It’s no mean feat to find a name to give your precious – one that will be beautiful, or perhaps bold, imbue special meaning upon its bearer, and withstand the test of trendiness.
If this is your conundrum, you need look no further than these eternally gorgeous – or debonair – titles; the top classic baby names that remain as appealing as they did way back when, with a shimmer of old world, inimitable magic.
Check out the list that recalls silver screen Hollywood starlets and leading men, unforgettable characters from literature (or even literary geniuses themselves), and those unattached monikers that retain a sense of mystique and glamour – the kind of names you could’ve imagined milling through a Gatsby-esque get-together, or on the pages of a Brontë novel…
Olivia. The number one most popular girl’s name, Olivia has surpassed both royal fave Charlotte and the quintessentially British beauty Emma to reach top spot.
Amelia. An ever-enchanting Victorian name, with a heroic connection to aviatrix Amelia Earhart.
Charlotte. First brought to life by the eldest of the Brontë sisters, a novelist and poet whose works have become beloved treasures of English literature.
Ava. A delicate, yet stunning, name that means “like a bird”.
Evelyn. Reaching #12 in the 1920s, Evelyn has remained a favourite for decades since, in various incarnations – like, Eve, Evia and Eva.
Lillian. Also very popular in the Jazz Age, today’s more playful version – “Lily” – still retains the original classic charm.
Alice. The heroine from every little girl’s best storybook adventure, Alice is set to be big again this year with the latest film adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s flight of fancy.
Cora. This name was popular in the 1800s, meaning ‘girl’ or ‘maiden’.
Oliver. The dapper counterpart to the girl’s chart-topper, Oliver has also been rising in popularity this year.
John. The #1 baby boy’s name in 1920, John is set to stride into top spot again soon.
Jack. A good, solid choice – and so irresistibly Dickensian, too.
James. James was in the top 3 baby boy names in the roaring twenties and in 2015, it came in at a strong 7th place.
William. A steadfast choice whose appeal has remained unchanged for over a century.
Nolan. A fine, traditional Irish name meaning “champion” – appropriately taking first place in the popularity stakes in 2015.
Alexander. Can you get more classic than the moniker which immediately brings to mind “the great” young king of Ancient Greece?
Mason. Enjoying relative fame in the 1900s, then pretty much disappearing from view until the late 1990s, Mason is on the up and up again.