Cutest Old-School Baby Name

Harper! Hattie! Agnes! You decide which throwback name is so of-the-moment

01 of 07

HARPER

HARPER
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What's in a name? History and sentiment, according to David and Victoria Beckham, who went with a cherished, literary pick when it came to naming their newborn daughter. "Harper is an old English name which we love," he said. "One of the other reasons is Victoria's favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird and the author was Harper Lee."

02 of 07

SADIE

SADIE
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"We both loved Sadie," said Christina Applegate of why she and fiancé Martyn LeNoble chose the name – a variation of Sarah (Hebrew for "princess") – for their baby girl. And they're not alone: The name, a popular U.S. moniker for girls at the turn of the 20th century, returned to the top 200 baby names of 2010.

03 of 07

ARTHUR

ARTHUR
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The name Arthur (Celtic for "bear") enjoyed a period of popularity from 1880 to the 1920s thanks to its association with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Not to get all medieval, but could the 5th century ruler have served as the inspiration for Selma Blair and fiancé Jason Bleick to name their little guy Arthur Saint?

04 of 07

AGNES

AGNES
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For 400 years, Agnes was the third most popular girl's name in the English-speaking world, peaking in the U.S. in the 1890s. Greek for "pure," the name lost its appeal with modern-day parents – until Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany named their newest addition – and first girl in the family – Agnes Lark.

05 of 07

PENELOPE

PENELOPE
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It is all Greek to Tina Fey, whose second daughter shares a name with the devoted wife of Odysseus in the mythic tale The Odyssey. The name has had an interesting journey as well, making a comeback in the new millennium after seeing its popularity dip from an all-time high in the 1940s.

06 of 07

JUDE

JUDE
Donna Newman

The biblical name (a variation of Judas) remained under the radar until 2000, when British actor Jude Law became a Hollywood testament of just how attractive that moniker could be. Ten years later, the name even gained crossover appeal: Martha Stewart's daughter, Alexis, named her daughter Jude, whom she welcomed in March.

07 of 07

LEONARDO

LEONARDO
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Leonardo da Vinci, Leonardo DiCaprio…and now introducing Leonardo Bardem! His parents, Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz, may not have been thinking Inception at conception, but the couple loved the strong-sounding Latin name.

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