Classic Girls’ Names: What’s your favorite?
What’s your very favorite classic girls’ name? And yes, sure, you can mention more than one.
Which girls’ names do you think qualify as classics and which are not quite there yet?
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on January 21st, 2015 at 12:12 am
Too many to name.
Elizabeth, Virginia, and Catherine are three solid contenders.
Of course I would probably call them Bess/Bessie/Libby and Ginger/Ginnie/Ginia and Cathy/Cricket.
I also love Marjorie, Martha, Geneva, Patricia, Belinda, Cordelia, Cornelia, Leonora, Theodosia, Araminta, Mabel, Octavia.
I love how substantial these names are, so not what the ticker-tape reads now: Ismeralda, Sailor, Tammy, Adrienne, Aliza.
on January 21st, 2015 at 12:26 am
If I were pressed to pick one favorite, it would be Eleanor. It’s not quite as common as Elizabeth or Katherine, but it has the same classic feel. It also doesn’t feel fusty or dusty, or prone to become so. And, I love that the sounds balance so well: the beginning, with the El emphasis, is delicate and feminine, while the nor part gives it some weight and gravity. I just can’t imagine a more perfect classic.
Runners-up would be Virginia (family name) and Beatrice.
I would nominate Theodora and Cornelia as classic names that don’t always get grouped in with the Helens and Margarets.
on January 21st, 2015 at 12:35 am
My current favorite is Juliette and if my husband and I ever have a girl, that will be her name. I don’t know if I’d say it’s a classic in the way that Mary, Catherine, or Elizabeth are though.
on January 21st, 2015 at 12:42 am
My current favourite is Eleanor 🙂
on January 21st, 2015 at 1:11 am
If I had to choose I would pick Rose because it is a beautiful name. But I would also choose Mary, Ruth, Elizabeth, and Margaret as well
on January 21st, 2015 at 1:15 am
on January 21st, 2015 at 1:45 am
If I had to narrow it down to just ONE favorite classic (which is so hard!) then it’d be Catherine. My favorite international variation is Catrinel. Just gorgeous!
For boys if you count Angelo as a classic then Angelo! Angelo! Angelo! If not then Edwin, Stefan, Julian, Benjamin, and Maximilian would be in my runner ups!
on January 21st, 2015 at 1:56 am
on January 21st, 2015 at 2:46 am
To narrow it down to just one it would be Elizabeth as there are so many established and not dated nicknames-Eliza, Lizzie, Beth, Bessie.
Interesting though that I’m currently expecting and Elizabeth hasn’t made our final shortlist. On our list is:
Margot (not Margaret)
Polly (not Mary)
and two others not as traditionally classic. I think Mary would probably come a close second to Elizabeth for it’s ability to go double barrelled (Mary Jane, Mary Lou) and the nicknames.
on January 21st, 2015 at 3:05 am
Juliette is my favourite
Helen (or Helena)
Victoria (is that considered classic yet?)
are they classical?
on January 21st, 2015 at 3:07 am
Phoebe and Alice are my favourite. I know Phoebe is not always considered classic but I think it still qualifies.
on January 21st, 2015 at 3:40 am
If I had to narrow it down to one classic name I would pick Eleanor today.
on January 21st, 2015 at 3:54 am
Harriet is definitely one of my favourites.
on January 21st, 2015 at 4:03 am
My all time favorite classic girls names has to be Dolores. It’s genuine, sweet and a bit sultry. I also love Elizabeth, Mary, Josephine, Katherine, Jacqueline, Eugenia, and Margaret. Classic names are the best 😀
on January 21st, 2015 at 4:31 am
My favorite classic is Mary. I also love Sarah, Elizabeth, Josephine, Margaret (of course), Rose, Harriet and Beatrice.
on January 21st, 2015 at 6:23 am
I am having trouble choosing between Elizabeth for its versatility in nicknames and Jane for its simplicity.
It think I would go with Elizabeth.
on January 21st, 2015 at 6:40 am
on January 21st, 2015 at 7:33 am
My favourites are Eleanor, Lucy and Juliet
on January 21st, 2015 at 7:42 am
Oh and Jane!!!
on January 21st, 2015 at 7:43 am
Jane, Alice, Anna, Eliza, Margaret, Sarah, Mae, and Abigail
on January 21st, 2015 at 7:51 am
My favourite would have to be my own name, Katherine. I’m always getting told how classic and beautiful it is and I’ve always felt proud of it.
My family has a lot of classic names and due to sentimental reasons, they are my favourite: Helen, Elizabeth, Sarah, Hazel, Doris and Alice
on January 21st, 2015 at 8:08 am
Easiest question I’ve been asked in a while: Caroline and Rose
on January 21st, 2015 at 8:18 am
My favourites are Jane, Emily, Annabel, Marie, Josephine, Flora & Beatrice.
on January 21st, 2015 at 8:57 am
Laura, Caroline, Mary, Susannah, Diana, Emily, Catharine, Rose, Jane, Victoria… More than I thought!
on January 21st, 2015 at 8:57 am
I think some people don’t know the difference between “classic” and “old”. Anyhow, I’m a nearly 30 year old Emily and live in Texas. While my name is a classic and I was named after my grandmother (I am the 6th generation Emily in my family), Emily is not one that lands on my list. Mainly because every other 10 year old at the grocery store shares my name. I do LOVE Elizabeth and Jane. Such beautiful names. I would give them to my children in a heartbeat.
on January 21st, 2015 at 9:18 am
Abigail is my DD and I consider it a classic name.
Runner-up was Caroline
on January 21st, 2015 at 9:28 am
Jane, my favorite!
I also like Alice and Susannah.
on January 21st, 2015 at 9:42 am
Eleanor (nn Nellie), Harriet (nn Hattie), Ruth, Alice, and Jane
on January 21st, 2015 at 10:08 am
Clara, Juliet, Rose (and all of the Rose offshoot names–Rosemary, Rosamund, Rosaline), Emmeline, Caroline, Penelope, Lucy
on January 21st, 2015 at 10:31 am
I love classic girl names! Clara/Claire/Clair; Juliet/Juliette; Vivian/Vivienne; Rose; Katharine/Catharine etc; all the Elizbath varieties; Alice; Jane; Lucy; Cassandra; Georgiana; Emily; Victoria; Helena… so many more!
But my favorite of all the classic girl names: Cecelia. It just sounds like a type of lace to me. Classic, vintage, and timeless.
on January 21st, 2015 at 10:50 am
Jane, Janet, Joanna, and Joan are all names that, for me, wear well, much better than today’s Zhane or Jenessa.
Elisabeth, Martha, Helen, Margaret, Margery, Elinor, Alice, Ruth, Katharine, Louisa, and Maud are all names that I prefer.
on January 21st, 2015 at 10:55 am
I love Elizabeth, Cecilia, Eleanor, Beatrice, Hazel, Felicity, Katherine, and Caroline. I like nicknames for these names, like Betsy/Betty/Eliza, Ceci, Ellie/Lea/Elea, Bea/Bee, nothing for Hazel, Fizzy/Lissy, Kitty/Kitt, and Caro.
on January 21st, 2015 at 10:55 am
Gosh, I really don’t think I could pick just one. My name (Laura) is up there near the top of my favorites. I think Elise counts as a relatively newer classic girl name, and it’s one of my all-time favorites (if not the top name). Marie, too, and Jane, Rose, Kathleen, Catherine, Claire, Georgia, Alice, and Mary. Way too many others to remember or list here at the moment.
on January 21st, 2015 at 11:04 am
Caroline, Alice, Elizabeth, Rosemary, Cathleen
Nicknames: Libby, Cate
on January 21st, 2015 at 11:05 am
Mine would have to be Alice, it feels so beautiful and simple and timeless. Also Clara and Rose.
on January 21st, 2015 at 11:38 am
Oh, how I adore beauties like Rose, Susannah, Wilhelmina, Theodora, Margaret, Agatha, Katherine/Catherine, Jane, and Helen (my name).
I also seem to love biblical classics such as Ruth, Sara/Sarah, Miriam, Esther, Mary, Elizabeth, and Leah.
And then there are the modern sounding classics such as Cordelia, Rosanna, Juliet, Ophelia, Luciana, Berenice, Annabel, Rosamund, Eugenia, Virginia, Georgia, and Louisa.
on January 21st, 2015 at 12:10 pm
I love so many of the currently popular vintage classics: Rose, Eleanor, Clara, Violet, Beatrice. However, my all time favorite classic girl name has to be Louise.
For the boys I like the well used names: William, Thomas, James, Henry and Oliver. However, Arthur, Leo and Leon are my favorites.
on January 21st, 2015 at 12:11 pm
Laura is my most favorite name. Period.
I also love Juliet and Katherine.
on January 21st, 2015 at 1:03 pm
Charlotte, Alice, Mary, Elizabeth, Vera.
on January 21st, 2015 at 1:20 pm
This is my favorite category of girls names! All so beautiful and… classy.
My fav: Clara, Elizabeth, Rose
on January 21st, 2015 at 1:27 pm
Caroline, Elizabeth, and Grace! If I had three daughters, those would be the choices.
on January 21st, 2015 at 1:42 pm
My absolute favourite girl’s name is Eleanor, but I also adore Felicity 🙂
on January 21st, 2015 at 2:06 pm
Mary. It has to be Mary. Not as a middle name, not as part of a double-barreled name, not in one of its more elaborate versions, but just Mary, in all its simple, delicate beauty.
And then Anne comes as a close second, with Annie as a nickname.
on January 21st, 2015 at 2:36 pm
Alice, Beatrice, Margaret, and Charlotte.
on January 21st, 2015 at 3:09 pm
Laura, Juliet, Clara, Theodora/Theodosia, Caroline, Virginia, Corinna, Cecilia.
on January 21st, 2015 at 3:19 pm
Oh so many! Quite a lot of them are probably not so classic, probably more vintage but ah well :). They’re also roughly in order of preference:
Viola (with the Vee-oh-luh pronunciation)
on January 21st, 2015 at 3:26 pm
Mary, Elizabeth, Helen, Rosalie?, Iris, Gwendolyn
on January 21st, 2015 at 4:23 pm
My absolute favorite is Rosalind, it’s one of my favorite girl names!
on January 21st, 2015 at 4:41 pm
Some of these may be vintage, but close enough. I love all of these and if I don’t use at least one, I’ll be shocked! Alice, Elizabeth, Rose, Beatrice, Marigold, Juliet, Scarlett, Bridget?, Belle, Viola, Violet, Lillian, Elsie, Hazel, Claire, Clara, Margot, Charlotte, Arabella, Delilah, Bernadette, Faye, Maeve?, Blair, Marie, Grace, Eloise, Annalise?, Annabeth?, Aurelia, Flora, Genevieve?, Elise, Elisabetta, Ophelia, Octavia?, Pearl, Opal, Sophia, Victoria, and Cora.
on January 21st, 2015 at 5:05 pm
Classic names I would actually use:
Caroline/Carolina (love its nicknames: Lina, Caro)
Milena (at least a Slavic classic, I guess?)
And then some more I really like:
Anastasia (Russian classic)
on January 21st, 2015 at 5:55 pm
My favourite at the moment would have to be Eliza, closely followed by Clara and Juliet
on January 21st, 2015 at 6:38 pm
Juliet (All of the Julie variants I love, but this is my favorite)
Amelia (is this one considered classic? lol)
on January 21st, 2015 at 7:11 pm
Currently, Elizabeth! I wish it weren’t so popular, but I understand why it is! I think it’s just one of the loveliest sounding names with so much history and so many great namesakes (real and fictional.) I would be perfectly happy to call a little Elizabeth by her full name all the time but I also love the many sweet and/or spunky nickname options–my favorites right now are Elsie, Beth, and Libby.
on January 21st, 2015 at 7:18 pm
My personal favorites are Thomasina and Francine. They are not quite an Anne or a Mary, (also beautiful) but they are such classics all their own!
on January 21st, 2015 at 7:19 pm
Katharine(my daughter’s name)
In that order 🙂
on January 21st, 2015 at 7:38 pm
My favorite name genre! So hard to even narrow it down to five, let alone pick one favorite! So, I’ll go with the most classic of all classics, Mary! Runners up: Ann, Margaret, Dorothy, and Amelia!
on January 21st, 2015 at 7:51 pm
My favourite would have to be Amelia, my daughter is a variation Emilia. And Anna, i nicknamed my daughter Savannah as Anna/Ann/Annie
I love Elizabeth especially its variants elsie elspeth and Liza (like Liza Minalli)
Other more traditional/classic names i adore
on January 21st, 2015 at 8:07 pm
Absolute favorite: Laura
Other favorites: Mary, Ruth, Alice, Naomi, Eleanor, Johanna, Cecilia
PROMPT/ REQUEST FOR NEW LIST: (apologies if this is supposed to go somewhere else, I couldn’t find anything as I am fairly new to this site)
A large part of why Laura is my favorite is because it is classic across numerous cultures and languages, and better yet, the spelling and pronunciation across those languages tends to be extremely similar, which makes it easy to say, spell and remember when meeting people from other countries in this increasingly global world.
I.e. It is spelled and pronounced Laura or Lara across Latin, English (American, British, Australian, South African), German, French, Spanish, Italian, Irish, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, and Icelandic languages.
I would be most interested to know a list of what other names, particularly girls’ names, similarly easily translate with minimal spelling differences across a multiple languages/heritages. I have tried to look this up on the site, but couldn’t find anything. The closest I found was “international variations of Mary,” but I’m looking not just for the international variations of one name, but more knowledge of the names that travel internationally with minimal translation.
on January 21st, 2015 at 8:23 pm
on January 21st, 2015 at 8:56 pm
on January 21st, 2015 at 11:14 pm
Marguerite <3 Then Genevieve or Charlotte.
on January 22nd, 2015 at 12:16 am
My favorite classic girls’ name is Diane/Dianne.
on January 22nd, 2015 at 1:54 am
I am not the biggest fan of classic names, but the ones I do like are ones that come from my own family tree: Rose, Stella, Grace, Sarah, Hope, Elizabeth… there are probably other names that I like that are considered classic without my realizing!
on January 22nd, 2015 at 3:09 am
Caroline – tops
on January 22nd, 2015 at 6:28 am
I could never decide between Clara, Eleanor, Alice and Rose (including Rose’s many variants, my absolute favourite being Rosalie). If I had to chose one it would be Eleanor today. It might be a different answer tomorrow.
on January 22nd, 2015 at 1:33 pm
As for my favorite classic names… Elizabeth (Elsa, Ellie, Liz, Liza, Betsy) and Margaret (Maisie, Mags, Greta, Gretchen, Maggie), with their many, many nickname possibilities. Catherine, Louise and Marie, with their beautiful softness. Clara and Hazel, edgy sound with classic appeal. New favorites to my list are Helena and Eleanor, absolutely beautiful ways to get to the nickname Nell. Prudence (nickname Prue) and Gertrude (nickname Trudy) have nicknames I love but am on the fence with on their full names.
on January 22nd, 2015 at 4:48 pm
My absolute favorite classic name is Edith. I love the ‘ith’ sound at the end. I also like Anne, Clara, Diana, Eleanor, Ellen, Helen, Jacqueline, Judith, Jane, Katherine, Louisa, Margaret, Marie, Rose, Ruth, Susannah, and Tabitha.
on January 22nd, 2015 at 5:45 pm
What qualifies a name as classic?
on January 23rd, 2015 at 4:35 am
Mary, Esther, Josephine, Caroline, Catherine, Elizabeth, Patricia, Mercy, Constance, Prudence, Alma, Bernadette, Susannah, Annabel, Tabitha, Rosemary, Theodosia, Agnes, Frances, Francesca.
on January 23rd, 2015 at 8:41 pm
My daughters are Clare and Katharine. Grace, Sarah, and Theresa have been top picks in pregnancies that ended up boys. Others now on my list of favorites: Mary, Caroline, Elizabeth. Hubby loves Lucy.
on January 23rd, 2015 at 9:34 pm
Elizabeth, Hazel, Juliet and Helen.
on January 24th, 2015 at 3:32 pm
It’s so hard to pick just one classic as a favorite. Here are my top 10….
on January 26th, 2015 at 6:03 am
I absolutely LOVE Elizabeth but only Betty as a nn. Other classics I love – Tabitha, Esther, Eleanor, Grace, Susannah, Jospehine, Clara, Juliet, Diana and Helen (I’m sure there are more).
on January 28th, 2015 at 4:16 pm
Eleanor will always be my favorite, but I also like:
….and lots of others, but I can’t think of them at the moment!
on January 29th, 2015 at 10:28 am
Jane. To pick one…I love this name
Also Mary, Marie, Julia, Catherine, Sophie, Beatrice, Ann, Margaret, Madeline
on January 29th, 2015 at 10:29 am
And Lucy and Emily!
on February 4th, 2015 at 2:48 pm
Alright, so my faves right now are:
-Margaret (or Magrethe!)
-Arabella or Araminta (are they classics?)
And probs a lot more that I can’t remember 😉
on February 5th, 2015 at 8:14 pm
Classics are my jam.
on September 18th, 2015 at 8:32 am
Maria is my favourite name in general. It just happens to be classic.
Elisabeth, Anna, Rose, Alice, Isabel, Henrietta, Victoria, Theresa
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