91 Best Old Man Names Ready To Make A Comeback

If you’re searching for the perfect old-fashioned name for your son, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together the ultimate list of old man names for you to choose from.

Many of these names have fallen out of favor in recent years, but they’re ready to make a comeback with a whole new generation. So if you want your boy to have a classic name that isn’t ridiculously common, you can’t go wrong with any of the choices below…

Cute baby boy with a silly face laughing at old man names.

Our Top Old Man Names For Newborns

Along with each of the old man names below we’ve also given you the meaning of the name and listed some famous namesakes (both real and fictional)…

Albert

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: noble and bright
  • Famous Namesakes: Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, baseball superstar Albert Pujols, actor Albert Brooks

Alexander

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: defender of mankind
  • Famous Namesakes: Alexander the Great, politician Alexander Hamilton, inventor Alexander Graham Bell, hockey superstar Alexander Ovechkin

Alfred

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: elf counsel or wise counsel
  • Famous Namesakes: director Alfred Hitchcock, scientist Alfred Nobel, actor Alfred Molina, the butler character Alfred from Batman

Alvin

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: noble friend
  • Famous Namesakes: musician Alvin Lee, basketball player Alvin Robertson, cartoon character Alvin and the Chipmunks

Amos

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: burdened or troubled
  • Famous Namesakes: baseball player Amos Otis, musician Amos Lee, Famous Amos Cookies (interesting note, Amos is actually the last name of the cookie company’s founder)

Archibald/Archie

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: bold
  • Famous Namesakes: football player Archie Manning, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor (son of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, Archie Bunker from the TV show All in the Family

Arthur

  • Origin: Irish/English
  • Meaning: noble or bear
  • Famous Namesakes: the legend of King Arthur, author Arthur Conan Doyle, tennis great Arthur Ashe

Barney

  • Origin: an English version of the Hebrew name Barnabas
  • Meaning: son of comfort, strong as a bear
  • Famous Namesakes: British actor Barney Walsh, Barney the Dinosaur, Barney Gumble from The Simpsons, Barney Rubble from The Flintstones

Basil

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: royal, kingly
  • Famous Namesakes: British actor Basil Rathbone (1940s version of Sherlock Holmes), former hockey player Basil McRae, Basil Fawlty from Fawlty Towers
example of old man names - autographed hockey card of Basil McRae
I still have this autographed Basil McRae card!

Benjamin

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: son of my right hand
  • Famous Namesakes: Benjamin Franklin, actors Ben Affleck and Ben Stiller

Bernard/Bernie

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: brave as a bear
  • Famous Namesakes: Comedian Bernie Mac, politician Bernie Sanders, basketball players Bernard King, baseball player Bernie Williams, actor Bernard Fox

Calvin

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: bald, hairless
  • Famous Namesakes: president Calvin Coolidge, designer Calvin Klein, baseball player Cal Ripken, football player Calvin Johnson, Calvin and Hobbes
Took this pic right from my  copy of the Calvin and Hobbes collection.
Took this pic right from my copy of the Calvin and Hobbes collection.

Casper

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: treasurer
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Casper Van Dien, Casper the friendly ghost

Cecil

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: blind
  • Famous Namesakes: Film producer Cecil B. Demille, baseball player Cecil Fielder

Charles

  • Origin: French/German
  • Meaning: free man
  • Famous Namesakes: Prince Charles, basketball player Charles Barkley, author Charles Dickens

Chester

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: fortress
  • Famous Namesakes: President Chester A. Arthur, singer Chester Bennington, U.S. Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz

Clark

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: scribe, scholar
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Clark Gable, hockey player Clark Gillies, Clark Griswold from National Lampoon’s Vacation

Clyde

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: the River Clyde in Scotland
  • Famous Namesakes: basketball player Clyde Drexler, Bonnie and Clyde

Cornelius

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: horn
  • Famous Namesakes: football player Cornelius Bennett, business magnate Corenlius Vanderbilt, and my grandfather was named Cornelius!

David

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: beloved
  • Famous Namesakes: musician David Bowie, soccer player David Beckham, baseball player David Ortiz, comedian Dave Chappelle

Desmond

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: named for the middle ages Kingdom of Desmond in southeastern Ireland
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Desmond Llewelyn, football player Desmond Howard, civil right activist Desmond Tutu

Douglas

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: black water, dark stream
  • Famous Namesakes: American General Douglas McArthur, football player Doug Flutie, author Douglas Adams

Dwight

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: white or blonde
  • Famous Namesakes: President Dwight Eisenhower, basketball player Dwight Howard, baseball player Dwight Gooden, Dwight Schrute from The Office

Edgar

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: successful spearman
  • Famous Namesakes: author Edgar Allan Poe, baseball player Edgar Martinez

Edward

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: wealthy guardian
  • Famous Namesakes: actors Eddie Murphy and Edward Norton, musician Eddie Vedder, Edward Scissorhands

Edwin

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: prosperous friend
  • Famous Namesakes: astronomer Edwin Hubble, baseball player Edwin Encarnacion, soccer player Edwin van der Sar

Elmer

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: noble, renowned
  • Famous Namesakes: composer Elmer Bernstein, cartoon character Elmer Fudd, Elmer’s Glue

Emmett/Emmitt

  • Origin: English/German
  • Meaning: universal
  • Famous Namesakes: Football player Emmitt Smith, Emmett “Doc” Brown from Back to the Future, Emmett from The Lego Movie

Ernest

  • Origin: English/German
  • Meaning: serious, resolute
  • Famous Namesakes: author Ernest Hemingway, actor Ernest Borgnine, explorer Ernest Shackleton, baseball player Ernie Banks

Eugene

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: noble, well born
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Eugene Levy, playwright Eugene O’Neil, Eugene Krabs from Spongebob Squarepants

Ewan

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: born of the yew tree
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Ewan McGregor, author Ewan Morrison

Felix

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: fortunate, happy
  • Famous Namesakes: composer Felix Mendelssohn, baseball player Felix Hernandez, hockey player Felix Potvin, Felix the Cat, Felix Unger from The Odd Couple

Francis

  • Origin: Latin/French
  • Meaning: free
  • Famous Namesakes: Pope Francis, director Francis Ford Coppola, Sir Francis Drake

Franklin

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: free landholder
  • Famous Namesakes: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President Franklin Pierce, Franklin the Turtle
Franklin the Turtle

Frederick

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: peaceful ruler
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Fred Savage, dancer Fred Astaire, baseball player Fred McGriff, also a common name among royalty

Garfield

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: triangular field
  • Famous Namesakes: inventor Garfield Wood, basketball player Garfield Blair, Garfield the cat

George

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: farmer
  • Famous Namesakes: President George Washington, actor George Clooney, boxer George Foreman, singer George Michael

Gerald

  • Origin: English/German
  • Meaning: ruler with a spear
  • Famous Namesakes: President Gerald Ford, baseball player Gerald “Buster” Posey, actor Gerald McRaney

Gordon

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: great hill
  • Famous Namesakes: chef Gordon Ramsey, musician Gordon Lightfoot, basketball player Gordon Hayward, Gordon from Sesame Street

Graham

  • Origin: English/Scottish
  • Meaning: grand homestead
  • Famous Namesakes: musician Graham Nash, comedian Graham Norton, actor Graham McTavish

Grover

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: boy who lives near a grove
  • Famous Namesakes: President Grover Cleveland, baseball player Grover Alexander, Grover from Sesame Street

Gus

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: magnificent
  • Famous Namesakes: astronaut Gus Grissom, Gus Fring from Breaking Bad

Harold/Harry

  • Origin: Scandinavian/English
  • Meaning: army ruler
  • Famous Namesakes: President Harry Truman, musician Harry Styles, director Harold Ramis, illusionist Harry Houdini, Harry Potter

Harvey

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: warrior, soldier
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Harvey Keitel, comedian Harvey Korman, Harvey Dent from Batman, the mixed drink Harvey Wallbanger

Henry

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: estate ruler
  • Famous Namesakes: business magnate Henry Ford, actors Henry Cavill, Henry Fonda, and Henry Winkler, King Henry VIII

Herbert

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: glorious soldier
  • Famous Namesakes: President Herbert Hoover, author Herbert (H.G) Wells, hockey coach Herb Brooks

Herman

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: soldier, warrior
  • Famous Namesakes: author Herman Melville, football coach Herm Edwards, Herman Munster

Howard

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: high guard
  • Famous Namesakes: radio personality Howard Stern, sports broadcaster Howard Cosell, entrepreneur Howard Hughes

Hugh

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: mind, intellect
  • Famous Namesakes: actors Hugh Jackman and Hugh Laurie, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner

Isaac

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: laughter
  • Famous Namesakes: scientist Isaac Newton, writer Isaac Asimov, musician Isaac Hayes

Julius

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: youthful, downy-bearded
  • Famous Namesakes: Julius Caesar, basketball player Julius “Dr. J” Erving, football player Julius Peppers

Lawrence

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: from the Roman city of Laurentum
  • Famous Namesakes: football player Lawrence Taylor, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, performer Lawrence Welk

Leonard

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: lion-hearted
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Leonard Nimoy, musician Leonard Cohen, composer Leonard Bernstein

Linus

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: flax-haired
  • Famous Namesakes: chemist Linus Pauling, inventor Linus Yale, Linus from the Peanuts comic strip

Lloyd

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: grey
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Lloyd Bridges, rapper Lloyd Banks, Lloyd Braun from Seinfeld

Louis

  • Origin: French/German
  • Meaning: renowned warrior
  • Famous Namesakes: musician Louis Armstrong, actor Lou Costello, baseball player Lou Gehrig, chemist Louis Pasteur, also a popular name among royalty

Martin

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: warlike
  • Famous Namesakes: civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, actor Martin Freeman, hockey player Martin Brodeur, President Martin Van Buren

Max

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: greatest
  • Famous Namesakes: baseball player Max Scherzer, hockey player Max Pacioretty, physicist Max Planck

Melvin

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: gentle lord
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Mel Brooks, baseball player Mel Ott

Milton

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: from a mill town
  • Famous Namesakes: entrepreneur Milton Hershey, entertainer Milton Berle, scientist Milton Friedman, inventor Milton Bradley

Mortimer

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: still sea
  • Famous Namesakes: media mogul Mort Zuckerman, archaeologist Mortimer Wheeler, Disney’s Mortimer Mouse

Murray

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: settlement near the sea
  • Famous Namesakes: Murray Lender (founder of Lender’s Bagels), hockey player Murray Craven, Murray Goldberg from The Goldbergs

Newton

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: new town
  • Famous Namesakes: politician Newt Gingrich, Newt Scamander from the Harry Potter series

Norman

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: northerner, Norse-man
  • Famous Namesakes: artist Norman Rockwell, writer Norman Mailer, actor Norm McDonald, producer Norman Lear, Norm from Cheers

Oliver

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: olive tree
  • Famous Namesakes: English leader Oliver Cromwell, director Oliver Stone, actor Oliver Platt, the Oliver Twist novel by Charles Dickens

Oscar

  • Origin: English/Irish
  • Meaning: divine spear
  • Famous Namesakes: boxer Oscar de la Hoya, basketball player Oscar Robertson, Oscar the Grouch, Oscar Madison from The Odd Couple

Oswald

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: divine power
  • Famous Namesakes: Saint Oswald, Oswald the cartoon octopus, Oswald the Disney rabbit

Otis

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: wealthy
  • Famous Namesakes: singers Otis Redding and Otis Williams, football player Ottis Anderson, baseball player Otis Nixon

Otto

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: wealthy
  • Famous Namesakes: German statesman Otto Von Bismarck, football player Otto Graham, Otto Mann from The Simpsons

Percy

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: piercing the valley
  • Famous Namesakes: musician Percy Sledge, football player Percvy Harvin, the Percy Jackson book series, Percy Weasley from Harry Potter

Philip

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: lover of horses
  • Famous Namesakes: singer Phil Collins, football player Philip Rivers, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, golfer Phil Mickelson

Phineas

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Nubian, a region of present day Egypt
  • Famous Namesakes: Phineas “P.T.” Barnum, Phineas and Ferb

Ralph

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: wolf counsel
  • Famous Namesakes: actors Ralph Macchio and Ralph Fiennes, author Ralph Waldo Emerson, Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph Kramden from The Honeymooners

Raymond

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: wise protector
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Ray Romano, hockey player Ray Bourque, musician Ray Charles

Reuben

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: behold, a son
  • Famous Namesakes: musician Ruben Stoddard, football player Reuben Foster, the delicious Reuben sandwich

Roger

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: famous warrior
  • Famous Namesakes: tennis player Roger Federer, musician Roger Waters, football player Roger Staubach, baseball player Roger Clemens

Roland

  • Origin: German/English
  • Meaning: famous throughout the land
  • Famous Namesakes: medieval military leader Roland, director Roland Emmerich, Roland Deschain from The Dark Tower series

Ronald

  • Origin: English/German
  • Meaning: advisor to the ruler
  • Famous Namesakes: President Ronald Reagan, director Ron Howard, football player Ronnie Lott, Ronald McDonald

Rudolph

  • Origin: German/English
  • Meaning: famous wolf
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Rudolph Valentino, politician Rudy Giuliani, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Russell

  • Origin: English/French
  • Meaning: redheaded
  • Famous Namesakes: football players Russell Wilson and Russell Westbrook, actor Russell Crowe

Sebastian

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: venerable, from the ancient city of Sebastia
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Sebastian Stan, musician Sebastian Bach, Sebastian from The Little Mermaid

Seymour

  • Origin: English.French
  • Meaning: of the marshy land near the sea
  • Famous Namesakes: American electrical engineer Seymour Cray, Principal Seymour Skinner from The Simpsons

Sidney

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: wide meadow
  • Famous Namesakes: hockey player Sidney Crosby, actor Sidney Poitier, novelist Sidney Sheldon

Stanley

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: from the stony field
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Stanley Tucci, Marvel creator Stan Lee, baseball player Stan Musial, director Stanley Kubrick

Theodore

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: divine gift
  • Famous Namesakes: President Theodore Roosevelt, baseball player Ted Williams, actor Ted Danson, Theo Huxtable from The Cosby Show

Vernon

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: alder tree
  • Famous Namesakes: football player Vernon Davis, baseball player Vernon Wells, Uncle Vernon Dursley from the Harry Potter series

Walter

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: army ruler
  • Famous Namesakes: film icon Walt Disney, poet Walt Whitman, journalist Walter Cronkite, baseball player Walt Weiss, Walter White from Breaking Bad

Wayne

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: wagon maker
  • Famous Namesakes: hockey great Wayne Gretzky, comedian Wayne Brady, musician Wayne Newton, football player Wayne Chrebet. Wayne’s World

Honorable Mentions For Best Old Man Names

We had a ton of fun putting together this list of old fashioned boy names and we think many of them will become increasingly popular in the future.

But we also came across a few old man names that we just can’t imagine anyone using:

  • Bartholomew
  • Cuthbert
  • Egbert
  • Gaylord
  • Horatio
  • Wilbur
  • Waldorf and Statler (remember those old man Muppets that used to sit in the balcony and heckle the acts?? Those guys were great!)

What do you think of our list of old man names? What are some old fashioned boy names we missed??

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