Trendy Downton Abbey Baby Names

Beautiful couple dressed in victorian period costume, resting

Have you caught Downton fever yet? The popular, World War 1-era TV drama about a British aristocratic family and their servants has become one of the most exciting new shows around. Maybe it’s Dame Maggie Smith’s incredible comedic timing (if you liked her as Hogwarts teacher Minerva McGonagall, you’ll adore her as the comically judgmental Dowager Countess of Grantham), or maybe it’s the dreamy smirk of Dan Stevens, who plays the heir to the family fortune, Matthew Crawley. Whatever the reason, Downton Abbey is bringing the post-Edwardian era into vogue at full speed.
Recent naming trends are in line with some of the hottest costume dramas of the past few years: Think Twilight mania (old-fashioned names from the late 1800s), and the Prohibition-era series Boardwalk Empire (names from the ‘20s and ‘30s). So now, wih England during World War 1 as the subject of a major pop hit, will we be seeing a whole new set of trendy baby names?

Let’s look at the names of some of the key characters, most of whom would have been born in the mid- to late- 1800s – the time period that’s been making a splash among parents seeking interesting, old-fashioned names.

The Aristocrats 

  • Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
  • Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
  • Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
  • Lady Mary Josephine Crawley
  • Lady Edith Crawley
  • Lady Sybil Crawley
  • Matthew Crawley
  • Isobel Crawley
  • The Honorable Evelyn Napier
  • Sir Anthony Strallan
  • Miss Lavinia Painswick Swire
  • Sir Richard Carlisle

The Servants (and others)


  • Charles Carson
  • Elsie Hughues
  • John Bates
  • Vera Bates
  • Sarah O’Brien
  • Thomas Barrow
  • William Mason
  • Anna Smith
  • Gwen Dawson
  • Ethel Parks
  • Beryl Patmore
  • Daisy Robinsn
  • Joseph Molesley

Some of these names have been popular for what seems like an eternity (we Americans like names used by British aristocrats), but the standounts – Cora, Violet, Isobel, Elsie, Gwen, Sybil, Daisy and of course, Lavinia (how great is that name?) –  hit the sweet spot of old-fashioned but not overdone. We think they could see a little more populariuty if Downton Abbey continues in its success.

Are you a fan of the show? What are your favorite Downton Names?