Best Baby Names From Cemetery Gravestones

It's official! Weird Hollywood baby names like Apple and Pilot Inspektor are out, and old-fashioned names like Pearl and Gloria are in. Jack Osbourne and his fiance, Lisa Stelly, chose the first, and Maggie Gyllenhaal and husband Peter Sarsgaard chose the second.

And now there seems to be a trend towards giving girls a traditional boy name. Jessica Simpson just named her newborn daughter Maxwell Drew. And Levi Johnson, father of Sarah Palin's grandchild, is going to name his soon-to-be-born baby girl after a gun: Beretta. Okay, guns aren't male or female, really. But they're kinda mannish to me.

The world has gone mad. However, if you like the idea of giving your baby girl a boy's name, there's a place you can get some great ideas.

Your local cemetery.

Hey, don't knock it. If you like old-fashioned baby names, you can't get much more vintage than those culled from a bunch of centuries-old headstones. Plus, the names are kind of spooky, too. Take a look at these 30 names we found at the graveyard.

These are all traditional male names, but might they might just work for your little bundle of femaleness too. I mean, if you're into that kind of thing.

1. Augustus

2. Demas

3. Washington

4. DeRobigne

5. Teunis

6. Orison

7. Horace

8. Churchill

9. Alford

10. Simeon

11. Lot

12. DeWitt

13. Asher

14. Abram

15. Fletcher

16. Anson

17. Mellen

18. Elias

19. Gamaliel

20. Brockholst

21. Caleb

22. Chauncey

23. Ormsby

24. Napoleon

25. Ole

26. Silas

27. Fitz

28. Cleveland

29. Othnial

30. Casper

Would you give any of these to a boy -- or a girl? Have you ever gotten baby name ideas from a graveyard?


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nonmember avatar Nicole

We found our daughters name at a cemetery in Wisconsin Dells, I wasn't even pregnant with any of our children, but when we came across a tombstone with the name Lydia Rose we were hooked! I LOVE the old names, We have a Vivian Lois, and a Josiah Franklin. We are avid Cemetery buffs and love to see all of the old names making a come back!

Ebony Black

My sister found my nephews name in the local obituary.

glori... gloriajoy

I've never thought of my name or my husband's as old fashioned but his name is on the list, Caleb. I guess it was trendy in 1987 because i went to school with a handful of Calebs. I guess my name is old fashioned, Gloria, since I have yet to meet another person younger than 60 with the same name. I like having a name that isn't very common but also isn't totally weird. 


We're expecting a son in August and I have LOVED the name Elias for a while now, but I think my husband is leaning toward a more modern trendy name so I'll have to save Elias for the second boy way down the road.

NatAndCo NatAndCo

There are some old names that are just wonderful. I always like Vivian and Josephine. Oldies but goodies. Boys names however are harder. No one wants a Horace or an Alfred

Kelli... KelliansMom

I have been reasearching my family tree and I find myself really loving some of the names form the 1800 :)

jaysg... jaysgirl1

Please don't ever say you got a name from a cemetary. My daughter is in a cemetery and her name is Julianna Emily.

Megankae Megankae

I like Asher alot. :)



nonmember avatar Gretta

Uhm seems morbid. And I do not like giving girls boys a boy name at all.

nonmember avatar Gretta

I mean giving "girls a boy name."

nonmember avatar Karri

My 10 yr old brother is named Caleb.
And I love the name Fletcher.

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