The trends in baby names over the last couple decades have been a rollercoaster! There is always something new, and that is what makes naming your baby so exciting! There are so many different, unique names that you can choose from that it can be more frustrating than it is fun. But we are here to give you a hand!

Recently we have noticed more traditional baby names become revamped and reinvented. This is such a great way to use family names that may be a bit too traditional for your taste but very sentimental and someone that you want to honor. 

Here are some traditional name options for boys, girls, and unisex that are getting new modern touch.

Reinvented Traditional Baby Girl Names

Katherine – Kit, Kay, Kait, Erin, Kath, Kate 

There is so much you can do with the name Katherine. We know that short first names/nicknames  are on the rise so names like Kit or Kait would be a great alternative and a great way to honor a relative. 

Vivian– Viv, Vivvy, Vivianne

Vivianne is such a classic, high status name. We are seeing a lot of the “Vivianne” spelling these days. 

Reinvented Traditional Baby Boy Names

Jonathan – Jono, Jof, Jona, Jon

As traditional of a baby name as they come, giving Jonathan a modern twist allows you to preserve this classic while giving it your own personal touch. We have found Jon to be the most common reinvention, with Jono and Jof to be less common. 

Theodore – Theo, Teddy, Thor, Dory

A fan favorite for many years, “Theodore” is an institution. If you want to honor a relative, shortening to “Theo” and adding a more modern middle name would be a great way to reinvent this classic. 

Traditional Gender-Neutral Baby Names Reinvented

Franklin/Franklyn – Franki 

We are seeing an increase in new parents naming their little one Franki. It is currently trending for both genders. 

Georgiana/George – Georgi

When you think of traditional names, “George” is probably what you thought, isn’t it? It’s making a comeback and this time it’s gender neutral. “Georgi” is currently making a splash on the popularity scale for both genders. 

Philip/Phyllis – Flip, Phil, Pip

While both of these classic, traditional names have been on the downswing since the 1950s, if you are looking to honor a grandparent while not sounding dated, consider spinning the name into something more fun and modern!

Do you have other family names not on this list that you want to check out? Use our Nameclouds baby name generator! Try it now or get Nameclouds for yourself, a friend, or a relative.