series Seinfeld.

Eloise

  • Origin: French, English
  • Meaning: Healthy; wide
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Elle, Ellie, Eloisa, Loisa
  • Famous Namesakes: Denise Richards' third daughter is named Eloise; American actress, Eloise Mumford
  • Peak Popularity: Eloise was most popular in 2020 when the number of baby girls named Eloise was 1950, which represents 0.111 percent of total female births in 2020.

Eleanor

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Light-hearted or a shining light
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Eleanora, Elynore, Elanore, Eleonor, Ellinore, Lenore, Nora
  • Famous Namesakes: First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt; British actress, Eleanor Tomlinson; American actress, Eleanor Parker
  • Peak Popularity: Eleanor was a top 100 name for many years especially in the early to mid-1900s. After a few decades of declining use, it is making a huge comeback. It ranked number 22 in 2020.

Fun Fact: “Eleanor Rigby” is a famous song by the English rock band The Beatles, based on a fictional character made up by John Lennon.

Evangeline

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Bringing good news
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Evangelina, Evangelica, Evangelyne, Eva, Lina
  • Famous Namesakes: Canadian actress, Evangeline Lilly; American author, Evangeline Walton
  • Peak Popularity: Evangeline was a top 1,000 name until 1966 when it fell off the list. Then, 40 years later in 2006, it reemerged as a top 1,000 name. In 2016, it had its most popular year in over 100 years when it reached 241st place.

Faye

  • Origin: British (Old English)
  • Meaning: stems from the word ‘faie’, which means fairy
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Fay, Faie
  • Famous Namesakes: American actress, Faye Dunaway; rodeo star, Faye Blackstone; blues singer, Faye Adams; snowboarder, Faye Gulini
  • Peak Popularity: The name Faye was at its peak of popularity in 1940 when it ranked 153rd. In 2020 409 babies were named Faye in the U.S., which represents 0.023 percent of total female births in 2020.

Fun Fact: Faye Dunaway is one of just four actresses to win both an Academy Award and a Razzie Award for acting.

Ida

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: From Mount Ida, the Mountain of the Goddess, or diligent and hardworking
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Idaea, Idaa, Iida, Ieda, Idalie, Idette, Idetta, Idella
  • Famous Namesakes: Civil Rights leader, Ida Wells; First Lady, Ida Saxton McKinley; American painter, Ida Applebroog; British actress, Ida Lapino
  • Peak Popularity: Ida was ranked at number 30 in 1900 and was a top 100 name until 1931. It fell off the top 1,000 list in 1986 and is now less common.

Jacqueline

  • Origin: French, Hebrew
  • Meaning: The one who comes after, the replacement
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jacalin, Jacalyn, Jackaline, Jackalinne, Jackelyn, Jackette, Jacki, Jackie, Jackie, Jacklin, Jacklyn, Jacklynn, Jacklynne,
  • Famous Namesakes: Former first lady of the U.S., Jacqueline Lee “Jackie” Bouvier Kennedy Onassis; American singer and actress, Jacqueline Emerson; American Olympic heptathlete Jacqueline “Jackie” Joyner-Kersee; American author Jacqueline Carey
  • Peak Popularity: Jacqueline has been a top 1,000 name for over 100 years. It was number 843 in 1900 and made the top 100 in 1928. It spent most of the last century in the top 100 reaching its highest rank of 37 in 1961 and 1964. It was number 442 in 2020.

Lorraine

  • Origin: French, Latin, Teutonic
  • Meaning: From the province of Lorraine
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Laraine, Larayne, Lareine, Lareyne, Larraine, Lauraine, Lorain, Loraine, Lorane, Lorayne, Lorena, Lorette,
  • Famous Namesakes: American actress, Lorraine Bracco; American actress/daughter of actor Jack Nicholson, Lorraine Broussard Nicholson; American ice dancer, Lorraine McNamara; American playwright, Lorraine Vivian Hansberry; American soccer player, Lorraine Ming “Lorrie” Fair
  • Peak Popularity: Lorraine was a top 100 name in the U.S. from 1918 to 1948. After that, it saw a slow decline in popularity until it fell off the top 1,000 list in 1996.

Fun Fact: Lorraine is an area in the northwest part of France best known for its quiche. Ever tried "Quiche Lorraine"? Now you know where the name came from.

Lois

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Great; the best; superior
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Loes, Loise, Louise, Louis
  • Famous Namesakes: American actress Lois Chiles; American writer, Lois Lowry
  • Peak Popularity: Lois was a top 100 name from 1902 to 1953, then it declined in popularity. It is now much less common.

Marian

  • Origin: Dutch, Hebrew, French, English
  • Meaning: Drop of the sea, grace and mercy
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Marien, Mariam, Mariana, Mariane, Marion, Maryann, Maryanne
  • Famous Namesakes: Marian Ellina Stamp Dawkins, British biologist and professor of ethology at the University of Oxford; American rights activist, Marian Wright Edelman
  • Peak Popularity: Marian was a top-100 name in the U.S. from 1912 to 1934, but has since seen its popularity wane. It most recently appeared in the top 1,000 in 2000.

Margaret

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Pearl
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Margret, Marguerite, Margarita, Maggie, Meg, Peg, Peggy, Margo, Margaux, Marge, Margie
  • Famous Namesakes: Former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher; American comedian Margaret Cho; Former Canadian First Lady and mother of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Margaret Trudeau
  • Peak Popularity: A hundred years ago Margaret was a top-five name and spent many years in the top 5. It is currently quite a popular name, ranking 126th in 2020.

Fun Fact: Margaret Trudeau travelled the “hippie trail” through Europe and North Africa and hung out with Leonard Cohen in Morocco.

Nora

  • Origin: Dutch, German, Swedish, English
  • Meaning: Light
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Noor, Noora, Noortje, Nore, Nori, Nóri, Noralee
  • Famous Namesakes: Nora Ephron, American film director and producer; Norah Jones, American singer-songwriter
  • Peak Popularity: Nora was a popular name in the U.S. in the early 1900s. After falling out of favor for several decades, it has seen a strong resurgence and was back in the top 100 in 2013, hit 28th place.

Ophelia

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Help
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ofelia, Ofilia, Ophelie, Ophelya
  • Famous Namesakes: Roald Dahl's daughter is called Ophelia and Dave Grohl's daughter is named Ophelia Saint.
  • Peak Popularity: Ophelia was most popular in 2018 when the number of births was 838, which represents 0.045 percent of total female births that year.

Fun Fact: According to Lumineer's lead singer Wesley Schultz, their single entitled Ophelia is a vague reference to people falling in love with fame.

Penelope

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Weaver
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Nelly, Pen, Penn, Penny, Pennie, Peneli, Penelopi, Pennelope
  • Famous Namesakes: Spanish actress, Penelope Cruz; English actress, Penelope Wilton
  • Peak Popularity: In the 1920s Penelope broke into the top 1,000 names in the U.S. It made it to the top 200 names in 2011, eventually making a giant leap to the 56th spot in 2013.

Ramona

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Wise protector
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ramonna, Ramonha, Ramonah, Romona, Remona, Raymona, Raimona, Ramonda, Ray
  • Famous Namesakes: English actress, Ramona Marquez; American reality TV star Ramona Singer; Swiss soccer player, Ramona Bachmann 
  • Peak Popularity: Ramona has been a popular name for girls for more than a century. It reached its highest rank in 1928 at 117. In 1988, it dropped off the top 1,000 list, but it popped back up again in 2016 and was number 816 in 2020

Fun Fact: Ramona Quimby is the main character of the Ramona series of children’s books written by Beverly Cleary. She was played by Joey King in the 2010 film adaptation of Ramona and Beezus.

Silvia

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Forest; Rhea Silvia was the mother of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Silvie, Silvia, Sylvie,
  • Famous Namesakes: Queen Silvia of Sweden; Italian tennis player, Silvia Farina Elia; Governor-General of New Zealand, Silvia Cartwright; American author and poet, Sylvia Plath
  • Peak Popularity: Silvia is a rare name and not currently on the charts. It made a few brief appearances during the years 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2005, with its highest-ever ranking at 853.

Sylvia Plath published her first poem, in the Boston Herold, in 1941 when she was only eight-years-old.

Popular Vintage Baby Names for Boys

See below for some vintage-inspired baby names for boys along with their meanings, origins, and other interesting information.

Arthur

  • Origin: French, Celtic
  • Meaning: Noble one; bear
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Art, Arth, Artair, Arte, Artus
  • Famous Namesakes: Scottish physician and novelist, Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle; American tennis player, Arthur Robert Ashe Jr.; American playwright, Arthur Miller, Canadian-American TV presenter, Arthur Gordon “Art” Linkletter
  • Peak Popularity: Arthur was number 15 in the U.S. in 1900 and a staple in the top 100 until 1970. Arthur is a favorite in France and was in the top 10 in 2017.

Atticus

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: From Attica, an area in Greece that includes Athens
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aticus, Addicus, Attikus, Attickus, Atti
  • Famous Namesakes: American actor, Atticus Shaffer; Enlgish musician, Atticus Ross
  • Peak Popularity: Atticus hit the top 1,000 list in 2004 and is rising in the ranks. It was number 300 in 2020.

Fun Fact: Atticus Finch is the fictional attorney and main character in Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

Barry

  • Origin: Irish, Gaelic
  • Meaning: A sharp spear; fair-headed 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Báire, Baire, Barrie, Barie, Baire, Bairre
  • Famous Namesakes: American singer, Barry Manilow; American singer, Barry White
  • Peak Popularity: Barry was a top 100 name from 1941 through 1970 reaching a high rank of 61 in 1962. It began to drop its position in the 1990s and eventually fell off the top 1,000 list in 2005.

Bartholomew

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Son of the furrow
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bartolomeo, Bartolo, Bartol, Bart, Bartlett, Mees, Mies
  • Famous Namesakes: Fictional character, Bart Simpson; American football player, Bart Starr
  • Peak Popularity: Bartholomew appeared as a top 1,000 name 11 times between 1902 and 1971 with a peak rank of 800. Bart was most popular in 1959 when it reached 249, but it dropped out of the top 1,000 in 1988.

Cyril

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Masterful; from the Lord
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cyryl, Cyrill, Ciril, Cyral, Cyrell, Kyril, Kyrill, Kyrillos, Cyrillus, Cirillo, Cy
  • Famous Namesakes: American magician of French, Moroccan and Japanese descent, Cyril Takayama; American professional skateboarder, Cyril Jackson
  • Peak Popularity: Cyril was number 263 in 1902. It hung on as a top 1,000 name until 1967 when it dropped off the list.

Dennis

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Festive, fun; a merrymaker
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Denis, Dennes, Denes, Denny, Dennie, Denzel, Dennison, Denys, Den
  • Famous Namesakes: American comedian, Dennis Miller; American actor, Dennis Quaid; American actor and singer, Dennis Day
  • Peak Popularity: Dennis is an established name with lasting popularity for well over 100 years. It was most popular in 1949 when it reached number 16. It has seen a slight decline in the last 20 years.

Ellis

  • Origin: English, Welsh
  • Meaning: Benevolent
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Elis, Ellys
  • Famous Namesakes: British director and actor, Ellis Jones; British speedway rider, Ellis Perks; American talk show host, Ellis Cannon
  • Peak Popularity: The name has been ranking in the top 100 boy names in England and Wales since 2014. In the U.S. Ellis has been a popular name since 1900, peaking in 1902, and was featured in the top 500 boy names for many of those years. Currently, it sits at No. 325.

Fun Fact: British author Emily Bronte used Ellis Bell as her male pseudonym when she wrote "Wuthering Heights."

Elroy

  • Origin: Irish, English, French
  • Meaning: The king or a young person with red hair
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Elroye, Kilroy, Ilroy, Leroy, Gilroy, Elry, Roy
  • Famous Namesakes: American football player, Elroy Hirsch; American television comedy writer, Elroy Schwartz
  • Peak Popularity: Elroy was most popular during the first half of the 20th century. Its best year was 1922 with a rank of 438. It dropped off the top 1,000 list in 1970 and is now quite a rare name.

Everett

  • Origin: Old English, German
  • Meaning: Brave as a wild boar
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Everette, Everitt, Everet, Everrett, Evert, Evrett, Everard, Rhett
  • Famous Namesakes: American professional baseball player, Everett Scott; American actor, Everett McGill
  • Peak Popularity: In the U.S. Everett has been a popular name since 1900, with peak popularity in 1906. Since 2018 it has featured in the top 100 boy names.

Ezekiel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God will strengthen
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ezequiel, Zeke
  • Famous Namesakes: American football players, Ezekiel Elliott and Ezekiel Ansah
  • Peak Popularity: Ezekiel ranked 562 in 1900 but started to gain ground in the 1990s. It became a top 100 name in 2016 and was number 87 in 2018.

Felix

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Fortunate
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Feliks, Felics, Phelix, Felice
  • Famous Namesakes: Composter Felix Mendelssohn, daredevil Felix Baumgartner, Nobel laureate physicist Felix Bloch
  • Peak Popularity: Felix has consistently ranked in the top 400 for over 120 years. It ranked 170 in 1900 and 231 in 2018.

Fletcher

  • Origin: English, Scottish, Irish
  • Meaning: Arrow maker
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Fletch
  • Famous Namesakes: British artist, Fletcher Sibthorp; American landscape architect, Fletcher Steele; American sculptor and painter, Fletcher Benton
  • Peak Popularity: Fletcher was most popular in 1900 in the U.S. and has been predominantly featured in the top 1,000 names.

Francis

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Frenchman; freeman
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Francois, Frank, Frankie, Franklin
  • Famous Namesakes: American singer, Frank Sinatra; 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis; American film director, Francis Ford Coppola; Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England, Francis Bacon
  • Peak Popularity: Throughout the early 1900s, Francis was a top 100 name on the charts, Since then, it has been most popular in the year 2000 when 559 baby boys were given the name in the U.S., representing 0.027 percent of total male births in 2000.

Gilbert

  • Origin: French, German
  • Meaning: Pledge, promise
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Bert, Bertie, Gibbon, Gibby, Gil, Gilber, Gilbert, Gilberto, Gilburt, Gill,
  • Famous Namesakes: American basketball player, Gilbert Jay Arenas Jr.; English writer, Gilbert Keith Chesterton; American actor/comedian, Gilbert Gottfried; Mexican-born, American actor Gilbert Roland
  • Peak Popularity: Gilbert was number 146 in 1900 and a top 200 name until 1969. It has since fallen in the ranks and dropped out of the top 1,000 in 2017.

Fun Fact: Because he played a mentally challenged character in What's Eating Gilbert Grape Leonardo DiCaprio prepared for his role by visiting a home for kids with mental disabilities and taking notes on each child's mannerisms.

Glenn

  • Origin: Irish, Scottish, Gaelic, Celtic
  • Meaning: From the small valley
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Glen, Gleann, Glyn, Glinn
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Glenn Frey, musician Glenn Miller
  • Peak Popularity: The name Glenn was popular in the U.S. in 1900 with a rank of 118. It was a top 200 name until 1978. After that, it slowly faded in use and dropped out of the top 1,000 in 2009.

Herbert

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Illustrious warrior
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Herb, Herbie, Burt
  • Famous Namesakes: American President, Herbert Hoover; American pianist and composer, Herbie Hancock; American jazz musician, Herb Alpert
  • Peak Popularity: From the 1880s until the mid-1900s, Herbert was a top 1000 name. Since then, it has fallen off the charts but was most popular in 2000 when the number of boys named Herbert was 157, which represents 0.008 percent of total male births in 2000 and places it in 4889th place.

Fun Fact: Herbie was the name of the white, Volkswagen Beetle in the 1969 Disney movie, The Love Bug.

Howard

  • Origin: British
  • Meaning: Noble watchman
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Howie, Ward
  • Famous Namesakes: Canadian comedian, Howie Mandel; American radio host, Howard Stern;
  • Peak Popularity: From the 1880s until the mid-1900s, Howard was a top 1000 name. It is a rare name.

Jude

  • Origin: Latin; Greek
  • Meaning: Praised
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Judah, Judd
  • Famous Namesakes: British actor, Jude Law; British actor, Jude Wright
  • Peak Popularity: Since the early 1900s, the name Jude has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride yet never reaching the top 1000 charts until the past 20 years. Jude was most popular in 2019. In that year, the number of births was 2545, which represents 0.133 percent of total male births in 2019.

Fun Fact: Hey Jude, by the Beatles, gives this name retro charm.

Lane

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the narrow road or one who takes the narrow path
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Laen, Lain, Laina, Laine, Lainey, Laney, Lanie, Layn, Layne, Laynee
  • Famous Namesakes: American singer, Lane Brody; American actor/producer, Lane Carlson; American actor, Lane Davies; American actor, Lane Edward Garrison; American football coach, Lane Monte Kiffin
  • Peak Popularity: Lane has been a top 1000 boys name since 1929 with a peak in 1995. It is not on the top 1,000 list for girls.

Louis

  • Origin: French, German, Teutonic
  • Meaning: Brave warrior
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aloysius, Lash, Lashi, Lasho, Lew, Lewes, Lewis
  • Famous Namesakes: American jazz trumpeter and singer, Louis Armstrong; American baseball player, Louis “Lou” Boudreau; French inventor, Louis Braille; American baseball player, Louis Clark “Lou” Brock; son of American actress Sandra Bullock
  • Peak Popularity: Louis is a centuries-old name that was number 26 in 1900 and number 260 in 2020.

Myron

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Like Myrrh and the aroma of a fragrant oil or spice
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Miron, Myren, Miren, Myreon,
  • Famous Namesakes: American chef, Myron Mixon; American animator, Myron Waldman
  • Peak Popularity: Myron had its most popular year in 1931 when it reached 192. It has slowly gone out of fashion and fell off the top 1,000 list in 2000.

Oscar

  • Origin: Old English, Irish, Old Norse
  • Meaning: Friend to the deer; Spear of the gods
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Óscar, Oskar
  • Famous Namesakes: Irish poet and playwright, Oscar Wilde; Guatemalan-American actor, Oscar Isaac
  • Peak Popularity: Oscar has maintained popularity in the U.S. since 1900. In 2020, it ranked 215th.

Fun Fact: Oscar Wilde's last words were reported to be, 'My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has got to go.’

Otis

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Wealthy
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ottis, Otys, Otto
  • Famous Namesakes: American singer, Otis Redding
  • Peak Popularity: Otis was out of the top 1,000 names from 1995 to 2014 and now sounds like a fresh choice. It returned to the top 1,000 in 2015 and in 2020 it was 649th.

Reuben

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Behold a son
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ruben, Reuven
  • Famous Namesakes: American author and chess player, Reuben Fine; American leader of organized labor, Reuben G. Soderstrom
  • Peak Popularity: Reuben was more common at the beginning of the 20th century than at the beginning the 21st century. It ranked 212 in 1900 but has slowly declined over the years to a rank of 927 in 2018.

Fun Fact: The renown Reuben Sandwich (filled with corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and served on rye) was invented by German immigrant Arnold Reuben, who sold them at his deli in New York City. 

Silas

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Of the wood
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Silvanus, Silvano, Si, Sylis
  • Famous Namesakes: American actor, Silas Weir Mitchell; American author, Silas House; son of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, Silas Timberlake
  • Peak Popularity: Silas ranked 249 in 1900 but slowly declined in use to a rank of 975 in 1970. However, its popularity began to rise in the 2000s, and by 2018 it ranked 110th.
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