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  1. #1

    What is a "classic" name?

    Last edited by ilayali; October 8th, 2014 at 05:02 PM.

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Long history is most important. Wide use and popularity are also essential. Historical, literary, and/or religious significance definitely help.
    Top W. European & Biblical classics: William, Charles, George, Richard, Robert, Frederick, Arthur, David, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John/Jack, James, Alexander, etc.
    For girls: Elizabeth, Mary, Victoria, Ruth, Margaret, Martha, Eve, Sarah, Helen, Anne, Hannah, Rose (and variations), Catherine, Diana, etc.

  3. #5
    Join Date
    May 2013
    I think a good way to explain it is that no one will ever think "oh that name is so out of style" because they don't go out of style...they can't...they're classics. Mary, for example is at its lowest point of use in the U.S. since 1880. But is anyone going to think it is an out-there name? No. Everyone recognizes it, and it is timeless aka a classic.
    Personal Favorites: Mira Cairdeas and Darrow Paine

    Best Wishes To All

  4. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Teenberry, name loving girl.

    Lucy, Madeline, Caroline, Kylie, Bryn, Audrey/Aubrey, & Sierra
    Eli, Caden, Camden, Riley and Caleb

    Guilty Pleasures:
    Clementine & Tiara

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    United States
    A classic name to me would be a name that has been around for a long time- usually referenced in history, literature, the Bible, etc. Some classics are more out there (I would think of Dorothea as a classic, though it's been off the SSA list since 1971) but they apply to one of the earlier mentioned criteria.

    Top Girls: Under Construction

    Top Boys: Under Construction

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