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Old Fashioned Girl Names

Old-fashioned girl names like Isabella, Emma, Olivia, Ava, Sophia, Hannah and Lily have become popular again within the last few years.

But other old-fashioned girl names (such as Gladys, Blanche, Doris, Alberta and Myrtle) have not managed to make a comeback.

Why have certain names made a comeback? Why have others been left behind?

One word: flow. Modern parents like names that flow. When we look at lists of old-fashioned baby names, we're more likely to prefer Emma to Edna, Ava to Agnes, Sophia to Sybil and Hannah to Hester. Flow involves several things, but I think the two biggest factors are these:
Here are some stylishly sonorous old-fashioned names for you--names with many vowels, "soft" consonants (like L and N), and few consonant clusters overall.


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