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200 Classic Baby Names

Baby NamesUpdated July 1, 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 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 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 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 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!

Be sure also to look at our other baby name lists, like our hottest baby names for 2022, elegant baby names, and Italian baby names. Have fun choosing a beautiful name you love for your baby boy!

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