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14 Vintage Names Zooming Up The Charts

These old-fashioned names are hot hot hot!

Alfred?is having a major resurgence in Scandinavia and?England, and the US is hopping on that bandwagon as well, with?Alfred?leaping 160 places last year. A royal name in the UK,?Alfred?has lots of other distinguished namesakes as well, and–big plus– four hip nicknames:?Alf?and?Alfie?and?Fred?and?Freddie.

Clyde?still has a cool-cat image for a name that peaked in the year 1900, bounding up nearly 200 places in the last year. Basketball great?Walt?Frazier‘s nickname is?Clyde?and?Hall?of Famer?Clyde?Drexler was known as?Clyde?the Glide.?Catherine?Keener and?Dermot?Mulroney were ahead of the curve when they used it for their son in 1999.

Dorothy’s not just in Kansas anymore– she’s been growing in popularity across the country, rising 76 places in the past year. That wide-eyed?Wizard?of?Oz?image has managed to keep her somewhat youthful despite being the Number 2 name in 1920 and a?Golden?Girl in the 80s.?Scarlett?Johansson used?Dorothy?as daughter?Rose‘s middle name.

A serious, one-time Great-Uncle name,?Ernest?is moving onto more and more birth certificates. Associated with literary great?Hemingway, it was a Top 25 name in the 1880s and stayed in the Top 100 through the mid-1950s. In its climb back up, it gained 53 places last year.

Faye?reentered the Top 1000 in 2014–after being?MIA?for 35 years! (And sister?Fay?has been off even longer).?Faye?may be slipstreaming along behind the new popularity of?May/Mae, or might have received a bounce from being a?Mad Men?character or–here’s a thought–because everyone loves?Tina?Fey.

Sweet, gentle?Frances?is definitely on the upswing, gaining just under 100 places last year. She’s become a celebrity fave, chosen by such stylish parents as designer?Kate?Spade, actress?Amanda?Peet–who opted for fresher, spunkier, nickname?Frankie?over the more dated?Fran, and the?Jimmy?Fallons, who call their?Frances?Franny.

The popularity of nickname?Harry?has rubbed off on one of its more formal forms.?Harold?has many distinguished namesakes, including two British PMs and playwright Pinter; kids might relate to?Harold?the helicopter in?Thomas?the Tank Engine?and the classic?Harold?and the Purple Crayon.

Harvey—already a mega hit in?England–was one of the fastest rising boys’ names in the US, climbing a resounding 173 places in one year. No longer associated with the six-foot imaginary rabbit, Harveys have been making TV appearances on such shows as?Gotham?and?Suits. It’s currently 493 here, 140 on Nameberry and 48 in?England.

The roster of attractive current high-profile Hughs–including Jackman,?Grant,?Laurie?and Dancy–has probably contributed to the resurgence of ?Hugh,?this sophisticated one-syllable name.

The first First Lady’s name has always had a rather prim image, but the new generation of parents are beginning to appreciate her traditional, can-do?Martha?Stewart?virtues, while the Beatles made it endearing in the song “Martha, My Dear.”

Is?Otto?the new?Oscar? It’s a palindrome name with trendy O’s at the start and finish and is climbing each year—in 2014 it rose 69 places to 627.?Otto‘s popularity is even greater on Nameberry —the Berries have it at Number 123.?Daniel?Handler aka Lemony Snicket chose it for his son.

Rosalyn?remained in the Top 1000 for the first 80 years of the 20th century, only to drop from sight….until now, when it’s back at Number 985. A modernized version of the classic?Rosalind,?Rosalyn‘s?reemergence owes something to the style for lyn-ending names, such as?Brooklyn?and?Evelyn.

Vera?firmly established herself as a Top 400 name this year, with a gain of 55 places, and is even more popular in Spain,?Swedenand the Netherlands. Designer?Vera?Wang and Ukrainian-born actress?Vera?Famiga are current bearers. And it’s the birth name of both?Jayne?Mansfield?and?Mindy?Kaling.

Presidential name?Warren, which peaked in popularity in 1921, the year of?Harding‘s?inauguration, is suddenly back in play, both here and, strangely enough, in?France. There have been?X-Men?and?Buffy?the Vampire Slayer?Warren?characters. Iconoclastic financier?Warren?Buffet could be an inspiration.

[Originally published on?Nameberry?– the expert baby name resource.?Search thousands?of baby names by letter, ethnicity, gender, and more!]
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