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.
There are several names ending in ora, such as Cora, and Dora that fit into this category—but Nora is the one that has probably been the most consistently stylish, calling up romantic images of elegantly posed Sargent-era ladies in shimmering satin gowns. Nora also has many Irish relatives and is remembered as the independent Ibsen heroine of A Doll’s House.