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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  • Nicola

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    Nicola, the elegant Latinate feminization of Nicholas, has long been standard issue for English girls but for some reason has never voyaged across the Atlantic, which we consider a pity, especially... Read More 

  • Noam

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    Noam is an underused modern Hebrew name with any number of attractive attributes attached to its meaning; it doesn't have the biblical weight of Noah, but could make a more distinctive alternative ... Read More 

  • Paolo

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    Paolo is an irresistibly lush name, worlds more romantic than its spare English equivalent. Among noted bearers of the name are Renaissance painters Uccello and Veronese, architect Soleri, and who... Read More 

  • Perla

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    Consistently popular Latina gem name.  Read More 

  • Phyllida

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    Phyllida, a "Masterpiece Theatre"-style appellation, seems far fresher and more unusual than Phyllis. It's a name used by sixteenth century poets and writers: Lyly has a character named Phyllida ... Read More 

  • Rosa

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    As sweet-smelling as Rose but with a little more substance, Rosa is one of the most classic Spanish and Italian names, which is also favored by upper-class Brits, having an ample measure of vintage... Read More 

  • Sampson

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    This name, once considered overly powerful due to the superhuman strength of the biblical figure, is now an option for parents in search of an unusual route to Sam. But you really don't need that p... Read More 

  • Sarai

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    In the Old Testament, God changed Sarai's name to Sara, so this would make a very legitimate variation.  Read More 

  • Sarita

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    Delicately pretty name all but unknown here.  Read More 

  • Simeon

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    Could Simeon be the next Gideon? Parents seeking a less simple form of Simon might consider this biblical appellation that was chosen by Wynton Marsalis for his son. Simon is actually the Greek su... Read More 

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