Traditional Girl Names: The Ultimate Guide
Traditional girl names feel warm and familiar – even those that are far from common for babies born today.
First, there are the core classic girl names, popular since naming records began in the US in 1880. True classics like Anna, Elizabeth and Katherine have all ranked in – or just outside of – the Top 100 for at least a century and a half.
But there is also a large number of uncommon traditional girl names which have a rich history, but are rarely used today. Cool categories of traditional names for girls include vintage names and Biblical names, which are full of stylish choices with a strong, timeless feel.
Here, Nameberry’s ultimate guide to finding the perfect traditional girl name.
The most enduring traditional girl names are the elite group of timeless classics that have proved popular throughout the centuries.
The top traditional girl names include classic royal names like Charlotte, Elizabeth and Victoria – as well as some that might surprise you! Who’d have thought that Cecilia, Josephine, Nina and Veronica have all ranked in the US Top 500 since records began?
Here are 25 timeless traditional girl names that have always ranked in the US Top 500.
When it comes to girl baby names, traditional doesn’t always have to mean popular!
Some of these are once-popular choices which now feel ripe for revival, like Agnes and Viola (already very popular in Italy). Others are simply highly unusual names with a long history of use, like Eulalie, Guinevere and Verity.
Here are 25 unique traditional girl names below the Top 1000.
Vintage names are a stylish subset of the traditional girl names. They have a sweet, old-fashioned feel, but also a cool, current appeal.
The most popular vintage girl names of the moment include botanical choices like Iris, Ivy and Violet – which have all more than doubled in use over the past decade. Less common vintage options with quirky retro flair include Beatrix, Opal and Zelda.
Here are 25 of the best cool vintage names for girls, from fashionable favorites to forgotten gems.
Bible names for girls have proved enduringly popular throughout the ages, with classic Biblical choices like Esther, Lydia and Rachel ranking in the US Top 500 since naming records began in the late 19th century.
Here, 25 Biblical girl names from all over the popularity spectrum, which all share that cozy traditional feel.
If some of the traditional girl names above feel a bit too heavy or formal for you, there’s always the option of using a short form on its own.
The nickname-loving Brits are streets ahead of the US on this trend: Evie, Rosie, Daisy, Millie and Maisie are all Top 50 picks in England and Wales. But there is actually a long tradition of nickname names in America, too. Annie, Elsie, Lena and Sadie have all ranked in the Top 50 in the past, and feel sweet and youthful again today.
Here are 25 traditional nicknames for girls which feel substantial enough to stand alone.
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Classic Girls’ Names: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? – Baby Name Blog – Nameberry Said
on November 17th, 2011 at 1:18 am
[…] I recently watched one of the seemingly countless Masterpiece Theater/BBC/theatrical versions of Jane Eyre, and I couldn’t help noticing how many times this particularly dreamy Rochester (Toby Stephens) repeated the heroine’s name, imbuing it each time with various shades of sweetness, sadness, passion, and more–and it made me fall in love with not only him but the name Jane. And to start wondering what’s become of baby-name Jane, one of the most classic girls’ names. […]
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