10 Baby Names From The Edwardian Era That Stood The Test Of Time

From Arthur to Amelia, find some vintage baby name inspiration.
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There are some baby names which never seem to fall out of favour – and if the top monikers from 1908 are anything to go by, they never will.

Researchers from Preply.com, who analysed the top 100 baby names from 1908 and 2018, found that nine out of 20 of the most popular boys’ names from the Edwardian era still featured in the top 30 names, 110 years later.

We have a wealth of baby name inspiration on HuffPost UK Parents, but here are 10 vintage names that have stood the test of time.


In its original Greek, George – or Georgios – is based on the word, geogros meaning farmer.


This pretty name is an English-language variant of the name Amalia, derived from the Germanic word amal, meaning work or strive.


A Medieval English form of the name Henry, this comes from the Germanic name Heimerich, meaning home and power – translating to “home ruler”.


Isabella, which is often shortened to Bella or Izzy, comes from the Latin. It also has Italian origins, meaning “God is my oath”.


The popular name Leo – which can be lengthened to Leonard – contains words from the Greek, meaning lion and brave.

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Grace, which comes from the Latin word gratia, meaning pleasing or thankful, is often used as a name of virtue.


Arthur is made up of two Welsh words: Arth meaning bear, and gwr meaning man. It has come to mean “guardian of the bear”.


This pretty motif comes from the Old English word ifig, meaning faithfulness.


The popular name William is made up of two parts: wil meaning desire, and helm meaning “helmet or protection”.


Flo, or Florence, comes from the French version of Florentia, which in turn comes from the Latin word florens, meaning blossoming.