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.
Not all classics chart a consistent course. A perfect example is the dashing Sebastian, which was a Top 500 name in 1916, fell completely off the list in the 1950s, and is now back way up at Number 25. Featured in the works of Shakespeare, Evelyn Waugh—and Disney--Sebastian was picked for their sons by James Spader, Tommy Hilfiger, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.