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.
Gentle, sentimental Louisa was an eighteenth century success story, until it was replaced by the more tailored Louise. But now the tables are turning, as Louisa reentered the Top 1000 in 2014 after a 45-year hiatus, and has been rising since. Predictive of even wider popularity: Louisa is now Number 143 on Nameberry.