Let’s take a quick sec to flash back to the mid to late 1800s: Frilly and sweet and adorable baby names were in; bustles and woolly overcoats were soon to be on their way out. Here, 15 of the best under-the-radar names from the era that would lend themselves well to modern times. Do (or don’t) tell your friends.

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AUGUSTUS

For a boy

Totally distinguished. (And how cute is Gus for a nickname?)

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OTTILIE

For a girl

A feminine form of the boy’s name Otto. You could call her Tillie for short.

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ADELIA

For a girl

Means noble. And probably musically gifted.

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BAXTER

For a boy

Evolved from the English surname “Baker." 

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CLEMENTINE

For a girl

If it’s good enough for Ethan Hawke’s daughter, it’s good enough for us.

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CLIFFORD

For a boy

It’s actually used to describe a ford near a slope. (No relation to the big red dog.)

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MERRITT

For a girl

This English name means “boundary gate.” 

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ELEANORA

For a girl

Think of it as the cool girl’s combo of Ella and Nora.    

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ELMER

For a boy

Means noble and famous. And we assume Elmo’s Christian name?

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FLETCHER

For a boy

In olden days, this name meant a maker and seller of arrows. 

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HARRIET

For a girl

Loves to be silly. Goes by Hattie for short.

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LARKIN

For a boy

It’s actually the surname of Lawrence. And it means “brave warrior.”

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MABEL

For a girl

Means lovable. Obviously.

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VIOLA

For a girl

Shakespearean charmer. No kidding.

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HUGH

For a boy

Total charmer. (Or cad?) 

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