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.
  • Olivia

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Olivia, a lovely Shakespearean name with an admirable balance of strength and femininity, is, like her sisters Isabella and Sophia, a megapopular name. Olivia is currently the Number 2 name for... Read More 

  • Patricia

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Patricia still sounds patrician, though its scores of nicknames definitely don't. Wildly popular from the forties (alternately Number 3 and 4 throughout the decade) to the sixties, Patricia has... Read More 

  • Paul

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    To the thousands of girls who screamed the name of their favorite Beatle in the 1960s, Paul had a thrillingly unique image, but to the rest of the world, then and now, it's a name that's so simple... Read More 

  • Peter

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    For generations, there have been pleasant childhood associations with this classic New Testament name, what with Peter Rabbit, Peter Pan, et al. But as user-friendly as this makes the name, it has... Read More 

  • Philip

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Philip, the name of one of the 12 apostles, is still favored by parents in search of a solid boys' classic that is less neutral than Robert or John and more distinctive than Daniel or Matthew and... Read More 

  • Richard

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    A classic old Norman name popular for a thousand years and favored for kings (Richard Nixon was named for Richard the Lionhearted), as well as the hoi polloi (as in every Tom, Dick and Harry),... Read More 

  • Robert

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Robert was Number 1 in both 1925 and 1950, and in fact was in the Top 25 for an entire century, giving it true classic status. Though no longer stylish, Robert is still widely used as a family... Read More 

  • Sarah

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Sarah is an Old Testament name—she was the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac—that is a timeless classic, as perpetually stylish as it is traditional. Sarah is still widely used, but with such a... Read More 

  • Stephen

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Stephen, also spelled Steven, is a strong and likable classic, with the he's-a-great-guy short form Steve. Though not as well-used or fashionable as it was in its heyday -- it was a Top 25 name... Read More 

  • Theresa

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    The popular appeal of the strong, intelligent Saint Teresa of Avila, combined with the selfless compassion of the more recent Mother Teresa, have fused to give this second-tier classic a somewhat... Read More 

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