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'Once-popular' baby names for parents who want their child to stand out among Liams and Olivias

If you’re an expectant parent looking to steer clear from trendy baby names, consider a list of once-popular names that could make a comeback.

“Previous generations may have cringed at the old-fashioned names of our grandparents, but these once-popular names are back in style and in some cases they’re bigger than ever,” Rebekah Wahlberg, associate editor and baby name trends specialist at BabyCenter, shared with Fox News Digital.

So, what happened to the names that once reigned supreme?

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Take a look at these baby names that are either due for a comeback, or are already seeing a rise.

Using live data from BabyCenter parents, we’ve taken a look at the most popular baby names so far this year. So what’s trending? So far we’re seeing names like Iris, Luca, Penelope, River and Willow trend upward. https://t.co/etRJYOzPUZ #babynames

— BabyCenter (@BabyCenter) May 16, 2023

Baby boy and girl names predicted to rise:

Alma

Alma has a Latin origin while the name means “soul.” BabyCenter has noticed a sharp increase in popularity, although its peak was “at the turn of the 18th century,” the California-based parenting resource shared with Fox News Digital.

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Eugene

Eugene is a Greek name meaning “well-born” or “noble.” At one point in time, this name spent over 50 years on the list of top 100 names in the U.S., according ot BabyCenter.

The name has been “on the decline since the 1920s” and barely surpasses the top 1,000 names. In 2022, Eugene was ranked #838 on the list of most popular boy names.

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The name currently sits at #592 on the list of most popular boy names.

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Once-popular baby boy names such as Paul, Raymond and Eugene are predicted by BabyCenter to rise again on trendy names. (iStock)

Shannon

Shannon is an Irish name meaning “wise river.” The gender-neutral name was highly popular from 1970 to 1976, BabyCenter shared. The name has risen up on the list of most popular girl names since 2022 and sits at #1496.

Nature names are continuing to trend in 2023! In fact the name Violet is continuing to grow from last year. Get more nature-inspired baby names: https://t.co/xYlp2Ndt4R #babynames #naturebabynames pic.twitter.com/qyFSRNUXRq

— BabyCenter (@BabyCenter) May 11, 2023

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Once-popular baby names already seeing a rise:

Adelaide

Adelaide is an Old High Germanic name meaning “noble and kind.” The once-popular name was a big hit throughout the 1800s, BabyCenter shared, and has started to move up the ranks on most popular girl names since 2022.

Adelaide has surpassed the top 200 names and sits at #150, reaching “levels near its peak 200 years ago,” BabyCenter stated.

mom writing baby name

It has been over 140 years since the name August reached its peak, and it’s looking like the name may reach a high once again. (iStock)

August

August stems from the name Augustus meaning “revered” or “exalted.” The name reached an all-time high in 1882, but has been declining since. 

The name currently sits at #42 on the list of most popular girl names.

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Liam, Olivia, Noah, Emma, Oliver and Charlotte, stood atop the most popular baby names of 2022, according to the Social Security Administration. (iStock)

Theodore

Theodore is a Greek name meaning “divine gift.” The name peaked in popularity in 1904, while President Theodore Roosevelt was in office, BabyCenter reported. 

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