185+ *Totally Dapper* Vintage Boy Names With Meanings (2022)

Are old-timey, vintage boy names making a comeback in the world of baby names?

I’d say they are – 

and it’s because of this growing trend that I’ve compiled my absolute favorite vintage boy names (old fashioned ones) that are just too sweet to miss!

About a year ago, when my husband and I began our hunt for the perfect baby name, I was naming off a number of baby boys names from our shortlist to my aunt.

She followed up with the polite appreciation and encouragement, and then suggested Henry. 

Henry?

 

I didn’t think twice about it – it seemed so traditional and old-fashioned. 

But then, a funny thing happened.

I kept thinking about the name Henry. 

I loved how classic it was. It gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling. It made me think of going for ice cream with my grandpa on a hot summer night. 

It wasn’t fickle. 

It was established. Ageless. It felt trustworthy and true. 

I loved it. 

And so began my interest in the new trend of vintage boy names for babies.

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The Best Vintage Boy Names with Meanings

After scouring 1,000+ baby names, here are the best old-fashioned boys names that I just can’t stop thinking about.

As always, my top picks are marked with a heart.

Here are my absolute favourite vintage boy names:

Jennings

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: diminutive of John, meaning “little” John

Ellsworth

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Eli’s estate, or from the farm or homestead
  • Nicknames: Eli, Ellzy 

Grady

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: noble

Roscoe

  • Origin: Germanic, Old Norse
  • Meaning: deer wood

Miles

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: soldier

Emery

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: industrious

Elias

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: the Lord is my God

Hollis

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: the holly tree

Rupert

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: bright fame

Noble

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: aristocratic

Dempsey

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: proud

Graham

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: grey home or gravel homestead

George

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: farmer
  • Nicknames: Georgie, G

Elmore

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: moore with elm trees

Wilmer

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: desire
  • Meaning: Will, Willy

Oren

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: light and fair, or pine tree

Fletcher

  • Origin: French, English, Scottish, Irish
  • Meaning: arrowsmith 

Charles ❤️

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: free man
  • Nicknames: Charlie, Chip

Grover

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: lives near a grove of trees
  • Nicknames: Grovie, Groves, G , Rover

Frank

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Frenchman or free man

Woodrow

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: row of houses by the woods

Orest

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: of the mountains

Henry ❤️

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning:ruler of the home

Walter

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: ruler of the army

Clarence

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: one who lives near the River Clare or bright and clear

Lewis

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: renowned warrior

Bruno

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: brown

Peter

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: stone

Ernest

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: serious

Lloyd

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: grey

Howard

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: brave heart

Stanley

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: stony meadow

Herman

  • Origin: German 
  • Meaning: soldier

Luther

  • Origin: German 
  • Meaning: soldier of the people

Ellis

  • Origin: Welsh 
  • Meaning: the Lord is my God

Joseph

  • Origin: Hebrew 
  • Meaning: he will add

Ira

  • Origin: Hebrew 
  • Meaning: watchful one

Odin

  • Origin: Old Norse 
  • Meaning: frenzied; a reference from Norse mythology

Clifford

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: fjord by the cliff

Burton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: fort settlement, or a name referring to someone from northern England

Bernard

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: brave, hardy

Mack

  • Origin: Latin, Gaelic
  • Meaning: greatest (a derivative of Maximillian)

Dale

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: from the valley

Franklin

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: a free man

Willie

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: short for William; meaning the determined protector 

Alfred

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: one who counsels the elves

Woodson

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: from Woodsome, a town in England

Grover

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: from the grove of trees

Charlie

  • Origin: English/German
  • Meaning: short for Charles; one who is manly and strong, a free man

Harrison

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: the son of Harry

Weldon

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: from the hill near a spring

Ansel

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: one who follows nobility; protection from God

Hayes

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: from the stockade

Arden

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: great forest

Thatcher

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: roof maker

Alfie

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: short for Alfred; one who counsels the elves

Theodore

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: a gift from God

Leo

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: resembling a lion

Wilfred

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: one who wishes for peace

Oswald

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: the power of God

Arthur

  • Origin: Celtic
  • Meaning: as strong as a bear; a hero

Clancy

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: red-haired warrior

James

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: supplanter

Otto

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: wealth, prosperity

Emmett

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: desire

Chester

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: a fortress, camp

William

  • Origin: German 
  • Meaning: with gilded helmet

Earnest

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: diligent, truthful

Percy

  • Origin: origin
  • Meaning: short for Percival; meaning one who pierces the valley

Julius

  • Origin: Roman, Greek
  • Meaning: youthful, or downy-bearded

Franklin

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: free landholder

Maynard

  • Origin: German 
  • Meaning: brave, strong

Gordon

  • Origin: Scottish 
  • Meaning: great hill

Orville

  • Origin: Old French 
  • Meaning: gold town

Terrence

  • Origin: Latin 
  • Meaning: smooth

Melford

  • Origin: Old English 
  • Meaning: from the ford by the hill

Roy

  • Origin: French 
  • Meaning: king

Earl

  • Origin: Old English 
  • Meaning: nobleman, warrior or prince

Lester

  • Origin: Old English 
  • Meaning: someone from the English county town of Leicestershire

Everett

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: brave
  • Most popular in: 1906

Francis

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: brave

Willis

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: resolute protector

Bernard

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: brave

Jasper

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: bringer of treasure

Wallace

  • Origin: Scottish, French
  • Meaning: Welshman

Otis

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: wealth

Jack

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: God is gracious

Samuel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God has heard

Hartley

  • Origin: British
  • Meaning: deer meadow

Harvey

  • Origin: Celtic
  • Meaning: battle worthy

Cover

  • Origin: English, French
  • Meaning: a resident of the Cove region in Suffolk (UK), or to cover

Hatfield

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: from the town of Hertfordshire, Essex, Worcestershire or Yorkshire (UK)

Morris 

  • Origin: English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
  • Meaning: dark-skinned

Cecil

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: sixth

Harold

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: army ruler

Herbert

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: illustrious warrior, or famous warrior

Marshall

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: one who loves horses

Ezra

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: helper

Clement

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: merciful

Lowell

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: young wolf

Rex

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: king

Rudy

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: famous wolf

Clifton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: town by the cliff

Ralph

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: wolf counsel

Thomas

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: twin

Wilson

  • Origin: Scottish, English
  • Meaning: desire

Clyde

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: warm, friendly

Albert

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: noble

Willard

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: strong desire

Reuben

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: behold, a son

Robert

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: bright fame

Alexander

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: defender of men

Fred

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: peaceful ruler

Donald

  • Origin: Celtic
  • Meaning: world ruler

Perkin

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: rock

Rolland

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: renowned in the land

Harry

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: home ruler

Floyd

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: grey or grey-haired

 

Leroy

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: the king

Hugh

  • Origin: British
  • Meaning: intellect

Leonard

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: lion

Johnnie

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is gracious

More Vintage Boy Names

  • Edgar
  • Melvin
  • Irving
  • Kenneth
  • Herbert
  • Eugene
  • Normand
  • Elwood
  • Byron
  • Arnold
  • Buster
  • Wilbur
  • Archie
  • Godfrey
  • Lyle
  • Milton
  • Leon
  • Gus
  • Gilbert
  • Sanford
  • Foster
  • Eldon
  • Levi
  • Elmer
  • Leland
  • Vance
  • Louis
  • Teddy
  • Silas
  • Cornelius
  • Marvin
  • Alton
  • Milo
  • Wiley ❤️
  • Hubert
  • Ronald
  • Lawrence
  • Edwin
  • Van
  • Wilmer
  • Archibald
  • Carmine
  • Lionel

  • Joseph
  • Edward
  • Anderson
  • Elmer
  • Oscar
  • Russell
  • Clyde
  • Milton
  • Melvin
  • Sidney
  • Ira
  • Willard
  • Wallace
  • Rufus
  • Mckinley
  • Morton
  • Daniel
  • Boyd
  • Sylvester
  • Amos
  • Emil
  • Gus
  • Douglas
  • Cornelius
  • Ollie
  • Coy
  • Claud
  • Myron
  • Doyle
  • Emannuel
  • Basil
  • Monroe
  • Garland
  • Linwood
  • Wilford
  • Warner
  • Nolan
  • Randall
  • Dudley
  • Jefferson
  • Elmore
  • Sol
  • Major
  • Cleo
  • Wendell
  • Fritz
  • Harding
  • Oren
  • Forrest
  • Odin
  • Dean
  • August
  • Milford
  • Graham

Vintage Boy Names – TL;DR

And there we have it. A collection of the most sweet, truly vintage names for boys that you can actually use.

Did any of these names stir up a warm, fuzzy memory for you? Are you any closer to finding the name that makes your heart go pitter patter?

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