Traditional Baby Names

Traditional baby names, by our definition, are those that have been used consistently in English-speaking countries for centuries -- and are still in widespread use. Traditional baby names might not be the most exciting choices in the book, but they are the most reliable. Here are some of the top traditional baby names for both boys and girls.
  • Albert

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    This name remained stylish for over eighty years, but with its serious, studious image (think Einstein, Schweitzer), it's far from fashionable today. Still, along with such stalwarts as Walter and... Read More 

  • Alexander

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    Alexander has been in the Top 25 since 1991, and is still at a high Number 8. The noble Alexander has led to the popularity of so many spinoffs, such as Alex, Zander, Xan and Zan -- not to mention... Read More 

  • Alice

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    Alice is a classic name that's both strong and sweet, which got a big bounce via Tina Fey's choice of the name for her daughter. In the past decade Alice has jumped nearly 300 places in the... Read More 

  • Andrew

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    Andrew is among the most appealing classic boys' names, with more character and charm than James or John. And there's a host of Andrew-inspired nicknames: Andy makes it friendlier, while Drew adds... Read More 

  • Anne

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    The name of the sainted mother of the Virgin Mary was among the top girls' baby names for centuries, in both the original English Ann spelling and the French Anne. Both left the Top 100 around... Read More 

  • Barbara

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    If you can get the lively young Barbara Bush to replace her grandmother's white-haired image, you might discover a rhythmic classic with an interesting history.

    There is the popular... Read More 

  • Caroline

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    Caroline is a perennial classic, in the Top 100 since 1994. It now ranks at Number 62, roughly the same position it held in 1885. Caroline is elegant, calling to mind the Kennedy Camelot years and... Read More 

  • Charles

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    Charles is a longtime traditional favorite that was in the Top 10 until the 1960s, and is now back at Number 50. Lately, Charles has been resuscitated by many celeb parents, from Jodie Foster to... Read More 

  • Charlotte

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    The name of the young Princess of Cambridge, Charlotte is the latest classic name to join Sophia, Emma, Olivia, and Isabella in a rise toward the top of the list, making Number 9 in the US this... Read More 

  • Daniel

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    Daniel is a perennial favorite; it's been in the Top 15 names for boys every year since 1972, Daniel is one of only a handful of male names that sounds both classic and modern, strong yet... Read More 

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