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Edwardian Name Generator

Welcome to the Edwardian Name Generator! Use this idea generator to generate thousands of possibilities for Edwardian names. Have fun!

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10 tips for coming up with Edwardian names

  1. Mine ancestral records for traditional Edwardian names.
  2. Look for inspiration in historical fiction and classic literature for the time period.
  3. Choose traditional, gender-specific names for female characters.
  4. Include Anglo-Saxon names, especially for male characters.
  5. Use longer, multisyllabic names over single syllable ones.
  6. Research prominent English figures from the Edwardian era.
  7. Mix together popular British and German names.
  8. Look up locally used geographical names, such as those endings in -eigh or -field.
  9. Include classic English surnames, like Finch, Pemberley, or Bingley.
  10. Go outside the box: add in foreign names, exotic-sounding words, and nature-inspired names.

What's the Story Behind Edwardian Names?

If you've ever watched a movie or television series, you might have noticed that many characters have unique names. There are names like Oscar, Ira, Sterling, Aline, and Phineas. You might also have seen a name you didn't recognize. So what's the story behind these unusual names?

Oscar

If you're a fan of Oscar, you've probably seen his name on awards lists, in books, or in the movies. But did you know that the name has roots in Irish and Norse heritage? The origins of the name are a fascinating story.

In Irish and Norse, the name means "deer" or "champion warrior." Edwardian Britain was another world. The love of nature played a huge role in the names of people born in the era. Many beautiful baby names are from this period. Among the popular boy names were Oliver, Gladys, and Oscar.

This name has also gained popularity in Sweden, France, and Spain. It was at its peak in the 1880s when it was number 26 on the list. And in 1962, it reached its lowest point, reaching number 245.

While the origin of the name is not entirely known, it was believed that it may have come from a deer's mouth. Perhaps, it is derived from the words Oscar and Osgar, which are Old English words for champion and deer. Or, perhaps, it was just a word for a friend of the deer. However, either way, the name is beautiful.

Today, it is among the most popular names in all English-speaking countries, including the United States. Some famous individuals with this name include Oscar Wilde, Isaac Newton, de la Renta, and Madison Avenue.

A more recent name with this origin is Orville, created by Fanny Burney in the 18th century. While it does not have any exact meaning, it is an homage to the great bustard.

Phineas

If you are looking for a name that has some real significance, a name with a good amount of history and a clever use of words, you might want to consider Phineas. This edwardian name is derived from the Hebrew pinchas and the Greek word for mouth, and is often credited to a triangle-headed inventor. The best part is that it is also an apt name for a child.

In addition to its historical association, Phineas has a literary connection. He is one of the main characters in John Knowles' A Separate Peace. It is also the name of an ancient city in Thrace, which is associated with a snake.

Another edwardian name with some historical importance is Edmund. This is a great moniter of the naming world, as it means 'rich' or 'prosperous' and is often shortened to Ed or Eddie. Also, it is a relatively old name. Indeed, it resurfaced in the 19th century via a novel by Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Other names of note include Oscar and Philip. The first is a very old Greek name. The second is a re-imagined version of the name Philip, a common Victorian name. Finally, the most common, Oscar, is a very popular and award-winning name. Of course, there are more than a few Phineas to choose from. While most likely you'll be naming your child a Nubian, you can still make it count with the name of a great bustard that was hunted to extinction in Victorian England.

Sabina

The name Sabina may not be as well known as it once was. It was a popular name back in the Edwardian era. But that was a century ago. Nowadays, the name is found in France and Germany.

Sabina is a cool name for a little girl. The name is derived from the Latin word for 'Sabinius', the ancient Roman tribe. In the era of the roman empire, they kidnapped wives of the Sabine people. When the Romans finally brought their brides back, the Sabina people became known as the Sabina.

Another interesting name for a child is Aline. Pronounced "ay-LEE-nee," Aline is a Celtic and/or English name. It is also said to be a medieval short form of Adeline.

The name may not be as old as the dinosaurs, but it is as old as the Bible. Names from the Bible and other holy books are a great way to choose a name for your little one.

The names of the era were the epitome of elegance and luxury. Some of the more memorable names were Arthur, Albert, Mary, and Edith. These names were among the most popular of the decade.

If you're looking for an Edwardian name that's the best of the best, then you might want to consider Sabina. Even though it's not a name you'd hear much about today, it is a nice way to show your little one how cool she is.

Ira

In the nineteenth century, the name Ira was fairly common. It was popular as both a girl's name and a boy's name.

The name Ira is derived from Hebrew. It means "watchful" and is short for the word Irina. However, it also has roots in Sanskrit and Finnish.

The name Ira is also used in Finland as a given name for a girl. It is also the acronym for retirement account.

As the century progressed, the popularity of names such as Eugene, Edward, and Elmer soared. Other popular boys' names included Jacob and Jack.

Victorian baby boy names such as Jacob, Samuel, and Benjamin are strong and powerful. However, these names have fallen out of favor.

Another popular boy's name from the 1800s is Isambard. It is derived from the Germanic word for iron.

Another regal and old-fashioned boy's name from the Victorian period is Thaddeus. It has Greek roots that mean wise and courageous.

Other names of the same genre include Phineas, which means oracle or serpent's mouth, and Phileas, which is derived from the Greek 'genos' meaning 'born'.

There are a number of other Victorian baby name options including: Beryl, Ethel, Evelyn, Florence, Hubert, Ivy, John, Joseph, Jessie, and Ruth. One of the most popular female names from this era is Alexandra.

Many of the Victorian surnames were converted into first names. In addition to Mycroft, another name to consider is Cyprian.

Aline

The Edwardian era began in 1901 and lasted until 1910. It is thought that Edwardian names stood out from the rest because of a variety of names used and surprising trends. Some have fallen out of fashion while others are still popular.

The Edwardian era is known for elegance and luxury. There was a large class gap. The names were mainly attributed to the aristocracy. Most surnames are still around today.

The most common and the most notable was the alliterative. Examples of alliterative names include Beatrice Bessie Battiscombe and Reginald Ronald McDonald.

The Edwardian era was a time of great social and economic change. Names were used to create an aura of importance, and assonance was a favorite. In the early 1900s, only five to eight names were commonly used. Many wealthy households shared the same names as servants.

Aline is a feminine version of Allen. As the name implies, Aline is good looking.

The name was derived from a medieval short form of Adeline. However, the name's origins are a little murky.

An alternative spelling of the name is Lillian. This is a more modern sounding name. Another is Sabina, which is used in many languages.

The Edwardian era was preceded by the Victorian era, and was a time when the Romantic movement brought back medieval names. The top names of the era included Edith, Albert, Mary, Frederick and Arthur.

So many ideas, but can I use the Edwardian names for free?

All random Edwardian names created with this tool are 100% free to use without any need to provide credit (although we do appreciate the occasional shoutout). Be a little careful though, as there is always a small chance that an idea already belongs to someone else.

Is there a limit to how much I can generate with this random Edwardian Name Generator?

There's thousands of Edwardian names in this Edwardian Name Generator, so you won't need to be worried that we'll run out anytime soon. Just have fun with it.

For even more ideas and some additional options, be sure to also check out the Edwardian Name Generator over on The Story Shack.

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