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Vintage Girl Names: 9 Fresh Ideas

Cool choices you haven’t thought of…

By Abby Sandel

Vintage girl names can make great choices for a daughter born today. They’re tied to the past, have plenty of great namesakes, and yet feel fresh and unexpected, too.

The only problem? Many of them are far more popular than you might expect.

Anna Chlumsky, the My Girl child star turned Emmy-nominated Veep cast member, recently welcomed her second daughter. She and husband Shaun So embraced the vintage girl names trend with her name: Clara Elizabeth, a little sister for Penelope Joan.

A former Top Ten favorite, Clara brings to mind The Nutcracker, silent film star Clara Bow, and Red Cross founder ClaraBarton. No surprise, then, that the name ranked Number 98 in 2015.

That’s not nearly as common as EmmaSophia, or Charlotte. But with similarly antique choices like LucyViolet, and Eleanor in vogue, it’s likely that Clara is catching on.

What’s a lover of vintage names to do? Look farther down the list, of course! Here are nine vintage girl names that remain quietly under-the-radar – for now.

Vera – An early 1900s favorite, Vera is back, more popular today than in half a century. It comes from the Russian word for faith, but brings to mind the Latin verus – truth, too. Vera shares the V of chart-toppers like Ava and Olivia. Lastly, designer Vera Wang lends this name some glam, taking it to Number 312 as of last year.

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