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45+ Vintage Girl Names You Don’t Hear Anymore

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Last Updated on 06/04/2024 by Nell Marie

Congratulations on your upcoming bundle of baby girl joy! Now comes the fun but very challenging task of naming your baby. If you are interested in vintage girl names you don’t hear anymore, that is where this article can help you.

So, you’ve decided you’re drawn to vintage girl names that you don’t hear every day? That’s a great place to start!

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In this article, we go over vintage girl names from 1880, 1925, and 1965 – we’re going to kick it old school!

So let’s jump in, shall we?

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Vintage Girl Names You Don’t Hear Anymore

There are so many beautiful girl names to choose from in so many styles so narrowing it down to vintage names that you don’t often hear anymore is a great place to start and focus on.

In the list below, you’ll find names that are vintage, unique, and you don’t hear that much.

I hope you find the perfect name!


Vintage Names from 1880

Please note, while we researched each name, we cannot guarantee each origin or meaning and some names have multiple meanings and origin stories. I’d advise you Google any name you are interested in with “meaning” or “origin” behind it to see all the possible meanings and origins – if the meaning and origin of the name is important to you.

Minnie – means beloved and is Hebrew in origin

Ida – means industrious one and is German in origin

Clara – means bright, clear and is Latin in origin

Nellie – means shining light and is Hebrew in origin

Mabel – means beautiful, loving, lovable, and is Latin in origin

Hattie – means ruler of the home and is French in origin

Mattie – means lady and is German in origin

Helen – means torch, light and is Greek in origin

Louise – means renowned warrior and is French and German in origin

Lula – means famous warrior and is English in origin

Lena – means bright, light and is English in origin

Pearl – means precious and is Latin in origin

Maggie – means pearl and is Greek in origin

Effie – means well spoken and is Greek in origin

Della – means of nobility and is English in origin

Flora – means flower and is of Scottish and Latin origin

Sadie – means princess and is Hebrew in origin

Addie – means noble and has roots in Hebrew, Latin, and German

Lottie – means free-man and is English in origin


Vintage Names from 1925

Margaret – means pearl and is Greek in origin

Ruth – means friend and is Hebrew in origin

Virginia – means maid, virgin, pure, and is derived from the Roman name Virginius (source: the bump)

Evelyn – means desired and is Brittish in origin

Jean – means God is gracious and is English in origin (source: name berry)

Shirley – means bright meadow and is Old English in origin

Irene – means peace and is Greek in origin

Florence – means flourishing and is Latin in origin

Ruby – means red precious stone and is Latin in origin

Eleanor – means shining light and Greek in origin

Gladys – means princess, ruler and is Welsh in origin

Lucille – means light and is French in origin

Hazel – means hazel tree and is Brittish in origin

Lorraine – means from lorraine and is French in origin

Esther – means star and is Old Persian in origin (though also has Hebrew roots)

Joan – means God is gracious and is English in origin

Marilyn – means star of the sea and is Brittish in origin

Alma – means nurturing, soul, and seems to have many origins


Vintage Names from 1965

Lisa – means God’s promise and is Hebrew in origin

Patricia – means noble and is Latin in origin

Linda – means pretty and is Spanish in origin

Tammy – means date palm and is Brittish in origin (source: The Bump)

Sandra – means defending men and is Italian and Greek in origin

Dawn – means daybreak and is English in origin

Tina – means follower of Christ and is Latin in origin

Rhonda – means good lance and is Welsh in origin

Wendy – means friend and is Brittish in origin

Catherine – means pure and is Greek in origin

Connie – means steadfast and is English in origin

Dana – means God is my judge and is Hebrew in origin

Shelly – means sheep, little rock, and is Hebrew in origin

Penny – means weaver and is Greek in origin


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Favorite Vintage Name Combos

and unique, trendy middle names to pair with them!

Minnie Solene

Mabel Marigold

Helen Rose

Lula Rosemary

Della Clementine

Addie Imogen

Dana Eloise

Lorraine Elodie

Ruth Avery

Lucille Mirabelle

Wendy Primose

Jean Noelle

Ida Jane


Vintage Names You Don’t Hear Wrap Up

Vintage girl names that have fallen out of favor still possess a timeless charm and a unique allure.

While these names may not be as common in today’s world, they continue to carry the elegance and grace of a bygone era.

Rediscovering these vintage gems can be a delightful journey into the past, evoking a sense of nostalgia and history.

As we celebrate individuality and diversity in naming our children, these forgotten names serve as a reminder of the rich tapestry of names that have graced generations before us.

Whether you choose to revive one of these names or simply appreciate their beauty from a distance, vintage girl names are a tribute to the enduring allure of the past and the endless possibilities of the future.

My top 10 favorite vintage girl names on this list:

  1. Lula
  2. Maggie
  3. Sadie
  4. Addie
  5. Lucille
  6. Ruth
  7. Wendy
  8. Lisa
  9. Shirley
  10. Jean

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