Classic Girls’ Names: The hottest choices now

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The whole idea of classic girls’ names that are hot right now might seem like a contradiction in terms: How can a name be both trendy and timeless?  It can if it’s an ancient name that’s been well and widely used over the centuries but that’s also enjoying the heat of attention right now.

The 12 classic girls’ names here qualify.  All have deep and illustrious roots yet are also listed by the official U.S. roster of names that were the fastest-rising in the past year.  That makes all of them excellent choices, offering both style and substance.


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Following in the footsteps of Top 5 Ava, Ada jumped more than fifty places. Though it lacks Ava’s obvious glamour-girl pedigree, Ada has a more vintage feel and lots of literary cred. Ada Lovelace was the daughter of Lord Byron and is credited as being the world’s first computer programmer.


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25 Responses to “Classic Girls’ Names: The hottest choices now”

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SoDallas3 Says:

September 7th, 2012 at 12:17 am

Thank you for posting this! I love Ada,Alice,Cora,Eloise, Elsie, Esther, Hazel, and June. Some of these I will probably never use; but they are lovely. I think Ada, Alice and Eloise will always be top contenders. Familiar in my area but still different from Ava, Alyssa, and Ella.

Mara_lyn86 Says:

September 7th, 2012 at 1:29 am

I like this post! There are so many lovely girls classics that are underused. My favorites from this post are Alice, Cecilia, Daphne, Eloise and Genevieve. Elsie is very cute but too much of a nickname for me, but I can see why it is getting popular.
The one I would probably never use is Olive. It is cute, but not my style.
June would be a nice name, but it sounds so short with my one syllable last name. I would probably use Juniper with the nickname June.

Maple10 Says:

September 7th, 2012 at 5:54 am

Love eloide, Cecilia, Coral, and Genevieve. Am i the only one who thinks Alice is boring?

Maple10 Says:

September 7th, 2012 at 6:37 am


aunt_ning Says:

September 7th, 2012 at 6:44 am

I love the name Olive, I had a great Aunt Olive who was a fabulous lady. I also love the name Cora, but always want to say Cora Beth thanks to the Waltons! I prefer Clara though, but that is another Great Aunt….I have so many Great Aunts with such wonderful names! May, Olive,Rose Marie, Clara, Josie, Jeanie and my Grandmothers are Mary Louise and Jewel and my Great Grandmother was Alice…. there is Also Thelma and Peggy and Margarets as well but they are not as fabulous as the rest

Lynae Says:

September 7th, 2012 at 8:27 am

Elsie is my favorite here. I love the old nursery rhyme:
Elsie Marley is grown so fine
She won’t get up to feed the swine
But stays in bed til 8 or 9!
Lazy Elsie Marley.

southern.maple Says:

September 7th, 2012 at 8:33 am

Cora is my second favorite for a girl. Instead of Ada, I’ve grown to like Ida. I might like June more if it weren’t used as a nickname for Junior on my mom’s side of the family. My great-grandfather was Earl Junior, called June exclusively.

maggiemary Says:

September 7th, 2012 at 8:49 am

My favorites are Ada, Elsie and Olive.

bluejuniper Says:

September 7th, 2012 at 9:12 am

I love Daphne! I think the new ABC family show ‘Switched At Birth’ has probably had more of an effect on the recent popularity of the name than the ‘Heroes’ character though.

Flick Says:

September 7th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I don’t think Eloise or Esther really have the star power that some of the other names on this list. I wish Alice and Daphne weren’t climbing so high.

gem26 Says:

September 7th, 2012 at 2:23 pm

so many of my favorites are on this this! Alice, June, and Cecilia are in my top 5. Love them, they sound so sweet to me.

Kyri Laina Says:

September 7th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Alice, Elsie, and Genevieve are all on my list! But I also like Daphne and Cora.

rollo Says:

September 7th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

I really dislike the name Ada but I love the names Adeline and Adelina and I absolutely adore Ava.

Genevieve, Alice, Elodie, Eloise and Esther are all beautiful.

rollo Says:

September 7th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Also love Cecelia!

samjaymc Says:

September 8th, 2012 at 5:42 am

Agree with many of these! Love Alice, Cora, Elspeth, Genevieve and Daphne.

mayday_fridaybabe Says:

September 8th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Elsie is so adorable! Alice is also a sentimental favorite of mine–it’s my late grandma’s name :).

blueberry1215 Says:

September 9th, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I love this style of names! My favorites here are Cecelia, Eloise, Elspeth (nn Elsie), and Olive.

Elspeth, to me, is a lovely tribute to my sister, Elizabeth. Olive is also a name used several times in my family tree, and I adore it.

UniqueNameLover Says:

September 9th, 2012 at 5:54 pm


Love Alice, Cecelia, Cora, and Genevieve. June and Olive are cute.

sunshinetina Says:

September 9th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

So excited that I have an Eloise.

vaness1 Says:

September 9th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I don’t think there is one name on here I don’t like! My favorite is probably June – although Alice, Eloise, and Olive are all on my list as well!

Aurra Says:

September 16th, 2012 at 7:26 am

I’m going to use Ada. I’ve always loved the name, and now I get a connection to Resident Evil.

stairwaytoastar Says:

December 1st, 2012 at 7:42 am

My taste in names! I love Alice, Cecilia, Eloise and Elsie… but although they are becoming more popular, I would never describe them as “cool.”

Kateri Says:

December 1st, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I love ask of these!

bronwynsunshine Says:

January 13th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Eloise is beautiful… Cora is just ugly and every cora i have ever met has been fat.

ilovenames89 Says:

March 28th, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Genevieve is our pick it was my grandmother’s name she was named after the song sweet Genevieve she recently passed

Hazel we have in our family
just born last month

I know a June and an olive in their 90s

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