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Congratulations! You’re about to have a baby! It’s now the moment your friends and family have all been waiting for – the time you choose a name they all approve of! Ha! And while you know that’s actually an impossible ask, it’s important to take the decision-making process slow so you don’t cause yourself a lifetime of regret and your child a lifetime of angst.
You don’t have to be fourth in line to the throne to appreciate being given a good name. And Charlotte is one of the best old fashioned names there is, with its popularity last year making it the 17th most popular baby name.
Charlotte means ‘petite’ and ‘feminine’ and is actually the feminine form of Charles, a nod to Charlotte’s grandfather. The name Charlotte has been in use since the 17th century. Now that’s what I call an old fashioned name!
Other well known Charlottes include novelist Charlotte Brontë; Wilbur’s spider friend in Charlotte’s Web and the character in Sex and the City. But it’s not just one of those ye old English names – Bill and Hillary Clinton’s granddaughter, born last year, also enjoys the name Charlotte.
Charlotte is a classic name that, with the birth of Princess Charlotte, will no doubt soar in popularity with the same level of soaring popularity for and interest in the modern young royal family Kate Middleton and Prince William.
When it comes to celebrity baby names, so many pale in comparison to the incredibly solid choice the British Royal Family have made. When you see other celebrity baby names – Kal-El, Pilot Inspektor, Fifi Trixibelle, Apple, Kyd, Sage Moonblood, Destry, Blanket, Blue Angel, Audio Science, Moon Unit, Tu Morrow and Moxie Crimefighter – Charlotte really is an excellent choice as an old fashioned female name. It therefore makes sense, when you’re choosing a baby name, to look back at other old names that deserve a revival.
Here’s a list of Victorian names from the 1880s and the baby name meanings associated with that name. They just sound so solid, don’t they? As in, if you choose one of these cool baby names you kind of get the feeling that your kid will never get teased for having it.
Well, Clarence and Ernest may require a bit of hard defence in the playground (future sports star?) and some girls may struggle with Ethel or Maude so they may need a great sense of humour to carry those ones off (future comedian?).
What do you think? Do you think some of these will become popular baby names all over again?
Traditional Girls Names And Their Meanings
Noble, Kind, Truth.
Blessed with grace
Consecrated to God
Grace of God
My beautiful one
High tower (From the name Madeline)
Light (from the name Helen)
Traditional Boys Names And Their Meanings
Strong as a bear
Manly, farmer (Nickname for Charles, Charlotte. Can be a name for either gender)
Army ruler (From the name Harold)
Ruler of the home
God is gracious, merciful
God will increase (From the name Joseph)
God will increase
Powerful, rich ruler
Once your bundle of joy has arrived, why not celebrate their beautiful name with a custom canvas print? Afterall, they’re going to be way cuter than Charlotte. You know it.