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.


Classic Theodore has been recharged via the cool nickname Theo, which many modern parents now prefer over the traditional Ted and Teddy. Theodore reentered the Top 100 in 2015 at Number 83, its highest point since 1935. In addition to being presidential, Theodore has literary, and artistic cred galore.

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