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100+ Classic Girls’ Names — below the Top 1000

Some of these names were popular in recent years and are now sinking from view, while others are rising stars we predict will soon appear on the official Top 1000.
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  • Agatha

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    Agatha until recently summoned up visions of martyred saints, mauve silk dresses, and high lace collars, but now that some dauntless excavators have begun to resurrect it, we're sure more will foll... Read More 

  • Agnes

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    Agnes, though it was the third most common English girls' name for four hundred years, has long been stuck in the attic. But now it looks like Agnes was so far out it's just about ready to come bac... Read More 

  • Annette

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    Among the first wave of Frenchified names, now as passe as the Mouseketeers.  Read More 

  • Antonia

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    Antonia is stronger than most feminized boys' names, reflecting the pioneer spirit of Willa Cather's classic novel My Antonia . Antonia has recently fallen off the Top 1000, which is an excellent r... Read More 

  • Ariadne

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    This name of the Cretan goddess of fertility is most popular now as the more melodic Ariana, but Ariadne has possibilities of its own. Read More 

  • Astrid

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    Astrid has been a Scandinavian royal name since the tenth century--and more recently in Belgium-- but has never really assimilated into our culture the way Ingrid did. Many people associated it wit... Read More 

  • Aurelia

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    Aurelia is the shimmering female form of the Roman classic Aurelius, very common in the Roman Empire and currently experiencing a resurgence in the US -- it was one of the fastest-rising names in 2... Read More 

  • Bernadette

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    Although feminizations ending in 'ette' are not particularly popular now, Bernadette is a pleasant, feminine, but strong name that doesn't feel prohibitively dated. And though strongly associated w... Read More 

  • Betty

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    Combine the popularity of Betty White and Mad Men 's glamorous Betty Draper Francis, with the residual sweetness of Ugly Betty 's Betty Suarez, and the result is an impending return of the name. It... Read More 

  • Blanche

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    Blanche, which originated as a nickname for a pale blonde, was in style a century ago, ranking in the double digits until 1920. She then had to fight the stereotype of faded Southern belle, a la Bl... Read More 

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