10 things to consider when choosing an Old Fashioned Baby Names


Giving a name to your baby is one of the most important decisions you will make for him or her. It’s a decision you don’t want to take quickly and lightly, and is certainly worth putting in the time to investigate all your possibilities. From the meaning of the name to the way it sounds, and the way it goes with the other names the baby will have, there is a lot to earnestly consider. Old fashioned baby names and vintage baby names are no longer out of style, but are the most sought after and fashion forward names today.

Parents are interested in old fashioned baby names from the turn of the century and names popular with colonists and pioneers. Naming your baby girls after great-grandma Abigail and Katherine would now be one of the most popular names. Old fashioned baby names for a boy are just as popular. Arthur, Edward, Vincent and Victor are just some of the boy names which were popular a hundred years ago and are very fashionable today.

Here are ten things to consider while you are searching for old fashioned baby names for girls or boys:

1) Spelling — Spelling of the name should be considered, as you don’t want your child to be correcting his or her name for the rest of their life. Be sure whichever name you pick has a clear and obvious spelling. Some old fashioned baby names may not look how they sound. If you and your spouse have found a name you like, and it has questionable spelling, double check it, and see if there is an alternate way to spell it.

2) Pronunciation — Pronunciation is also important. Because you know how to pronounce it, it doesn’t mean everyone else will. You might consider the possible mispronunciations too.  If you have to correct the spelling or pronunciation of your name all your life, it can be frustrating. Many people end up changing it, or going with a pet name that has nothing to do with their original name. That defeats the whole purpose of you choosing a name.

3) Sound— Think about how the name sounds. It’s nice to have an unusual name, but if others don’t understand how to say it can be awkward.

4) Last name connection — Every time you look for old fashioned names keep in mind the last name the baby will have. Picture the name you are considering with the middle and last name and be sure you like the sound of the flow.

5) Gender ID — A gender neutral name is also a unique option. There are lots of names that work well for a boy or girl, but you may find yourself having to clarify the gender of your baby, and it may cause embarrassing moments for your child.

6) Nicknames –When you are looking through names, do a nickname check. Go through all possible nicknames of the name you are considering. Boys can easily get stuck with a nickname they hate and find it difficult to change.

7) Popularity — Because of the internet, you have easy access to names which are popular and how often they are selected. This may not matter to you at all if you like a name, but sometimes it is nice to know how much the name has been chosen. It may give you inspiration to search further and find a really unique name.

8) Unique — You may want to find something that is meaningful and attractive, at the same time unusual and classic. Old fashioned baby names are very unique, and truly a good source of originality and distinctiveness combined.

9) Initials — Take notice of the initials the names will make. Avoid initials that will make a funny word, as this will lead to a lot of stressful, teasing and embarrassing moments in your child’s life. Girls and boys take things like pronunciation and initials personally, and it affects their self-image.

10) Meaning — For some the meaning of the name is most important. You may want the name to express a particular feeling or emotion. The significance of the name you and your partner choose can have a lot of meaning for you, and will in time have meaning for your child.

You may decide that some or all of these things don’t matter. However, when you are looking for old fashioned names, keeping these tips in mind will help you ensure that your child will be happy and secure with their name their whole life. A name is part of your identity, and if you are happy with it, chances are you will have greater self-esteem and confidence.

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4 Responses to 10 things to consider when choosing an Old Fashioned Baby Names

  1. Adrize says:

    congratulations my friend, your website is awesome, i really appreciate coming here to see what you have.

    • Emmanuel says:

      We have a few boy names (Thank God Bug is a boy!) but are absolutely stuck at nonihtg for girl names. I love the name Lucy or Lucille, but our precious puppy was Lucy and our family is dead set against us honoring our deceased dog by naming our future Daughter after her.

      • Nico says:

        The night we told my in-laws that we’re pregnant, my MIL waetnd to know if we had picked out any names. I really want to keep things a surprise. Of course my husband blabs, and the first comment my FIL makes is that he hated his aunt Eleanor, aka our top girl name. Ugh, back to square one for us. My husband finally decided that maybe we should keep quiet about the names.

  2. Nour says:

    I go back and forth on this. On the telling hand..it might be nice to hear SOME oonnipis on the name. If our parents hate the name, I think I’d like to know before the baby arrives. And it can be a fun way to involve our family in the pregnancy. We might tell just our parents and siblings but I’m not sure they could keep it a secret. On the other hand: I’m usually pretty good about ignoring other people’s oonnipis but I’m not sure I will be able to ignore oonnipis about my kids name. I don’t want someone to “steal” the name. I don’t particularly want a bunch of monogramed stuff with the baby’s name because it limits the use of the items with future kids and I don’t want my kid’s name on all their clothes/bags/whatever where strangers can see when we’re at the grocery store.

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