Classic Baby Names

Looking for classic baby names? Here's where you'll find lists of classic baby names for girls and boys, traditional baby names from the Bible and ancient cultures, and international variations of classic names.

  • 1910s Baby Names

    The Great War. Sourced from the 1910 to 1920 Top 50, here is a list of popular baby names which are relatively rare today.

  • Bible Baby Names: Most Popular

    Bible baby names have been getting increasingly popular over the past several decades. Old Testament Names for boys, particularly, have been high on the popular baby names list, but some Biblical girls' names are also longtime favorites. Here's a selection of the most popular Bible baby names. For more unusual choices, you might also want to check the Cool Bible Baby Names list.

  • Bible Names for Boys

    Bible names have been popular for boys for more than a generation now, with early favorites Aaron and Adam giving way to new favorites such as Asher and Abraham. Here's our collection of biblical baby names for boys.

  • Bible Names for Girls

    Bible names for girls have been popular for girls for more than a generation now, with early favorites Mary and Anna giving way to new favorites such as Ada and Abigail. Here's the complete collection of biblical baby names for girls.

  • Boy Names ALWAYS in the Top 1000

    There are just over 200 baby boy names that have been on the Top 1000 since 1880, when the U.S. Social Security office began tracking baby names. The classic boy names here are included among that elite that has been perennially popular. For the full group plus analysis, see our blog on perennially popular boy baby names.

  • Christmas Baby Names

    Names for a baby born at Christmastime can be especially festive and creative, drawing from all aspects of the holiday season. For more ideas, see the Christmas Baby Names blog.

  • 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.

  • Classic Baby Names for Boys

    Classic baby names for boys, those that have been well used in the English-speaking world over time, are an elite group. While many Biblical baby names certainly qualify, we've grouped most of those on their own list. Here are the classic boy baby names that remain.

  • Classic Baby Names for Girls

    Classic baby names for girls, those that have been well used in the English-speaking world over time, are an elite group. While many Biblical names certainly qualify, we've grouped most of those on their own list. Here are the classic girl baby names that remain.

  • 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.

  • Classic Girl Names That Aren't Boring

    If your tastes run toward classic baby girl names but you want a name that sounds interesting and distinctive, consider these girl names that are traditional but not boring.

  • Cool Classic Boys’ Names — 100+ below the Top 1000

    These classic boys’ names include choices from ancient cultures and the Bible, names sailing out of style along with those heading in.

  • Cool Classic Girls’ Names — 100+ below the Top 1000

    Classic baby names are not always popular names. These classic girls' names are also unusual, hiding below the Top 1000.

  • Early African-American Names

    Early American slave rolls are filled with classical and biblical names designed to show off the slave-owners' education and not normally used for whites; variations of African day names and place-names; along with other unusual names more closely identified over the years with black than white American culture. Some of the most notable:

  • Feminizations

    Feminizations are, in the classic sense, feminine variations of male names rather than unisex baby names. You may be attracted to these baby names because you want to name a daughter after dad or grandpa, or maybe you simply love the traditional feel of many of these baby names.

  • Girl Names ALWAYS in the Top 1000

    These girl names have all appeared on the Top 1000 list for every year since the U.S. government started keeping records in 1880. For more on classic and perennially popular girl names, check out our blog.

  • Girls' Names With Gravity

    For many parents, girls' names (and boys' names too) should carry more than an attractive sound and appealing image; they should have real history behind them. These names relate to a range of impressive personages, real and imagined, and also have both breadth and depth in terms of the meaning they convey. Inspired by a fascinating discussion on our forums, here are some girls' names with history and weight.

  • Gladiator Baby Names

    Gladiator baby names -- boys' names from Ancient Rome -- are suddenly hot again after a couple of millennia, thanks to Hunger Games, HBO's Rome, Atticus Finch, and Russell Crowe. If you're looking for a baby name for your own little gladiator -- or emperor or god, for that matter -- consider the following.

  • Jane Austen Baby Names

    If you're a fan of Jane Austen, you might draw inspiration for baby names from her characters. These classic baby names are perfect for parents who value strength, sophistication, and substance.

  • Literary Baby Names

    Literary names, drawn from the characters in books for both adults and children as well as from the names of well-loved authors, are gaining in popularity. Literary names we are hearing more of these days include the following. For a more complete collection, check out our lists of Literary Names for Girls and Literary Names for Boys.

  • Margaret's International Variations

    Margaret is among the most classic baby names, with a wide range of intriguing variations throughout the Western World.

  • Mary's International Variations

    Mary may not be exactly stylish among baby girl names now, but as the top girls' name for centuries, it's spawned many intriguing international variations.

  • Mary's Stylish Variations

    What can we say? There's still something about Mary -- even after a 400 year run -- that's made it a solid option for countless folks who adore its symbolic value. But don't be afraid to jazz things up a little. Here are some timely, fresh-faced variations of this traditional name.

  • Nicknames for Elizabeth

    Elizabeth is one of those classic, widely-used baby names that has an entire raft of nicknames, going in and out of style over time. There's a pet form of Elizabeth that's right for any child.

  • Old Lady Names

    Old lady names are cool by virtue of their very disdain for fashion. If you're interested in the baby names on this list, check out our blog on old lady names for more commentary and ideas.

  • Old Man Names

    Old man names like Max and Sam and Henry have been used for babies for so long now that they no longer sound like old man names. But don't worry, there are plenty more where those came from. To qualify as a cool old man name, a name has to feel both classic and slightly moth-eaten, like the perfect vintage suit.

  • Old-Fashioned Baby Names

    Old-fashioned baby names sound new again: We mean the gently old-fashioned vintage names last popular a century ago. Some of the old-fashioned baby names recommended for your consideration today include:

  • Papal Names

    The selection of Pope Francis I has added a new name to the ist of papal names, which began in the year 32 with St. Peter. Here are some other names of popes that are still usable today--many of them worn by multiple bearers.

  • Roman Names

    Roman Names are suddenly hot and fresh again as baby names, partly thanks to The Hunger Games, the futuristic book that featured Roman names for most of the male characters, partly because of the HBO series Rome, and also thanks to the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird and its hero Atticus Finch. Roman baby names on today's roster include several familiar choices along with even more fascinating names yet to be revived.

  • Romantic Baby Names for Girls

    There has been an upturn in the use of romantic baby names for girls in recent years, think Isabelle and Sophia. Some of these romantic baby names seem to coincide with classic names, and others are heard less often. Here's a list of romantic girl names chosen for their originality, use in literature and film, as well as romance novels:

  • Royal Baby Names

    Royal baby names are those used by royal families in recent years. Many of them have been used by royal families over the centuries, while some of newcomers to the royal name lexicon. Royal baby names include:

  • Royal Names for Boys

    Royal names for boys on this list are those used by the British royal family for over a thousand years. Some of the royal names for boy you might consider are:

  • Royal Names for Girls

    Royal names on this list come from those used by the British royal family over the centuries. Royal names for girls you might consider include:

  • Saints' Names For Boys

    It is tradition in the Roman Catholic Church for a child receiving baptism to be given a saints' name. However, even parents who don't find themselves particularly religious have begun to take interest in the rare, uplifting, and sometimes unheard-of names of saints' for their sons and daughters. This list includes the likes of saints' names for boys.

  • Saints' Names for Girls

    Saints' names are still required for a Roman Catholic baptism, but beyond religious strictures, you might be interested in saints as inspirational namesakes or as a source of unusual ancient names. This list includes a range of saints' names for girls, from the classic to the cool to the rarely-heard.

  • Traditional Baby Names

    Traditional baby names, by our definition, are those that have been used consistently in English-speaking countries for centuries -- and are still in widespread use. Traditional baby names might not be the most exciting choices in the book, but they are the most reliable. Here are some of the top traditional baby names for both boys and girls.

  • Unusual Biblical Baby Names

    The Bible is full of names, many of them having grown more popular as baby names over recent years but hundreds of others still unusual. Unusual biblical baby names for boys and girls from both the Old and New Testaments include the following.

  • Victorian Royal Baby Names

    Queen Victoria named six of nine children after either herself or her husband Prince Albert, making the royal baby names from the 19th and early 20th centuries a cozy bunch. The full list of royal names from the Victorian era includes:

  • Vintage Baby Names

    Vintage baby names are among the most fashionable today, for girls as well as boys. Choosing a vintage name can give you the best of all worlds, drawing on classic inspiration with modern style. Vintage baby names are drawn from the popularity lists of a hundred years ago, from classic literature along with biblical and royal sources. Here, a list of the vintage baby names stylish today.

  • Vintage Baby Names for Boys

    Vintage baby names for boys are in style now, along with vintage clothes and furniture. The most popular vintage baby names for boys include the following.

  • Vintage Baby Names for Girls

    Vintage baby names for girls are as chic as vintage clothes and furniture. The vintage baby names for girls that are most stylish today include the following.