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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  • Stefano

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    As commonly heard in Rome, Italy, as Steve is in Rome, New York. With the accent on the first syllable, Stefano has a lot of seductive charm. Read More 

  • Sylvie

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    Although Sylvia seems to be having somewhat of a revival among trendsetting babynamers, we'd still opt for the even gentler and more unusual Sylvie. Jason Bateman chose it as the middle name of his... Read More 

  • Tereza

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    A favorite in Brazil, with the z adding extra zest.  Read More 

  • Tessa

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    Appreciated for its touch of the bohemian, Tessa is given to over a thousand babies each year.  Read More 

  • Vittorio

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    Was there ever a name that rolled more appealingly off the tongue? Vittorio calls to mind the glory days of Italian cinema, featuring names like Vittorio de Sica and Vittorio Gassman.  Read More 

  • Willa

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    Willa has become increasingly fashionable, with its combination of Willa (born Wilella) Cather-like pioneer strength and the graceful beauty of the willow tree. Actress Keri Russell named her daug... Read More 

  • Willem

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    Common in Holland, the appealing Willem (as in de Kooning and Dafoe) makes William fresh and distinctive. Read More 

  • Willoughby

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    Willoughby is an energetic last-name-first route to the popular short form Will, livelier than any of the two-syllable options. It could be picked up by parents attracted to the Willow sound for gi... Read More 

  • Yulia

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    This is the Armenian version of the familia Julia, which has a rich and evocative sound. Other variations are Iuliya, and the diminitive Yulya. Read More 

  • Zadie

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    When aspiring British writer Sadie Smith decided to change her name to the more distinctive and zippy Zadie at the age of fourteen, this attention-magnet name was born. But though it might sound l... Read More 

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