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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  • Marco

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    Simple and universal, Marco is a Latin classic that would make a much livelier namesake for an Uncle Mark. It was used for her son by actress Jill Hennessy, and goes well with any straightforward s... Read More 

  • Marguerite

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    Marguerite is a classic French name with a remnant of old-fashioned Gallic charm; and is also a variety of daisy. Chic again in Paris, it's definitely ripe for revival here. Another reason you m... Read More 

  • Mariel

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    Mariel Hemingway popularized this attractive and unusual variation of Mary. It's a fairly recent form, emerging in the twentieth century. Other variations include Marielle and Mariella, which is fo... Read More 

  • Marta

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    Sounds perennially Olde World.  Read More 

  • Maxim

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    Best known now as a men's magazine title.  Read More 

  • Micah

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    Micah is a biblical name that growing numbers of parents are looking at as a more unusual alternative to Michael, projecting a shinier, more lively image. Micah is the name of a biblical prophet a... Read More 

  • Morgana

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    Since Morgan is used as--or more--frequently for girls as for boys, this feminization has fallen by the wayside. It drew some brief attention via the pop singer Morgana King. The similar Morgian... Read More 

  • Natalya

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    Perfect name for a little girl born on or around Christmas. Its many variations and pet forms include NATALIA, NATALIYA, NATALIE, NATALY, NATASCHA, TALYA, TALIA, TASHA and TASYA. Read More 

  • Niall

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    Niall is pronounced nye-al--something like Neil, but this Irish spelling of the name makes it much more current and cool. This is an ancient name borne by several of the high kings of Tara, the m... Read More 

  • Nico

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    Nico is one of the great nickname names, full of charm, energy and sex appeal--a neo Nick. It has risen 95 places in the past year, one of the ten highest risers on the boys' list in 2011. Nico is... Read More 

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