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 sonny side of the Clooneys’ choice is an upstanding, noble name that dates back to the ancient world and the towering Alexander the Great, yet is still the 11th most popular name in America, given to more than 13,000 baby boys last year. One reason for his unwavering popularity is a wealth of ever-evolving nicknames, from Al to Alex and Alec to Zander, Zan and Xan, Lex, and the international Sasha and Sandro.