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Classic Baby Names: 14 gorgeous under-the-radar choices for girls

March 1, 2013 Pamela Redmond

Too often, it can feel like all the classic baby names are too, well, ordinary, while all the under-the-radar names stay undiscovered for a reason.  But swimming beneath the Top 1000 baby names are many choices that are both classic and distinctive.We’ve brought 14 such treasures for girls’ to the surface for your consideration.  They encompass a range of styles and origins, from biblical to literary, buttoned-up to offbeat.  One might be right for your baby.

Manipulated image of Princess Antonia by Linnea-Rose


Antonia

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The lovely Antonia has plummeted straight off the popularity charts over the past 15 years, which is good news if you’re looking for a strong classic that you won’t hear every day. A royal name that originated as a feminization of Anthony, Antonia was immortalized in literature as the title character of Willa Cather’s novel My Antonia. Antonia is a classy choice, but short forms Tonia and Toni take the name downmarket. Stick with the full form.

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. 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.

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