This name is given to fiery, feisty, and passionate girls, and we clearly have a place for it in our hearts. As the name of Camelot’s beautiful but ill-fated queen, Guinevere, was eclipsed by Jennifer, the more modern Cornish version. Things being what they are, Guinevere could be a great choice name for parents charmed by its historical significance.
For anyone else, it might just be a bit too much. Being such a harsh name to swallow, Guinevere has many more modern adaptations. Gwen and Gwinnie have become popular nicknames, Guin being a contemporary and casual version of the name.
Since old-fashioned names are making a comeback in these past few years, it's not hard to notice that Henrietta has the same vintage charm as many of the other names on our list. This name first arrived in England in the 1600s with the French princess Henriette Marie, who married King Charles and soon became known as Henrietta Maria.
In French, the name bears the distinguished meaning of 'keeper of the earth'. Of course, it is also the French form of Henry. Henrietta Barnett is probably the most famous Henrietta around, known for being a great educator in the 19th century.
We thought finding vintage-inspired names would be tough, but we were sorely mistaken. Considering the treasure trove of names from history, we could not forget to add Magdalena. This sentimental moniker has forever been esteemed with the fallen-yet-redeemed Mary Magdalen.
But some parents are forward-thinking, and they chose to try and revive the name Magdalene as a standalone, without the added 'Mary'. The name Magdalena is popular in many languages, including German, Spanish, and Slavic. The Greek origin means woman from Magdala, and it has been associated with the catholic church for years. Hard to think about this name in a different context, to be honest.
Before Phoebe was found in the Bible, written about in Shakespeare's "As You Like It," and featured on the hit TV sitcom "Friends," legend has it that Phoebe was the by-name of Artemis, goddess of hunting and the moon. Phoebe has Greek origins meaning "radiant, shining one."
Today many Phoebes are out there rocking our world, including Phoebe Bridgers and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. We must admit that as a stand-alone, Phoebe is not one of our favorites; however, when the last name suits the first like a glove, we must admit we kind of love it. Pheobe Buffay, you do the name justice.
The hunt for vintage-themed girl names uncovered some rare and surprising gems, like the distinctly Irish-sounding name Molly. Down-to-earth and plucky, Molly has been unfailingly popular in America over the past several decades. References to this name include Molly Bloom from the James Joyce novel 'Ulysses' and the Revolutionary War heroine Molly Pitcher. And no one can forget Molly Ringwald, of course.
There's Molly Shannon and Molly, the man, Meldrum, and we feel this name will climb back up the ladder of success. It is known that many people use Molly as a nickname for Mary; however, it was ranked 18th most popular name in 2021, so it's on the right track.