Some of the baby boy names were popular from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s, but they went out of fashion later eventually. These names are called vintage and old-fashioned baby names. The news is that they are coming back and popular again.
These traditional and classic names are unique and literary, and they sound fresh. If you also like this style of vintage baby boy names, check out our collection of vintage baby boy names below.
Augustine: Latin for Great, also a diminutive of August. Augustine can be used as a unisex name. Saint Augustine of Hippo was perhaps the greatest of the Fathers of the Christian Church.
Byron: Place name and surname often used as a given name, and the meaning of Byron is "at the byres or barn". Lord Byron in the 1850s was a poet famous for his wildness and debauchery.
Calvin: Calvin is a slightly quicky but cozy name, it means "little bald one". Transferred to a first name as homage to 16th-century French religious reformer Jean Calvin, whose thinking deeply influenced the Presbyterian, Methodist, and Huguenot branches of Protestantism. More familiar in modern times due to Bill Watterson's cartoon feature "Calvin and Hobbes".
Cassius: Latin for Empty. An old Roman family clan name. Shakespeare's Julius Caesar depicts Caius Cassius as politically ambitious. In modern times, Cassius Clay was the birth name of the heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali.
Clyde: Clyde is a playful name of Scottish origin, the River Clyde in Scotland which flows through Glasgow. The name was made famous by the bank robber Clyde Barrow in the film "Bonnie and Clyde".
Enoch: Hebrew for Experienced. Enoch was the son of Cain and the father of Methuselah, the oldest living man named in the Bible.
Ephraim: Hebrew for Fruitful. The name Ephraim sounds a little foreign and refined.
Francis: Latin for Frenchman, Frances is the feminine form. House of Cards fans will definitely have feelings about this name.
Franklin: Derived from Old French franc, meaning "free" and "Frankish". The name Franklin is cool and dignified.
Frederick: Frederick is a strong name, and it means "peaceful ruler". The name was brought by the Hunoverian kings to Britain. An interesting contemporary variant is used by actor Fredro Starr.
Gilbert: French for "bright promise". The name Gilbert has experienced a bit of a boost in 2013.
Hank: German for "home leader". A midcentury guy nickname, which has been on recess from the playground for decades.
Harvey: The name Harvey is strong and masculine, and it means "eager for battle; strong and worthy". In the movie "Harvey", Jimmy Stewart was upstaged by a giant invisible rabbit.
Isaac: Hebrew for Laughter. The only son of Abraham by his wife Sarah. As a favorite of the Puritans, Isaac went on to assume something of a rabbinical image.
Julian: Julian is a rising star, and it has become a solid, handsome, recommended choice. Julian also has numerous historic and cultural references.
Lionel: Latin for Lion, used in the Middle Ages.
Otto: German for Wealth. Common in English-speaking countries until Otto von Bismarck's German armies became threateningly powerful in the early 20th century.
Owen: Owen is a resonant Celtic name, and the name means "young warrior". Owen Glendower was a 14th-century Welsh chieftain who fought unsuccessfully for Welsh independence from England. The legendary St. Owen was a Benedictine monk who was a follower of St. Chad.
Quincy: Estate of the fifth son. Surname of a prominent Massachusetts family whose name is borne by a town and by the sixth American President, John Quincy Adams.
Reuben: The firstborn of Jacob's 12 sons. Also a sandwich with corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese.
Roland: German for "renowned land". Roland is celebrated in French and Italian poetic and romantic sagas as a hero in the service of Charlemagne.
Samson: Hebrew for Sun. In the bible Samson was a judge of ancient Israel, endowed by God with superhuman strength.
Thaddeus: Aramaic for “brave heart”, this bold name is a great guy choice.
Theo: Greek for "brave people". Theo is a nickname for Theodore, it is cute but very strong.
Uriah: Hebrew for "my light is Jehovah". Uriah Heep is a character in Dickens' "David Copperfield".
Walter: German for "commander of the army". This name may make you think of Walt Disney, the great cartoonist.
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