By Pamela Redmond Satran for Namberry
Some expectant parents are looking for classic baby names, with deep roots, rich meanings, and a host of worthy namesakes. Some are searching for unusual names, distinctive enough to stand out from the crowd.
But best of all are those names that carry both those sterling qualities, like the 100+ centuries-old baby names here, ranked below the official U.S. Top 1000. All are more noteworthy than the traditional Williams and Sophias that crowd today’s classrooms, yet carry more history and gravitas than the “yooneek” Braydyns and Kendalls born yesterday and destined to fade just as quickly.
If you’re looking for baby names that are both classic and distinctive, these 100+ baby names may be the only choices you’ll need to consider.
Antonia Aurelia Blanche Cecily Clementine Cleo and Clio Cordelia Cosima Dinah Dorothea and Theodora Eulalia Fay and Faye Flora and Florence Guinevere Harriet Honor Imogen India Isadora Jessamine Justine Lavinia Liv Louise and Louisa Lucinda Mabel Magdalene Marcella Margot and Margo Marian and Marion May Mercy Octavia Olympia Phaedra Pilar Polly Ramona Rosalind Sally Susanna and Susannah Sybil Winifred
Abner Alistair Ambrose Amias Angus Atlas Balthazar Barnaby Benedict Boaz Casper Caspian Cato Conan Constantine Cosmo Dashiell Edmund and Edmond Ephraim Ewan Finnian Gordon Grey and Gray Guy Harris Homer Jupiter Lazarus Lev Linus Lucius Magnus Monroe Montgomery Oberon Octavio Orson Otis Ozias and Osias Phineas Roscoe Rufus Rupert Sampson Shepherd and Shepard Stellan Thaddeus Ulysses Urban Valentine Wallace Woodrow Zacharias