Category: classic names for girls
By Abby Sandel
After writing about baby names for the last eight years, I sometimes think that nothing can surprise me. I’m always ready to explain why a baby called, say, Pomegranate, isn’t really so outlandish.
And yet, some weeks I do breathe a sigh of relief when the names feel classic, controlled, inspired by family. Even understated.
But what about those names that have been off the list for a decade or longer — sometimes more than half a century! — and are now making a comeback?
There were only 13 such reborn names on the Top 1000 for 2014. It may be questionable to call some of them classics as they only entered widespread use in the 1970s or 80s. But many of these names were hugely popular 100 or more years ago and are true classic names once again spreading their wings.
What’s your very favorite classic girls’ name? And yes, sure, you can mention more than one.
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.
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.
The buttoned-up names for girls we think deserve a closer look include: