Ancient Names for Babies

Ancient Names for Babies

By Pamela Redmond Satran

Can the rise of ancient names for babies be credited to the prominence of Sophia, Amelia, Zoe, and Atticus on international baby name popularity lists?

Or maybe it’s a reaction against all the new names and trends that have mushroomed over the past few decades, from word names to nature names to place names to invented names.

Or maybe it’s the start of a new millennium that makes us consider the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, or a new interest in names from mythology, or TV shows and movies starring hunky gladiators.

All these influences have undoubtedly helped revive ancient Greek and Roman names for modern girl and boy babies, appearing on birth announcements throughout the Western World.

If you’re looking for a really old name for your new baby, here are some that sound stylish today.


  • Acacia

  • Alba

  • Ambrosia

  • Anastasia

  • Antigone

  • Antonia

  • Apollonia

  • Artemis

  • Artemisia

  • Athena

  • Aurelia

  • Cecilia

  • Claudia

  • Cora

  • Cornelia

  • Eulalia

  • Hebe

  • Hero

  • Hester

  • Junia

  • Livia

  • Octavia

  • Olympia

  • Ophelia

  • Roxana

  • Tatiana

  • Theodora

  • Valentina

  • Vita

  • Xanthe

  • boys

  • Atlas

  • Atticus

  • Augustus

  • Cassius

  • Cyrus

  • Felix

  • Hector

  • Julius

  • Justus

  • Leon

  • Linus

  • Lucian

  • Lysander

  • Magnus

  • Maximus

  • Romulus

  • Rufus

  • Theodore

  • Titus

  • Urban

  • Zephyr

  • About the Author

    Pamela Redmond

    Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.