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 208. Its one problem is that it sounds like and is often seen as interchang... Read More 

  • Emmeline

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    Emmeline, also spelled with one 'm', 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. A p... 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 ni... 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 that... 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 on... 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 Charles VI of Fra... 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 Crawley is Mat... 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 Number 159 to Number 179 in 2013. Read More 

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