Nameberry Picks: 12 neglected boys’ classics

October 14, 2011 Linda Rosenkrantz

There are the eternal boys’ classics that never leave the higher echelons of popularity—names like John, James, William and Daniel.

But then there are those boys’ names that move in and out of style, names that can appear timeless in one period and then seem tired and fusty in another. These names, once at the top of their class, are now nearer the bottom—in one case having slipped away completely.

Yesterday we looked at forgotten girls’ classics. Today we bring you a dozen classic boys’ names that have fallen off the radar but deserve a fresh look.


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Picturing Jude Law playing Alfie brings a lot more life to this somewhat serious British Royal classic. Both Alfie (currently the fourth most popular boys’ name in the UK) and Freddie are two of the most appealing nicknames imaginable. A similar possibility is Albert, nn Bertie, which is what British singer Kate Bush calls her little boy. (ill: Jude Law as Alfie)


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