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.
Julian, a handsome re-rising star, would make a wonderful contemporary classic choice for a July baby boy. Despite its rich history—the name derives from an ancient Roman family and has been worn by emperors and saints—Julian still feels modern and cool. Robert De Niro and Jerry Seinfeld both have sons named Julian.