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Sweet Vintage Nickname Names


My love of everything old-fashioned extends of course to baby names.  Lately we’re seeing a rise in sweet old-timey diminutive names. Of course many of these could also work as nicknames if you prefer your little lady to have a longer full name.  Here are a few of my favorite short and sweet vintage nickname names!

By far one of my favorite nicknames, Edie has a bit of an edge coupled with a soft sweet girl-next-door vibe. It may be too Grey Gardens for some and stems from Edith, though I’d use it in a heartbeat for Eden if I could. Edie is plenty cute on its own but could also work for Edeline, Elodie, or Enid.

Elsie is one of the many adorable nicknames that derives from Elizabeth – that could seriously be its own post! Elspeth, Elsa, Estelle would make lovely longer names for this one. Elsie has shed her “Victorian maid” image and the quirky Zooey Deschanel recently named her daughter Elsie Otter.

When I hear the name Kitty I immediately think of 1950’s TV shows. I’m just waiting for a celeb to scoop up this vintage diminutive of Katherine to use on his or her little girl. You may also opt for the unisex and spunky Kit.

I adore Tilly as a nickname for Matilda, which is stems from, but its also a pretty cute little name all on her own! Former Big Brother contest Brittany Haynes is Mom to Minnie, Tilly, and Rhue – clearly she loves this style in naming!

Fans of Phantom of the Opera will associate this name with the line, “little Lotte let’s her mind wander..” Lottie may be bursting on the scene as Charlotte climbs the charts. Lottie could also work for Ottilie, Loretta, Charlotta, or my favorite, Colette.

Maggie seems to be a name people have polarizing feelings toward. Perhaps so many pets named Maggie have detured people a bit. Maggie is one of the many great diminutives of Margaret. Maggie would be a fun nickname for Margot or Magdalene, but my pick would be Magnolia.

Not just for Minnie Mouse – I’m thinking of the lovely actress Minnie Driver, born Amelia. Harry Potter fans may choose Minnie as a nickname for Hermione or Minerva. Wilhelmina would be another fun full name for the sweet Minnie.

An old name once used for Helen or Eleanor, today she stands all on her own. I think Nellie would be adorable on a little Cornelia if you’re as gah-gah for vintage names as I am. Nellie would also be a fun nickname to Penelope which people are loving lately!

I love Rosie just all on her own and of course it comes from Rose. There are tons of Rose names though, a few lovely ones include – Rosa, Rosalie, Rosette, Roseanne, Rosario, Rosalyn, and Rosaline.

Winnie is one cutesy nickname that I see many other fellow name lover’s obsess over. I was pleasantly surprised to see Jimmy Fallon use the name Winnie for his eldest daughter. Fallon’s second daughter’s name Franny (Frances), could’ve also made this list! If you like old fashioned longer names Winnie works for Edwina and Winifred, though I’d love to use Winnie for Elowen, Gwendolen, or Winter.

What are your favorite names from this list?


Lightly Vintage Girls Names


Love the feel of a vintage name but don’t want your little girl to sound like a stuffy old lady? Lose the frump but keep the charm with 20 these lightly vintage names that would suit a beautiful baby born today.

If you love Ava, which has been a Top 10 name for the past 10 years, you may like the similar sounding Ada.  Currently ranked at Number 357, Ada comes from the German name Adelaide meaning noble. Simple, strong, and sweet, Ada also gets cool points for being a palindrome name.

Bonnie is a wholesome Scottish name meaning beautiful. Currently ranked at Number 871, Bonnie peaked in the late 1940s after the release of Gone with the Wind in which Bonnie was the nickname of Scarlett and Rhett’s sweet little girl.

Cora is just one of the lovely vintage names that Downtown Abbey helped revitalize.Cora is derived from a Greek name meaning maiden. Currently at spot Number 88, Cora hasn’t been this popular since 1910.

Della ends in the same lovely sound as sisters Isabella and Gabriella, though it is not nearly as popular.  A diminutive of the German name Adela, Della means noble. Only 213 girls were named Della last year.

Estelle is a French name meaning star, and what little girl wouldn’t love that meaning? Currently ranked at Number 823, Estelle lends its self to the sweet old-timey nicknames Essie and Estee.

Fans of musician Etta James, who was born Jamesetta, may enjoy this sweet vintage name. Etta began as a diminutive of the name Henrietta meaning estate ruler. A great Ella or Emma alternative, Etta was only given to 242 little girls last year.

Flora is a Latin name meaning flower that has been getting more recognition in recent years. Still less common than its sisters Cora and Nora, Flora was only used by 173 girls last year. Flora peaked in 1902 when it reached Number 100.

A diminutive of Harriet, meaning estate ruler, Hattie is an old-timey name that’s undergone a huge revival. Currently Number 488, Hattie hasn’t been this popular since the late 1950s and now outranks Harriet.

If you want a less frilly flower name, you may consider Iris. Iris is a Greek name meaning rainbow currently ranked at Number 217. In Greek mythology Iris was the goddess of the rainbow. Iris may also refer to the colored part of the eye.

June is a month name derived from the Roman goddess Juno. June is rising in the charts, currently ranked at Number 280, it hasn’t been this popular since 1966. Other attractive June names include Junia, Juniper, and Juno.

Lavinia is one of my favorite Olivia alternatives. A Latin name meaning from Lavinium, Lavinia is packed full of Victorian charm and hasn’t been in the Top 1,000 since 1929. Lavinia was only given to 63 baby girls last year.

Mabel was the then rare name that Paul and Jamie gave their daughter in the 1990s sitcom Mad About You. Derived from the named Amabel, meaning loveable, Mabel is now ranked at Number 578, the highest it has ranked since the early 1950s.

If you love the sound of Natalie but are more drawn to rare vintage names then Ottilie is the name for you. Pronounced o-TEE-lee or ot-till-ee, Ottilie comes from the name Odilia meaning fortune. Ottilie is so rare that it was only given to 12 girls last year.

The gemstone of June, Pearl is a granny-chic name making quite the comeback. Pearl ranked at 628 for the past two years, the highest it has been since the mid-1960s.  Pearl is a name I’m seeing more and more as a middle name as well.

Poppy is the name of the sweet, cheery, red little flower. Poppy has never ranked in the US Top 1,000 and is definitely more used across the pond in the UK. Last year Poppy was used here by 257 little girls.

Sylvie is a sweet French variation of Silvia, meaning of the forest. Sylvie has a chic yet friendly air to it. Never before ranked in the Top 1,000, Sylvie was only given to 212 girls last year. Sylvie would also be a nice alternative to Sophie.

Whether or not you’re a fan of the Twilight saga, there sure were some beautiful names in the series, including Rosalie. A French form of Rosalia, meaning rose, Rosalie currently ranks at Number 266, the highest it has been since the early 1950s.

Tillie is a cutesy little name that began as a nickname for Matilda meaning strength in battle. Vintage nicknames like Millie, Tillie, and Winnie do stand alone well as given names. 70 little girls were given the first name Tillie last year.

Vera has a very posh sound perhaps because of the elegant designer namesake Vera Wang. Vera is a Russian name meaning faith or true that ranks at Number 312. Vera peaked in 1919 when it reached Number 65.

If you’re looking for a Willow alternative or a way to honor a William than you may love the name Willa. Willa is a feminine form of William meaning resolute protection. Currently ranked at 481, Willa hasn’t been this popular in over 60 years.

What lightly vintage girls names do you love?

You can hear me chat about a few of these names here:

Timeless names A-Z


It’s no secret that I LOVE many classic and timeless names. Without using my A-Z favorite names – you can read/watch more about those here: http://listography.com/TulipByAnyName/a-z_favorite_names/5936215402
I thought I would list one beautiful and timeless name for each sex for most letters of the alphabet. I hope you enjoy!

Annabelle & Adam
Annabelle is so pretty & has many adorable potential nicknames. Adam never seems to go out of style & works on a man of any age.

Bridget & Bernard
What I like about Bridget is that it isn’t too popular and has a bit of spunk to it. Vintage names for girls have been rising in the charts. I wonder if old classics like Bernard might start coming back into fashion for boys?

Charlotte & Charles
Charlotte and Charles are both family names for me. I love the nickname “Lottie” for Charlotte & “Charlie” for Charles.

Diana & Daniel
Diana has a certain class and grace attached to it, in part because of the late Princess Diana. As a huge Anne of Green Gables fan, Diana will forever be tied to Diana Berry for me. Daniel, like Gabriel and Michael, carries a warm familiarity. It’s never been lower than #55 in the U.S.

Eleanor & Edward
These two names have really made a comeback in recent years. Eleanor is one of those vintage girls names that many people are loving. “Elle” names for girls have been getting lots of attention. Edward got a bit of a boost during the Twilight craze.

Frances & Frederick
Frances is a family name for me and interestingly a name that many celebrities have given to their little girls – either as first or middle names. Frederick has a very noble and distinguished sound to me.

Grace & George
Grace is wildly popular as both a first and a middle name. It’s a beautiful virtue name, with a great meaning, and it flows well with many other names. I suspect that the new little Prince George may give the name George a boost in popularity.

Helen & Henry
Helen was so popular in the 19th century until the mid 20th century. Similar names such as Helene or Helena may make for a lovely way to honor a Helen. Henry is on an upward swing in popularity here in the U.S. I have to admit, there is something pretty adorable about a little boy named Henry.

Isabelle & Isaac
If I didn’t love Imogen so much, Isabelle would easily be my favorite “I” name for girls. I love “belle” names and Isabelle ages beautifully. Isaac is a Biblical name that I’ve seen many others in the baby name community mention as a favorite.

Josephine & Jacob
I love Josephine. Josephine reminds me of the wonderful character Josephine “Jo” March in “Little Women”. I think Josephine would make a beautiful middle name. When I think of names that have withstood the test of time I have to give Jacob credit. Not only is Jacob the number 1 name in the U.S. right now, it’s an old Biblical name that is popular in many other countries as well.

Katherine & Kenneth
Chances are that you know or have known many Katherine’s. It’s a strong name with many great nicknames and many lovely variations. I feel like Kenneth is often overlooked, but could truly work on a many of any age – especially if you use the nicknames Ken or Kenny.

Lucy & Lawrence
Lucy is in so many of my “name-friend’s” top 10. It’s cute, it’s classic, it’s feminine… Lucy has it all. Lawrence is very handsome name. I knew a Lawrence who went by the nickname “Ren” which I’ve always thought made for a cool nickname and great alternative to Laurie/Lawry.

Mary & Matthew
Mary is the epitome of a classic name. It is often given as a namesake in Christian families. There are tons of beautiful variations Mary. Matthew is another Biblical boys name that just doesn’t seem to feel frumpy or old fashioned. It also works well as a middle name.

Nora & Nicholas
Nora is a sweet Irish name that has been climbing the charts – so has Norah. Nicholas has great history and substance to it. I love the nickname “Cole” as an alternative to “Nick”.

Ophelia & Owen
The first two classic “O” names that came to mind were Olivia & Oliver, but since those are on my favorites list I’m going to stretch a bit with Ophelia & Owen. Ophelia does have a bit of a stigma/history attached to it, but how fun is Ophelia to say? Owen has a friendly and hearty sound to it. I’ve really been liking Owen lately.

Pearl & Paul
Pearl is making a huge come back and would be considered “old-lady-chic”. Ten years ago Pearl may have felt like your great-great-Aunt but it’s definitely back in passion. Paul is simple, strong, and understated.

Sorry, no girls name for this one. Clearly some of these letters are much harder than others. I haven’t come across a timeless girl’s name that begins with a Q. Quintin is quite old though. It has Latin roots and means “fifth”.

Rosemary & Robert
I love “Rose” names. Rosemary sounds so sweet and wholesome. Robert has always been a top 100 name in the U.S. and although it’s popularity has dipped a bit, it remains a classic.

Samantha & Samuel
“Sam” is one of the nicknames I find attractive on both sexes. I would have loved to have been named Samantha when I was a little girl. It was hugely popular in the 80’s and 90’s. Samuel has always been fairly popular. It dipped a bit in the 50’s but has actually been making a come back.

Teresa & Theodore
Teresa is often a name given to honor Saint Teresa and Mother Teresa. I think the nickname “Tess” would be adorable for a little Teresa. Theodore is a popular name among name-lovers. It’s strong, handsome, and classic. Plus it comes with cute nickname options like Ted, Teddy, and Theo!

Like “Q” I only found a male name fitting for this category. Ulysses is a name strong in character, U.S. History, and mythology.

Victoria & Vincent
There are actually quite a few “V” names that I enjoy. Both Victoria & Vincent have a regal and stayed quality to them.

Willa & William
Willa and William are a fold of one another. I can easily see these names being used in a story from 100 years ago, yet I wouldn’t be shocked to hear either on a schoolyard today.

* X & Y have been excluded because although most X & Y names are quite vibrant and fascinating, they don’t strike me as classic or timeless.

Unfortunately no “Z” names for girls quite fit my theme here. My Great-Grandmother really wanted my parents to name my brother Zachary or Zachariah. Neither name would have suited him but both of these “Zac” names have staying power.

~love & peace