Unique and Vintage Baby Boy Names

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 Old is new again. We all love vintage items and trends making a come back like high waisted jeans, crop tops, and classic childhood movie remakes like Aladdin. The same goes for baby names. Baby names have been recycled through time and used decades later for a new generation. Bringing back old school trends and names is meaningful to us. With these old vintage baby boy names i'm sure some of your older relatives have had one of these names. 

 

Seymour 

Meaning: English for Tailor or marshy land near the sea

Nickname: Sy, Morey

Popularity: Seymour name rose to popularity around 1910 and eventually declined by 1940.

Horace 

Meaning:Latin for "Hour in Time" or "Timekeeper"

Nickname: Horry, Ace, Harris

Popularity: Horace was a very popular name all throughout the 1800s until it's decline in the 1980s.

Bernard

Meaning: West Germanic for "Bear" and "Brave, hardy"

Nickname: Bernie

Popularity: Bernard has always been a popular name throughout the 1800s until it declined in the early 2000's.

Lloyd

Meaning: Welsh for "Grey"

Nickname: Loy

Popularity: Lloyd has been a popular starting in the 1880s with its height in the 1920s until it declined around the 1950s.

Stanley

Meaning: English for "Stone" and "wood, clearing, meadow"

Nickname: Stan

Popularity: Stanley was a very popular name during Queen Victoria's reign and was in the top 100 boys' names in England for 5 decades until it declined in the late 1950s.

 

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Victor

Meaning: French for "conqueror" or "to win"

Nickname: Vic

Popularity: Victor was a name that was common among early Christians and during the middle ages. It made a revival in the 19th century.

Raymond

Meaning: French, German for "Wise protector"

Nickname: Ray 

Popularity: Raymond was in top 20 baby names in 1900 and continued to be popular throughout time until today.

Monty

Meaning: French for "Mountain belonging to the ruler"

Nickname: Mon, Ty

Popularity: Monty became popular during in the 1930s and remained popular until the 1980s. 

Percy

Meaning: English "Pierces the Valley"

Nickname: Perce

Popularity: Percy was a popular name all throughout english history starting in the 12th century and was very popular in the mid-19th century and declined by the 1930s.  

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Walter

Meaning: Germanic "Ruler of the Army"

Nickname: Walt

Popularity: Walter was a popular name during the late 1500s and became popular again from the 1970s through the 1940s. It has recently regained popularity again after the hit show Breaking Bad. 

Rupert 

Meaning: German for "fame bright"

Nickname: Roo

Popularity: Rupert rose to popularity in the late 1800s and declined by 1950.

Vincent 

Meaning: Derived from the latin name Vincentius meaning "conquering" 

Nickname: Vince, Vin

Popularity: Vincent was most popular during the early 1960s. 

Desmond 

Meaning: Anglo-Saxon for "Gracious Defender"

Nickname: Des, Dez, Desi

Popularity: Desmond was most popular in 1985 

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Douglas

Meaning: Scottish for "Dark River"

Nickname: Doug, Dougie

Popularity:  Douglas was in the top 200 most commonly used names during the 20th century until it's decline in 1990

Ralph

Meaning: English "wolf-counsel"

Nickname: Rafe, Raff, Ralphy

Popularity: Ralph became popular throughout the 18th and 19th century. 

Roland

Meaning: French for "fame of the land"

Nickname: Rollo

Popularity: Roland became popular in the late 1800s until the 1940s

Arthur

Meaning: Roman "Noble, Courageous"

Nickname: Artie, Art

Popularity: We all know the legendary tale of King Arthur in the middle ages, and Arthur has been a popular ever since but has declined in the late 1900s but is making a comeback from the show Peaky Blinders.

Alexander

Meaning: Greek "Defender of the people"

Nickname: Alex, Ander, Aly, Zander, Alexi

Popularity: Alexander is one of the most popular names throughout history. We know Alexander the Great that was popular in ancient Greece, it's a royal name in Scotland and has been in the top 25 since 1991.

 

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Emmett

Meaning: Hebrew, German, English meaning "Universal"

Nickname: Em, Mit, Mitty 

Popularity: Emmett as a baby name was popular in the late 1800s and reached the height of its popularity in 2009 most likely because of the popular Twilight movie franchise. 

Edward

Meaning: English "Wealth, fortune"

Nickname: Ed, Eddy, Eddie, Ted

Popularity: Edward has been a popular name for Kings and royals throughout history. In fact, England has had 11 King Edward's since 1066. Edward has always been a popular baby name until the 1930s when it started to decline. In recent years it's making a comeback also from the Twilight movie franchise. 

Theodore

Meaning: Greek "God-Given"

Nickname: Theo, Teddy 

Popularity: Theodore was most popular during the early 1900s with Theodore Roosevelt then went into decline. It has recently gained popularity again especially among celebrities babies including Ivanka Trump, Bryce Dallas Howard and Ali Larter.

Lawrence

Meaning: Latin "Wisdom and Achievement"

Nickname: Law, Larry

Popularity: Lawrence became a popular baby name in the 1890s through the 1950s. 

Harvey

Meaning: English "Battle Worthy" "Blazing Iron"

Nickname: Harv, Harvie, Vey, Harvs

Popularity: Harvey peaked in popularity in 1906 and stayed common for decades. 

Lewis

Meaning:Germanic "renowned, famous battle"

Nickname: Lew, Lou

Popularity: Lewis was a popular baby name during the late 1890s until it fully declined in the 1950s. 

 

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Otis

Meaning: German, Greek, English "Prosperity, fortune, rich or wealthy"

Nickname: O, Oats, Odie

Popularity: Otis was the most popular name near the turn of the 20th century but has since dwindled.

Max 

Meaning: German, English "the greatest"

Nickname: Maximus, Maxwell, Ax 

Popularity: Max was most popular in 1917 and in the 1980s. 

Alaric

Meaning: German "Noble Ruler"

Nickname: Ric, Al 

Popularity: Alaric was a popular name through the 1940s to the 1970s and went in decline until the early 2000s when it became popular again.

Elmore

Meaning: English "Elm"

Nickname: El, Mo

Popularity: Elmore was a very popular name in the 1910s and 1920s

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Garrett

Meaning: English "rules by the spear"

Nickname: Gar, 

Popularity: Garrett gained in popularity in the 1880s and 1890s then declined until the 1990s and early 2000s.

Harland

Meaning: English "meadow of the hares"

Nickname: Har, 

Popularity: Harland was popular in the 1920s until in the 1940s where the name died off. 

Henry

Meaning: English, French "Home, Power, Ruler"

Nickname: Ry

Popularity: Henry was a very popular name during the middle ages and was the name of eight kings. 

Jagger

Meaning: English "Peddler of goods"

Nickname: Jag

Popularity: Jagger was a popular name in the middle ages as part of their job (peddler of goods) and became popular again in the 1960s from Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones

Orlando

Meaning: Italian "Famous Land, Heroic"

Nickname: Lando,

Popularity: Orlando was most popular from the1960s to the 2010s

Pierce

Meaning: English "son of piers"

Nickname: 

Popularity: Pierce was popular in the 1890s and died off for almost 100 years and became popular again the 1990s.

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Preston

Meaning: English "the priests village"

Nickname: Pres, Press, Prez

Popularity: Preston has been a pretty steady name since the 1880s

Reid

Meaning: Irish "Red Haired One"

Nickname: Re, Red

Popularity: Reid became popular in the 1950s and has been an average name until it spiked again in 2018.

Troy

Meaning: English "Foot Soldier"

Nickname: Roy, T

Popularity: Troy has been a popular name since the 1890s and spiked in the 1970s and recently became popular again in the 2010s.

 

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