These timeless baby names are cute—and not as common as John, James, and Michael.
We combed the Social Security Administration’s list of boy names from the past couple of centuries to see which names have stood the test of time. And while your Johns, James, Michaels, Josephs, Jacobs and Williams have serious staying power, we thought we’d present you with some less frequently considered (but still cute!) old-school options from the list.
There’s just something about a baby named George that makes our faces crinkle up with glee. Ranking at number four in the 1890’s, the name George is nowhere in sight on the most current top 100 list. Let’s do it! Let’s bring back George!
Interestingly, the name Charles has been on every top 100 list since the 1890s, but has moved steadily from the number five slot to the number 51 slot. The name Charles is derived from Germanic Karl and Hari meaning “man” and “warrior”, respectively… which might be a little intense for a baby boy. You can call him Charlie, though!
Another princely surname, Edward moved off the top 100 list in 1998. It’s an old English name meaning “Rich Guard”, but from Edward we get Eddie, Eddy, Ned, and Teddie. If unique is your goal, you might also consider Edmund, which has never been on any top 100 list.
After a 100 year-long descent, the name Henry has been rising in popularity since 1994. Another favorite among kings, Henry means “Home Ruler.” The 1950’s Beverly Cleary character Henry Huggins -- the young friend of Ramona Quimby -- may have helped make the name Henry a little more approachable.
The name Wallace hasn’t been on a top 100 list since 1927… however, it has a certain je ne sais quoi, doesn’t it? Afterall, Wallace means “foreigner” in Norman French.
We, too, think of Arthur the anthropomorphic aardvark when we think of the name Arthur. And perhaps unsurprisingly, the name’s popularity has been in decline since the Arthur books were released in the 1970’s. But we can’t help but smile when we think of a baby named Arthur!
The name Albert has been steadily losing traction since 1914. From Germanic adal meaning noble and beraght meaning bright, it’s almost no surprise that two Alberts, Einstein and Camus, are credited as being two of the greatest minds of the last century. So want a baby genius? You know what to do.
Last on the top 100 list in 1957, Ernest has never, in earnest, been a trendy name. But with Oscar Wilde’s character Ernest in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Ernest Hemingway as examples, there’s just something so very literary about it.