Classic Baby Names with a Twist

What if you love classic baby names but want something more original? Or if you're looking to honor a relative but want to spin their classic name a bit differently? Without getting into too-crazy spelling variations or too-easy international forms, here some twists on classic baby names.
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  • Emilia

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    Emilia, the lovely feminine form of the Roman clan name Aemilius, is rising as an Emily/Amelia alternative, now at Number 133. Its one problem is that it sounds like and is often seen as... Read More 

  • Emmeline

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    Emmeline is an Emma relative and Emily cousin that is destined for greater use in the wake of the megapopularity of those two names. A recommended Nameberry fave, Emmeline hopped onto the US Top... Read More 

  • Esmond

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    Though slightly haughtier and less accessible than cousin Edmond, Esmond could appeal to some parents seeing a distinguished appellation. It began being used (albeit sparingly) in England in the... Read More 

  • Fancy

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    Old fashioned nickname that some girls just might be able to pull off. You'd just have to be sure your little Fancy was one of them.Read More 

  • Federica

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    Federica is the Latin version of Frederica, one of those formerly stuffy female names -- think Josephine and Eleanor -- that feels fresh and elegant again. And Federica has more energy without... Read More 

  • Helene

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    Whether it's pronounced with an "een" or an "aine" sound at the end, feels more dated now that the more forthright Helen or the airier Helena.Read More 

  • Hendrix

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    Hendrix is one of those hip rock and roll names, like Lennon, Jagger and Presley, that have been used by fellow celebs and others, to honor the seminal guitarist/singer/songwriter Jimi. And this... Read More 

  • Isabeau

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    With Isabel getting so popular, parents are searching for new varieties of the name, and Isabeau is one that makes a lovely French twist.

    Isabeau of Bavaria was the wife of King... Read More 

  • Isobel

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    The Scottish spelling of Isabel has a definite character of her own, the 'o' giving her an extra infusion of strength.

    Isobels have appeared on several high-profile TV shows: Isobel... Read More 

  • Izabella

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    Parents seeking a way to differentiate their Isabella from all the others could consider this zippier spelling. Its popularity has halted its rise, falling from a peak of 140 in 2011 to 234 in... Read More 

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