Post # 1
Older names are making a comeback lately. I was wondering what makes a name too old fashioned. The thread recently with Maximus and Maximillian and Maxwell comes to mind. While Max is good, the full name is too old-fashioned. What makes Vivienne different from Doris, Everett from Ferdinand?
I’m also interested because a name that I really like is an older name. I worry, though, that it may be too old fashioned. I’ve always wanted to name a daughter after my favorite teacher, someone who’s known FI and I for many years and has supported our relationship since we were 15, named Marla. I haven’t thought of a middle name yet, but continuing in the pattern FI and I have with our own middle names, it’ll probably begin with the “lee” sound. I’m currently leaning towards Liese, so Marla Liese Reid.
Post # 3
There was a Marla in my law school class. I think it’s a beautiful name!
Post # 4
@sailor: I don’t think Marla is that old fashioned at all? It doesn’t ring the same as Doris or Ethel to me 🙂 I like it!!
I am a fan of names that have been around a while but don’t automatically sound old or in the wrong decade- like Samantha or Katherine and -Marla-!
Post # 5
I’m not from an English speaking country but I think Marla is a beautiful name and if it’s meaningful to you, so much the better! You can’t go wrong by naming a child after someone important to you, IMO – even naming a child after your great-grandmother who was named 100 years ago can’t be amiss in my book 🙂
Post # 6
We picked Eleanor for our daughter. It’s old, but not way out there. We call her Ellie though, since Eleanor is kind of “old lady”-ish haha.
We also like Amelia, Louisa, Catherine, Jacqueline, Evelyn, Meredith, etc.
Post # 7
I love older names. My daughter’s middle name is Marline. Its my MIL’s middle name and Marlin has been a family name for several of the men on that side. I think older names are a breath of fresh air in all the made up, extra letters, wrong spelling names that are everywhere right now.
Post # 8
Marla is a gorgeous name!!!
I think that “the third” or any other number is old-fashioned and actually I had to have a TALK with FI about not naming any sons after his father… because that son would be a III. NOPE.
I am not having two people with the same name in the same house – it’s confusing enough that no one in FI’s family calls him by his given name!! They all call him Junior.
Not that I am against people being thirds and fourths, etc (I mean hey, it happens); I personally just would rather give my kids their own names!
Post # 9
I wouldn’t say Maximus was old fashioned at all. Maximillian, Maxwell, Vivienne and Ferdinand are upper-middle-class names that make you sound like a bit of a twat, IMO. Doris… yeah, I guess that could be old fashioned, but it’s still popular in the black community.
I don’t know anyone called Marla, Liese, Everett etc. Maybe they’re American names? The only thing that would make me (personally) pause about Marla is that I would wonder if the parents had adapted the name Maria to sound more “unique” (because I’ve never heard of Marla before).
Post # 10
I think Marla is beautiful. If you’re not sure you could always use a similar name like Mariah, Marie, Marciella, Marielle, Marin, or Marleigh.
You could also use Marla as a middle name.
Post # 11
No such thing!!! Everyone in my family (on both sides, now that I think about it) has “old” names, they’re timeless!!! I definitely prefer them to the “new” names that sound like noises my old computer made when it was breaking or names that use a “-” in the middle. The secretary at my sister’s high school is named “La-a” (pronounced “la-dash-a”. What? haha
Post # 12
@DaneLady: Just had to chime in and say I love the name Eleanor! I might need to keep that in mind if DH and I have kids…
@HonoraryNerd: Marla is a beautiful name, and not one I would call old-fashioned.
Post # 13
I dont think there is anything wrong with Marla. I have only encountered a handful. It’s great that its not one of those trendy older names. I’d love to name my daughter (if we have one) after my grandmother Evelyn who turns 100 this year.
Post # 14
I don’t think we’re too far off from Doris, Ethel, etc. becoming popular, too. Giving your kid an old-fashioned name seems to be the “in” thing these days, and if people don’t want their kid to be one of 5 in their kindergarten class they’re going to have to start thinking outside the Charlotte/Evelyn/Vivienne box, because those names are quickly becoming the Jessica/Ashley/Amanda of the 2010s.
ETA: there is a baby “Maude” on my FB feed right now.
Post # 15
@HonoraryNerd: i’m in the same boat. some of our favorite names are VERY old fashioned (clara, adlai, solomon)…one of my friends just had a baby girl and named her Vivian. i just think there are certain names – old or new – that just sound awkward, or clunky, or whatever (gertrude, etc) but that isnt necessarily just because they’re old fashioned, just a matter of my taste.
Post # 16
… So what’s the over/under on how long it takes for a swarm of bees to come in here and start screeching that their is not and never has been a person named Le-A?