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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.
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  • Olivia

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    Olivia, a lovely Shakespearean name with an admirable balance of strength and femininity, is, like her popular sister names Isabella and Sophia, a megapopular baby girl name. Olivia is currently Nu... Read More 

  • Patricia

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    Patricia still sounds patrician, though its scores of nicknames definitely don't. Wildly popular from the forties (Number 4 in 1948) through the sixties, Patricia has been fading ever since--but a ... Read More 

  • Paul

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    Paul is an ancient name -- popular in Roman and medieval times -- that's not very fashionable now, which can work in its favor, scarcity balancing simplicity. Paul also boasts a wide range of name-... Read More 

  • Peter

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    A classic New Testament name, Peter's popularity has been sliding since the 1950s, which makes it a good choice if you're seeking a less-used classic with many nice childhood associations, like Pet... Read More 

  • Philip

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    Philip, the name of one of the twelve 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 a... Read More 

  • Richard

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    Richard is a far from stylish old Norman name, with a rich royal history, but now not even in the Top 100. All the possible nicknames of Richard -- Richie, Ricky, and especially Dick -- are so over... Read More 

  • Robert

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    Robert was Number 1 in both 1925 and 1950, and in fact has been 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

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    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 very widely used, but wi... Read More 

  • Stephen

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    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 fro... Read More 

  • Theresa

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    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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