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When Classic Turns Trendy: 7 Hottest Girl Names That Have Been Around For Ages

By Monica Bielanko |

Violet; gentle and old-fashioned.

When choosing my daughter’s name one of the most important factors to me was that it, like a fine wine, would age well.

I imagined someone using the name at all ages, including as a senior citizen. In fact, I have a full-on obsession with old lady names. Love ‘em. Most of ‘em, anyway. Some I still can’t wrap my brain around. But give me an Ada, Alice, Hazel or Pearl.

I ultimately went with Violet, which feels gentle and old-fashioned and works well for any age.

So can a name be timeless and trendy even when it feels like a contradiction in terms? As it turns out, yes. The seven names you’re about to see, as the Huffington Post reports “have deep roots, yet are also listed on the official U.S. roster of names that were the fastest-rising in the past year.

Eloise: According to, Eloise has joined the band of other popular El-starting names, initiated by Ella.

Cora: “A soft and lovely vintage beauty that has been restored to popularity, rising 72 places this year. Cora has classic literary roots as the heroine of James Fenimore Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans and as an alternate name for the mythological Persephone, but modern parents are probably most familiar with Cora via Lady Cora Crawley of television’s Downton Abbey“, according to the Huffington Post.

Cecilia: This one might be my favorite of the bunch. It’s also Jim and Pam’s choice for their TV baby on The Office.

Alice: The name Alice has always felt very plain to me and yet I find myself really liking it more and more. It’s simple, sweet and beautiful. Apparently a lot of others agree as it’s quietly rising in popularity over the last couple years.

Ada: Forget the super trendy Ava and consider Ada. As Huffington Post reports, “Though it lacks Ava’s obvious glamour-girl pedigree, Ada has a more vintage feel and lots of literary cred.”

Hazel: It was a name considered kind of quirky when Julia Roberts chose it for her daughter in 2004. But ever since then Hazel is shooting up the charts.

Olive: It’s the logical successor to the super popular Olivia.

To see the rest of the classic names making a comeback click on over to Huffington Post. What is your favorite ‘old lady’ name?

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Monica Bielanko

Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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10 thoughts on “When Classic Turns Trendy: 7 Hottest Girl Names That Have Been Around For Ages

  1. CW says:

    My grandma’s name was Ysabel and growing up I always wanted to name my daughter Isabella. Of course, by the time my oldest daughter was born in 2002, Isabella had become super-trendy and I didn’t want my DD to be forever “Isabella H.” the way all the numerous Jennifers I knew growing up had to go by their initials.

  2. goddess says:

    Yuck to those. But I DO like Violet. Ada, Esther and the rest is just ugly (to me).

  3. B says:

    Margaret. My grandmothers and now my daughters name…

  4. BonnieLee says:

    Is this creepy? I like old names too, so once in a while I’ll look at the obituaries, because they have the coolest old names around… lots of Ada, Helen, Faye, Mitzi.

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