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.
It’s hard to believe that indie darling Clementine is not in the U.S. Top 1000, but she’s been off the list since the early 1950s, a statistic we see changing one year soon thanks to her choice by several high-profile celebrity parents including Ethan Hawke and Rachel Griffiths. Popular in France and Britain, Clementine is the feminine form of the Latin Clement which means mild or merciful and was the name of 14 popes.