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.
A longtime love on Nameberry, this vintage shortened form of Elizabeth is now rising on the national charts as well, regaining the popularity it had at the turn of the last century. Dainty but strong, Eliza has been a US First Lady and First Daughter name, the spunky heroine of My Fair Lady and a character in Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and TV’s The Walking Dead.