When picking the perfect name for your new baby, there are many things to consider. There are so many names to choose from, so picking the right name can be a bit of a struggle. There are many different routes you could take. You could go with something really trendy, or you could stick with a classic name. These days, many parents are more creative and come up with the names based on things you wouldn’t think of, but, even still, there are some popular, classic names that stand the test of time. These names never really go out of style, and they also have many historical roots and connections to literature.
Here are ten of the best classic baby names.
Emma is one of the most classic names out there for a baby girl in the United States. It has Germanic roots, and it comes from names such as Emmeline and Amelia. The meaning of the name is “whole, universal,” so it’s got a really great meaning even if it’s a more simple name. This name is easy to spell, and it’s a class, elegant sounding name for a baby girl. Plus, with ties to novels like Emma by Jane Austen, it’s definitely got an air of sophistication to it.
When thinking of classic baby names for boys, William is probably one of the first that comes to mind, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s an extremely classic name that has been used throughout many centuries, and it’s easy to shorten the name for the cute nickname Will. This is another name that has Germanic roots as well as French.
This is a strong name that means things such as “will, determination, protection, and protector.” There are many popular literary and pop culture characters with this name, and it never really goes out of style.
Sophia might be a classic name, but it’s also a really popular one. It was the most popular girls' name in the United States in 2013, and it’s still been quite popular in recent years. This name has been around for centuries as it has Greek roots. It comes from the Greek word meaning “wisdom” and “skill.” It’s been a popular name in English countries since the 17th century, and it’s a very strong but feminine name. So, if you don’t mind using a classic and popular name, Sophia is a great choice.
James is another one of those classic boy names that has been around for hundreds of years and likely will be for many more. James is a popular English name that comes from Hebrew origins. It’s actually derived from the name Jacob, and it means “supplanter.” It might also have Greek roots as well making it a long-standing historical name. It’s a simple, easy to say a name that has a quiet strength to it. So, if you tend to like names that aren’t too flashy and sound beautiful, it could be the perfect choice for your new baby boy.
Elizabeth might be one of the most thought about names when thinking of classic names to give a baby. This name also has Hebrew origins and originally came from the name Elisheva which means “my God is an oath.”
The name is often associated with England and classic literature with heroines such as Elizabeth Bennett. It’s also a great name if you enjoy nicknames as names such as “Liz”, “Beth,” and “Lizzie” are popular nicknames for girls with this name.
Benjamin is another classic name that has been used since the time of the Bible. It’s historical as well as Biblical, and it means “son of the south” or “son of the right hand.” It’s also a name that was rather common in England after the Protestant Revolution. The shortened form of the name, “Ben,” is definitely a classic nickname or name for a boy. Whether you go with the full name or a shortened version, they are both classic, sweet names for a baby boy.
Victoria is definitely a classic name because it calls to mind Queen Victoria, but it really goes back much further than that. The name has Latin roots as it’s actually the Latin word for victory.
This makes Victoria a strong name for a beautiful baby girl especially considering that Victoria was the goddess of victory according to Greek mythology. So, if you like classic names with a bit of a mythological or fantastical twist, this is a great choice to make for your newborn.
Isaac is another name from the Bible on the list, but this doesn’t mean that it’s low in popularity. In fact, it’s in the top 50 list of names for boys. This name comes from Hebrew origins and it means “to laugh” or “he will rejoice.” It’s also the name of the prophet Isaac from the Bible. But, even if you’re not particularly religious, this is a classic sounding name that hasn’t gone out of style for hundreds of years.
Eleanor is another classic name for a girl that is currently gaining popularity. It is in the top 45 names for girls this year, and it’s gone up 14 places from last year. Eleanor comes from Greek roots, but it was also rather popular in the early 1900s. While it hasn’t been as popular in recent years, it’s definitely on-trend right now.
Anthony is another classic name that has Latin roots. It comes from Roman origins where it was originally a family name. This name means “priceless,” so it’s perfect considering that’s how you feel about your baby. There are also many name variations and nicknames of this name such as Tony. This name has been going strong for many centuries, and it’s still one of the top 50 names for boys in the United States.