Who says old-fashioned is obsolete? Well, it seems like in the baby-naming game, old-fashioned baby names have suddenly become the “in” thing.
For anyone who has watched the popular British TV show, “Downtown Abbey”, they know there’s just so much to love about it — the set, the 1920s feel, the hair, the clothes — oh just about everything vintage and old-style!
And if you’re one of them, I’m sure you’ve been fantasising how you’d rather be called Cora or Edith or Sybil or Daisy or any of the characters’ names.
Well, if you’re pregnant and an avid fan of the show, perhaps you’re thinking about naming your little bundle of joy after one of the characters? So, we’ve compiled the characters’ names in the show for you to choose so you’ll always remember how the show made you feel. Happy picking!
It is a mix of the medieval names Emilia and Amalia. In Latin, it means “industrious” and “striving.”
A Latin form of the Greek name Ἅννα and the Hebrew name Hannah (Hebrew: חַנָּה Ḥannāh), the name means “favour” or “grace” or “beautiful”.
From the Old English name Aethelthryth, the name means noble and strong.
A variant of the Greek KORË or CORINNA, it means “maiden.”
It is thought to be derived from the name of the flower, which comes from the Old English word dægeseage, meaning “day’s eye”.
A Greek baby name meaning bay tree, or laurel tree.
In Hebrew, it means “pleasure”.
It is derived from the Old English words “ēad,” meaning riches or blessed, and “ġȳð,” meaning war.
A Scottish baby name meaning ‘my god is bountiful’, or ‘god of plenty.’
A name in the English language which means “beauty” and “radiance”.
It comes from the Welsh name “Gwladus or Gwladys,” which bears the meaning of royalty (princess) or the gladiolus flower.
It is a Welsh name meaning “white, holy”.
It is the Scottish form of Isabel, a Spanish variant of Elizabeth meaning “God is my oath”.
An English baby name meaning faithfulness.
An English baby name meaning “Jehovah has been gracious.”
It is known as a pet name for girls named Catherine or Kathleen.
While its meaning is unknown, in classical mythology, Lavinia was the daughter of King Latinus and the wife of Trojan hero Aeneas, who named the city Lavinium in her honour.
It is an English and French name derived from the Latin masculine name Lucius meaning “as of light” (born at dawn or daylight, maybe also shiny, or of light complexion).
A Latin baby name meaning beautiful, loving, lovable.
A Persian baby name meaning child of light.
An English baby name which is derived from the flower’s name which means Mary’s gold, referring to both the flower and the mother of Jesus.
An Aramaic baby name meaning lady.
A Hebrew baby name meaning wished-for child, rebellion, or bitter.
It is originally used as a pet form of Mary and Margaret (meaning pearl), but is usually associated with the name of the month, which is derived from the Latin Maius (the month of Maia, the Greek mythological goddess of increase).
A Latin baby name meaning worthy of admiration or wonderful.
A Greek baby name meaning bobbin. Penelope was the faithful wife of Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey.
It is a Medieval form of the Latin “Prudentia,” meaning prudence or good judgment.
It is a short form of the Spanish “Margarita” (which means pear) or the Italian “Margherita” (which means pearl).
A Norman form of a Germanic name, which was composed of the elements “hrod” meaning fame and “heid” meaning kind, sort, type. It was introduced to England as Roese and Rohese. However, early on, it was associated with the flower’s name.
Also spelled Rosamond and Rosamunde, it originally combined the Germanic elements “hros,” meaning horse, and “mund,” meaning protection.
A Hebrew baby name meaning princess.
A Hebrew baby name meaning graceful lily.
It is derived from the Latin “Sibylla” which means a fortuneteller, or a prophetess.
It is of Russian origin, from the word “verus” meaning verity and coincides with the Russian meaning of faith.
From the Old French “violette,” a diminutive form of viole, which is derived from the Latin, “viola” (which means a violet).
An English baby name meaning noble, bright.
In English, the meaning of the name is sage, wise or elvin. It is also derived from the Old English, Aelfraed, meaning elf counsel or from Ealdfrith or Alfrid, meaning old peace.
An English baby name meaning highly praiseworthy.
It is of Anglo-Saxon origin which could also be a topographical name for someone who lived by a grove, or a locational name from any of the numerous places called Barrow in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Shropshire, Suffolk and Somerset.
A French baby name meaning intelligent or glorious raven. It is also a French form of the German “Bertram,” meaning bright raven.
It is an English baby name which is usually a nickname for William which means resolute protector.
It is an English surname meaning “son of Brando” which was a medieval Germanic name derived from “brand” meaning sword.
It is the Latin form of the Irish name “Bréanainn” which was derived from a Welsh word meaning prince.
An English baby name meaning “from the protected tower or from the walled city.”
It is the transferred use of the surname meaning “Carr’s son.” The name Carr comes from the Middle English and Scottish car, carre (marsh, mossy place), from the Welsh, caer (a fort), and from the Gaelic, carr (rock).
It is derived from the common Germanic name element “hari” meaning army, warrior.
It is derived from the Scottish Gaelic word “creag,” meaning “rock,” similar to Peter.
In Hebrew, it means “God is my judge”.
It is derived from the name David which is a Hebrew name meaning beloved.
It is derived from the Old Norse name “Draki” or the Old English name “Draca” both meaning “dragon”. It could have also originated from the Greek word δρακων (drakon) meaning “dragon, serpent”.
It is derived from the Olde French “durant” meaning enduring, from “durer”, meaning to endure, and from the Latin “durus”, meaning hard or firm.
In Hebrew, the name means firm, strong and long-lived.
It is from the word ‘georgos’ meaning tiller of the soil, or farmer.
It is from a Germanic name composed of the elements “haim, heim” meaning home and “ric” meaning power or ruler.
It is derived from the Old English name “Hereweald”, and derived from the Germanic elements “here” meaning army and “weald” meaning power, leader or ruler.
It is from the Germanic element “hug,” meaning heart, mind or spirit.
An English baby name meaning “God is gracious.”
Derived from the Hebrew name, Jacob, it means supplanter or one who follows.
A Hebrew baby name meaning supplanter.
A Hebrew baby name meaning “Jehovah has been gracious or has shown favour.”
A Hebrew baby name meaning “May Jehovah add/give increase.”
In Latin, the meaning of the name is youthful. It is also from Latin “Julianus”, which is also a form of Julius.
It is the Turkish form of Kamal which means perfection in Arabaic.
A borrowing from the Irish, Kieran is the Irish form of the Gaelic “Ciarán” (little dark one), which is from “ciar” (black, dark), a word meaning “dark-haired” or “black-haired”.
Derived from old Latin “Mart-kos”, the name means “consecrated to the god Mars”, and also may mean “God of war” or “to be warlike”.
A Hebrew baby name meaning “Gift of the Lord.”
From the Hebrew name מִיכָאֵל (Mikha’el), it means “who is like God?”.
A French baby name meaning “from the new village.”
A German baby name meaning famed, bright or shining.
A Latin baby name meaning “born seventh.”
From the Roman family name Terentius which has an unknown meaning, the name was used in Ireland as an Anglicised form of TOIRDHEALBHACH, but it was not in use as an English name until the late 19th century.
From Aramaic “t’om’a,” which means twin.
It is the Greek form of the Aramaic name תָּאוֹמָא (Ta’oma’) which means “twin”.
An English baby name meaning crossing, crossroads or toll gate.
It is an occupational name for a maker of objects of wood, metal, or bone by turning on a lathe.
A German baby name meaning resolute protector or will.