30 Old Time 'Grandpa' Baby Names That Are Making a Comeback

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Popular male baby names aren't as vulnerable to the winds of change as female names are. Names like John and William, which topped the most popular lists in the 1800s, are still popular today. Even during the 1970s, when girls were tagged with momentarily popular names like Tammy and Farrah, boys continued to be given enduring names like Michael and Christopher. However, the latest trend is to reach far back, WAY back, to names that normally only a grandfather would have. Celebrities like Amy Poehler, who named her boys Archie and Abel; Gwyneth Paltrow, who has Moses; Gretchen Mol, who chose Ptolemy; and Cate Blanchett, who has an Ignatius, highlight the trend. You could even add Prince George! Here are 30 "grandpa" names from the Social Security Administration's name database that are making a comeback. I've left out old timey names like Noah and Elijah that never really lost popularity. Would you dare give your kid one of these grandpa names?

1. Clarence

2. Amos

3. Ernest

4. Earl

5. Elmer

6. Ward

7. Eugene

8. Grover

9. Chester

10. Otto

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11. Luther

12. Horace

13. Lester

14. Rufus

15. Emil

16. Alvin

17. Gus

18. Roscoe

19. Cornelius

20. Virgil

21. Ollie (a lot of popular boys' names from the 1800s are now associated with girls)

22. Clayton

23. Elwood

24. Elbert

25. Woodrow

26. Herman

27. Dewey

28. Roosevelt

29. Milton

30. Wilbur

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


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Jammi... Jammie209

Some of them aren't bad. And by the way, you have Chester twice.

nonmember avatar KEL

Herman is also listed twice. In my family, there was a Roscoe and an Earl a few generations ago. My husband knows a Clarence who goes by Clint and my papaw is a Dewey Milton. Don't really care for any of the names, but since watching Alaska: The Last Frontier, Otto has kind of grown on me.

Jackie Bosarge Rudder

I want to name my son Eugene after my grandpa but hubby vetoed so he'll be named Alexander Eugene (he agreed to being a middle name).

cmjaz cmjaz

Woodrow 'Woody' is still floating around

lizhalee lizhalee

If my daughter had been a boy, I was going to name him Grover. Everybody laughed at me.

First... FirstTimeMama21

Haha. My grandfather's name was Eldor, couldn't do that to my son.

jrphelps jrphelps

My son's name is Ike after his grandfather, my father in law.  My grandfathers names are Richard & Joseph.  If we would have had a girl, her name would have been Josephine. 

nonmember avatar Tiffany

We named my Son Truman. It's not popular but does sound old!

nonmember avatar Le

I love the name Amos!

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