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17 Painfully Retro Baby Names Worth Bringing Back

Because sometimes a new baby comes with an old soul.

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1. Ida

Forget Ava and Eden! Ida, the 10th most popular name of 1915, is going to make you one hell of a noodle kugel.
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Forget Ava and Eden! Ida, the 10th most popular name of 1915, is going to make you one hell of a noodle kugel.

2. Chester

Chester hit the top 100 list in the 1880s and last appeared there in 1929. Thanks to that orange Cheetos-slinging cheetah, this name now oozes mischievous cool and is ready to make its comeback.
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Chester hit the top 100 list in the 1880s and last appeared there in 1929. Thanks to that orange Cheetos-slinging cheetah, this name now oozes mischievous cool and is ready to make its comeback.

3. Florence

Florence hasn't cracked the U.S. top 1,000 list since 1981. But can't you just see baby Flo in her little monogrammed sweater?
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Florence hasn't cracked the U.S. top 1,000 list since 1981. But can't you just see baby Flo in her little monogrammed sweater?

4. Barth

Barth (short for Bartholomew, also the given name of Bart Simpson) has never really had its moment in the spotlight. Why not 2015?
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Barth (short for Bartholomew, also the given name of Bart Simpson) has never really had its moment in the spotlight. Why not 2015?

5. Dolores

Finding Lola overused? Not brave enough to go for Lolita? Bring Dolores back — she hasn't been on a top baby names list since 1930!
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Finding Lola overused? Not brave enough to go for Lolita? Bring Dolores back — she hasn't been on a top baby names list since 1930!

6. Herman

Nothing says "fun-loving superstar" like Herman, a name which has basically never been popular, ever. That's what makes it cool.
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Nothing says "fun-loving superstar" like Herman, a name which has basically never been popular, ever. That's what makes it cool.

7. Ernest

Ernest was a top 40 name at the turn of the 20th century, around the time Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest hit the stage. Double retro bonus? Ernie is an awesome nickname.
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Ernest was a top 40 name at the turn of the 20th century, around the time Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest hit the stage. Double retro bonus? Ernie is an awesome nickname.

8. Jaundice

OK, this was never a name, but maybe it should be. Color names are in, and it's kind of pretty, isn't it?
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OK, this was never a name, but maybe it should be. Color names are in, and it's kind of pretty, isn't it?

9. Edna

Edna nearly cracked the top 10 in the late 1800s and has been ripe for a comeback ever since.
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Edna nearly cracked the top 10 in the late 1800s and has been ripe for a comeback ever since.

10. Oedipus

Oedipus' popularity as a name dates back to the fifth century and almost never gets any play anymore. What's hipper than a name that triggers nearly everyone who meets its bearer?
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Oedipus' popularity as a name dates back to the fifth century and almost never gets any play anymore. What's hipper than a name that triggers nearly everyone who meets its bearer?

11. Samson

Let that kiddo know who's boss right from the start with this biblical moniker. (Hint: It's not him.)[Disclosure: I named my own child Delilah.]
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Let that kiddo know who's boss right from the start with this biblical moniker. (Hint: It's not him.)

[Disclosure: I named my own child Delilah.]

12. Maurice

With a cute nickname like Maury or Mo, it's kind of shocking Maurice hit its popularity peak back in the 1870s.
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With a cute nickname like Maury or Mo, it's kind of shocking Maurice hit its popularity peak back in the 1870s.

13. Louella

What's better than one old-timey name? Combining TWO old-timey names! Louise + Ella = Louella! The ultimate in retro naming!
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What's better than one old-timey name? Combining TWO old-timey names!

Louise + Ella = Louella! The ultimate in retro naming!

14. Cain

While we're feeling biblical, the world's first murderer makes for a memorable namesake. Height of popularity? Genesis.
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While we're feeling biblical, the world's first murderer makes for a memorable namesake. Height of popularity? Genesis.

15. Bernice

Bernice was all the rage in the first third of the 20th century. Give her a bob and make her in the image of the F. Scott Fitzgerald character.
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Bernice was all the rage in the first third of the 20th century. Give her a bob and make her in the image of the F. Scott Fitzgerald character.

16. Norman

Norman's popularity peaked in 1936. Bring it back and everyone can just call your baby "Normie."
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Norman's popularity peaked in 1936. Bring it back and everyone can just call your baby "Normie."

17. Adolph

Hitler freakin' ruins everything.
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Hitler freakin' ruins everything.

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