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#1 JustJenn

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 10:12 PM

Hi all, It's Jennifer. I just wanted to ask all of you, do you have any names in the family or that you have heard of that, or names that you consider to be old fashioned names? I just wanted to see all of your posts on this idea. Also, do you think that in these day and timesm, would it be oaky to still use names that are consider old fashioned and do these names have any significance to you? Thanks! :)

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 06:21 AM

Old Fashioned names are actually the trend right now, and
some old fashioned names are actually timeless/ or Classic.
Old Fashioned -
Florence
Viola
Edith
Harold
ALbert
Egbert
Olive/Olivia
Otto
Mary
Eliza
Harriett
Nellie
Theodore
Seraphina
Arthur
Patience... etc..

Classics would be..
Elizabeth
Thomas
Rebecca
Emily
Catherine
Charles
Madeleine
Carl

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 10:45 AM

My son's name is Oliver. We chose it for a few reasons - When I student taught in New Zealand, I ran into some cute little Olivers and developed a fondness for it. I love the flowing vowel sounds with the l. I haven't known anyone older with the name, so I don't really think of it as an older person's name, as some do.

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 03:15 PM

agnes
agatha
beatrice
vivian
jane
gladys
opal
pearl
janice
marjorie

ferdinand
lawrence
francis
harold
herbert
wallace
walter
william
are a few i can think of.

i think it's completely appropriate to use these names, they are especially better than the overused trendy cutesy ones today, they still age well. i only wouldn't use them if they had negative nicknames or conotations, the usual.

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 09:05 AM

Fair Newbie here, but couldn't resist posting these. Some of my favorite "old fashioned" names:

Girls:

Matilda/Mathilda
Edith
Florence
Leticia/Laetitia/Letitia
Lucretia
Aurelia
Cornelia
Dolores
Frances
Henrietta/Harriet
Gloriana/Gloria
Josephine
Isadora
Lenora/Lenore/Leonora
Margaret/Marguerite/Margery
May
Oona
Sophronia
Euphemia
Ursula
Wilhelmina


Boys:

Cosmo
Ignatius
Clarence
Remus
Rupert
Edwin/Edgar
Arthur
Philip
Grover
Hector
Linus
Martin
Otto
Percy/Percival
Perry/Peregrin
Rex
Rufus
Saul
Solomon
Valentin
Barnaby
Augustus
George


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Posted 12 August 2008 - 07:53 PM

I do believe there is a difference between old fashioned names and traditonal, classic names. While classic names do indeed date back a couple hundred years ago, they have showed their longevity, and are still popular to this day. I think what makes these names great is that they have what it takes to be popular for such an incredible length of time. Take the name Elizabeth. For the past 128 years, the name Elizabeth has ranked #3 to #26 (The name has certainly been tremendously popular for longer than that, but SSA doesnt have records past 1880). But for a name to be popular for so long, to peak so high and for its lowest position to be #26 it quite an achievement. It has also been a minority of those years that Elizabeth has spent out of the Top 10. So although Elizabeth is an old name, it is far from old fashioned :)

Wonderfully Classic Names:

Rebecca
Abigail
Elizabeth
Caroline
Anne
Cynthia
Genevieve
Judith
Katherine
Kathleen
Olivia
Mary
Penelope
Loretta
Victoria


Not-so-Wonderful Old-Fashioned Names (May they Rest In Peace)

Winifred
Virginia
Gertrude
Irene
Maureen
Philomena
Eleanor
Helen
Barbara
Nancy
Wilhelmina
Agnes
Mabel
Sybil
Jemima
Louise
Harriet
Florence
Esther
Dorothy
Tabitha

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 05:42 PM

I love old-fashioned names!I think they sorta carry a "story" and sound very classy.My favourite OF name is Agatha.




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