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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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2. Chester

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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.


5. Dolores

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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!

7. Ernest

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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.


10. Oedipus

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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

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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.]


15. Bernice

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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.

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