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Classic Baby Names

What are the most classic baby names for girls and boys? While there are hundreds of classic baby names from the Bible, ancient cultures, and other traditional sources in common use today, these are our picks for the most, um, classic classic baby names.
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  • Margaret

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    Margaret is a rich, classic name used for queens and saints. Margaret was replaced for decades by less starchy forms like Maggie and Meg, but some stylish parents are reviving Margaret in full, att... Read More 

  • Maria

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    As the most common female name in all Spanish-speaking countries, this saintly Latin variation of Mary is more likely to be an ethnic name, though old-line Wasps still favor it, and it retains a ti... Read More 

  • Mary

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    Mary, the quintessential New Testament name, was Number 1 for girls for four hundred years. Though still close to the Top 100, at 123, Mary is used now mostly for religious or family reasons. If it... Read More 

  • Michael

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    Michael was the Number 1 American boys' name for almost half a century. Now, though, Michael has moved down to eighth place, still translating to about an annual 16,000 babies. How has Michael ra... Read More 

  • Robert

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    Robert was Number 1 in both 1925 and 1950, and in fact has been in the Top 25 for an entire century, giving it true classic status. Though no longer stylish, Robert is still widely used as a family... Read More 

  • Sarah

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    Sarah is an Old Testament name -- she was the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac -- that is a timeless classic, as perpetually stylish as it is traditional. Sarah is still very widely used, but wi... Read More 

  • Sophia

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    Sophia, which hit the Number 1 baby names spot in the U.S. in 2011, has a sensuous sound and high-minded meaning. Sophia's been chosen by several celeb parents, and reached the top of the charts wi... Read More 

  • Thomas

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    Thomas has been one of the most commonly used classic baby names in both England and the U.S., and is still given to almost seven thousand American boys each year. From the original apostle and sev... Read More 

  • William

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    William has been among the most enduring of classics, currently standing at a solid Number 5. In the last year, the name has been chosen by almost 17,000 American parents as being ideally conservat... Read More 

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