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25 Timeless Names That Will Always Be Beautiful

There may be moments that parents wish they didn’t have to choose their child’s name, that there was some kind of automatic name generator that would just scan babies and come up with the perfect name that suits them the best. Maybe there will be in the future one day, but for right now, this responsibility falls solely on parents.

It is very difficult to pick a name for a baby. There are so many things to consider, especially when a lot of babies are named while they are still in utero. Mom and dad haven’t even met them yet or gotten to know them and they are giving them a title that they will carry for the rest of their lives.

One of the easiest ways to battle this problem is to pick a name that is timeless. It doesn’t necessarily mean the name is the most popular now, but it means that it is a name that will never go out of style. They may seem ‘boring’ to some, but these names have charm and will always sound beautiful. Some of them may be more popular than people realize.

In a world full of unique baby names, it is refreshing to read a list of those beautiful, timeless name the world seems to have forgotten about. It is the perfect time for mom and dad to start bringing them back into style.

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25 Caroline

Caroline is a name that has a lot of charm and elegance. What is interesting about this name is that it is French in origin and it means “free man.” This is also a name that is considered a feminine variation of the name Charles.

In 2017, the name was ranked in at #55 and it rose another 8% this week alone. The name has been in the top 100 since 1994. The name saw a spike in popularity in 1969 when the classic song ‘Sweet Caroline’ by Neil Diamond was released.

24 Lydia

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In a list full of timeless baby names, it is going to be hard to come across any name that is unique, but Lydia sure comes close. The name Lydia is of Greek origin and it means “woman from Lydia.” Seems pretty self-explanatory.

In 2017, the name was ranked in at #85 and it is slowly declining off the list. Showing this name is one of the few on this list that is not as common as some of the other names.

23 Joel

Joel is a timeless name that is sweet, charming and tough and it may be perfect for your little boy on the way. The name is of Hebrew origin and it means “Jehovah is his God.”

This name may be one of the most unique names for little boys on our list as it ranked in at #177 in 2017 when it comes to popularity. It did experience a slight climb this week, but it still has a way to go before it is in the top 100.

22 Grant

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Grant is a name that we are all used to hearing as a last name, but it is a timeless name when used as a first name as well. The name Grant is form both Scottish and French origin and it means “large.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #172 in popularity.

The name Grant was once considered a nickname for a really tall person, probably due to the name meaning large. It also used to be considered an alternate for names like Glenn, Greg and Gary.

21 Audrey

The name Audrey is beautiful, elegant and timeless and it may be the name you have been looking for when it comes to your little girl. The name is of English origin and it means “noble strength.” Name meanings can be important, as some believe they help build who our children will be.

In 2017, the name was ranked in at #46 so it is still enjoying its time in the spotlight. The name is also slowly increasing in popularity, so more and more parents are catching on to this timeless name.

20 Carmen

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Carmen is the first timeless name on our list that is considered a unisex name, so it can work for either a little boy or girl. The name is Spanish in origin, as it is the Spanish variation of the name Carmel and it means “garden.”

In 2017, when it comes to being used as a name for a little girl the name ranked in at #405. It is not ranked at all when it comes to being used as a boy’s name showing this to be a timeless name that is incredibly rare.

19 Wesley

Wesley is not a name people would immediately think of when it comes to finding the perfect name for a little boy, but it may be on some people’s radar. The name is of English origin and it means “western meadow.” The name was ranked in at #111 in 2017, showing that it is so close to breaking into the top 100.

The name was ranked the highest ever in the 1970’s when it was sitting at #66. This name has never had its moment in the top 10 but it may be here before we know it.

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18 Vincent

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Names that start with the letter “v” are not names that a lot of parents immediately think of, but they are charming and timeless. The name Vincent is of Latin origin and it means “conquering.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #108 and it had a rise of 18% this week alone.

This name is considered retro now and is coming back to life due to many well-known celebrities who share this name. There is Vince Vaughn, Vince Gill and even Vin Diesel.

17 Miriam

The name Miriam is not a name you hear very often, but it will always bring a smile to anyone’s face when they hear it. The name is of Hebrew in origin and it means “wished-for-child.” If this is not the most perfect meaning, I don’t know what is.

In 2017, the name ranked in at #285 so it is not the most common name on our list for little girls, which may be perfect for you. This name is also the oldest known form of another classic name, Mary.

16 Elizabeth

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Elizabeth is a name that has ever truly never gone out of style. It has a classic and regal sound to it and parents just love this classic name. The name Elizabeth is Hebrew of origin and it means “pledged to God.”

In 2017, the name ranked in at #13 when it comes to popularity according to Nameberry.com. It even went up an extra 5% this week alone proving that this timeless name is no where near forgotten. It has some cute nicknames hidden in there as well, such as Liz and Beth.

15 Calvin

The name Calvin is cute and sassy and makes everyone smile when they hear it. It is definitely a name that will get people talking. The name Calvin is of Latin origin and it means “bald, hairless.” The name ranked in at #145 in 2017 but it is slowly climbing up the ladder.

The name is considered a slightly quirky but cozy name that has always been fashionable, and this may be due to fashion designer Calvin Klein. It has always had a higher spot on the popularity list, showing that no one ever gets tired of hearing this name.

14 Margaret

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It is about time we turned our attention back to our little girls for just a moment. Margaret is a name that is sweet, elegant and timeless. The name is of Greek origin and it means “pearl.”

In 2017, the name ranked in at #132 on the popularity chart, but it is slowly creeping back up. This name is rare enough to make anyone swoon and compliment the name as one that you just don’t hear very often anymore. The alternate nickname of Peggy makes this name even more adorable and irresistible.

13 Katherine

Whether you spell this name with a K or a C, it won’t matter the name will continue to be charming and sweet. The origin of the name Katherine is Greek, and it means “pure.” Our little girls are nothing other than pure in our eyes, so the meaning is very fitting.

In 2017, the name ranked in at #105 in popularity, so it is just a few spots away from breaking back into the top 100. The popularity of some names is very important to some people, and this name is somewhere in the middle of being common and one you don’t hear that often.

12 Victor

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If the name Vincent is not for you, perhaps its cousin Victor may be perfect for you. The name is of Latin origin and it means “conqueror.” In 2017, the name ranked in at #165 so it is slightly less common than the name Vincent.

The name Victor is one of the earliest Christian names and it is shared by many saints and popes. It has been said to symbolize Christ’s victory over death. It was also made popular as parents searched for a masculine version of the name Victoria thanks to a well-loved monarch.

11 William

We are going to mix it up here and include some names for baby boys. William has always remained near the top spot and it continues to be there. In 2017, the name is ranked in at #3 so it is incredibly popular. This may be the names only downfall. Your little boy may have to share it with a few classmates.

The name is of English and German origin and it means “resolute protection.” It is always a nice thought to think our little boys will grow up to be a protector.

10 James

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Some feel that naming a boy is a lot harder than naming a girl. When you are naming a boy, you are also naming the man they will become so a lot of parents search for a strong and masculine name. The name James is of Hebrew and English origin and it means “supplanter.”

In 2017, the name ranked in at #4 showing that it is also a timeless name that has remained near the top of the charts. If you want to make the name more young-kid friendly, you could always go with the nickname Jamie.

9 David

David has always been a crowd favourite and it has always had strong biblical roots, so if you are looking for a name that is rooted in the Bible, then this is the name for you. The name David is of Hebrew origin and it means “beloved.”

In 2017, the name was ranked at #23 in popularity and it has risen 7% this week alone. It may be close to breaking the top 10 before we know it. The cute nickname Dave is perfect for little boys until they grow into their very masculine name.

8 Samuel

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Samuel is a strong name, that has adorable variations such as Sam and Sammy. Another name that is perfect for both a young boy and a grown man. The name is of Hebrew in origin and it means “told by God.” As this is another name that has roots in biblical times.

In 2017, this name was ranked at #21 in popularity, but it is slowly declining so if you want a name that is a hit, now is the time to jump on this bandwagon.

7 Joseph

Whether his name is Joseph, Joey or Joe, this name will always remain timeless and a name that no one will ever get tired of. The name is of Hebrew origin and it means “Jehovah increases.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #19 in popularity, but it is rising closer and closer to the top ten spots.

Joseph is considered one of the most classic names in America and is popular among parents of many different ethnic backgrounds, it is definitely a crowd pleaser.

6 Daniel

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Daniel is a name that is timeless and charming. It also has a cute and sassy feel to it and is sure to be a hit among parents for their little boy. The name is Hebrew in origin and it means “God is my judge.” The name ranked in at #15 in 2017 when it comes to popularity, but it rose 11% this week alone.

The name Daniel has ben in the top 15 names for little boys since the year 1972, showing it hardly ever goes out of style.

5 Michael

There is probably no boys name that is more timeless than the name Michael. The name has gotten some negative feedback as some people feel it may be a bit over used or boring, but the name has never truly gone out of style.

The name is Hebrew in origin and it means “who is like God?” In 2017, the name ranked in a #12 in popularity showing that it is still as common as it ever has been. The name has also gone up another 1% this week alone so it may be on its way back to the top ten again.

4 Mary

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Mary is a name that refreshing and sweet to anyone who hears it. The name is not one you hear on little girls very much. The name is of Hebrew origin and it could mean either “bitter” or “wished-for child.” We tend to choose the second meaning for this name.

In 2017, the name ranked in at #126 which is a bit surprising since people probably believe that it is not as common as that. It is time for this name to make a comeback.

3 Laura

The name Laura is sweet and has been used for generations as names for a little girl. The name is of Latin origin and it means “bay laurel.” In 2017, the name sat at #340 in popularity, so it is a timeless name that is not as common anymore.

Laura has always been a popular name since we started keeping records. From 1963 to 1986 the name was constantly in the top 20’s. It has only been recently that this name has dropped out of the top 100 spot, but we are sure it will make its way back one day.

2 Thomas

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Thomas, Tom or Tommy are all equally adorable and timeless and may be the perfect name for your little boy. It has a lot of charm with an old-fashioned sound to it. The name is Aramaic in origin and it means “twin.”

In 2017, the name ranked in at #48 and it is slowly climbing back up to the top of the list. There are many namesakes who share this name and they all range from the original apostle, several saints and a lot of well-known Hollywood stars.

1 Sarah

The last name on our list may be the one you have been waiting for when it comes to naming your little girl. The name Sarah is cute, adorable and always timeless, it is a name that will never go out of style and we are very glad for that.

This name is the perfect one for you little girl because it is Hebrew of origin and it means “princess.” In 2017, the name ranked in at #62 in popularity, but it is experiencing a slight decline in the past week.

References: Nameberry.com

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