Top 50 Old Fashioned Boy Names:
They did not call 20’s the Roaring 20s for nothing. 190s had the most perfect and pretty names, Robert being one of them. The meaning of Robert is ‘shining or bright’.
James was one of the rockabilly names of the 1950’s. Rockabilly was a form of rock and roll popularized by none other than Elvis Presley.
In the 1940’s, post World War 2, the baby boom began, causing births to skyrocket. John was the most famous names of those times. The old fashioned baby name John means ‘mercy or grace of Lord’.
Leo is a short and cute name that exudes strength. It’s a beautiful alternative to the popular and even common Luke and Jack. An association with Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t hurt either. The meaning of Leo is ‘lion’.
Jasper is an old name has a style, panache, and originality. The Georgia-born artist Jasper John popularized the name. Jasper is also a better alternative to Joshua, Jacob, and Jayden.
Derived from a Hebrew Word, Noah is a male name meaning ‘rest and comfort’. This old fashioned name is as famous now as it was before and we don’t see it fading anytime soon.
Its cousins Elmer and Ernest may not be climbing the chart anytime soon, but Everett is definitely on the rise again. Everett has an upbeat vibe to it. And of course, a leading British association with actor Rupert Everett.
Silas, a serious and modern name is an excellent substitute to Sidney and Samuel. It also has an eternal literary association in “Silas Marner’ a novel by George Eliot. The meaning of the Latin name Silas is ‘from the forest’.
The old style baby name Oliver is sourced from the name Olive. It is a sweet, retro name for parents who to give a stylish moniker to their child. The book ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens’ gives it a literary influence, with a bookish vibe.
Despite being an old-fashioned baby name, Wallace has an effortlessly cool sound to it.
Max was once a common choice for boys. The name is pleasant, yet confident, making it a stylish choice for parents who are fond of short, one syllable names.
Owen is a sophisticated male name that’s gaining popularity with modern parents. It has a literary association in John Irving’s “A Prayer for Owen Meany”. It also has a pop culture namesake in actor Owen Wilson. The meaning of Owen is ‘young warrior’.
William is another classic old fashioned baby name of the Germanic origin. The name William became one of the most popular names in the England during the Medieval Period. Will or Willy will make a perfect nickname for this name. The meaning of William is ‘resolute protector’.
Alexander is one of those names that can never fall out with traditional parents. The name’s popularity declined drastically during the first and second world wars but started improving steadily in the seventies.
James, meaning supplanter, has its roots in the Hebrew name Jacob. The popularity of the name James can be fathomed from the fact that six of USA presidents had this name. Even two of the Jesus apostles were named James. Besides, innumerable celebrities are bearing this name. So you can safely pick this name as it’s not going anywhere, at least anytime soon.
The meaning of this simple name is ‘priceless and praiseworthy’. Note- If you are considering of naming your kid Anthony, then we’d suggest you to take note on the meaning and history of this name in your region.
The British Prince Alfred and Poet Alfred Tennyson helped big time to popularize this name in the Victorian Era. The meaning of Alfred is ‘wise’.
Just like our generation, names ending ‘e’ were very popular in the 1950’s. Archie was the short version of the stuffy name Archibald. Comic strip star Archie did a great deal to popularize this name.
Bernard, meaning ‘strong as a bear’ was a popular baby name in the Victorian times. You can soften this name by giving it the nickname ‘Bernie’.
Bert is often used as a derivative of the Robert, Albert, and Bertram. This short and sweet name packs a punch for a boy’s name. And no, you don’t have to add an ‘Ernie’ to complete this name.
Whether it is the powerhouse attorney Clarence Darrow or the lifesaving guardian from “It’s a Wonderful Life”, this name is full of masculine charm and vigor.
Claude is a delightfully short and sophisticated French name that made a strong come back this year. The name has roots in Emperor Claudius.
Edgar Degas was an influential painter in the 1950’s. Even Edgar Allen Poe has been just as famous as his predecessor as Edgar Degas. No wonder this name has been so popular for all these days.
Elmer is a Teutonic name meaning ‘awe-inspiring’. If you like male names that have a delicate feel to it, then Elmer could be your pick.
Ernest is the name that you should consider if you want your boy to follow the path of literature. It was popularized by the American author, Ernest Hemingway.