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These old fashioned baby names could be set to make a comeback

Minnie, Ethel and Winifred could boom in popularity. (Picture: Getty)

There are few baby name choices that get as much attention as a little royal.

Harry and Meghan’s newest edition – Lilibet Diana – has certainly got people talking. And they may have inadvertently sparked off a new trend for old fashioned names.

With Lilibet and Archie in tow, the royal couple have displayed a real fondness for archaic monikers, particularly the slightly more unusual ones – and experts believe the general public might follow their lead.

In fact, old fashioned baby names are already on the rise.

Arthur and Ada have recently popped back up in the most popular names list for the first time in 100 years.

Back in the early 1900s, Arthur was the top ten most popular boys’ names pretty much every year, until it dropped out in 1924.

Then, in 2018 it re-entered the charts at number seven, by the following year had jumped to fourth position, which is where it placed in 2020 too.

Similarly, Ada hadn’t been in the top 100 list of girls’ names since 1924, but in 2018 it jumped to 65th, and by the following year had risen to 47th.

It’s no coincidence that both Ada and Arthur happen to be character names in the hit TV show Peaky Blinders.

The key to choosing a beautiful and unique baby name is to be slightly ahead of the curve. So, you need to know which old fashioned names are likely to be cool again, before they make the top ten list.

Thankfully, Cosmopolitan has made these predictions so you don’t have to. They cross-referenced the top 200 British boys and girls baby names from the year 1900 with the top 200 British boys and girls baby names from 2019, to identify which names they think are likely to be big.

In the top 20 girls names were Bessie, Ida and Constance. The top predicted girl’s name was Mary, followed by Ethel.

For the boys, Edwin, Clifford and Horace all ranked highly. The top predicted boy’s name was Ernest, with Harold in second and Walter in third.



Top old fashioned girl’s names set to make a comeback

  1. Mary
  2. Ethel
  3. Lilian
  4. Ellen
  5. Winifred
  6. May
  7. Catherine
  8. Frances
  9. Agnes
  10. Minnie
  11. Louisa
  12. Kate
  13. Constance
  14. Dora
  15. Ida



Top old fashioned boy’s names set to make a comeback

  1. Ernest
  2. Harold
  3. Walter
  4. Herbert
  5. Reginald
  6. Percy
  7. Leonard
  8. Sidney/Sydney
  9. Cecil
  10. Horace
  11. Edwin
  12. Victor
  13. Hector
  14. Redvers
  15. Bertie/Bert

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