Basic Baby Names: Laura, Lily and Lucas

by Sophie Kihm

“Basicness” has been a part of the zeitgeist for years now. To be basic is to be a follower of the trends and immersed in mainstream culture. It’s often portrayed as a bad thing—basic people are considered unoriginal, boring, and predictable—but there’s an upside to basicness, at least when it comes to basic baby names. 

Basic baby names connotes “every-girl” or “every-guy” vibes. They have a long history of use and have retained a certain level of popularity over the years. Because of this, it can be difficult to accurately guess the age of someone with a basic name.

We can project many different personalities onto people with basic names, because we almost certainly know more than one person with the name. A  child with a basic baby name won’t feel pressure to live up to any ideals suggested by their name because there is no collective idea of who a Sarah or a Benjamin should be.

Unlike basic people, basic baby names are anti-trendy. While there may have been times when they were most popular, basic names are enduring favorites and remain reliable choices.

These baby names are inoffensive, dependable, and almost timeless. In fact, another name for basic baby names would be modern classics. Below are 30 basic baby names. Which ones would you add to the list?

Basic Girls:

Basic Boys:

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beynotce Says:

April 5th, 2019 at 7:12 am

I’ve always thought my brother’s name was “basic” in this way, timeless and almost universally inoffensive – he’s a Paul.

QuirkFlower Says:

April 5th, 2019 at 7:51 am

At first I was kind of sad to see my name (Lily) on this list, but I actually love almost all of these names.

JH Says:

April 5th, 2019 at 10:36 am

We have 11 names on the list in my family of 31 people. Another 7 of the names were at one point or are being considered for our next baby due in October. As with all our children, we want a name where you cannot pin down what decade they were born in. We have a girl name set (Heidi) but cannot seem to get a boy name that feels right. If it’s a boy, it’ll be our 4th, so we’ve used a lot of the ones that we love! Decisions, decisions!

emilygc3 Says:

April 5th, 2019 at 11:55 am

My name is Emily Grace, and my sister is Clare – neither of us plan to use “basic” or traditional names for our kids. But at the same time, I’d highly recommend any and all of these choices over modern trends.

epowell Says:

April 5th, 2019 at 1:04 pm

I’m an Emily and I’ve never had an issue with name. (Born in 85) I’m named after my grandmother. I’m the sixth Emily in our family. And I’m married to a Jonathan. (You would be shocked at how many people can’t spell his name). Anyway, the real reason I’m commenting (I’m in the US) is the Nameberry website is driving me insane. There are so many ads that it is impossible for me to keep my spot when reading or typing. I’ll be reading and then a new ad at the top or bottom will pop open and shift my whole page either up or down. I literally just closed one header ad, two footer ads, and one side ad. Annoying and distracting. And they aren’t “pop ups”. They are sponsored ads.

lindens Says:

April 5th, 2019 at 1:21 pm

Anna and John belong with group too!

Lo Says:

April 5th, 2019 at 2:26 pm

Wow, this gives me some food for thought. If we ever have another girl I’d love to name her Sarah. But I worry that it’s too basic. However, my name is Laura and I have one girl named Clare and the other uses Kate as a nickname. And while only 2 of my boys names are on the list several of the other ones have a basic feel too – Thomas, Paul, Andrew.

Adalee Says:

April 5th, 2019 at 3:35 pm

My first thought was Andrew.

Bobcat108 Says:

April 5th, 2019 at 4:46 pm

@epowell: Emily, you might think about installing an ad blocker on your browser…I have one & it makes being online a lot more pleasant.

I’d add Eric, David, Kevin, & Thomas to the basic boys list.

Lo Says:

April 5th, 2019 at 7:39 pm

Definitely agree with adding David.

ashbee Says:

April 5th, 2019 at 8:03 pm

Basic to me means following mainstream *trends*. I think of all the Zoes, Chloes, Emma’s, and Olivia’s. They may become modern classics but are still very trendy. By definition, classics are not trendy.
Jane doesn’t fit in this list. Jane is an enduring classic that has only gone down in popularity in modern times. I do hope it does become popular again as it is lovely!

wandsworth Says:

April 6th, 2019 at 5:30 pm

There’s nothing wrong with being mainstream or following trends.

mill1020 Says:

April 7th, 2019 at 1:01 am

Where is Joe, the most basic boy name of all?

Erin Beth Says:

April 7th, 2019 at 6:16 am

I would Ellen, Abigail, and perhaps Joanna.

Erin Beth Says:

April 7th, 2019 at 6:20 am

And Christina!

Ducaliter Says:

April 7th, 2019 at 2:12 pm

I like most of those names ! They don’t get outdated even if they feel pretty common.

I think names like Alice, Lucy, Sarah or Olivia.

In France, I think for girls those names would be Alexandra, Camille, Estelle, Lucie, Louise, Laure, Julie, Anne, Pauline, Cécile…
For boys, it would be Antoine, Pierre, Thibaud, Guillaume, Vincent, Gabriel, Mathieu, Paul, Alexandre, Julien, Nicolas, Loïc…

iheartnames Says:

April 7th, 2019 at 9:18 pm

I would add Natalie to the girls list.

KatlynLea Says:

April 8th, 2019 at 9:54 am

Surprised not to see Joshua and Aaron on the boys’ list

CherrieSue Says:

April 10th, 2019 at 6:00 pm

I’m a Jane. It’s a timeless and classic name, and significantly rarer than it might seem at first glance. I’m in my twenties and I don’t know any other Janes personally, although occasionally I meet others in passing. I like that my name creates no preconceptions about what I might be like, what age I am, or really even where I’m from; I’ve met a Russian Jane and a Dutch Jane.

John definitely ought to be on this list too!

AerieEerie Says:

April 25th, 2019 at 12:00 am

NGL, as a Lily I read this title and frowned. These are solid names, though.

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