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They’re the names we grew up with and for a time there, they were outdated. But now it seems those retro, old-fashioned names are making a comeback.

Nameberry (a baby name website) has just revealed its most popular names for the first half of 2015. As Harper Lee’s ‘To Set a Watchman’ continues to gain momentum, so too does the lead character’s name – Atticus was the most popular boys name in the first six months of this year.

For the girls, the name of the second royal baby, Charlotte, has topped the list for the most amount of searches on Nameberry.

A big question mark about the name is Atticus is whether it will continue to be popular after its namesake Atticus Finch was revealed to be racist in the follow-up to To Kill a Mockingbird

The Nameberry popularity list tallies the most-visited of the nearly 40 million views of baby name pages since the beginning of 2015. And rather than tracking names given to babies last year as the official US and other global counts do, it registers which baby names are attracting the most interest from expectant parents, which will have a flow-on effect in future baby name counts.

See if your name’s on the list and tell us, can you imagine calling a baby one of these names nowadays? Does your grandchild have a classic name?

Top 20 girls’ names

1.  Charlotte
2.  Amelia
3.  Olivia
4.  Isla
5.  Ava
6.  Violet
7.  Cora
8.  Eleanor
9.  Lucy
10. Penelope
11. Evelyn
12. Adeline
13. Hazel
14. Imogen
15. Aurora
16. Alice
17. Claire
18. Adelaide
19. Elizabeth
20. Arabella

Vintage girls’ names featured in top 100

  • Scarlett
  • Emma
  • Rose
  • Genevieve
  • Ivy
  • Nora
  • Beatrice
  • Caroline
  • Esme
  • Matilda
  • Clara
  • Iris
  • Maeve
  • Harper
  • Clementine
  • Josephine
  • Audrey
  • Stella
  • Juliet
  • Cordelia
  • Olive
  • Margaret
  • Florence
  • Abigail
  • Mabel

Top 20 boys’ names

  1. Atticus
  2. Asher
  3. Ezra
  4. Silas
  5. Declan
  6. Wyatt
  7. Oliver
  8. Henry
  9. Milo
  10. Jude
  11. Levi
  12. Jasper
  13. Leo
  14. Kai
  15. Jack
  16. Finn
  17. Theodore
  18. Sebastian
  19. Miles
  20. Liam

Vintage boys’ names featured in top 100

  • Austin
  • Beckett
  • Felix
  • William
  • Ethan
  • Theo
  • Oscar
  • Owen
  • Julian
  • Sawyer
  • Archer
  • Emmett
  • Everett
  • Charles
  • Arthur
  • Maxwell
  • Graham
  • Hugo
  • Lincoln
  • August
  • Griffin
  • Wesley
  • Elliot
  • Bennett

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  1. When expecting our first child we have difficulty settling on a name but finally decided Joanne for a girl. My husbands name is Vic but old family friends called him Vicky as his father was a Vic too. So, we changed our minds and decided to call our child Vicki to force them back to Vic for him. So, a daughter was born, Vicki Joanne. Those same people called her Vic and still called him Vicky! Go figure. I like strong names and was never fond of the Brooke, Trents, Skye, Rainbow type of names. Some of our Hollywood celebrities have a lot to answer for, and some of the spelling!! Oh well, Archie, Marmaduke, Entwhistle and Rufus might become popular again.

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    • How nabout Taelyr..imagine how many times during her life she will have to spell and respell that…Bl***y ridiculous

  2. I am a bit surprised to some of names we grew up with on the top 20 girls names list and even surprised to see Elizabeth is there

  3. My Grandsons name is Dakota..after the Sioux Indian tribe…his Mother is a native American that is a real traditional name…

  4. My mothers name Esme is there also my youngest sister Josephine, who gets called Jo. My soon to be born great grandsons name Oliver is also on the list.

  5. I recently heard that someone called their child, I don’t know what sex, Abcde! Yes that is A B C D E – the first 5 letters of the alphabet! Ridiculous!!!!!!

  6. my sons name is Cian and he called his son Bane

  7. My children’s names arn’t on the list. Pamela. Adrian. Gregory. Grandaughter is sarah. I think these na n es are traditional

  8. My husband named our daughter Linda, after me. But, all through her school years she was the only Linda in her class. I guess the name is pretty vintage 🙂

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