While it may be one of the most exciting parts of pregnancy, naming a baby is never easy. Parents have 9 months to figure out a name for their new baby, but that may never be enough time. A name is very serious, and this is something that is going to be carried with your child for the rest of their lives. The good news is that there is no lack of inspiration out there. Mom and dad can look to family names, Hollywood, or even literature to find the perfect name.
There are some parents out there who like traditional, and “old” names, and other parents who like names that are more unique and individual. However, what we may need to stop and consider is that the names of our grandparents may be so vintage that they are now considered unique, and we may seem them come back around to the top of the popular lists. We have found the 12 best “old man” names for baby boys.
Frederick is a classic name, and it may be the one for you. According to Scary Mommy, the name means “peaceful ruler,” and there are a ton of adorable nicknames that can be pulled from this name, think Fred or Freddy.
If you hear this name, you may think of Humphrey Bogart initially, and there is nothing wrong with that. This name means “bear cup, peace” and it is perfect for a little boy. This is an older name, but it is absolutely unique.
Bernard is a classic name, that will never go out of style. According to Practical Parenting, the name means “strong as a bear,” and if this isn’t the perfect name for a little boy, we don’t know what is.
Charles definitely sounds dignified, and the best part about this name is that it can be used in so many ways. The full form can be used in more formal settings, like school and when the baby gets into mischief. However, it can also be shortened to Charlie to make it a bit more adorable. The name means “free man.”
Theodore may just be the perfect name for a parent who wants multiple nickname options for her child. According to NameBerry, this name is of Greek origin, and it means “gift of God.” This name can turn into Ted, Teddy or Theo as a short form.
Archie is a name that may become more popular due to Prince Harry and Megan Markle using it for their first child. The name means “truly bold,” and we can see why there is so much attention on this adorable name.
Despite this being an older name, it sounds unique, and it may be the best choice for two parents who can’t agree on whether they want a traditional name, or a more modern one. The name means “God strengthens,” and it has a lot of space in the Bible, which may be perfect for parents who want a name that is tied into their religion.
Louis is often seen as a royal name, and that may be because there have been a lot of kings who share this name. Even Prince William named his third child this. The name means “renowned warrior,” and it looks like this name is about to make a big comeback, so you may want to jump on it now.
Emmett is a great name, because it is an older name, but it doesn’t sound like it is. It is also rising in popularity, so now may be the best time to jump on it. The name means “Powerful,” and that is what we all want our little boys to feel like every day.
Silas is the name Justin Timberlake chose for his first son, and we can see why. The name means “wood, forest.” This would be perfect for a family who likes to be out in nature and going on many adventures together. It also has religious ties for anyone that deems that important to them.
If you are looking for a cool M name, this may be the one. The name is of European origin, and it means “dead sea.” A fun fact about this name is that it was the name of Mickey Mouse before it was changed. Mickey is also a great choice for a little boy.
This is a name that will definitely not be heard on the playground very often. The name means “wealthy,” and it is of German origin. If mom is looking for a name that her boy won’t share with children everywhere, this is the one.
Sources: Scary Mommy, Practical Parenting, NameBerry