Classic Baby Names

Looking for classic baby names? Here's where you'll find lists of classic baby names for girls and boys, traditional baby names from the Bible and ancient cultures, and international variations of classic names.

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Antique Baby Names Back in Style

Vintage baby names have been on the rise for several years now, with some antique names climbing popularity lists and reaching the heights of style. If you like vintage or classic baby names that have been in hiding for a few generations, one of these may appeal to you -- but don't be surprised if you meet a lot of other babies with these historic names.

Bible Names for Boys

Bible names have been popular for boys for more than a generation now, with classic Biblical boys' names Aaron and Adam giving way to new favorites such as Asher and Ezra. No matter how many historic masculine names parents revive from Biblical sources, there always seem to be new choices on the table. If you like classic names for boys, the Bible is one of the best historic sources. Here's our collection of Biblical baby names for boys, both familiar and unusual.

Bible Names for Girls

Bible names for girls have been popular for girls for more than a generation now, with classic names such as Mary and Anna giving way to newly popular names such as Ada and Abigail. Many of the best-known Hebrew names for girls come from the bible, both the Old Testament (Sarah, Rachel) and the New Testament (Susannah, Tabitha). And the Bible is also the unlikely source for some of the trendiest girls' names, including Delilah, the top D-starting name for girls, along with Chloe, Phoebe, and all variations of Eve. Here's our complete collection of biblical baby names for girls..

Christian Baby Names

Names that have significance in Christian religions are different from what are commonly known as Christian names, a term that means simply first names. This list focuses on baby names that relate to all forms of Christianity. Many Christian baby names come from the Bible, particularly the New Testament stories related to Jesus Christ. Other names with meaning in Christian religions relate to saints or figures central to Christianity such as Martin Luther. Baby names that might be considered Christian in the religious sense follow.

Christmas Baby Names

Names for a baby born at Christmastime can be especially festive and creative, drawing from all aspects of the holiday season. For more ideas, see the Christmas Baby Names blog.

Classic Baby Names

What are the most classic baby names for girls and boys? While there are hundreds of classic baby names from the Bible, ancient cultures, and other traditional sources in common use today, these are our picks for the most, um, classic classic baby names.

Classic Baby Names with a Twist

What if you love classic baby names but want something more original? Or if you're looking to honor a relative but want to spin their classic name a bit differently? Without getting into too-crazy spelling variations or too-easy international forms, here some twists on classic baby names.

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.

Names With Gravity

For many parents, girls' names (and boys' names too) should carry more than an attractive sound and appealing image; they should have real history behind them. These names relate to a range of impressive personages, real and imagined, and also have both breadth and depth in terms of the meaning they convey.

Hebrew Baby Names

Hebrew baby names include many of the most popular names used in the contemporary Western world. Names from the Bible along with names used in contemporary Israel are worth consideration. Here is a selection of the most widely-used Hebrew names for babies. If you're interested in finding a Hebrew name for your child, whether a modern or traditional choice, also see our full lists of Hebrew names for girls and Hebrew names for boys.

Jane Austen Baby Names

If you're a fan of Jane Austen, you might draw inspiration for baby names from her characters. These classic baby names are perfect for parents who value strength, sophistication, and substance.

Mary's Stylish Variations

What can we say? There's still something about Mary -- even after a 400 year run -- that's made it a solid option for countless folks who adore its symbolic value. But don't be afraid to jazz things up a little. Here are some timely, fresh-faced variations of this traditional name.

Nicknames for Elizabeth

Elizabeth is one of those classic, widely-used baby names that has an entire raft of nicknames, going in and out of style over time. There's a pet form of Elizabeth that's right for any child.

Royal Baby Names

Royal baby names are those used by royal families in recent years. The royal names here include those used by British royal parents as well as those from other countries throughout Europe, including Spain, the Netherlands, and Sweden. Many of the names of contemporary royal children have been used by royal families over the centuries, while some are newcomers to the royal name lexicon. Royal baby names include:

Saints' Names

It is tradition, though no longer a requirement, in the Roman Catholic Church for a child receiving baptism to be given a saint's name. However, even parents who don't find themselves particularly religious have begun to take interest in the rare, uplifting, and sometimes unheard-of names of saints for their sons and daughters.

Traditional Baby Names

Traditional baby names, by our definition, are those that have been used consistently in English-speaking countries for centuries -- and are still in widespread use. Traditional baby names might not be the most exciting choices in the book, but they are the most reliable. Here are some of the top traditional baby names for both boys and girls.