Baby Name Advice: Picking an Old-Fashioned Girls’ Name | Parents

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Today’s reader question is one near and dear to my heart—I love a good old-fashioned baby name!

I am 31 weeks pregnant with my third child, a girl. I have a 4-year-old son, Axle, and a 2-year-old daughter, Evelyn. I am into old-fashioned names, and really don’t care for trendy names. I hope you can help— I’m running out of time!

With those parameters, there’s a TON of great name options out there. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Consider starting with another vowel. Since Evelyn and Axle both start with vowels, maybe pick another name that starts with a vowel. My picks: Isadora, Eleanor, Augusta, and Adelaide.

Look at names that have vintage flair—and some new cache. I’m a big fan of some of the names that are starting to trend, but are still far from the limelight. We’re talking classics like Josephine, Beatrice, Dorothy, Harriet, Penelope, and Matilda.

Think about some old-fashioned virtue names. Word names were big back in the day, and while Hope and Faith have never gone out of style, there are plenty of others available: Mercy, Felicity, Constance, and Clementine, to name a few.

Don’t discount the timeless names. These are the ones that never really go out of style (a lot of them fall into the top 200-500 range, too). This list includes Margaret, Katherine, Lillian, and Mary.

Consider some vintage florals. Lily and Violet may be tops these days, but there are plenty of other lovely floral names out there. Try Juniper, Laurel, Azalea, Flora, Aster, and Iris.

Personally, my picks to go with Axle and Evelyn would be one of the following: Eleanor, Adelaide, Matilda, Felicity, Lillian, and Laurel.

Related: The 25 Best Vintage Baby Names for Girls

Okay, your turn, readers: What other names would you add to the list? And which ones do you love the most?

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