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Preppy Names

  1. ChetHeart
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Chester
    • Meaning:

      "fortress, walled town"
    • Description:

      Chet is an old-fashioned short form that, ala Ned and Joe, is starting to sound cool again.
  2. SinclairHeart
    • Origin:

      Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "from the town of St. Clair"
    • Description:

      Could be a novel way for a boy's name to honor an ancestral Claire.
  3. WaverlyHeart
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "meadow of quivering aspens"
    • Description:

      Waverly, with its literary resonance and lilting three-syllable sound, could well become the next generation's successor to Kimberly. Its upper-crusty surname feel places it among the new stylish English names for girls, successors to Ashley and Whitney.
  4. ReeveHeart
    • Origin:

      English occupational name
    • Meaning:

      "bailiff"
    • Description:

      Reeve is cool and dignified, sophisticated and modern — an excellent combination of assets, and a name being seen as a more masculine and distinctive alternative to Reese.
  5. AstonHeart
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "eastern settlement"
    • Description:

      Has an upscale aura, perhaps due to the luxury James Bond Aston Martin car.
  6. LarkinHeart
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "rough, fierce"
    • Description:

      While Larkin takes this name from girlish bird to boyish surname, there are actually more female Larkins these days than male, and it's a name that works as well for either gender.
  7. BronsonHeart
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "son of brown-haired one"
    • Description:

      This surname has a modern yet old New England feel, perhaps because of the association with the transcendental teacher and reformer Bronson (born Amos Bronson) Alcott, father of Louisa May. (One-time sitcom star Bronson Pinchot's full name is Bronson Alcott Pinchot.) A more muscular image comes via tough guy Charles Bronson.
  8. BeaumontHeart
    • Origin:

      French
    • Meaning:

      "beautiful mountain"
    • Description:

      Beau is now in now in the Top 200 boys' names, and this is a more elaborate way to get there. Comic power couple Jordan Peele and Chelsea Peretti named their first son Beaumont Gino in July 2017. Monty is another possible nickname. As French baby names go, this one might provide the perfect balance of effete and approachable.
  9. WhitneyHeart
    • Origin:

      English surname
    • Meaning:

      "white island"
    • Description:

      Yesterday's sensation that rose with the popularity of Whitney Houston. Whitney may have lost some of its style value, but it still sounds like one of the quintessential English names for girls. Today, you might want to shorten it to cool nickname Whit.
  10. LangstonHeart
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "tall man's town"
    • Description:

      The great African-American Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes put this one on the map; actor Laurence Fishburne adopted it for his now grown son, born in 1987. Despite these popular associations, the name didn't make it into the US Top 1000 until 2013. This name is even less used in England or Wales, where as recently as 2014 no births were registered using this name.
  11. RadleyHeart
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "red meadow"
    • Description:

      Radical Bradley.
  12. CricketHeart
    • Origin:

      Nature name
    • Description:

      Nickname name from the era of Father Knows Best, though we can see it making something of a comeback, a la Clover and Pippa. Cricket has new potential especially since it has recently been chosen by Busy Philipps. Still, it's one of the quirkier girl names starting with C.
  13. TadHeart
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Thaddeus, Aramaic
    • Meaning:

      "gift of God"
    • Description:

      An approachable mini name that could go on the birth certificate, but may work best as a nickname. Full name options include Thaddeus, Theodore, and Thomas, which was the given name of Abe's son Tad Lincoln. Taddy is a rare alternative to Teddy.
  14. TannerHeart
    • Origin:

      English occupational name
    • Meaning:

      "leather tanner"
    • Description:

      One of the hot two-syllable T names of the nineties (along with Tyler, Trevor, and Taylor), and well represented on soap operas; Tanner is still widely used, but its popularity is declining.
  15. BlaineHeart
    • Origin:

      Irish and Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "slender, angular"
    • Description:

      Attractive Scottish and Irish surname name of a seventh-century saint, associated with the illusionist and escape artist David Blaine.
  16. FitzgeraldHeart
    • Origin:

      Irish and Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "son of Gerald"
    • Description:

      Made famous by F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Fitzgerald Kennedy; still works best as a middle name.
  17. KieferHeart
    • Origin:

      German
    • Meaning:

      "barrel maker; pine"
    • Description:

      Kiefer is a strong occupational surname associated with "24" star Kiefer Sutherland, but one that could well join the other 'er' surnames currently in favor. Keifer is a German surname transferred to first name use, derived from two old Germanic words, kien and forhe, both of which mean "pine tree."
  18. TopherHeart
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Christopher
    • Description:

      The new kid on the block in terms of Christopher short forms, it was introduced into the mix by actor Topher Grace, who didn't like Chris.
  19. HamiltonHeart
    • Origin:

      English and Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "treeless hill"
    • Description:

      Unless it runs in your family, or Alexander Hamilton is your particular hero, you might consider something less imposing -- and without the teasable nickname Ham.
  20. RushHeart
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "basket weaver"
    • Description:

      Might suggest speed, excitement, even danger, were it not for its best-known bearer, conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh.