These Old-Time Baby Names are Still Rare, But Coming Back
Looking for a name that's traditional and familiar, but has an element of surprise? Outside the mainstream, but not unfashionable? It's the elusive dream of many baby namers, and today I'm offering up 64 candidates.
I've scanned historical baby name stats for old-time names that spent generations in "hibernation" and are still unusual, but have seen steady and significant growth over the past few years. The long quiet period makes them intriguing to modern ears. The modest current popularity helps them stand out. And the upward momentum suggests they have some style energy to them.
I've divided the names by popularity. The "Uncommon" names below are currently ranked #500-1,000 for boys or girls, meaning they're still rarely heard but likely to be well accepted. The "Scarce" names are ranked below #1,000, in some cases far below. That makes many of them bolder choices — potentially high-impact, but riskier. Not everybody is ready for names like Wolfgang or Opie…yet.
|UNCOMMON OLD-TIME GIRLS||UNCOMMON OLD-TIME BOYS|
|SCARCE OLD-TIME GIRLS||SCARCE OLD-TIME BOYS|