Kids nowadays are getting names we never heard of as children. While some of the most common names repeat often throughout generations, some of today’s kids are being named words that would have never been an acceptable name in the past. Parents are also changing the spelling of average names to make their son or daughter have a name that is truly original from anyone else, sometimes at the cost of harsh judgment from their peers. Will it ever be trendy for names from past generations to come back into play? What were the names of your grandparents—are they still family names today?
We’re going with a retro throwback. Here are our top unique baby names inspired by the grandparents we know and love!
Richard (English): A powerful ruler
Joseph (Hebrew): God will add
Albert (German): Intelligent and noble
Frank (Latin): Form of Francis, meaning “a man from France; One who is free”
Myrna (Gaelic): One who is much loved
Fay (English): From the fairy kingdom; A fairy or an elf
Rose (Greek): Resembling the beautiful and meaningful flower
Frances (Latin): Woman from France; Woman who is free
Baby name inspiration comes from all over. Movies, magazines as well as friends and family are just a few, but historical names are making a strong comeback. Vintage and retro names are being paired with traditional first and middle name combinations to achieve a perfect balance of a unique and casual baby name. We like the idea of taking presidential names, first or last, for baby names! Many names on the list are in the perfect median of not being overused or too obscure.
Here is our list of presidential baby names!
Pierce (English): As solid and strong as a rock
Lincoln (English): From the village near the lake
Grant (English): A tall man; A great man
Truman (English): One who is loyal
Monroe (Gaelic): Woman from the river
Madison (English): Daughter of a mighty warrior
McKinley (Gaelic): The child of the white warrior
Carter (English): A transporter of merchandise
This decade is brought to you by the year 1960. “Sesame Street” made its first debut in 1969. The episode featured a lecture from Kermit the frog about the letter “W,” which leads us to our next 1960s milestone—Woodstock. Woodstock was held in 1969 in Bethel, New York. “3 days of peace & music,” read a poster advertising the event. The free festival gained so much attention that the expected crowd of 50,000 swelled to nearly 500,000, shutting down the New York State Thruway and causing massive traffic jams. Sullivan County, which is home to the town of Bethel, declared a state of emergency. Unfortunately, the 60s weren’t home to just kid’s programming and a defining moment in music history—it was also the time of assassinations that rocked the United States at its core. John F. Kennedy, Malcom X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were all assassinated between the years of 1963 and 1968. King had just delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963, while John F. Kennedy took office in 1961 before Lee Harvey Oswald fatally shot him in 1963.
In honor of one of our grooviest decades, here are some of the top 1960s baby names.
David (Hebrew): The beloved one
Steven (Greek): Crowned with garland
Scott (English): A man from Scotland
Joseph (Hebrew): God will add
Pamela (English): A woman who is as sweet as honey
Donna (Italian): A titled woman; Feminine of Donald; Ruler of the world
Tina (English): From the river
Kimberly (English): Of the royal fortress
The 1950s. What a time to shine. We can attribute many of the luxuries we have today to the 1950s—including some of our parents and grandparents! The decade was home to the first credit card and first running of the “Peanuts” cartoon. The color television was introduced in 1952, while McDonald’s Corporation was founded in 1955. What a stark contrast the decade was from the years before it. Dr. Seuss published The Cat in the Hat and LEGOs made their grand debut. Can we just go back to the 1950s for a few? How exciting would it have been to be the first to witness these things—who knew if they would become milestones back then? Here are some of the first names to ever read Dr. Seuss’ most famous book…and probably the first to stumble onto a LEGO brick with no shoes.
Larry (Dutch): Form of the name “Laurel”
Dennis (English): Variant of Dionysius, the mythical Greek god of wine responsible for winemaking
Gregory (English): On the watch
Scott (Scottish): Scottish; Wanderer
Nancy (English): Favor; Grace
Kathleen (English): Variant of Katherine; Pure
Brenda (Scottish): Sword or torch
Diane (Latin): Of the divine; in mythology goddess of the moon and hunt
Without the 1940s, we wouldn’t be here! Between 1940 and 1945, computers saw enough development to be recognized as useable machines. Machines that took up entire rooms. It was also a time the globe endured war and unrest, while everyday inventions continued to emerge and flourish. Simple items like the Slinky and ballpoint pen made their debut amidst the unstable years the ‘40s sustained. In 1942, the t-shirt was introduced, and three years later brought the invention of microwave ovens. Can you imagine a time when items we take for granted were just being recognized? In honor of those who could never have guessed we’d be microwaving popcorn and ramen today, here are the top baby names of the 1940s generation.
Gerald (German): One who rules with the spear
Raymond (German): A wise protector
Dennis (French): Named for Saint Denys
Gary (English): One who wields a spear
Patricia (English): Feminine form of Patrick; Of noble decent
Linda (Spanish): One who is soft and beautiful
Cheryl (English): One who is greatly loved; A darling
Susan (Hebrew): Resembling a graceful white lily
The 1930s. Pluto, which is no longer considered a planet, had just been discovered for the first time. The United States struggled as it endured the Great Depression for the entire decade. Despite the difficulties the country faced, victories persevered. Inventions, milestones and lives were immortalized in history all while the state of the world moved toward entering its second war. Amelia Earhart made history for women everywhere as the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Just five years later, Earhart would never be seen again after attempting to fly across the globe. 1933 brought the first sighting of a tale still told today—the Loch Ness Monster. 1934 was home to a much more concrete milestone, and one that many of us can appreciate—the cheeseburger. However, there is some speculation about who is the rightful owner for the first grilled patty. It was a time of unknown—if only those who lived it could have imagined the world today. Here are some of the top names from the 1930s—a time that would be stunned at the thought of stacking more than one cheeseburger on a bun!
Fred (Origin): Definition (Fred Noonan was on board with Earhart during 1937 world flight.)
Paul (Latin): A small or humble man
Jerry (Greek): A holy man; Having great strength
David (Hebrew): The beloved one
Venetia (Celtic): Blessed (Venetia Burney was the eleven-year-old credited with naming Pluto!)
Joan (Hebrew): Feminine form of John; God is gracious
Barbara (Latin): A traveler from a foreign land; A stranger
Sandra (Greek): Form of Alexandra, meaning “helper and defender of mankind”
The 1920s. The decade was home to much of what we still hold part of our culture today. The first winter Olympic games were held in 1924—American Charles Jewtraw won the first gold medal for the 500-meter speed skate competition. Time magazine, the world’s largest weekly circulated news magazine, made its shelf debut just one year earlier in 1923. Joseph G. Cannon, the retired Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, was the first person to be featured on the cover of the publication. 1928 was the year to remember—it introduced Mickey Mouse and sliced bread. “Steamboat Willie” aired its first episode that year, while Otto Rohwedder perfected his invention of the bread slicing machine. And yes, it was more advanced than a knife! Wonder Bread starting selling sliced bread nationwide in 1930.
Imagine being the first person to take a bite of a peanut butter and jelly. And when was Mickey Mouse not also a pancake? Here are some of 1920s finest monikers that any baby would be proud to have today!
Robert (German): One who is bright with fame
Ramyond (German): A wise protector
Kenneth (Irish): Born of the fire; An attractive man
Howard (English): The guardian of home
Virginia (Latin): One who is chaste; Virginal; From the state of Virgina
Evelyn (German): A birdlike woman
Lillian (Latin): Resembling the lily
Anna (Latin): A woman graced with God’s favor
Throwback! Who were the movers and shakers 100 years ago? In 1900, Kodak introduced the first camera simple enough to bring photography into mainstream society—the Brownie Camera. It cost only one dollar, and where would we be without it? The Brownie Camera took the first photos of family occasions, special events and ordinary days at the start of the 20th century. Here are the top names from the first 10 years of the century—the people who took the first photos of birthdays, new outfits, first days of school and family pets.
Fred (German): Form of Frederick, meaning “a peaceful ruler”
Willie (English): Resolute; Will
Walter (German): The commander of the army
Harold (Scandinavian): The ruler of an army
Dorothy (Greek): A gift of god
Margaret (Greek/Persian): Resembling a pearl/ The child of light
Louise (German): Feminine form of Louis; A famous warrior
Ruth (Hebrew): A beloved companion