Old-Fashioned baby names
do not go out of style, and they are popular again. If you like old-fashioned, vintage, retro, classic, traditional, and unusual girl names, then you come to the right place. Check out this list of 120 old-fashioned girl names with great meanings, and feel free to choose your favorite name for your little girl.
Abigail: The father's joy. Abigail was King David's third wife, described as "good in discretion and beautiful in form".
Adelaide: Noble kind. Also a city in South Australia.
Alice: Noble, exalted. Made famous by the heroine in Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (1865) and "Through the Looking Glass" (1872).
Alma: Alma means kind, soul or learned. "Alma mater" is the term for a college or university, meaning "fostering mother".
Amelia: Latin for "rival, eager work". This old-fashioned and pretty name is a variation of Emily, but it's more distinctive. Henry Fielding may possibly have first coined it for the heroine of his novel "Amelia". Amelia Earhart was the 1st woman to fly across Atlantic Ocean.
Anna: Hebrew for God has favored me.
Audrey: Noble strength, due to lace and goods sold at Saint Audrey's Fair in England. Audrey Hepburn is regarded as the most naturally beautiful woman of all time.
Ava: Birdlike. Also the name of a Roman Catholic saint.
Belle: French for Beautiful. Belle is a brave, intelligent and independent heroine character who appears in the film Beauty and the Beast. When her father is imprisoned by the Beast, Belle sacrifices her own freedom in return for his, and eventually learns to love the Beast in spite of his outward appearance.
Betsy: Diminutive of Elizabeth, means "pledged to God."
Betty: From the Hebrew Elisheba, meaning either oath of God, or God is satisfaction.
Birdie: English name that means bird. In golf sport, birdie means scoring one under par.
Blanche: White, pure. Associated with whiteness as in purity, and beauty.
Caroline: Caroline is a girl's name of Old German origin, and the meaning of Caroline is "free man". A stately diminutive with royal connotations, brought to England by George II's queen in the 17th century. The name has a formal, aristocratic, old-fashioned aura.
Catherine: One who is pure.
Charlotte: Little and womanly, made popular by Queen Charlotte, George III's wife. Also the largest city in the U.S. state of North Carolina.
Chloe: Chloe was the summer epithet of the goddess Demeter and recalls her gift for making flowers bloom. The meaning of Chloe is "green shoot".
Clara: Latin for "clear, bright". The name Clara is soft and sweet, and it is also a nickname for Clarissa. Made famous in the 1920s by the silent film actress Clara Bow, known as "the It girl", because whatever "it" was, she had it.
Colleen: Young female.
Cora: Name of Persephone, the goddess of the underworld who lives there in winter, before her return in spring causes the cycle of life to continue. A simple, pretty name with an old-fashioned air. The meaning of the name Cora is "maiden".
Daisy: Day's eye, also a flower with a yellow disk and white rays. Often used as a nickname for Margaret. Henry James named the typical American girl in Europe as Daisy Miller in his story.
Delilah: Delilah is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Delilah is "languishing, lovelorn, seductive".
Dixie: Nickname for the Southern United States, also place names in North America.
Dorothy: English variation of Greek Dorothea, means "gift of God."
Edith: Prosperous in war.
Eileen: Form of Helen.
Eleanor: Other, foreign. Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine was heiress to a large part of France, her powerful personality, intelligence, and energy made her unique then.
Elena: Wicker, reed, shoot.
Elise: A French diminutive of Elizabeth, which means "God is my oath."
Ella: A short form of Eleanor and Ellen, meaning "light." Also mean "beautiful fairy woman" in English and "Goddess" in Hebrew.
Eloise: Famous warrior. Name of a character in Kay Thompson's books for children.
Elsa: Truth. Also the name of the lioness in the book "Born Free" by Joy Adamson.
Emma: Greek for Torch or Bright Light. Title character of the Jane Austen romance novel "Emma".
Enid: Comes from "Idylls of the King", the knight Geraint has a meek but brave wife Enid.
Esme: French for esteemed, beloved, and emerald. Also a character in Twilight, and Michael J. Fox chose it for his daughter born in 2001.
Eve: Hero Rottie who dragged her paralysed owner from a burning truck.
Evelyn: Life. Evelyn Salt is a trained CIA operative in the American action thriller spy film Salt.
Flora: Flower. Also the Roman goddess of spring.
Frances: Latin for French. Feminine of Francis. Before the 17th century, the two spellings were used for both genders. Franziska is the German form.
Geneva: Juniper tree. Also the second-most-populous city in Switzerland.
Georgia: One of the states that make up the United States of America.
Grace: Grace is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Grace is "favor; blessing". In Greek mythology, there are three Graces and they were goddesses of nature: Aglaia (brillance), Thalia (flowering), and Euphrosyne (joy).
Gwendolyn: Welsh for "fair bow".
Hannah: Hebrew name that means "favor; grace." Biblical mother of the prophet Samuel.
Harriet: Home ruler.
Hattie: A diminutive of Harriet, which means "estate ruler."
Hazel: A name from nature, the hazel tree, light brown. A hazelnut has a thin, dark brown skin. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski named their daughter Hazel, they went through a few different ones and finally John found the name Hazel, and they both really like this old-fashioned name. Julia Roberts also named one of her twins Hazel in 2004.
Ida: A Greek nymph who cared for the infant Zeus on Mount Ida in mythology.
Imogen: Variation of the name Innogen, from the Old Irish Ingen meaning "maiden" or "girl".
Inez: Spanish for Pure.
Isabel: Spanish variation of Elizabeth.
Isabella: Spanish and Italian variation of Elizabeth.
Isadora: Gift of Isis.
Jane: Hebrew name that means "God is gracious."
Jewel: Jewel is a precious gem or stone in cut and polished form, which is used to make jewelry or other adornments. The name Jewel is of Old French origin and the meaning of Jewel is "Plaything, delight".
Jocelyn: Tribal name of the Gauts.
Julia: Down-bearded youth.
June: A sweetly old-fashioned month name that named for goddess Juno.
Justine: Latin for "fair, upright".
Katherine: It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Katherine is "pure". Used by Katharine Hepburn and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Lila: Lila is a variant of the female given name Leila, derived from the Semitic word for night. Over time it has come to mean Dark Beauty or Dark-haired Beauty.
Lillian: Latin for "lily flower". A pretty antique moniker with an easy and appealing flower nickname and numerous spelling variation options. Television actress Mary McCormack recently named her new daughter Lillian.
Lola: Lola is a hot starbaby name, and the meaning of Lola is "lady of sorrows".
Lorraine: Of Lothair.
Louise: Fame and war.
Lucy: Latin for Light. Also a bossy little girl in Charles Schulz's popular "Peanuts" comic strip.
Lydia: Noble kind.
Macy: Weapon. Also a character on the soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful".
Mae: A variant of May, which was named for Maia, the Roman earth Goddess.
Maggie: Short form of Margaret, which is of Greek origin and means "pearl".
Marilyn: Uncertain, maybe bitter.
Marjorie: A variant of Margaret, which means "child of light". Made famous by Herman Wouk's "Marjorie Morningstar".
Martha: Aramaic name that means "lady."
Matilda: Matilda is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Matilda is "mighty in battle". William the Conqueror's Queen Matilda brought the name to Britain.
Millie: German for Strength and Determination.
Minnie: Minnie means "intellect". Made famous by Mickey Mouse's girlfriend Minnie.
Miriam: Uncertain, maybe bitter.
Molly: Star of the sea, pet form of Mary.
Myra: Uncertain, perhaps myrrh, unguent.
Nellie: Abbreviation Of Eleanor Shining Light.
Nora: The heroine of Ibsen's "A Doll's House".
Noreen: Diminutive of Nora.
Olivia: A feminine form of Oliver. The olive tree is a symbol of fruitfulness, beauty, and dignity. Today, "extending an olive branch" traditionally signifies an offer of peace.
Opal: Opal is a semiprecious iridescent gemstone, which reflects light in a dazzling display of colors. Opal is the national gemstone of Australia, which produces 97% of the world's supply. Opal is the birthstone of October. The name Opal is ultimately derived from Sanskrit and it means "Jewel".
Pearl: A pearl is a milky-colored gem produced within the soft tissue of a living shelled mollusc. The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones. Pearls have been associated with innocence and modesty. Because it comes from the sea, it also has associations with the moon and with water. Pearls are also traditionally considered appropriate jewelry for debutantes and brides. The pearl is the birthstone for the month of June.
Penelope: In Homer's The Odyssey, Penelope was the famously faithful wife of the hero Odysseus. The meaning of Penelope is "weaver", this sweet name has come to signify a loyal, capable and clever woman.
Rosalind: A 16th-century poetic creation by Spenser, which has the meaning "beautiful rose".
Rose: Rose is a very traditional name, it has many variations, for instance Rosa, Rosalie and Rosemary.
Ruby: Ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone, and it is considered one of the four precious stones, together with the sapphire, the emerald and the diamond. The name Ruby comes from ruber, Latin for red.
Sadie: Sadie is a diminutive of Sarah, which means princess in Hebrew. This name is cute and whimsical.
Scarlet: A bright tone of red that is slightly toward orange.
Stella: Stella is a girl's name of Latin origin, and the meaning of Stella is "star". Mostly literary use until the 19th century, when the name became popular. Linked in most minds to the movie "A Streetcar named Desire", where Marlon Brando bellowed "Stella!".
Trudy: Strength of the spear.
Victoria: A goddess who smiled on the ancient Roman people for many centuries. Also the capital city of British Columbia, Canada.
Violet: Violet is a girl's name of Latin origin, and the meaning of Violet is "purple". One of the earliest flower names, Shakespeare used the Latin form Viola for the enterprising heroine in "Twelfth Night".
Vivienne: Vivienne is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Vivienne is "lively". Vivienne is a variant of Vivian, which is an ancient personal name.
Willa: German for "determined protector". Feminine of William.
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