What Are Some Old-Fashioned Names for Boys?


Some old-fashioned names for boys are names inspired by prominent figures, such as Albert Einstein, or by Biblical names, such as Amos, meaning "carried by God." Several old-fashioned names come from other countries, such as the Spanish name Arlo or the German name Bernard, meaning "strong as a bear."

Several old-fashioned names are Latin in origin, such as Calvin, meaning "hairless"; Chester, meaning "fortress"; Clarence, meaning "bright"; Felix, meaning "happy" or "fortunate"; and Oliver, meaning "olive tree." Names with a German origin include Henry or Harry, Leonard, meaning "brave lion" and Otis, meaning "wealthy." Names of Greek origin include George, meaning "farmer"; Homer, meaning "security" and Theodore, meaning "gift of God." Some names with regal implications are Julian or Julius, meaning "youthful"; Louis, meaning "renowned warrior" and Max or Maximillion, meaning "the greatest."

Many old-fashioned names are of English or other European origin. The kingly name Arthur is Celtic and means "bear." Other names of English origin are Earl; Fletcher, meaning "arrow-maker"; Norman, meaning "Norse man" and Wallace, meaning "Welshman." A few French names include Frank, meaning "free man"; Harvey, meaning "battle worthy" and Percy. Old-fashioned Scottish and Gaelic names include Finley, meaning "fair-haired hero" and Gus, meaning "one strength."