30 Old Time 'Grandma' Names That Are Making a Comeback

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Grandma names are hot right now. You know those names, you hear 'em and a vision of a portly woman with a mop of gray hair piled atop her head comes into your mind's eye. She's probably wearing an apron and wielding a wooden spoon.

Call it nostalgia. Call it a backlash to oddball celebrity names like Apple and North. Call it a yearning for a simpler time and a more ample bosom. But the days when grandma's name might have been the middle name, behind a nice modern name like Brittany or Kaylee, are waning. Now grandma's name is at the forefront. I took a poll of friends' grandmothers' names and also looked up the most popular names from the 1800s and early 1900s in the Social Security Administration name database. So these are not only all real names -- but they were once popular ones. I left out old-fashioned names like Ruby and Emma that are overly used again. Would you dare give your kid any of these 30 old-fashioned grandma names now?

1. Gertrude

2. Esther

3. Lottie

4. Nannie (although this was my grandmother's nickname, I was surprised this was actually one of the most popular given first names at the turn of the century)

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5. Beulah

6. Flossie

7. Gladys

8. Mildred

9. Mamie

10. Myrtle

grandma names11. Bertha

12. Dixie

13. Trixie

14. Kitty

15. Winifred

16. Edith

17. Erma (Irma)

18. Betty

19. Ruth

20. Minnie

21. Ethel

22. Hattie

23. Fannie

24. Nettie

25. Agnes

26. Eula

27. Goldie

28. Delia

29. Everly

30. Bessie

What was your grandma's name? Do you like any of these names?

 

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Coles... Coles_mom

You listed one of my grandmother's names: Myrtle. Horrible, horrible name. My other grandmother was Inez. Just as bad. I have an old lady's name and I've hated it every day of my life. I was always so jealous of all my friends Brittany and Tiffany....of which there were MANY in the 70s and 80s.

nonmember avatar aimee

my gmas name is emma so its not too old fashioned my other granmas names are linda and elizabeth

nonmember avatar Calimom

I hate that these awful names are coming back. I find them seriously awful. But it's as simply as me not using them and my husband and I snickering behind the backs of those that do!

ollie... olliespunkma

Elsa is a favorite of mine

nonmember avatar Calimom

I hate that these awful names are coming back. I find them seriously awful. But it's as simply as me not using them and my husband and I snickering behind the backs of those that do!

nonmember avatar Christina

I feel like this is a list of pet names. I really hope most of these do not become a trend.

romab... romab1126

Josefa, Ramona, eew

manda... mandaschelle

I had Grandmothers Edith Ethel and Phillis. None of them are horrible or off the table for future children's names. My mil names, Margaret Webster is OUT.

IHear... IHeartCake

It would be cruel to name a baby "Fannie."  But it would be funny to have a grandma named "Fannie!"

nonmember avatar Sue

My grandmother's name was Theona, and I like that!

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