The most popular vintage girl names
What’s old is new again, especially when it comes to what we’re naming our little girls in the South.
This story originally appeared on Southernliving.com.
From Throw-back-Thursdays to flea market finds, we love all things vintage–especially when it comes to names. And it's a tough–and important–decision. You can scour the Internet, flip through baby naming book after baby name book, research your family tree, or talk to friends. Should you go with a double name or stick with a family name? To help make the hunt for your Southern baby name easier, we've compiled some of our favorite vintage baby names for you to consider.
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Alice: “noble, graceful”
Alice was popularized in the 1865 novel, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Another famous Alice? Alice Sebold: Author, The Lovely Bones.
Bonnie: “attractive, pretty”
Bonnie originates from Scotland and was made popular from Gone With the Wind.
Another famous Bonnie? Bonnie Raitt, the 10 time Grammy Award Winning musician.
Clara/Clare: “bright and clear”
Latin. Clara is the modern spelling of Clare. St. Clare of Assisi, founder of the Poor Clare’s order of nuns.
Another famous Clara? Clara Barton, Founder of the American Red Cross.
Edith: “fighting to be rich”
Old English. A popular name among royalty and is the name of several saints.
Another famous Edith? Edith Head, 8 time Academy Award winner for Costume Design.
Genevieve: “leader of the tribe”
Little Genevieve looks like she’s definitely in charge and having fun!
Another famous Genevieve? Genevieve Gorde, Interior Designer on HGTV.
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Hattie: “ruler of the house”
German. Hattie is the feminine version of Harry and comes from Henrietta, which has been used in royalty for centuries.
Another famous Hattie? Hattie McDaniel: First African American to win an Academy Award for her role in Gone with the Wind.
Lillian: “lily flower”
Latin. Lillian comes from the flowering plant, Lily, and is a symbol of purity.
Another famous Lillian? Lillian Gish, Theatre and Film actress who lived to 100.
Lydia: “coming from Lydia”
Greek. Lydia was the kingdom of western Asia Minor (Turkey) in the Iron Age.
Another famous Lydia? Lydia Ko, the youngest professional golfer to be ranked #1. Named Time’s Top 100 Most Influential at age 16.
Martha: “lady of the house”
Aramaic. In the Bible, Martha of Bethany was the sister of Lazarus and Mary.
Another famous Martha? Martha Stewart, TV personality, author, businesswoman.
Minnie: “stout protector”
German. Minnie was made popular as Minnie Mouse by Walt Disney.
Another famous Minnie? Minnie Pearl, Country Singer and Comedian.
Millicent: “strong worker”
French. Millicent has been used as a given name since the Middle Ages.
Another famous Millicent? Millicent Fenwick, Vogue editor; US Representative; US Ambassador to the UN.
Mae: “born in the month of May”
Latin. The name of the month comes from Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility.
Another famous Mae? Mae West, Stage and Film Actress, and classic Pin-up.
Nell: “mercy and compassion”
German. Short for Eleanor. Popularized by First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt.
Another famous Nell? Nell Carter, Tony and Emmy Award Winning Actress.
Greek. In Homer's Odyssey, Penelope was associated with marital faithfulness.
Another famous Penelope? Penelope Cruz, Academy Award Winning Actress.
Phoebe: “bright and shining
Greek. Popularized by Friend’s TV character played by Lisa Kudrow.
Another famous Phoebe? Phoebe Cates, actress and model.
Rose: “rose blossom”
Latin. Roses are associated with love and beauty.
Another famous Rose? Rose Kennedy, matriarch of the Kennedy clan.
Ruby: “ruby gemstone”
Latin. Ruby is July’s birthstone and the name has been popular since the Victorian era.
Another famous Ruby? Ruby Dee, Academy Award Nominated Actress.
Ruth: “mate, companion”
Hebrew. Ruth became popular by President's Grover Cleveland's daughter, 'Baby' Ruth.
Another famous Ruth? Ruth Buzzi, Golden Globe winner and 5 time Emmy nominated, actress and comedian.
Sadie: “princess, lady-like”
Hebrew. Originates from Sarah. In the Bible, Sarah was described as a woman of beauty.
Another famous Sadie? Sadie Robertson, member of the Duck Dynasty television show.
Vivian: “full of life”
Latin. Formerly used as a man’s name, today it is strictly feminine.
Another famous Vivian? Vivian Vance, actress and Lucille Ball’s sidekick, “Ethel Mertz”