Of course, not every vintage girl name is stylish – we may never see the comeback of Ethel or Bertha – but many retro names such as Elizabeth and Iris are recognized as classics by modern parents.

Vintage girl names combine tradition and uniqueness; and may also be used to honor a family member or hero from the past. The vintage baby names for girls that are most fashionable today are listed below:

Check out this list of vintage girl names

Here are some vintage girl names that are as sweet as ever for your baby
Here are some vintage girl names that are as sweet as ever for your baby
  • Abigail
  • Ada
  • Adele
  • Adelaide
  • Adeline
  • Alice
  • Alma
  • Amelia
  • Ann/Anne/Anna
  • Annabelle
  • Audrey
  • Augusta
  • Ava
  • Beatrice
  • Bernadette
  • Betsy
  • Birdie
  • Blanche
  • Blythe
  • Caroline
  • Celia
  • Charlotte
  • Chloe
  • Clara
  • Clarice/Clarissa
  • Colleen
  • Cora
  • Clementine
  • Daisy
  • Delia
  • Delilah
  • Della
  • Dinah
  • Dixie
  • Dora
  • Dorothy/Dorothea
  • Edie
  • Edith
  • Eilleen
  • Eleanor
  • Elise
  • Eliza
  • Elizabeth
  • Ella
  • Ellie
  • Eloise
  • Elsa
  • Elsie
  • Emma
  • Emily
  • Enid
  • Esme
  • Etta
  • Eudora
  • Eva
  • Evie
  • Eve
  • Evelyn
  • Fay
  • Flora
  • Frances
  • Gladys
  • Gloria
  • Grace
  • Georgette
  • Georgia
  • Georgina
  • Greta
  • Gwendolyn
  • Harriet
  • Hattie
  • Hazel
  • Helen
  • Ida
  • Imogen
  • Inez
  • Irene
  • Iris
  • Isabella
  • Isabelle
  • Isadora
  • Jane
  • Jewel
  • Jocelyn
  • Julia
  • June
  • Justine
  • Layla
  • Lenora
  • Leona
  • Lila
  • Liliana
  • Lillian
  • Lily
  • Liza
  • Lorene
  • Loretta
  • Lorraine
  • Louise
  • Lucinda
  • Lucy
  • Lydia
  • Madeline/Madelyn
  • Maggie
  • Maisie
  • Mamie
  • Margaret
  • Marion
  • Marilyn
  • Marjorie
  • Martha
  • Matilda
  • Maureen
  • Mavis
  • Maxine
  • May
  • Meredith
  • Millie
  • Minnie
  • Miriam
  • Molly
  • Muriel
  • Myra
  • Nell
  • Nellie
  • Neva
  • Nora
  • Noreen
  • Olivia
  • Opal
  • Pauline
  • Pearl
  • Penelope
  • Phoebe
  • Polly
  • Priscilla
  • Rosalyn/Rosalind
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Roxanne
  • Ruby
  • Ruth
  • Sadie
  • Sally
  • Sarah
  • Scarlett
  • Selma
  • Sophia
  • Sophie
  • Stella
  • Sylvia
  • Tillie
  • Trudy
  • Vera
  • Victoria
  • Viola
  • Violet
  • Virginia
  • Vivian/Vivienne
  • Willa

More Vintage Girl Names For You To Choose From

Here are some vintage girl names that are as sweet as ever for your baby
Here are some vintage girl names that are as sweet as ever for your baby

Choosing your newborn’s name is one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make; so spend some time making a shortlist and finding your favourites. See more names below:

These names are inspired by Old Hollywood glamour icons of the 20s, 30s, and 40s.

  • Audrey: As in Audrey Hepburn
  • Ava: For the alluring Ava Gardner
  • Bette: Inspired by Bette Davis
  • Elizabeth: As in Elizabeth Taylor
  • Grace: Inspired by the beautiful Grace Kelly
  • Greta: Inspired by Greta Garbo
  • Ingrid: For Ingrid Bergman
  • Jean: As in Jean Harlow
  • Judy: For Judy Garland
  • Katherine: Inspired by Katherine Hepburn
  • Mae: Inspired by the foxy Mae West
  • Marilyn: Marilyn Monroe, of course
  • Rita: As in Rita Hayworth

Mary was the #1 name for all three decades.

  • Barbara
  • Betty
  • Carol
  • Doris
  • Dorothy
  • Frances
  • Helen
  • Joan
  • Judith
  • Linda
  • Mary
  • Margaret
  • Mildred
  • Nancy
  • Patricia
  • Ruth
  • Sandra
  • Sharon
  • Shirley
  • Susan
  • Virginia

Common Old Lady Names

Here are some vintage girl names that are as sweet as ever for your baby
Here are some vintage girl names that are as sweet as ever for your baby
  • Barbara
  • Betty
  • Carol
  • Deborah
  • Doris
  • Dorothy
  • Eleanor
  • Elizabeth
  • Frances
  • Joan
  • Judith
  • Mabel
  • Margaret
  • Mary
  • Mildred
  • Nancy
  • Ruth
  • Sandra
  • Sharon
  • Shirley
  • Susan
  • Tabitha
  • Virginia
  • Agnes
  • Alice
  • Amelie
  • Annabel
  • Anne
  • Audrey
  • Barbara
  • Beatrice
  • Bridget
  • Celestine
  • Clementine
  • Daphne
  • Daphne
  • Edith
  • Eleanor
  • Eliza
  • Elizabeth
  • Ella
  • Emily
  • Emma
  • Freya
  • Harper
  • Helen
  • Henrietta
  • Isabel
  • Jane
  • Jessica
  • Katherine
  • Mabel
  • Margaret
  • Matilda
  • Miranda
  • Miriam
  • Rosalyn
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Elizabeth: Liz, Lizzy, Beth, Bessie, Bess
  • Emily: Em, Emy
  • Margaret: Maggie, Maisie
  • Barbara: Barb, Barbie
  • Alice: Allie, Ally
  • Katherine: Kate, Katy, Katie
  • Philippa: Pippa
  • Amanda: Mindy
  • Susan: Suzie
  • Victoria: Vicky

Elegant French Names for Girls

Here are some vintage girl names that are as sweet as ever for your baby
Here are some vintage girl names that are as sweet as ever for your baby
  • Antoinette
  • Amélie
  • Bernadette
  • Brigitte
  • Cecile
  • Charlotte
  • Claudette
  • Dominique
  • Emile
  • Esmée
  • Françoise
  • Henriette
  • Isabelle
  • Josephine
  • Juliette
  • Lorraine
  • Lucille
  • Madeleine
  • Mathilde
  • Paulette
  • Rosamonde
  • Thérèse
  • Veronique
  • Yvette
  • Yvonne

Noble Vintage Girl Names From Aristocracy

Here are some vintage girl names that are as sweet as ever for your baby
Here are some vintage girl names that are as sweet as ever for your baby

These are names of real princesses from England, Russia, Spain, and France.

English Princesses:

  • Adela
  • Adeliza
  • Alexandra
  • Anne
  • Augusta
  • Beatrice
  • Blanche
  • Camilla
  • Caroline
  • Catherine
  • Cecilia
  • Cecily
  • Charlotte
  • Constance
  • Diana
  • Eleanor
  • Elizabeth
  • Henrietta
  • Isabella
  • Joan
  • Phillipa
  • Louisa
  • Margaret
  • Mary
  • Matilda
  • Victoria

Russian Princesses:

  • Anastasia
  • Anna
  • Esperanza
  • Helen
  • Irina
  • Julia
  • Marina
  • Natalia
  • Nina
  • Olga
  • Tatiana
  • Vera

Another attractive aspect of old fashioned names is that they come with meanings. While "Kymbreigh" doesn't mean anything, and a Lexus is a car; these vintage girl names actually mean something. Also, they can be traced back to Greek, Latin, French, Italian, Celtic, Hebrew, German, and other languages; in which the names actually mean something. Parents can give their darling daughters a name that reflects the baby's attributes; the attributes the parents hope their child will possess, or perhaps a word that has some sort of significance to the parents or the family. For example, the name Imogen means "beloved child," Clementine means "merciful," Della means "noble;" and Vera means "truth," all of which could have special meaning to a family.

You might not decide until baby arrives and you see their face, but that gives you ample time to choose a name from our list.

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Also read: 109 Strong Female Names From All Over Africa

This article was first published on AfricaParent.com