Old-Fashioned Boy Names Are Making a Comeback

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Names are often cyclical. Baby names that are very popular for years fall out of favor as the population becomes a bit saturated. Then, slowly but surely, some of those previously popular names return — such as the case with old-fashioned boy names! 

So, why are these old-fashioned boy names making the favorites list again? 

For a while, trendier names like Aiden, Jayden, and Logan dominated the charts.  In recent years, however, names we may have once considered “old man names” are coming back strong.

Part of it is probably sentimental. Old man names remind people of beloved grandparents or other important people from their past.

Part of it is also probably nostalgia. Recent years have been hard — and more than a little bit crazy! Some people undoubtedly yearn for easier times. Old-fashioned boy names may conjure up those feelings of a simpler era.

And part of it is likely a direct reaction to the dominance of “newer” names for so long. After seeing names like Tristan and Brayden everywhere, old-fashioned boy names can actually feel fresh and different.

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So if you’re considering an old-fashioned name for your baby boy, here are some great ideas to get you started.

If you’re looking for old fashioned boy names that have the classic feel, but are still fairly mainstream, you can’t go wrong with any of these:

Benjamin*

Christopher

Elijah*

Emmett

George

Henry*

James*

Matthew

Noah*

Samuel

Theodore

Walter

William*

*These old-fashioned boy names are unique in that they’re both traditional AND trendy. They’ve become so popular again they are in the Top 10, according to the Social Security Administration.

Of course, you may want an old-fashioned boy name that’s a little less common.

If you want a more traditional boy name that’s still fairly unique, these might be a good fit:

Amos

Arthur

Atticus

Baron

Blaine

Bruce

Byron

Clarence

Edison

Francis

Franklin

Frederick

Gregory

Harold

Harvey

Howard

Jasper

Jeremiah

Joel

Kenneth

Langston

Malcolm

Marshall

Otis

Pierce

Randall

Raymond

Saul

Spencer

Stanley

Winston

Of course, some people really want to double-down on the old man names. They don’t just want old-fashioned as in traditional. They want names that make you immediately think back several centuries (or more!)

In that case, you may want to consider these very old-fashioned names for your baby boy:

Abraham

August or Augustus

Benedict

Cornelius

Ezra

Jebediah

Julius

Otto

Reginald

Roman

Solomon

Thaddeus

Windsor

Zachariah

Naming a baby is tough!

Once you eliminate all the people you’ve ever disliked, the people your partner dislikes, and the names all your best friends and family have already used, the list of potential names really narrows significantly.

Whatever name you ultimately choose, I hope this list of old-fashioned baby boy names helps you in your quest!

(Don’t know the sex of the baby you’re having? Be sure to check out these old-fashioned baby girl names too so you’ll have your bases covered when baby arrives!)

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