The best vintage Victorian baby names that are making a comeback

by Catriona Watson |
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Are you searching for a unique name for your little one? We bet you haven't considered a Victorian baby name!

Perhaps you're trying to find a unique name for your boy or girl but you don't want to opt for something modern or edgy.

To help you on your quest, we have compiled a list of traditional, old-fashioned Victorian baby names that haven't yet climbed the popularity ranks but might be set to do so...

Best Victorian baby names:


Victorian baby names

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1) Adelia

Adelia is a name of Germanic origin which means 'nobility'. Adelia is also the name of a flowering plant and of an opera by Donizetti.

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2) Augustus

The name Augustus is a boy's name of Slavic or Latin origin meaning 'great' or 'magnificent'. Augustus originated as a title given by the Roman Senate to the first Roman Emperor, Octavian, the adopted son of Julius Caesar, in 27 B.C.

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3) Blanche

Blanche is of French origin and it simply means 'white'. Blanche, which originated as a nickname for a pale blonde and then became associated with the notion of purity, was in style a century ago, ranking in the double digits until 1920. Blanche was a royal name in France by the twelfth century which was then brought to England by the French wife of Henry I.

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4) Baxter

The name Baxter is a boy's name of English origin meaning 'baker'.

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5) Cecily

The name Cecily is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning 'blind'. Cecily has a wide assortment of namesakes. One Cecily was the mother of King Richard III, whose beauty gained her the title "the Rose of Raby," Cecily Parsley is a Beatrix Potter bunny, Cecily Cardew is a character in The Importance of Being Earnest, and the author of the Gossip Girl books is Cecily von Ziegesar.

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6) Bernard

The name Bernard is a boy's name of German origin meaning 'strong' or 'brave as a bear'. Bernard is a saint's name from the eleventh century monk, patron saint of mountain climbers, who lived in the Alps. He was famed for setting up safe houses for pilgrims on their way to Rome over the treacherous St. Bernard Pass, and the canine breed, also used to rescue people in treacherous conditions, was named for him.

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7) Clementine

The name Clementine is a girl's name of French or Latin origin meaning 'mild' or 'merciful'. Clementine's meaning suggests peace and happiness. Clementine is a female variant of the boys name, Clement.

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8) Cassius

The name Cassius is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning 'hollow'. Cassius is a Shakespearean name with the feel of antiquity that is coming into fashion. Cassius Clay was also an abolitionist and the birth name of Muhammad Ali.

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9) Cora

The name Cora is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning 'maiden'. Cora was a daughter of Zeus and in classical mythology, Cora was a euphemistic name of Persephone, the goddess of fertility and the underworld. Cora can also be short for Cordelia and Coraline.

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10) Clifford

The name Clifford is a boy's name of English origin, simply meaning 'lives near the ford by the cliff'. Some might associate this name more with children's TV character Clifford the big red dog.

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11) Della

The name Della is a girl's name which is the diminutive form of the very first name on our list, Adelia or Adela, meaning 'nobility'. Della is perhaps the only 'ella' name that is not on every other new mother's lips.

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12) Edison

The name Edison is a boy's name of English origin meaning 'son of Edward'. This rhythmic name can be a last or first name and projects the creativity and inventiveness of Thomas Edison.

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13) Effie

The name Effie is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning 'pleasant speech'. Effie is the old-fashioned short form for Euphemia, which seems a little unusual and archaic to be revivable.

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14) Ernest

The meaning of this English boys name is pretty obvious as 'ernest' is an adjective used to mean 'serious' or 'resolute. Ernest is one of those sober, so-far-out-they're-beginning-to-be-reconsidered names.

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15) Emmeline

The name Emmeline is a girl's name of German, French and English origin meaning 'work'. What an accurate name meaning for the sufragette Emmeline Pankhurst who worked tirelessly to fight for the women's right to vote.

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16) Fletcher

The name Fletcher is a boy's name of English origin meaning 'arrow-maker'. Fletcher is a common occupational surname with a touch of quirkiness.

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17) Kitty

The name Kitty is a girl's name of English origin meaning 'pure'. This endearing nickname name is one Katherine pet form that predates all the Kathys and Katies, having been fairly common in the eighteenth century.

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18) Ivor

The name Ivor is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "yew".

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19) Luella

This 19th century girls name of English origin fits in with the modern day trend of girls names ending in 'a'. It is a blend of the names Louise and Ella.

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20) Larkin

The name Larkin is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "rough, fierce". It can also be used as a girls name so we could be a good gender neutral one to opt for.

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21) Nora

The name Nora is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning 'light'. Nora which is long seen as a quintessentially Irish name, is a quietly stylish favorite tiptoeing up the popularity ladder. It can also be spelt with a 'h' at the end like the singer, Norah Jones.

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22) Luther

The name Luther is a boy's name of German origin meaning 'army people'. Luther has several famous origins, once restricted to evangelical Protestants honoring the ecclesiastical reformer and theologian Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant revolution. In more recent times it has been favored by parents wishing to honor civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr. Finally, in EVEN more recent times, the name was given a shot of contemporary energy via Idris Elba's dynamic performance in the BBC crime drama.

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23) Ottilie

The name Ottilie is a girl's name of French origin meaning 'prosperous in battle'. Ottilie and its diminutive Ottiline are a pair of names heard among the British upper crust, but have rarely been seen since the 1880's. Though it has German roots via Otto, Ottilie has a distinctively delicate French feel.

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24) Otto

The name Otto is a boy's name of German origin meaning 'wealthy'. Otto is a great alternative to the now popular Oscar. Like most German-Names, Otto fell out of favour during and after the two World Wars.

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25) Tabitha

The name Tabitha is a girl's name of Aramaic origin meaning 'gazelle'. The name of a charitable woman who was restored to life by Saint Peter in the Bible, it was a popular Puritan choice. On the other end of the spectrum, Tabitha Smith is a comic book super hero in the Marvel Universe.

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