Some old-fashioned names are timeless and just fine, but some are terribly outdated and would make any baby sound like an ugly old grandma. Can you imagine some poor baby girl stuck with Mildred, Hortense, or Gertrude?
I agree in theory, but I have found that sometimes, somehow, it works. I guess once an adorable little kid has that name, it takes on a fresh connotation.
For example, a coworker named her baby Homer. My first thoughts were less than charitable. Homer
? Really? (Don't worry, fellow hellions; I've been here long enough that I kept my mouth shut). But now? Homer is fabulous and has eradicated, at least for me, any thoughts of either a 97-year-old man in overalls or a scary, yellow cartoon character.
Still, though...a little girl would have to be awfully
cute to make Hortense work.