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Not Your Grandparents’ Baby Names: 10 Vintage Baby Names We Want to See in 2013

Looking for a baby name that a little nostalgic, a tad offbeat, and harkens back to a simpler time? Look no further — Babble is here to help! Even as older-sounding names like Ava, Olivia, Mason, and Elijah lead the lists of top baby names, there’s still plenty of room for originality if you’re on the hunt for a vintage moniker.

Gone are the days when the name Millie is just reserved for your  grandmother’s bridge partner. Murray is no longer the name of the cranky old man whose yard you avoided as a child. Babble has 10 vintage baby names that just might be making a comeback in 2013! Click through to see them all. (And we promise these aren’t your grandparent’s baby names!)


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  • Ada 1 of 10
    Ada
    Origin: German
    Meaning: Noble, happy

    Ada, which was among the top 100 baby names from the late 1880s until 1913, is simple and surprisingly modern for an "old lady" name. It's also a perfect choice for parents who are considering "Ava" (the fifth most popular baby name for girls in 2012) but want something more unusual.
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  • Cora 2 of 10
    Cora
    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: Heart, maiden

    Although the name Cora had steadily declined since its peak of popularity in the late 1800s, it's on the upswing again. Some of that popularity could be thanks to pop culture: it's the first name of Downton Abbey's Countess of Grantham. In addition to being a perfect option for fans of the show, Cora is a great choice for parents who want an old-fashioned name that's not stuffy.
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  • Florence 3 of 10
    Florence
    Origin: German
    Meaning: Prosperous, flowering

    As one of the most popular baby names from the turn of the century to the 1940s, this name often calls to mind other famous Flos: Florence Nightingale or Brady Bunch mom Florence Henderson, to name two. Today, the frontwoman of the popular indie rock band, Florence and the Machine, also lends modern hipness to this classic name.
    Photo credit: Flickr user GallivantingGirl
  • Josie 4 of 10
    Josie
    Origin: American
    Meaning: God will add

    Josie, often short for Josephine, is a great name all on its own for parents who want a traditional yet spunky baby name. Although it peaked way back in the late 1800s, we can definitely see this name making a comeback as a spinoff of the slightly more popular Josephine.
    Photo credit: Flickr user GallivantingGirl
  • Millie 5 of 10
    Millie
    Origin: English
    Meaning: Noble, happy

    Millie is a great way to commemorate a Mildred or Millicent in your family line without actually naming your baby ... well, Mildred. And although the name Millie hasn't been in the top 200 most popular baby names here in the States since the turn of the century, it's actually quickly becoming one of the most popular baby names (ranked at #35!) in the United Kingdom. So despite this name's old-school beginnings, it's beginning to feel thoroughly modern again.
    Photo credit: Flickr user GallivantingGirl8
  • Graham 6 of 10
    Graham
    Origin: English
    Meaning: From the Gray homestead

    For parents looking for a sophisticated and uncommon name that won't make baby a target for bullies later in life, Graham could be the perfect name! And if you're really adventurous, the spelling variation Graeme could be just right for your little one.
    Photo credit: Flickr user Ha! Designs
  • Murray 7 of 10
    Murray
    Origin: Scottish
    Meaning: Settlement by the sea

    Despite hitting its peak of popularity in the 1920s, the name Murray doesn't have to be one for grandfathers anymore! In fact, it has recently started to be used as a female name — making it a great choice for parents who are looking for something slightly more gender-neutral than most old-fashioned names.
    Photo credit: Flickr user Tobyotter
  • Neville 8 of 10
    Neville
    Origin: French
    Meaning: New town

    Neville may sound grandfatherly — think of former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain — but it's a great choice for parents who want an offbeat but not unheard of baby boy name. And thanks to Harry Potter character Neville Longbottom, any little one with this name will surely grow up to be an avid reader!
    Photo credit: Flickr user GallivantingGirl
  • Phinnaeus 9 of 10
    Phinnaeus
    Origin: Hebrew
    Meaning: Nubile
    Phinnaeus, which was unheard of as a baby names just a few years ago, could finally be making a comeback. In 2005 actress Julia Roberts gave this name to her son, and in 2008 the Disney Channel launched cartoon Phineas and Ferb, bringing this name back into the mainstream. So while it may seem like an unusual choice to parents, the other kids in preschool might not think anything of this name!
    Photo credit: Flickr user GallivantingGirl
  • Walter 10 of 10
    Walter
    Origin: German
    Meaning: Army ruler

    Thanks to Walter Matthau's starring role in the movie Grumpy Old Men, you may thing Walter might be considered too old-fashioned for tots. And although it has steadily been declining in popularity since the 1950s, with so many great namesakes from Walt Disney to Walter Cronkite, parents shouldn't write this one off too quickly.
    Photo credit: Flickr user GallivantingGirl8

Didn’t find the vintage baby name you were looking for? See 16 names we loved in 2012 here!

And if you need more naming inspiration, try BabyZone’s baby name finder.

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