Fashionable Classic Baby Names

George Clooney's newborn twins' names walk the line

by Linda Rosenkrantz

Can baby names be both fashionable and classic? Absolutely, and the names of George and Amal Clooney‘s newborn twins Ella and Alexander are a case in point. Both have long histories and international status, yet feel way more stylish than classic names like say, Anne and John.

Fashionable classic baby names might be high on the popularity list (Olivia, William) or further out on the cutting edge of style (Louisa and Walter). But all are proven commodities that combine elegance with staying power. Here are 12 of the best. For more, see our new list of Fashionable Classic Baby Names.


The name of Amal and George’s baby daughter is a stylish classic: the Top 20 Ella. Long a celebrity fave (other famous Ella dads include Mark Wahlberg, Eric Clapton, Warren Beatty and Ben Stiller), and long a popular stand-alone shortening of names like Isabella, Eleanor and Elizabeth, Ella is simple and charming, with a dash of Ella Fitzgerald jazz.

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Lo Says:

June 9th, 2017 at 5:21 am

I had just been looking at this new list yesterday and was so surprised not to see Lucy on it.

stella2007 Says:

June 9th, 2017 at 7:53 am

These are all lovely names, I would use Alexander, Theodore for boys. I am not a big fan of Louisa though.

dixiegirl02 Says:

June 9th, 2017 at 10:57 am

I agree that Lucy should be on this list. I think my daughter’s name could be considered to be a fashionable classic. Her name is Joanna and she was born this March.

Chloe14 Says:

June 9th, 2017 at 11:45 am

I love Alexander, Henry and Julian!

Bobcat108 Says:

June 9th, 2017 at 12:46 pm

I don’t think this list was supposed to be an exhaustive list of classic & fashionable names, but just 12 of them. Personally, I’d use more of the boys’ names than the girls’ names…Theodore, Sebastian, James, & Julian all appeal to me. Of the girls, Penelope’s the only one I’d use as is, but I do love the form of Luisa (pronounced Loo-EESS-ah) rather than Louisa (Loo-EEZ-ah).

southern.maple Says:

June 9th, 2017 at 4:40 pm

What definition of “classic” is being used to make these lists?

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