vintage first names no longer in use today or not popular anymore

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  1. Tomasso

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  2. tonyb

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    Talese's first name is an abbreviated form of Gaetano, or so I've been told.

    A girl in my high school class was (and still is, presumably) named Gay. The word had at that point not taken on its now most common meaning, at least not in the popular lexicon.

    My grandparents were Leo and Hulda, Joseph and Josephine.
     
  3. Amy Jeanne

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    Some family names that are "vintage" and not really used today (sorry if these have been repeated):

    Doris
    Lester
    Mabel
    Melvin
    Ruth
    Lillian
    Fannie
    Elma
    Maurice
    Charles (borderline common)
    Gloria
    Shirley
    Jeremiah
    Abraham
    Ella
     
  4. True, which was also Guy Lombardo's real first name.
     
  5. cecil

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    Ruth is a beautiful name.

    Dolores
    Ann without an e seems to have fallen out of favour by the '60s
    Dulcie
    Nell/Nellie
    Gene
    Ena
    Una
    Ada
    Ida
     
  6. ^^Dolores is still around, but among Spanish-speaking people.
     
  7. Fanny seems to have been a popular Jewish name as well. Sadly, in my reading about the Holocaust, the name crops up a lot.
     
  8. Shangas

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    I'll be 24 in a few months.
     
  9. My second middle name is Cecil, in honour of my Grand Dad
     
  10. Dr Kilroy

    Dr Kilroy One of the Regulars

    I like it!

    Personally, I am John James, which is not a very original combination, but also a very classic one. ;)

    Best regards, Dr
     
  11. Amy Jeanne

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    I had an aunt named Fannie Elma. THAT is a vintage name! My living grandmother is named Doris Mabel. Her mother was named Mabel Compton (Compton was her MIDDLE name!) Mabel's mother was named Lora -- which I guess is timeless.

    My paternal grandmother was named Lillian and my maternal grandmother's aunt was also named Lillian. I REALLY love that name!
     
  12. Amy Jeanne

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    More names from my family tree that are no longer widely used:

    Gladys
    Barbara
    Oliver
    Job
    Josephine
    Betty Jane (my all-time favourite name!)
    George
    Earl
    Ellis
    Helen
    Beverly
    Edith
    Ora
     
  13. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    My uncle was an Earl, a name which turns up again and again in my family. I like to think it's a sign of past nobility, but more likely my ancestors swept the stables of an earl somewhere.

    One of my concession kids at work is named "Zebulon," which always makes me think of either a biblical patriarch prophesying doom or a bearded mountain man with a jug of moonshine at his hip. Not the sort of fellow you expect to find shoveling your popcorn.
     
  14. djd

    djd Practically Family

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    I believe that Earl as a surname was used to designate someone who worked for in an Earls household. It's not a common first name in the UK at all - very American. Errol is a variant of Earl if I remember correctly
     
  15. Renault

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    I always thought my grandpaw had the coolest first and middle name, Cassius Lee.

    Renault
     
  16. Guttersnipe

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    Prescott
     
  17. Shangas

    Shangas I'll Lock Up

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    "Prescott" sounds like something out of the American Civil War!
     
  18. nostalgic

    nostalgic New in Town

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    Beryl (my paternal grandmother's name, also mentioned here though)
    Ronald (maternal grandfather's name but he goes by Ron)
    Zelda (I know it's been mentioned but it's my grandmother in law's given name but she had it legally changed to Sue!)
    Rita
    Paul (my dad's name)
    Ezra (we like that name for a little boy :D)
    Ira (I love this name but my husband says it's just too cruel to name a kid that along with an already obviously jewish last name [huh])
    Edmond (husband's maternal grandfather)
     
  19. AtomicEraTom

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    I've always loved my brother's first and middle name combo. Robert Lee, don't see it much these days.

    Whenver I hear Ira, I think of the Ballad of Ira Hayes by Johnny Cash.
     
  20. Robert Lee, or Lee as a middle name was fairly common in the South at one time, for obvious reasons. My grandfather born in Georgia was Romie Lee, and my father-in-law whose family was originally from Tennessee was William Lee.
     

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