Classic Baby Names

A family portrait of four children, Harrington Mann, 1915

A family portrait of four children, Harrington Mann, 1915

I am a lover of old fashioned names, and though I’m not pregnant, I’m always dreaming of baby names and making lists of the ones I like. Classic names are always my favourite and I am so happy that they are gaining popularity again. Perhaps once more we will have classrooms full of Mables and Williams, Georges and Ethels! Even though they are traditional, I think in our modern era, they can be quite edgy too, and that’s why I love them.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have noticed the heavy vintage revival that’s been hitting the mainstream in the past few years and I am totally loving it! I’ve recently started watching Downton Abbey (which I am enjoying for numerous reasons) and this has inspired me to compile a list of my favourite traditional baby names:

Boys –

  • Alexander
  • Archie
  • Arthur (Art or Artie)
  • Chester
  • Charles (Charlie)
  • Christopher
  • Dexter
  • Edmund
  • Felix
  • George
  • Harry
  • James
  • Leo
  • Liam
  • Max
  • Oakley
  • Oliver
  • Oscar
  • Phinneas
  • Victor
  • William

Girls –

  • Ava
  • Beatrice (Bea)
  • Belle
  • Cecilia (Celia)
  • Celeste
  • Charlotte
  • Clara
  • Esme
  • Evelyn (Eve)
  • Fern
  • Lily
  • Margot
  • Mary (or Marie)
  • Olive
  • Opal
  • Pearl
  • Penelope
  • Rose
  • Ruby
  • Vera
  • Victoria
  • Violet

What are your thoughts on classic baby names? Timeless or outdated? Leave me a comment  and let me know!


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