Classic Baby Names for Girls

Classic baby names for girls, those that have been well used in the English-speaking world over time, are an elite group. Many Biblical names for girls qualify, as do names rooted in ancient cultures such as Diana and Alexandra, and girls' names used for centuries in English-speaking cultures. Classic girls' names are those that have stood the test of time. They may move in and out of fashion, to some extent, but they are never forgotten. If you choose one of these classic names for your baby girl, you can be assured you've given her a name backed by solid tradition and widespread acceptance. While many of these names are widely-used, some classic girls' names are more unusual. For even more girls' names rooted in history, browse our lists of Bible Names for Girls, Mythology Names for Girls, and Unique Classic Girls' Names.

Classic Girl Names

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  • Abigail

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    Abigail is an Old Testament name—she was the wife of David, renowned for her beauty, wisdom, and prophetic powers—that became a term for a maid in the early nineteenth century, which led to a fall... Read More 

  • Ada

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    Ada is one of the classic baby names for girls that is suddenly super stylish again. A favorite at the end of the nineteenth century, Ada is an alternative to... Read More 

  • Alexandra

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    Alexandra, the feminine form of Alexander, fell out of the Top 100 for the first time since 1983 in 2015, but is still a popular choice. Strong, tasteful, and elegant, Alexandra maintains a chic... Read More 

  • Alice

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    Alice is a classic literary name that's both strong and sweet, which got a big bounce via Tina Fey's choice of the name for her daughter. Alice has experienced a recent surge in popularity along... Read More 

  • Amelia

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    Amelia, a lovely Victorian name, is one of the hottest girls' names as an update to the overused Emily and Amanda. Amelia emerged as the top British... Read More 

  • Amy

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    Amy was second only to Jennifer for the whole decade of the 1970s and, though far less used for babies today, remains a short, sweet Little Women-style classic. When asked which seventies... Read More 

  • Anna

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    Anna has become the dominant form of the Ann family, having been firmly in the Top 25 for years and only slipping in the past couple years. Anna offers a touch of the exotic and a bit more style... Read More 

  • Anne

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    The name of the sainted mother of the Virgin Mary was among the top girls’ names for centuries, in both the original English Ann spelling and the... Read More 

  • Athena

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    Athena is the name of the daughter of Zeus who was the goddess of wisdom, warfare, handicrafts, mathematics, and courage (and that's just a partial listing), and the great patroness-goddess of the... Read More 

  • Audrey

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    Audrey is one of the girls' names that have been rising due to their connection to Old Hollywood glamour--in this case the eternally chic and radiant Audrey Hepburn. Celebs who have chosen Audrey... Read More 

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