What’s old is new again, right? So it makes total sense that we’re loving these old-fashioned baby names that are starting to make their way back on the shortlists of soon-to-be parents.
Just as ’90s teens dared to wear flares like their parents did decades before, there has been somewhat of a retro revival in the baby naming stakes.
We aren’t talking about names that sound great on adults but weird on babies (though I am sure there are a few amongst them), we mean the monikers from a bygone era.
They are the names that at first don’t seem to belong to a baby born after 1960 but are so irresistible and classically sweet they’re ready to return.
Here’s 20 of our favourites:
Two words. Benedict Cumberbatch. Am I right?! Tall, sophisticated, funny … what’s not to love?
Benedict is of Latin origin meaning ‘blessed’ – possibly the reason there has been a saint and 15 popes who have taken Benedict as their name.
For some reason, it feels a little scandalous to shorten the very elegant Benedict to Ben – but it is definitely possible, so if it makes the name feel more accessible, then go right ahead.