21 Beautiful but Forgotten Victorian Baby Names

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There is something truly beautiful and moving about getting to choose a baby name. When parents-to-be get this privilege, however, it can feel like a daunting task to choose the exact right one for their little one, especially with the thousands of options available. Although moms and dads are looking to the future for their little one, when it comes to the name, they may want to look to the past for inspiration. 

Modern parents in search of perfect names are going for the sought-after "it" names from the Victorian era (think Ella and Grace). But there were a lot of gorgeous and unique names from the late 1800s that they probably haven't thought about ... yet! We found 21 beautiful Victorian baby names that we know parents are going to find appealing. Trust us!


During the Victorian era, across-the-pond trends were common in the United States. England was peaceful during Queen Victoria's reign -- a name that spawned an entire era! Meanwhile, the United States was busy establishing its democracy during a bloody civil war. Americans borrowed elaborate fashions from England as well as now-classic literature by Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray, and the Brontë sisters. Pioneers and prospectors were moving west in search of fortune, and average people were just trying to eat.

The feminine names in the United States during this time weren't tough like the times; they were sweet, even frilly. Popular male names were often inspired by religious beliefs or family names and trades. What we think of as quintessential Victorian names such as Owen, Ella, Grace, and Isaac have been devoured by today's parents looking for appealing vintage sounds.

But what Victorian names are still flying under the modern-day radar? This list includes tasteful antiques that just might make an appearance on a list of favorites soon.


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