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200 Classic Baby Names

Baby NamesUpdated January 17, 2022

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Are you expecting a bundle of joy and looking for classic baby names for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place! There are many vintage baby names to choose from for your child. The classic names we compiled below are primarily British, French, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Latin, Greek, and Welsh in origin. You might recognize a few of them from your family tree. (For example, my paternal grandmother’s name, Louise, and her mother’s name, Stella, both made the list. My mother-in-law’s name, Barbara, and her mother’s name, Catherine, also made the cut.) Classic Baby Names Classic Baby Names for Boys Are you an outdoor enthusiast? You might like… Read More

Are you expecting a bundle of joy and looking for classic baby names for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place!

There are many vintage baby names to choose from for your child. The classic names we compiled below are primarily British, French, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Latin, Greek, and Welsh in origin. You might recognize a few of them from your family tree. (For example, my paternal grandmother’s name, Louise, and her mother’s name, Stella, both made the list. My mother-in-law’s name, Barbara, and her mother’s name, Catherine, also made the cut.)

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Classic Baby Names for Boys

Are you an outdoor enthusiast? You might like Irving, which means “green river or sea friend;” Dale, which means “valley;” Glenn, which means “glen;” Lee, which means “pasture or meadow;” Oliver, which means “olive tree;” Peter, which means “rock;” Silas, which means “forest, woods;” Stanley, which means “stony meadow;” or Vernon, which means “alder grove.”

Animal lover? You might consider Arnold, which means “eagle ruler;” Arthur, which means “bear or Thor, the eagle;” Everett, which means “brave as a wild boar;” Jonas, which means “dove;” Leo or Leon, which both mean “lion;” Orson, which means “bear;” or Randall, which means “wolf shield.”

Religious? Try Benedict, which means “blessed;” Caleb, which means “devotion to God;” Elliot, which means “Jehovah is God;” Jack or John, which both mean “God is gracious;” Michael, which means, “who resembles God?;” Nathaniel, which means “God has given;” Oswald, which means “God’s power; or Theo or Theodore, which means “gift of God.”

Want to give your son a name befitting a warrior? Consider Earl, which means “nobleman, warrior, prince;” Ernest, which means “serious; a battle to the death;” Frederic, which means “peaceful ruler;” Gerald, which means “spear ruler;” Harold, which means “army ruler;” Harvey, which means “eager for battle; strong, warrior;” Herbert, which means “illustrious warrior;” Luther, which means “soldier of the people;” Oscar, which means “spear of the gods;” William, which means “will-helmet or protection;” or Walter, which means “commander of the army.”

Popular, classic Baby Names for Boys

These are the most popular classic baby boy names in alphabetical order.

Albert
Alfred
Allen
Alvin
Arnold
Arthur
Asher
Atticus
August
Basil
Benedict
Benjamin
Bernard
Caleb
Caspian
Cassius
Cecil
Charles
Clarence
Clifford
Clyd
Dale
Dennis
Donald
Earl
Edison
Edwin
Elliot
Elmer
Ernest
Eugene
Everett
Ezra
Felix
Finn
Floyd
Frances or Francis
Frederic
Gerald
Glenn
Harold
Harvey
Henry
Herbert
Howard
Hugo
Irving
Jack
James
Jasper
Jeffrey
John
Jonas
Jude
Kenneth
Lawrence
Lee
Leo or Leon
Leonard
Lewis or Louis
Lloyd
Luther
Martin
Marvin
Max
Michael
Miles
Milo
Murphy
Nathaniel
Neil
Noah
Norman
Oliver
Orson
Oscar
Oswald
Otis
Otto
Owen
Paul
Peter
Pierce
Quentin
Quincy
Quinn
Ralph
Randall
Ray or Raymond
Robert
Roger
Ronald
Roy
Russell
Samuel
Sebastian
Silas
Stanley
Terrence
Theo or Theodore
Vernon
Victor
Vincent
Wallace
Walter
Warren
Watson
Wayne
Wilbur
William
Winston

Classic Baby Names for Girls

These are the most popular classic baby girl names in alphabetical order.

Are you a gardener? You might like Daisy, which means “day’s eye;” Daphne, which means “laurel tree, bay tree;” Florence, which means “flowering or in bloom;” Hazel, which means “the hazelnut tree;” Ivy, which means “ivy plant;” Lillian, which means “lily;” Loretta, which means “laurel;” Marilyn, which means “star of the sea;” Olive, or “olive tree;” Polly, which means “star of the sea;” Rose, which means “rose;” Shirley, which means “bright meadow;” Sylvia, which means “wood or forest;” Sue or Susan, which both mean “lily;” or Violet, which means “purple.”

Or you might like Elaine, Eleanor, or Helen, which all mean “sun ray or shining light;” Lucy, which means “light;” Iris, which means “rainbow;” Phoebe, which means “bright or radiant;” or Stella, which means “star.”

Animal lover? You might like Bernadette, which means “strong, brave bear;” Beverly, which means “beaver stream or meadow;” Tabitha, which means “gazelle;” or Ursula, which means “little she-bear.”

Religious? You might consider Betsy, which means “worshipper of God;” Betty, which means “oath of God;” Elsie, which means “God of plenty;” Joan, which means “God is gracious;” Josephine or Posey, which both mean “Jehovah increases;” Phyllis, which means “greenery;” or Winifred, which means “holy, blessed reconciliation, or joy and peace.”

Want to give your daughter a name befitting a warrior? You might like Geraldine, which means “spear ruler;” Gertrude, which means “strong spear;” Eloise or Louise, which both mean “famous warrior;” or Willa, which means “will-helmet or protection.”

Are you due in the summer? Try June, which means “young,” or Theresa, which means “late summer.”

Popular, Classic Names for Girls

These are the most popular classic baby girl names in alphabetical order.

Adelaide
Adeline
Alice
Amelia
Arlene
Aurelia
Aurora
Barbara or Barbie
Beatrice
Betsy
Betty
Beverly
Billie
Bonnie
Carol
Catherine, Kate, Katherine, or Kitty
Charlotte
Clara
Constance
Cora
Daisy
Daphne
Darlene
Dolores
Doris, Dorothy, or Dot
Edith
Edna
Elaine, Eleanor, or Helen
Eloise or Louise
Elsie
Esme
Esther
Evelyn
Florence
Frances or Francis
Freya
Gail
Genevieve
Gloria
Grace
Hazel
Hedy
Ida
Irene
Iris
Ivy
Joan
Josephine or Posey
Joyce
Judith
June
Lillian
Lois
Loretta
Lorraine
Lucille or Lucy
Mabel
Margaret
Marilyn
Marjorie
Nanette
Nora
Norma
Octavia
Olive
Opal
Ophelia
Patsy
Pegg
Penelope
Phoebe
Phyllis
Polly
Priscilla
Prudence
Queenie
Rhea
Rose
Rosemary
Ruby
Ruth
Scarlet
Shirley
Sophia
Stella
Sue or Susan
Sylvia
Tabitha
Theresa
Tilly
Ursula
Violet
Virginia
Wanda
Willa
Wilma
Winifred

I hope these ideas give you some vintage inspiration as you choose a name for your child! Tell us your favorite classic baby names in the comments!

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