200 rare, vintage baby names that sound fresh ... but not too popular

Do you want a vintage name for your baby, without the popularity of a Henry, Liam, Emma or Charlotte? Step back in time.

Maurice, Sylvia, Winifred and Eugene are inching back into use, according to Sherri Suzanne, founder of My Name for Life.

“Just a generation ago, parents soundly rejected many names from the early 20th century and prior — they saw them as ‘old lady’ or ‘grandpa’ names,” Suzanne tells TODAY.com. “Ernest and Edna were tossed aside in favor of names like Kyle and Courtney. However, today’s parents see vintage names as fresh alternatives ... rare and charming.”

According to Suzanne, names like Hazel and Theodore now co-exist with modern titles like Maverick and Harper.

“Names like Myrtle and Gladys for girls or Elmer and Myron for boys have had difficulty transcending time,” points out Suzanne. “For quite a while, these ‘heirlooms’ were writers’ go-to names for a sweet old aunt or a crotchety old neighbor, making it hard to envision on a baby or child. However ... it may be only a matter of time before these names are used again. Nowadays, most names are just a Netflix series, YouTube personality or celebrity baby away from being reborn.”

Tori Spelling named her daughter Hattie, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ daughter is Betty; Amy Schumer named her son is Gene while Meghan Trainer’s son is Barry.

TODAY.com scoured the lists of baby names over the past 140 years to find these vintage names that aren't (yet) popular.

Rare vintage girl names

Minnie, Myrtle and Maude are three sweet choices from our list of 100 rare vintage names for girls.

  • Dorothy

  • Florence

  • Mildred

  • Ethel

  • Gladys

  • Edna

  • Bertha

  • Bessie

  • Gertrude

  • Martha

  • Mabel

  • Marjorie

  • Edith

  • Minnie

  • Myrtle

  • Ida

  • Elsie

  • Pearl

  • Josephine

  • Agnes

  • Nellie

  • Blanche

  • Hattie

  • Fannie

  • Bernice

  • Maggie

  • Ruby

  • Leona

  • Betty

  • Sadie

  • Maude

  • Hilda

  • Lorraine

  • Nancy

  • Nettie

  • Sylvia

  • Maxine

  • Elaine

  • Genevieve

  • Myrna

  • Loretta

  • Mabel

  • Goldie

  • Harriet

  • Rita

  • Constance

  • Irma

  • Flossie

  • Virginia

  • Sally

  • Matilda

  • Beverly

  • Janie

  • Winifred

  • Lucy

  • Geraldine

  • Virgie

  • Georgia

  • Birdie

  • Molly

  • Beatrice

  • Dolores

  • Pauline

  • Irene

  • Evelyn

  • Ruth

  • Doris

  • Shirley

  • Gloria

  • Sandra

  • Joyce

  • Norma

  • Phyllis

  • Barbara

  • Lois

  • Joan

  • Peggy

  • Judith

  • Janet

  • Donna

  • Patricia

  • Helen

  • Janice

  • Bonnie

  • Audrey

  • Wilma

  • Joann

  • Arlene

  • Marcia

  • Connie

  • Clara

  • Gail

  • June

  • Theresa

  • Jacqueline

  • Lucille

  • Diane

  • Eileen

  • Sheila

  • Ramona

Rare vintage boy names

Don’t overlook Morris, Edgar or Arthur when giving your baby boy a rare vintage name.

  • Cornelius

  • Douglas

  • Perry

  • Gilbert

  • Nelson

  • Morris

  • Amos

  • Warren

  • Willard

  • Wilbur

  • Otis

  • Vernon

  • Marvin

  • Victor

  • Milton

  • Jim

  • Maurice

  • Roosevelt

  • Gerald

  • Curtis

  • Gordon

  • Clifton

  • Wallace

  • Mack

  • Dewey

  • Ira

  • Bert

  • Roland

  • Franklin

  • Walter

  • Fred

  • Roy

  • Earl

  • Elmer

  • Clyde

  • Melvin

  • Ross

  • Bernard

  • Felix

  • Simon

  • Marshall

  • Sylvester

  • Reuben

  • Rudolph

  • Clayton

  • Herschel

  • Luther

  • Prescott

  • Edgar

  • Stanley

  • Grover

  • Irving

  • Hubert

  • Harry

  • Oscar

  • Clifford

  • Chester

  • Homer

  • Clarence

  • Lloyd

  • Hugh

  • Alvin

  • Horace

  • Donald

  • Eugene

  • Raymond

  • Ernest

  • Carl

  • Arthur

  • Harvey

  • Norman

  • Ronald

  • Gary

  • Jerry

  • Larry

  • Howard

  • Roger

  • Ralph

  • Alfred

  • Dale

  • Leroy

  • Wayne

  • Bruce

  • Junior

  • Lonnie

  • Terry

  • Paul

  • Peter

  • Ronnie

  • Leonard

  • Gregory

  • Lewis

  • Floyd

  • Vincent

  • Rodney

  • Craig

  • Cecil

  • Dwight

  • Randy

  • Benny

This article was originally published on TODAY.com