Category: traditional baby names

Classy Classics Picked by Celebs

By Linda Rosenkrantz

John and Mary? Not exactly the starbaby names that hit the headlines. And yet, under the radar, there are a number of celebs who have quietly chosen from the canon of traditional names–not the trendier classics like Beatrice and Charlotte, but the solid old historic stalwarts, the most established of the perennial classics. Which kind of makes John and Mary and Jane and Joseph register surprising picks today.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz & Pamela Redmond Satran

One day you’re out, and the next day — if you’re one of the old-fashioned formerly-dowdy baby names here — you’re very very in.  Just a few years ago, you might have cringed if the family expected you to name the baby after Great-Aunt Martha or Grandpa Harvey.  Today, those names and the others on the list are among the fastest-rising on the Social Security list.  These are the Olives and Oscars, the Sadies and Silases of tomorrow.

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classic boys' names

Last week we asked you to name your favorite classic name for girls; now it’s the boys’ turn.

What’s your favorite classic boys’ name?  Do you prefer one of the classic classics such as James or William or a fashionable classic such as Henry or (thanks to England‘s young prince) George?

There are quiet classic boys’ names such as Robert and Richard and John, no longer quite in style yet undeniably classics.  And then there are trendy names such as Noah and Sebastian that may or may not qualify as classics in your book.

What’s your very favorite classic boys’ name?  And yes, sure, you can mention more than one.

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classic girls' names

There are so many gorgeous classic girls’ names to love — from the classic classics like Katherine and Elizabeth to the fashionable classics such as Clara or Juliet.

Then there are the quieter classics such as Ruth and Helen and Mary, a bit sleepy at the moment, as well as new favorites that may or may not qualify as classics: Hazel, or instance, or Beatrice.

What’s your very favorite classic girls’ name?  And yes, sure, you can mention more than one.

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Buttoned-up Girls’ Names

classic girls' names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

The trendiest girls’ names of recent years have been flowery and elaborate: Isabella and Sophia, Olivia and Arianna.  They end in vowels….and often begin with them too.  And if they’re not exotic confections, stylish girls’ names are often gender-and-tradition-confounding novelties such as Harper and Hadley and Neveah.

You can almost hear your granny asking: What ever happened to a nice name like AnneAren’t any babies named Mary these days?

Well, fewer and fewer, in many cases, yet all the frippery in girls’ names is enough to make the old-fashioned buttoned-up standards feel downright refreshing.

A few of these buttoned-up names – Eleanor, most notably – are already making a comeback.  But most are simply lovely standards that may feel buttoned-up, but come with fanciful nicknames for now that can be shed (or not) if and when the future demands more seriousness.

Supreme Court Justice names, anyone?

The buttoned-up names for girls we think deserve a closer look include:

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