What’s old is new again in the world of baby names.

By Brigitt Earley and Rachel Sylvester
Updated August 21, 2019
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The top 10 baby girl names—including Emma, Olivia, Abigail, Isabella, Emily, Madison, and Elizabeth—have changed little since 2000. But a new trend has propelled some old-fashioned monikers onto the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) latest list of top names. The list, which ranks the 200 most popular names of the decade for each gender based on Social Security card application data, features a bunch of vintage names—several of which debuted on the list 100 years ago, but have been missing since as recently as the 1960s.

“Parents today are looking to reinvent baby names, and that can mean creating new names or reaching back several generations to revive vintage names,” says Pamela Redmond Satran, co-creator of Nameberry. “It usually takes four generations or 100 years for a name to have a real shot at a comeback—we don’t tend, as a rule, to use names from our parents’ era or even our grandparents’, but from our great-grandparents’ generation. These names are old enough to sound new again. Many were virtually unknown when we were growing up but are rising steeply through the ranks today.”

Check out these reappearing old-fashioned names:

1
Margot (No. 79)

This trendy name, which means “pearl” in French, hadn’t popped up in a top spot in nearly half a century.

2
Charlotte (No. 5)

This French name rose in popularity after the birth of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. The name is a pop culture staple (who could forget Charlotte York?). Lottie is a cute nickname.

3
Eleanor (No. 15)

Though it hasn’t appeared on the list since the 1950s (perhaps because of Eleanor Roosevelt), this feminine name is making a comeback.

4
Lucy (No. 19)

Lucy, a name of Latin origin meaning "light," has continued to rise in popularity since the late 1970s.

5
Elodie (No. 18)

This French name (sometimes spelled with an accent over the first E) is derived from the words for "foreign riches."

6
Maeve (No. 7)

Maeve, which means "she who intoxicates" in Gaelic, has moved up from the No. 334 spot in 2018. It's often spelled Meabh overseas.

7
Genevieve (No. 16)

The French name, made popular by the medieval saint and patroness of Paris, means “tribe woman.” It reached its highest ranking since the 1930s in 2015.

8
Hazel (No. 42)

Extremely popular during the early part of the 20th century, this nature-inspired name is back in style.

9
Ophelia (No. 12)

Ophelia, which is derived from the Greek for "help," re-entered the top 1000 in 2015 after bidding farewell to the list in 1958.