Victorian Era Babies

The 15 Victorian-era baby names that is making a come back

Play Article

We’re in the process of naming our new baby, which has us thinking about some of the names that we like. However, it also got us wondering about some Victorian-era baby names that are no longer used. We wonder if they have any connection to arcane folk beliefs or customs.

Now, lest anyone assume that we’re in favor of this kind of baby name, we can assure you that we are not. But the characters themselves are interesting to look at and could be helpful in some contexts. So, with that in mind, here’s a partial list of 15 Victorian-era baby names that are no longer being used.

1. Clarice

The royal family temporarily employed a nanny by the name of Margaret Clarice. Clarice’s mother asked if they could keep her. She was so good with children. If you were named after a famous person, at least in some cases, that person would eventually be outlived by their namesake.

2. Ladislaw

1796: This husband’s name was Ladislaus but changed to Ladislaw after his father died a few years later (the son replaced him on estates). English royalty was not fond of their Russian rulers back then but eventually became more trusting, as it turned out.

Related Post:  Saving for a Child Really Necessary, Tips on what to do before your child arrives

3. Norah

Norah seems to be more popular as a girl’s name today than when it was initially used. It appears to be a combination of Nora and Honora — both of which have their roots in the Latin name Honoria. Even though Nora never really caught on as a given name, Honora did and is often reflected in surnames like O’Hara and even O’Conner (which can also be an Irish given name). Not sure if there’s any connection here, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

Victorian Era Babies

4. Stanislaus

This is the Polish form of St. Clare, the patron saint of television (and those who cannot see well). It’s also the name attributed to a prince who was one of King John’s favorites.

5. Helen

This is the Greek pronounced “Hai-elen.” As far as we know, it never caught on in England, but it is still quite prevalent in Greece today. Perhaps there’s a connection here?

6. Alix (pronounced Aleck)

This is a form of Alexandra, the Russian Empress’ first daughter, who would become empress of Russia herself, although she died in infancy. While this name is sometimes used as an independent given name today, it’s also the feminine form of Alexis.

7. Eliza/Lizzy

Elizabeth is still going today, but the name of Lizzy (or Eliza or even Lizzie) seems to be relegated only to historical writings and reenactments now.

8. Leopold

This is a Germanic-sounding name given to our new son (we’ll let you figure out which one). Interestingly enough, it’s also in use by the British Royal family. It means “bold people,” from the Germanic words Leib (“dear”) and wald (“rule”).

Related Post:  At What Age Does a Toddler Stop Being a Toddler

9. Hugh

Hugh is a name that’s been around for quite some time (including a couple of centuries before the Victorians). It’s a Celtic name, meaning “yew tree,” used as an element of personal terms since the Celts. It can still be found in modern unique names, like Hugh Hefner and Hugh Grant. Interestingly enough, it seems to have become popular again in recent decades.

Victorian Era Babies

10. Margaret (pronounced Ma-agree-ette)

This is one of the more popular girls’ names from the 19th century. It comes from the Latin Mariam and means “sea of bitterness. “

11. Henrietta

This is another name from the Victorian period and was used until about two decades ago. It’s a variation of Henry, which means “from the hard land.” The possible connection here is that Henrietta was one of the names adopted by King Henry I of England around the year 1000.

12. Jonathan

Long before Jonathan Swift penned Gulliver’s Travels, two other Jonathans would become British statesmen and politicians: Jonathan Boucher and Jonathan Edwards. Interestingly enough, Boucher was grandfather to Swift’s wife.

13. Avernus

This is an alternate form of the Latin Avernus, which means “the lake of the gods.” It was a lake in the Underworld and became a place of banishment for some when they committed crimes. There was a reference to this in Virgil’s Aeneid and Shakespeare (in Titus Andronicus ).

14. Daphne

This is one of the more popular modern names for girls today, but it’s been around since at least the time of Ancient Greece. We’re not sure if there’s any connection here, but we’re confident that nothing appropriate comes to mind.

Related Post:  What Are Characteristics of a Good Parent?

15. Cleopatra

Cleopatra was the queen of Egypt. It’s someone who would bear children with her brother (who was also her husband). She was known for having as many as nine children, including a son named Caesarion, who Julius Caesar fathered. This name has been in and out of fashion over the years, but it seems to have returned to popularity in recent decades.