Fashionable Classic Baby Names

Can classic baby names also be fashionable? We think so: Witness several of the centuries-old names at the top of the popularity list today. There are other names that are both classic and stylish even if they're not yet visibly in the Top 100. Of course, not every classic name is fashionable or vice versa, but these qualify.

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  • Cecilia

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Cecilia, a delicate and lacy feminine form of Cecil, which derives from a Roman clan name, has definitely been rediscovered. The martyred Saint Cecilia was designated the patron of musicians,... Read More 

  • Charlotte

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    The name of the young Princess of Cambridge, Charlotte is the latest classic name to join Sophia, Emma, Olivia, and Isabella in a rise toward the top of the list, making Number 7 in the US this... Read More 

  • Christian

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Christian had been firmly planted in the Top 25 since 1996, not far below the stalwart Christopher, and is still, at Number 46, quite popular. Once considered overly pious, Christian is now seen... Read More 

  • Clara

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Long relegated to an Olde World backwater, the European-flavored Clara has been speeding up the charts on sleeker sister Claire's coattails for the past few decades. Now, many would say the... Read More 

  • Cora

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Cora is a lovely, old-fashioned girls' name -- Cora was a daughter of Zeus and Cora Munro is the heroine of The Last of the Mohicans -- that has been recently rejuvenated and strengthened... Read More 

  • Cyrus

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Very popular in the Iranian community, this name of the founder of the Persian Empire has had a more down-home, corncob pipe-smoking image for most Americans in the past, but this has begun to... Read More 

  • Eleanor

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Eleanor, a stately name that has been in and out of fashion since Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine brought it from France to England in the twelfth century, is hot again. Eleanor's straightforward... Read More 

  • Elijah

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Elijah -- the name of the Old Testament prophet who went to heaven in a chariot of fire -- has become a fashionable biblical choice. More than 13,000 parents chose Elijah last year, propelling it... Read More 

  • Eliza

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Eliza is one of our favorite names; we love its combination of streamlined modernity and Eliza Doolittle charm and spunk, and offer Eliza as one of our top recommendations.

    That... Read More 

  • Ella

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Following in the path of Emma and Isabella/Bella, Ella shot up the charts since the millennium: it rose from Number 265 in 2000 to a high of Number 15 in 2013 and is at Number 17 this year. ... Read More 

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