What’s your favorite classic girls’ name…and why?

What’s your favorite classic girls’ name?

And by classic, we mean timeless choices such as Elizabeth, Sarah, and Margaret.

We also mean currently fashionable classics such as Charlotte and Alice.

In fact, when you tell us which classic girls’ name is your favorite, maybe you can also tell us why you consider it a classic.

And of course, we want to know all about why this name is your favorite.

To jog your memory, here are some classic girls’ names that are attracting new attention.


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Following in the footsteps of Top 5 Ava, Ada jumped more than fifty places. Though it lacks Ava’s obvious glamour-girl pedigree, Ada has a more vintage feel and lots of literary cred. Ada Lovelace was the daughter of Lord Byron and is credited as being the world’s first computer programmer.

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49 Responses to “What’s your favorite classic girls’ name…and why?”

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JH Says:

March 18th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

This is a hard question! I think Elizabeth has to be my favorite classic name. It has such a wonderful history and there are just SO many nicknames. Whatever your taste is, you’d be able to find a nickname for Elizabeth. Catherine would be a close second because of the history it has too. Catherine is one of my sisters and Elizabeth is my other sister’s middle name. Good choices, Mom and Dad!

augusta_lee Says:

March 18th, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Alice and Jane are my two absolute favorites, with Jane juuust inching ahead of Alice for first place. They’re both sleek, chic, timeless, and literary, with a strong history and many fabulous namesakes in real life and in fiction. I also love Catherine, Eve, Rose, Louise, Anna, and Elizabeth.

mill1020 Says:

March 18th, 2014 at 11:29 pm

Can’t pick just one. Sorry. I’m not sure my favorite girl’s name is a true classic (Elise), but I also love Catherine, Jane, Margaret, Anna, Sarah, and my own name (Laura).

mallowd Says:

March 18th, 2014 at 11:29 pm

Id go with charlotte followed by Sarah and claire, tho I do like hazel a lot I dont consider that quite as classic because it rises and falls. I feel like the former are always in style and Charlotte is just so feminine and sweet but can also be sassy! Sarah i think is just pretty and the name of the s

mallowd Says:

March 18th, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Little princess. Claire is just a sweet name I like. Sorry for the two posts. My phone is ridiculous

CocoWhite Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 12:03 am

I really like the name Mary. I could be a bit biased, though, as Mary is my middle name…

ella17 Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 12:42 am

I love Eloise it is super sweet (I couldn’t use it though-too close to Ella). Alice would get my vote though.

marypoppins Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 1:16 am

I don’t have a single name I’d classify as a classic on my favourites list (though I hadn’t realised that until you asked the question!) At a push, maybe Alice.

ajt Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 6:03 am

My three favorite classic names are Anna, Charlotte and Nell. I am biased though, seeing as me and my sister are Anna and Charlotte. I also love Margaret, Hazel, Ada, Claire and Elizabeth.

SunKissedChild Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 6:18 am

I LOVE Elizabeth and Charlotte! They are both beautiful and timeless, with a rich history. My other favourite name, Matilda, I think is a lovely classic name too. 🙂

Francelise Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 7:27 am

Mary, Catherine and Elizabeth can’t do wrong in my book — also, Catherine is my favourite aunt (and I have eight of them, so that says something …), Marie is my grandma’s name and my first middle name and my first name’s Elise, a variation of Elizabeth, so like JH, I say : good choices, Mom and Dad !

chellemma1 Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 8:21 am

Catherine is not only my favourite classic name but my favourite name over all. It’s completely timeless and can work on any person of any age. Another bonus is that at the moment it’s not as popular as some of the other classic choices like Charlotte, Alice, Amelia, Sarah etc…

peach25 Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 8:38 am

Elizabeth and Caroline are favorite family names, but lately I’m loving Alice. Just can’t get my head around Hazel, Esther, Olive or June because of not-good-for-me associations.

MaryKathryn Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 8:52 am

My top 5: Jane, Charlotte, Caroline, and Audrey. These names are lovely, classic, elegant, and eternal. All of these names are inspired by iconic women; Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Caroline Kennedy, and Audrey Hepburn.

MaryKathryn Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 8:53 am

Meant to say top 4! Silly typos!

Knelli Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 9:12 am

Thats such a hard question! Id have to say Caroline, Louise, Alice, Jane and Ruth.

findemaxa13 Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 9:28 am

Mary. It’s so short and simple, and yet so beautiful. It has spiritual, historical, and cultural meaning. Its many variations–Marie, Maria, Mairi, Marian, Maura, Miriam, May–are all gorgeous, but the most well-known spelling has a deep, understated presence that never fails to astound me.

Mandypandy Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 10:03 am

My daughter is named Caroline Margaret, so of course I love those two names. 🙂 She was named after her grandmothers, and I just love classic names with family ties. Other family names for future daughters include Elizabeth, Audrey, Lillian, Lorraine, Eleanor, and Darlene. Is Lorraine too “old” to be used on a baby these days?

tintri Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 10:11 am


kristennoel Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 10:29 am

From the list my favorites are probably Eloise and Genevieve. Both are so pretty, and Eloise is the name of my uncles mother, and she is like a second grandmother to me.
I really like Ellen, it’s a sturdy name, but trendy due to the El- thing. But it provides the nickname Nell, or Nellie, which I’ve fallen in love with.
Catherine is another, so pretty and a true classic.

miloowen Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

From the list, I’ve always liked Alice (though I prefer the medieval spelling Alys), Daphne, and Esther. I am a lover of classic names, although often I prefer an alternative spelling:
Ann, Anna
Celia — just as old as Cecilia
Elinor and Ellen
Jane, Jean, Joanna, Janet
And my own daughter’s name, Louisa

I could probably go on.

kyemsma Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Definitely Caroline – classic, pretty, feminine, and not too popular.

waiting12 Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Beautiful classics I adore:

SheFliesWithHerOwnWings Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Would Matilda be considered a classic? That’s my favourite girl’s name.

KateMP91 Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Mary, Cora, and Margaret are my favorite classics, as well as being included in my top 5 girl names!

Chloe14 Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 2:51 pm

I love old vintage names a lot of them are so gorgeous my favourites are:
Brenda – Very pretty and my favourite TV show character is named this. It’s also a gorgeous name I love it.
Prudence – Very cute pretty and sweet. I love this name because a TV show character was named this. I love this name.
Iris – I love this name it’s very girl like in my opinion and very sweet. I love this name.
Carol – It is the name of my Grandma its also very sweet. And another film character who I like is called this. I love it.
Anne – It is the name of my Nan. It is also the middle name of a film character who I like. I love it.
Moira – It is the name of my great Grandma who sadly passed away in 2008. I love this name.
Helen – A very pretty name. Also a lot of actress’s are named this.
Claire – I don’t know why I just love it.
Miriam – very cute. I love this name.
Maria – The middle name of my favourite actress. I love this name.
Bonnie – I love this name it makes me think of Bonnie and Clyde. I love this name.

carolinesmom Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 2:54 pm

My favorite is my daughter’s name, Caroline.

I also like my name, Katherine. For a future daughter, I’m seriously considering Sarah Katherine “Sarah Kate.” Sarah is another of my favorites. 🙂

EmmaF Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 3:57 pm

I love
and many other names, but they are either not classics or they are too omnipresent. Common names are awful.

Netta5187 Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 4:41 pm

I love Penelope, Priscilla, Gwendolen and Tabitha. Definitely more old-fashioned and underused side. They sound so pretty and distinct.

lesliemarion Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Three classics pop to mind: Elizabeth, Catherine, and Virginia, though I also love many more.

If I had an Elizabeth, I would call her Elspeth, Libby, Elsie, Bess, Bessie, Betsy, and Betsan.

If I had a Catherine, I would call her Kitty and Cricket and Catie.

If I had a Virginia, I would call her Ginnie, Virginie, Ginia, and Vera.

ssister Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

My most favorite classic is Anna. It is my Grandmother’s name and my mn. 🙂

mrsmoran2012 Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 5:11 pm

I think Laura is the most classicly ladylike.

Pemdas Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Charlotte & Laura are my two favorites. I go back and forth on which one I like better.

lesliemarion Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 9:33 pm

I forgot Ginger as a great nickname for VIrginia.

anne Says:

March 19th, 2014 at 11:33 pm

My favorite classic name is Julia, my daughter’s name.

CsprsSassyHrly Says:

March 20th, 2014 at 8:54 am

Ultimate favorites would have to be the more obvious classic names, Elizabeth and Margaret. I love that there’s so many possible nicknames for them, which means there’s tons of ways to make the name individual to the child the name is placed on. But some of these rediscovered classics, Hazel, Helen, June, Jane, Marie and the like, are really climbing up on my favorites list.

gailk Says:

March 20th, 2014 at 1:57 pm

My absolute favorite classic is Rosemary. I also like Elizabeth (but prefer Elisabeth) and Catherine because of all of the nickname possibilities. Others include Helen, Anne, and Virginia.

indiefendi Says:

March 20th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Alice, Grace, Amelia, Faith, Clara, Rosa, and Beth (just Beth).

Plutophelia Says:

March 20th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Claire, Daphne, and Cecilia are my favorites!

IcedChai Says:

March 20th, 2014 at 8:27 pm

I’d love to see a similar topic for contemporary names. Sometimes this board seems so hung up on classics.

marisarose Says:

March 21st, 2014 at 9:23 am

My husband and I talked girl names even before we married. Our choices were all classic, even if some of the spellings aren’t:

Waverly123 Says:

March 21st, 2014 at 4:55 pm


Those are definitely my favorite classics but in no particular order!

labelo Says:

March 23rd, 2014 at 5:51 pm

It’s hard to choose! Probably Eleanor or Margaret. Both have tons of nickname options: Ellie, Lena, Nora, Mae, Maisie, Meg, etc. I think that’s nice to have with a classic name, as a spunky nickname can help it from seeming too old-ladyish or blah.

BlueYorkie Says:

March 24th, 2014 at 10:58 am

Eloise, Evangeline, and Penelope are all on my favorites list, with Evangeline Lucy Catherine at #6, Eloise Jada Hazel at #11, and Penelope Iris Laura “Penny” at #14.

I have a lot more classical names in the middle, (Suri Caroline Violet at #5, Sailor Alexa Belle at #10) I don’t actually know why. Probably because I got lucky in the family name area, with great grandma Hazel, grandmas Elizabeth and Caroline, mom Joy, and Aunts Catherine and Matilda. Lots more too. Even a Clarke for the boys.

nieke Says:

March 27th, 2014 at 5:31 pm

From this list, I would pick Alice and June, two that I would like to use.

Others include Mary, Sophie, Imogen, Lucy, Rose, Charlotte, Eleanor and Clara, but I’m using my own definition of classic.

Saffron_Rice Says:

March 31st, 2014 at 5:32 am

Caroline is my favourite. It reminds me of caramel and of crinoline. Both my grandmothers had sisters called this, and I would use it but for the fact that it rhymes with my surname.
Of biblical classics I adore the look and the sound of Miriam.
I also love Anthea and can’t understand why it is not more popular.

thiswastheirworld Says:

April 1st, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Alice, Jane, Anna, Elsie and Charlotte are my favourites!

ThistleThorn Says:

February 19th, 2015 at 5:09 pm

Caroline-My name, I have to love it!
Elizabeth-My middle name
Mary- So simple and has unexpected nicknames like Mamie, molly, and Mimi
Margaret- Sounds so strong
Jane- Basically the female equivalent of John. Anyone can be a Jane!
Grace- My sister’s name
Katherine- LOVE the nicknames Kate and Kit
Charlotte- sounds very buttoned up. Hate Charlie, but LOVE Lottie.
Mildred- Cute nickname Millie. There is also a cute quirk in having an “ugly” name.
Harriet- So strong plus cute nickname Hattie
Matilda- Just really like it!
Helen- Te most beautiful woman in the world and
Eleanor- Sounds British and has adorable nickname Ellie
Dorothy- reminds me of Oz and has bright-eyed nickname Dottie
Christina-just like it
Clara- My great-grandma’s name
Virgina- I really like the nickname Ginny
Anne- Not just for middle names!

ThistleThorn Says:

February 19th, 2015 at 5:10 pm

^on Helen I meant to say the and add that it has nn Nellie.

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