Cool Old-Fashioned Baby Names
Everything old is new again. And while there are advances in technology and television censorship, we’ve seen a major return to vintage clothing , vintage décor and vintage names. Cue: the old-fashioned baby name resurgence, as stars like Salma Hayek and Matt Damon opt for strong, classic names that shy away from sensationalist spelling and several variations. Here are the old-fashioned hip baby names we think you should keep in mind.
Born to Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany in June of last year, Agnes Lark was just in time for the year’s 1920s pop culture affinity. (And thanks to Principal Skinner’s mother on that famous episode of The Simpsons, we know that “Agnes” translates to, “Lamb. Lamb Of God.”)
Bryce Dallas Howard and Bryce Gabel welcomed Beatrice Jean in the middle of January, and have substantially propelled the “Bea” effect. Somewhere, each of the Golden Girls is smiling.
Lily Allen and husband Sam Cooper channeled the early 20th century when naming their first daughter, Ethel. Talk about a name with character – how long until she begins following in her mother’s creative footsteps?
Whether as the daughter of Matt Damon or the daughter of Antonio Banderas (not the same child, we promise), the name Stella has made a triumphant comeback – especially in the world of Hollywood. Meaning “star,” you have to wonder why so many celebrities have embraced it.
Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott welcomed daughter Hattie only a few months back, and have already announced the impending arrival of baby number four. A favourite name of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, “Hattie” is sometimes a short form of “Harriet” and has been given to famous actresses, athletes and politicians through history.
Son of actress Emily Deschanel and husband David Hornsby, Henry was born on September 21, 2011 and falls in line with our zest for royalty. Classic and regal, we can all probably assume he’s referred to as “the little prince.”
A name for the ages, Arthur Saint was born in 2011 to Salma Hayek and her husband, Francois and also reflects celebrities’ newfound zest for historical names. The only thing better would be a title of “King.”
Opting for a strong, political name, Alexis Stewart (daughter of Martha) chose the name Truman for her baby boy, born earlier this year. And as long as everybody stays away from Nixon, we should be just fine.
Sandra Bullock went the aristocracy route when naming her now two-year-old son, who she adopted in early 2010. Rumour has it that Sandra’s now thinking about adopting a second child, so we’ll see if she keeps thinking French dynasty.
It was a noble name for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner who welcomed child #3 in the way of baby boy Samuel. Joining Violet and Seraphina, we’ll see if this family ends up challenging the Jolie-Pitts for inter-industry domination.