October 20, 2021

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Retro baby names predicted to make a comeback in 2021

REVEALED: The retro baby names predicted to make a comeback in 2021 – so would you pick one of them?

  • Vintage baby names popular in the 1900s are making a comeback in 2021
  • Naming website Nameberry reported an uptick in retro names for boys and girls
  • Girls are being called Alberta, Delphine, Isidora & Sybil for the first time in years
  • Ambrose, Edmund and Barnaby are old school boys names now reappearing

Vintage baby names last popular in the 1900s are making a comeback in 2021, according to new data that shows an uptick in retro names for both boys and girls.

Reports from Nameberry, a website that hails itself as the ‘world’s most complete resource for baby names’ with a database of more than 70,000 girl, boy and gender-neutral names, show old-fashioned names are slowly coming into vogue.

Names like Alice, Sadie, Archie and Theodore have appeared high in the charts for years, but this new wave of classics are not likely to fall inside the top 100 anytime soon.

Parents are calling little girls Alberta, Delphine, Isidora and Sybil for the first time in decades, according to Nameberry, while Emmeline, Thora and Aphra are said to be other increasingly popular choices.

Vintage baby names last popular in the 1900s are making a comeback in 2021, according to new data that shows an uptick in retro names for both boys and girls (stock image)

Top retro girl names for 2021

1. Alberta

2. Aphra

3. Emmeline

4. Hilda

5. Delphine

6. Isidora

7. Thelma

8. Thora

9. Sybil

10. Trudie

Source: Nameberry 

Top retro boy names for 2021

1. Ambrose

2. Edmund

3. Orson

4. Barnaby

5. Claude

6. Hal

7. Laurie

8. Percival (Percy)

9. Llewellyn

10. Waldo

Source: Nameberry 

Poll

Which vintage girl name do you like best?

  • Alberta 11 votes
  • Aphra 10 votes
  • Delphine 46 votes
  • Emmeline 154 votes
  • Isidora 46 votes
  • Sybil 38 votes

Ambrose, Edmund and Barnaby are old-school boys names suddenly reappearing, the website claims, along with Claude, Percy and Laurie – the name of actor Ewan McGregor’s newborn son.

Hilda, Thelma and Trudie were also listed as up-and-coming girl names, while Hal, Orson and Waldo featured for boys.

Earlier this month, Australian parenting blog Mum Central compiled the country’s top ‘edgy’ baby names for 2021 that are not on the ‘most popular’ list.

Top choices for boys included Atlas, Steele, Maverick, Bowie and Ramsey, while Elodie, Pandora, Ottoline, Zia and Grecia were favourites for girls.

Animals have had a major influence on baby names in recent years, so it’s no surprise that Cub featured on the list.

Mythological characters are one of the top trends predicted for 2021, with Persephone (pronounced: per-sef-o-nee) – the Greek goddess of agriculture – and Pandora – the ‘first woman’ on Earth – appearing on the ‘edgy’ charts. 

Ambrose, Edmund and Barnaby are old-school boys names suddenly reappearing, according to Nameberry, along with Claude, Percy and Laurie (stock image)

Ambrose, Edmund and Barnaby are old-school boys names suddenly reappearing, according to Nameberry, along with Claude, Percy and Laurie (stock image)

The 21 ‘edgy’ baby names of 2021 

Atlas

Elodie

Cub

Persephone

Pandora

Ottoline

Talon 

Steele

Maverick

Jora

Zia

Pau

Orrin

Ramsey 

Aerin

Eilidh

Grecia 

Bexley 

Irie 

Bowie 

Terra

Parents who like ‘out there’ names could also consider Ottoline, a girl’s name of French origin meaning ‘prospers in battle’. 

Another edgy baby name that screams ‘cool’ is Steele. 

According to Datayze, just one out of every 17,610 baby boys born in 2020 were named Steele.

And while calendar-inspired names like May, April and June have long been popular, a new name to consider if Jora, which means ‘autumn rain’.   

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