You thought they were dead and buried. But now, they walk among us again! And they’re all…girls’ names.
“Zombie names” are baby names that once fell so far out of style they became virtually extinct. Previously common, they disappeared from America’s top-1000 name lists for more than a generation. They then found themselves revived by contemporary parents on the hunt for fresh ideas.
Unlike ordinary zombies, with their ragged outfits and alarming complexions, baby name zombies are fashion-forward. They’re at the extreme end of throwback style, balancing the warmth and familiarity of traditional names with an edge of surprise, and even daring.
Our original zombie name list struck a chord with many parents. Names like Clementine and Magnolia, Theo and Mathias made one reader say, “I had no idea my style was ‘zombie’!” Now, three years later, I’ve scanned the stats for newly reanimated names, and found that they’re all on the girls’ side.
Blame the gender skew on the parents of past generations. A century ago, parents were conservative in naming their sons. Classic English kingly names still dominated, even as trendy hits rose and fell for girls. That means there just aren’t many dormant, suspended-in-time boys’ names available to revive.
For some near-zombie-style ideas for both sexes, you can check out our lists of rare old-fashioned names and overlooked timeless names. And for the real reanimated deal, here are the new zombie names for girls.
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