60 Classic Baby Names You Haven’t Thought Of

classic baby names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Are you looking for classic baby names but bored by all the usual suspects: Emma and Olivia, William and James?

We have a great source for classic names you probably haven’t considered – at least if you’re American. The birth announcements in the London Telegraph include dozens of baby names that are classic and stylish and also rarely heard outside of Britain.

We pulled 60 unusual classic baby names – 30 for girls and 30 for boys – from a recent crop of birth announcements to feature here. Might one of these be perfect for your non-British baby?

girls

Alma

Antonia

Bethany

Christabel

Claudia

Clemency

Constance

Electra

Elfrida

Henrietta

Honoria

Isadora

Joan

Leonora

Letitia

Lettice

Lorna

Marian

Martha

Millicent

Minna

Ottilie

Peggy

Philippa

Rosamund

Rosanna

Rosemary

Tabitha

Tamsin

Verity

boys

Albert

Alfred

Barnaby

Basil

Bernard

Damon

Dominic

Edmund

Graham

Guy

Hadrien

Hector

Humphrey

Ignatius

Inigo

Kit

Leonard

Lionel

Ludo

Oswald

Percy

Quentin

Rex

Roger

Rupert

Solomon

Stuart

Victor

Wilbur

Wilfred

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11 Responses to “60 Classic Baby Names You Haven’t Thought Of”

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Essa Says:

July 19th, 2016 at 2:56 am

Amazing names! My favourites are Albert (Albie) and Bethany (Betsy) but I also like…

Alma
Constance
Isadora (Ida/Dottie)
Millicent (Millie) – Sadly a lot of people seem to really dislike this name.
Tabitha (Tibby)

Barnaby (Barnes)
Percy – I do prefer this as a nickname for Percival though.
Rupert
Solomon (Sol/Solly/Sonny)

Unfortunately since I live in the England, these names are more common than I’d like!

lesliemarion Says:

July 19th, 2016 at 11:20 am

I wish these were the top names in the US!

teacupsandtiaras Says:

July 19th, 2016 at 11:38 am

Christabel is one of my favorite names! Christabel, Henrietta, Edmund, Alfred, and Guy are all family names. I particularly like Edmund and Alfred!

klutzy_girl Says:

July 19th, 2016 at 11:52 am

Brett Dalton and his wife, Melissa Trn, chose Sylvia for their daughter and I was surprised by how much I love the name!

Tabitha and Bethany are really nice and on my favorite baby names list.

LoveBugsMama Says:

July 19th, 2016 at 12:18 pm

I like….
Antonia
Electra (GP)
Henrietta (Family name)
Millicent (more of a GP because there seems to be a stigma to it)
Minna
Ottilie (Love! One of my new favorites)
Tabitha
Guy
Humphrey
Lionel
Rex (my father’s name)
Stuart

teacupsandtiaras Says:

July 19th, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Kit is one of my favorite nicknames for a boy. I like it not only for Christopher but also for Christian!

Cpwallawalla Says:

July 19th, 2016 at 3:26 pm

I love so many of these names, but especially Alma and Stuart. Mostly because of people I know and like who have those given names!

dbear22 Says:

July 19th, 2016 at 4:03 pm

Love this list, and have considered a lot of these. Our top choice for our son due in 6 weeks is Albert, after DH’s grandpa. My friend is considering Leona for a girl to honor a Leo, but I’ll have to mention Leonora.

Chloe14 Says:

July 20th, 2016 at 8:41 am

There are lots of lovely girls names on that list! I love Constance, Millicent, Verity, Tabitha and Antonia. And there are some great boys names on that list, too! I love Stuart and Edmund.

thesilenceinbetween Says:

July 20th, 2016 at 4:44 pm

What a great idea! The British charts are always full of great gems. (And oh, hey, there’s my name, Bethany!) I really love: Antonia, Claudia, Henrietta, Isadora, Marian, Philippa, Rosemary, Dominic, Edmund, Hadrien, and Lionel. I also love the idea of Graham, but in my accent, it comes out as “gram”, which is what I call my grandmother, so that’d be a bit awkward.

ShadesOfScarlett Says:

July 21st, 2016 at 2:52 pm

I actually love a lot of these names, but I think it’s pretty funny that Lettice and Basil made the lists. That would be quite a sibset!

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