by Pamela Redmond Satran
The trendiest girls’ names of recent years have been flowery and elaborate: Isabella and Sophia, Olivia and Arianna. They end in vowels….and often begin with them too. And if they’re not exotic confections, stylish girls’ names are often gender-and-tradition-confounding novelties such as Harper and Hadley and Neveah.
You can almost hear your granny asking: What ever happened to a nice name like Anne? Aren’t any babies named Mary these days?
Well, fewer and fewer, in many cases, yet all the frippery in girls’ names is enough to make the old-fashioned buttoned-up standards feel downright refreshing.
A few of these buttoned-up names – Eleanor, most notably – are already making a comeback. But most are simply lovely standards that may feel buttoned-up, but come with fanciful nicknames for now that can be shed (or not) if and when the future demands more seriousness.
Supreme Court Justice names, anyone?
The buttoned-up names for girls we think deserve a closer look include:
By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain
Katie Price’s firstborn daughter has Nymphadora Tonks syndrome.
By now, you might have heard that British glamour model-turned-reality star Katie Price has welcomed a daughter with a surprising name: Bunny.
That’s the way Katie rolls. Her older daughter is Princess, and Katie apparently shortlisted Duchess for daughter number two.
Singer Peter Andre is Katie’s ex, and dad to Princess. He reports that their daughter – now 8 years old – dislikes her frilly given name.
What’s your favorite classic girls’ name?
And by classic, we mean timeless choices such as Elizabeth, Sarah, and Margaret.
We also mean currently fashionable classics such as Charlotte and Alice.
In fact, when you tell us which classic girls’ name is your favorite, maybe you can also tell us why you consider it a classic.
The names Mary
were once so ubiquitous (there sometimes would be two in one family) that it was inevitable that a ton of nicknames and variations would evolve, not to mention international versions. Running a close third to those ultimate girls’ classics is Margaret
, which means ‘pearl’ and which in fact shares a number of Mary
’s pet forms. Here are just a few of Margaret
’s offspring, and their recent bearers.