These vintage baby names are predicted to make a comeback

Whether you’re a soon-to-be-parent or not, baby name trends are always fascinating. There are a lot of factors that can influence baby names, too, from the seasons to TV and film characters.

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There’s also the ‘hundred year rule’, which is the idea that it takes 100 years for names to ditch their ‘old-fashioned’ image and be rediscovered by a new generation of parents. It’s a tried and tested rule that you can see in action right now, with names such as Arthur and Eleanor, which both peaked in the early 1920s, fast gaining popularity again in these early years of the 2020s.

Baby naming website Nameberry has picked out 20 names that were in the top 100 in 1922 but don’t even rank in the top 1000 today, making them prime for a comeback as new parents hunt for unique monikers for their little darlings.

So much goes into choosing a baby’s name, whether you want to go for something with personal meaning and sentimental value, or a moniker that’s new, fresh and unique. That’s where these particular vintage baby names are prime for the picking – not only are these names unlikely to be super common among their future classmates, but they may have been used in past generations of your family, lending them sentimental value.

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Top of the list of girls names is Agnes, which was the 62nd most popular girls name of the 1920s. Already finding its way into popular culture, Agnes is the youngest of the three young heroines in the Despicable Me franchise, while celebrity couple Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly named their daughter Agnes in 2011.

For boys names, top of the list is Bernard, which was the 46th most popular boys name of the 1920s. Along with Arthur, Orson and Teddy, Bernard is another name that means bear, derived from the Germanic bern, meaning ‘bear’.

Here is the full list of the top 10 boys and top 10 girls rare vintage baby names predicted to make a comeback.

Vintage girl’s names:

  1. Agnes
  2. Betty
  3. Ida
  4. Lois
  5. Marjorie
  6. Minnie
  7. Pauline
  8. Phyllis
  9. Rita
  10. Viola
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Vintage boy’s names:

  1. Bernard
  2. Cecil
  3. Chester
  4. Claude
  5. Dale
  6. Elmer
  7. Floyd
  8. Gilbert
  9. Milton
  10. Ralph