Old-fashioned names are all the rage right now, especially for baby girls. Any name your great grandmother might have had is instantly popular again. We’ve compiled a list of classic girl names from popular and beautiful timeless names to unique old-fashioned names for girls that will become instant classics. Read below to read this list of adorable classic girl names.
Classic Girl Names
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I personally love the trend toward old-fashioned girls names. These names are beautiful, classy and timeless. You will never have to worry about regretting having chosen a classic name for your daughter. These names are adorable for little girls and will be taken seriously as your daughter grows into a professional young woman with career aspirations.
Both of my girls have old-fashioned names (both first and middle). I wanted names that were easy to pronounce and familiar without being too common. The names I chose names were simple, but elegant. I am so pleased with my choices, but as I compiled this list of classic girl names, I see many more options for girls names should we ever have another daughter!
These classic girl names make striking first names or can be used as beautiful and sophisticated middle names. Each of these traditional names sound lovely and will be a source of pride.
If you are concerned that traditional girls names are over-used, don’t be. There are many beautiful and unique old-fashioned names that have not been over-used in the least!
Classic Girl Names In Alphabetical Order
I’ve listed my favorite classic girl names in alphabetical order. I hope this will help you on your quest to find the perfect name for your baby!
From Hebrew, meaning ‘My father is joy’. Popular in England in the 16th and 17th centuries, its popularity was revived in the 20th century.
Shortened form of Adelaide.
French form of Germanic Adela, meaning noble.
Meaning noble and kind. Saint Adelaide was the wife of Holy Roman Emperor Otto the Great. A city in Australia bears the name Adelaide.
The feminized version of Alexander.
A variant of Adelaide, popularized in the 12th century and again when Lewis Carrol published Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
Variation of Alice.
Variant of Amalia (another gorgeous name), meaning ‘work’.
Feminized variant of Anastasius. This name evokes tradition and just a bit of glamour.
Variant of Hannah, meaning ‘grace’.
Variant of the more obscure Amabel, or a combination of Anna and Belle.
Name of a 7th century saint and movie icon Audrey Hepburn.
Variant of Eve, made famous by movie icon Ava Gardener.
From the surname meaning cheerful.
From Welsh, meaning ‘mound’ or ‘hill’. This beautiful classic name is simple yet unique.
Meaning pure, a popular name in both French and English, several queens and empresses have borne this name.
Feminized form of Carl.
A 2nd/3rd century martyr, brought to England by the Normans. This name is beautiful and sophisticated.
Anglicized version of Cecilia, a more unique spin and a touch less formal.
Feminized form of Caelestis, meaning ‘heavenly’.
Meaning ‘petite’, this French name is the feminized form of Charles. Charlotte is the name of several queens and princesses, as well as Charlotte York from Sex and the City.
The French form of Clara is another simple, elegant name.
Meaning clear, bright, famous.
Comes from ancient Greek, meaning ‘goddess’.
Debated origin, likely a form of Cora, or coined by Adolphe Adam for his opera, Le toreador.
Form of Corinna, meaning ‘maiden’.
From Spanish, meaning ‘sorrows’.
Meaning divine, Diana is the name of a goddess, and more recently, Princess Diana.
Shortened form of Dorothy, meaning gift of God.
An elegant variant of Eleanor.
Shortened form of Elizabeth.
A popular name among queens and royals, coming from a Greek form of Hebrew, meaning ‘my God is an oath’.
Shortened form of Elizabeth, Elise is a sophisticated choice that is classic but underused.
Variant of Helen or Eleonora.
From Heloise, Saint Eloise was a 12th century saint. Eloise of children’s book fame is a lovely choice.
Meaning ‘whole’ or ‘universal’. Emma has been quite popular for the past few decades.
Form of Estelle or Stella, meaning star.
Hebrew name meaning star
From an English surname, Aveline. This classic name is so feminine and lovely.
From Greek, meaning ‘good news’, and made popular by Longfellow’s famous poem of the same name.
Meaning happiness or good luck, it was popular among Puritans in the 17th century
Meaning prosperous, often associated with famous nurse, Florence Nightengale.
Feminine form of George, famous 19th century painter Georgia O’Keefe bears this name.
Spanish and Portuguese name meaning ‘glory’ and was popularized in the US through several works of literature and actress Gloria Swanson.
From the English word, grace, and the Latin, gratia, meaning God’s favour. Grace Kelly, later Princess Grace of Monaco, popularized this name in the 1950’s.
Shortened name of Margareta, from German.
From the Hebew word for ‘favour’ or ‘grace’.
Feminized form of Harry, popular in the 18th century.
French feminized form of Henry.
A character in the Shakespeare play, Cymbeline, meaning maiden.
The Greek Goddess of the rainbow, or after the flower.
A form of Elizabeth, popular in Spain.
From the small crawling plant of the same name.
Feminine form of John, meaning ‘Jehovah has been gracious’.
Feminized form of Joseph, meaning ‘may God add’ or ‘may Good increase’.
Variant of Lee, meaning ‘clearing’.
Shortened for of Elenora. Also the princess in ‘The Balloon Tree’ by Phoebe Gilman
From the Latin for Lily, or a shortened form of Elizabeth.
Named from the flower, a symbol of purity.
Feminized form of Louis, from the French ‘renowned warrior’.
Feminized form of Lucius, meaning ‘light’.
Meaning ‘from Lydia’ and area in Greece.
From the Welsh surname, meaning ‘lake’.
From the name Amabel, meaning ‘loving’.
Form of Magdalene, from Mary Magdelene. The main character in the books of the same name by Ludwig Bemelmans.
From the Gaelic word for ‘intoxicating’. Maeve was a warrior queen of Conanacht in legend.
From Margarita, meaning ‘pearl’. Margaret was the name of several queens and authors, including Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind and Margaret Atwood, who wrote the Handmaiden’s Tale, among other works.
French shortened form of Margaret.
A variant of Margaret, influenced by the herb, marjoram.
Variant of the French name, Marie.
Variant of Marlene, which is a combination of Mary and Magdalene, made famous by actress Marlene Dietrich.
French or Czech form of Maria, Marie was made famous by Marie Antoinette.
Anglicized version of Maria, debated original meaning, possibly meaning ‘sea of bitterness’, or ‘beloved.’
Form of Matilda, which means ‘strength in battle’. Tennyson revived its popularity with this 19th century poem of the same name.
From the month of May or Maia, a Roman goddess.
Hebrew form of Mary. Moses’ older sister.
From the Greek for ‘destiny’, or an anglicized version of the Irish, Maire.
Shortened form of Eleanor or Honora.
French of English name from olive tree.
This beautiful name was first used in the Shakespeare play, Twelfth Night, may have been based on Oliver or Oliva.
From the Greek word for ‘help’, Shakespeare also used this name in Hamlet.
Derived from Greek, a type of duck. In Homer’s the Odyssey, Penelope was Odyesseus’s wife.
A variant of Molly, which in turn is a variant of Mary.
Associated with the flower of the same name, it was Norman and Germanic roots.
A Shakespeare heroine, meaning ‘beautiful rose’.
Combination of Rose and Mary, or for the herb of the same name. Rosemary Clooney was a famous actress in the 1950’s.
From the precious stone, it became popular in the 19th century.
Version of Sarah, meaning ‘noblewoman’ in Hebrew.
From a surname referring to one who made or sold clothes in a scarlett hue. Popularized by Margaret Mitchell’s the main character in Gone with the Wind.
Meaning ‘wisdom’ in Greek. Sophia Loren was a famous actress of the past.
Version of Sophia
Meaning ‘star’, made popular in Tennessee Williams’ Streetcar Names Desire’.
Meaning prophetess from ancient Greek, Sybil was the youngest sister on Downton Abbey.
Shortened form of Theresa.
Meaning ‘knowledge’ in Sandskrit.
Meaning faith in Russian or ‘true’ in Latin.
From Latin, meaning ‘true image’.
Roman goddess of victory. Queen Victoria popularized this name in the 19th century.
English word for the small purple flower of the same name.
From the Latin word for ‘alive’.
Feminized form of the Welsh, Wyn, meaning ‘blessed’ or ‘fair’.
*information on name origins from Beyond the Name.
There you have my list of 101 beautiful classic girl names. I hope this helps you on your quest to find the perfect baby name!
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Which classic girl name do you love the best? What are your baby name no-no’s? Comment below and let me know!