These 100+ Old Man Baby Names Are Vintage Cool

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When it comes to boy names, parents have been sticking with evergreen monikers like William, John, and Michael for decades now. But while those are all names that fit a child, character, or even a pet at any age, there are some classic names that can only be categorized as old man baby names. Like their old lady names counterpart, these are vintage names that are so retro they’ve swung back around to being cool again — and some of them have been catching on with modern parents in a major way.

For instance, you may very well know both a toddler and a grandpa named Leo. That’s because the fiery name has been steadily climbing the top baby names for boys charts over the past decade. In fact, it was the 95th most popular boy name of the 2010s according to Social Security records. Meanwhile, back in the 1930s, Leo ranked as the 88th most popular name for newborn baby boys, making it one of the hottest old man names around. (And just in case you’re wondering, Leo means “lion” or “brave people,” per our baby names database — although, let’s be real here, for millennials it will always mean heartthrob because Leonardo DiCaprio fever never fades.)

Leo isn’t the only oldie but goldie name making a comeback. Other names gaining in popularity that will make your baby sound like an adorably grumpy 80-year-old man include Arthur, Victor, Otis, and Otto. Clearly, everything old is new again in the world of baby naming, as the uptick in classic boy monikers proves.

But will giving your son (human or fur baby) an old school name lead to them being more mature than all of the other kids on the playground? Probably not. Although an article published in BBC magazine in 2014 argued a person’s name may have some affect on their overall path in life, there’s no concrete science that proves there’s a correlation between a name and a person’s behavior. Unfortunately, that means just because you name your son Lionel that doesn’t mean he’ll be listening to vinyl records and willingly wearing sweater vests to school every day, but hey, it’s still worth a shot.

Ready for some old man baby name inspiration? Read on for a mega-list of our favorite vintage cool baby boy names that will pair perfectly with all of those tiny bowties and bowler hats you’ve bought for your little one — hey, no judgment here. There’s nothing cuter than a baby dressed like a character from Mad Men, which is probably one of the reasons why so many of these names are making a comeback.

Old Hollywood Names:

The golden age of Hollywood is the perfect place to look for inspiration when you’re contemplating giving your baby an old man’s name. After all, these stars of the silver screen all went on to be successful with their old-timey (and undeniably cool) names.

  • Buster [Keaton]: Tough guy
  • Cary [Grant]: Pleasant stream
  • Clark [Gable]: Scribe, secretary, a scholar who is part of a religious order, or some who has an education
  • Errol [Flynn]: Nobleman, warrior, or prince
  • Fred [Astaire]: Peaceful ruler
  • Gene [Kelly]: Well-born, noble
  • Gregory [Peck]: To watch, watchful, or alert
  • Humphrey [Bogart]: Bear cub or peace
  • Jimmy [Stewart]: “He who supplants”
  • Laurence [Olivier]: Man from Laurentum
  • Lionel [Barrymore]: Lion
  • Marlon [Brando]: Dedicated to Mars, from the hill by the lake, remnants of a lake or hawk
  • Mickey [Rooney]: “Who resembles God?”
  • Oliver [Hardy]: Olive tree planter
  • Orson [Welles]: Bear
  • Sidney [Poitier]: Wide meadow
  • Spencer [Tracy]: Steward or administrator

Baby Names That Literally Mean Old:

Want to give your little one a moniker that literally means old? Surprisingly, there are actually a few out there. Try one of these unusual names if you suspect you have an old soul on your hands.

  • Aldo: This short name comes from Italian origin. It also means noble.
  • Alder: Alder is also the name of a tree. Its wood is usually used to make electric guitars.
  • Alcott: Alcott is from old English origin and means old cottage.
  • Eldred: This name means old or venerable counsel.
  • Elton: This name means old town, enclosure, or settlement.
  • Milo: This Germanic name also means soldier or merciful.
  • Seanan: Not only does this name mean old, but it also means wise or gift from god.

More Old Man Baby Names We Love:

  1. Albert: Noble and bright. Derives from German origin.
  2. Alfred: Comes from Old English origin, meaning elf or magical counsel.
  3. Archie: Archer or truly bold. Comes from German origin.
  4. Arthur: Bear, Thor, or the eagle.
  5. Barney: Defender
  6. Basil: Royal or kingly
  7. Bernard: Derives from old French or German origin. It means strong or brave bear.
  8. Bobby: Comes from old English or French origin and means bright fame.
  9. Bruce: Thick brush.
  10. Calvin: Derives from Latin origin. It means bald and is linked to the number seven.
  11. Chester
  12. Clarence
  13. Clifford
  14. Clyde
  15. Cyrus
  16. Darryl
  17. Dean
  18. Dennis
  19. Don
  20. Dwight
  21. Edgar
  22. Edward
  23. Emmet
  24. Eugene
  25. Felix
  26. Francis
  27. Franklin
  28. Gary
  29. Garret
  30. George
  31. Gerald
  32. Gilbert
  33. Glenn
  34. Grant
  35. Gregory
  36. Hal
  37. Harry
  38. Harvey
  39. Henry
  40. Herman
  41. Horace
  42. Ike
  43. Ira
  44. Irving
  45. Ivan
  46. Jefferson
  47. Jerome
  48. Jerry
  49. Johnny
  50. Keith
  51. Kenneth
  52. Laurie
  53. Leland
  54. Leonard
  55. Lloyd
  56. Louis
  57. Luther
  58. Melvin
  59. Milton
  60. Morris
  61. Moses
  62. Murray
  63. Nelson
  64. Newton
  65. Niles
  66. Norman
  67. Oscar
  68. Oswald
  69. Otis
  70. Percy
  71. Phil
  72. Pierce
  73. Quincy
  74. Ralph
  75. Rueben
  76. Rex
  77. Rhett
  78. Roland
  79. Rudy
  80. Seymour
  81. Sherman
  82. Silas
  83. Sterling
  84. Terrence
  85. Theodore
  86. Tracy
  87. Truman
  88. Ulysses
  89. Vernon
  90. Victor
  91. Vincent
  92. Wallace
  93. Walter
  94. Wayne
  95. Wendell
  96. Wilfred
  97. Wiley
  98. Wilson
  99. Wilbur
  100. Woodrow
  101. Zacharias
  102. Zeke

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