If you’re deciding between baby names, you may be looking for something brand new and unique for your little one that few people have used in the past. But time has an intriguing way of making the old new again and the commonplace unique again. The vintage and antique are often more fashionable than present-day fashion itself, whether you’re talking about fabulous retro clothing or hand-sculpted Victorian armoires, and baby names are no exception. Once an era has come, gone, and passed into nostalgia, it seems that people can’t get enough of it.
While there are certainly many classic names that have never really gone out of style (perennial favorites like William, David, Sarah, and Elizabeth come to mind), there are just as many monikers that are enjoying a resurgence after being out of vogue for generations. Indeed, names that were for many years almost ubiquitously associated with olden times, have become something of a trend among celebrities and millennial parents alike.
So if you’re looking for a baby name that’s going to stand out in a crowd, you just might find it in a name that blended right into the crowd, once upon a time. Read on to find out why many of the major baby names of yesteryear are due to become the major baby names of today.
Aurelia is a beautiful, feminine baby name that has quite a lot of history behind it. It is originally from the Latin family name of Aurelius, which itself comes from the Latin word "aureus," meaning "golden." If you’re looking for a perfect baby name to describe your own little golden child, this might be a great fit.
The use of the name Aurelia goes back centuries. Aurelia was the name of Julius Caesar’s mother who was born more than 2,000 years ago. It has also been the name of the Portuguese painter Aurélia de Sousa, civil rights activist Aurelia Browder, and poet Sylvia Plath’s mother, Aurelia Plath. The name was fairly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, making it long overdue for a comeback. Perhaps the success of former Olympic hurdler Aurelia Trywianska-Kollasch will lead to a resurgence in the coming years. After all, people love the Olympics.
The name of a biblical king mentioned in the book of Proverbs, the Hebrew name Lemuel translates to "devoted to God." Although the spelling might remind you a bit of the name Samuel, and also therefore lead you want your little Lemuel to be nicknamed "Lem" for short, the name Lemuel has not been in common usage since the mid 1970s. That said, it was a popular choice through much of the 20th century, and in 1881 is was the 125th most popular name for boys!
In fiction, the name is famously used for the hero of Jonathon Swift’s novel, Gulliver’s Travels. But fiction isn’t the only place you may have heard it used. Several politicians have had the name Lemuel, including Lemuel Whitman, Lemuel Todd, and Lemuel Stetson, which means your little Lem might be destined for politics or, given the biblical king connotation, some other position of power.