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.
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.
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.
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.
According to the website nameberry.com, this is one of the few names that originated as a contraction, beginning as "mine Ancy," with Ancy being a nickname for Annis, a Medieval English variation of Anne. The name is one of the main characters in "Oliver Twist".
The name is affectionately remembered by some as Nancy Drew, a girl detective, while youngsters today are watching the "Fancy Nancy" series. Many well-known American politicians are named Nancy, with Nancy Pelosi being the most famous one. Nancy Reagan is one that must star on the list, accompanied by Nancy Sinatra. There. We have them all.