Friday, January 9, 2015

My Top 10 Classical Names

In the past few weeks I have really taken a liking to classic, vintage names. The complete opposite if my usual unique, trendy style. I thought I would tell my readers my top 10 favorite classic names for both gender. These are all names that age well and can be found on many grandparents.



1. Elizabeth
#10 
Meaning: God is my Oath 
Origin: Hebrew 
I did a post on this name earlier in the week. Elizabeth is a name with a ton of nicknames. It is also the name of a saint and a queen. There are just a ton of great associations with Elizabeth. 

2. Nancy
#689 
Meaning: Grace
Origin: Hebrew 
The first thing I think about when I hear the name Nancy is Nancy Drew, the kid detective. Nancy is a really sweet name. I can see it rising in popularity because it is short and ends in the ee sound. 

3. Mary
#121
Meaning: Bitter
Origin: Hebrew
The name of the mother of Jesus, Mary is an innocent name. I love the name even more when it is paired with another name such as Mary Catharine, Mary Kate, or Mary Jane as a first name. In the south I have seen the name Mary paired with a surname such as Mary Carter, Mary Marshall, and Mary Wesley, which is just adorable! 

4. Lydia
#96 
Meaning: From Lydia
Origin: Hebrew 
Lydia makes me think of Beetlejuice right away but I don't think that is bad because I love the movie. Not only is it a name used in film it is also used in literature by Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice. 

5. Frances
#693 
Meaning: French
Origin: Latin 
I use to hate Frances on a girl but it is a new love of mine. My dad's mother was named Anastasia Frances. Not only did my great grandmother use France's but so did celebrities like Amanda Peet and Jimmy Fallon. My favorite part of this name is the spunky Frankie nickname. 

6. Rosemary
#533 
Meaning: Dew of the Sea
Origin: Latin 
I'm a huge lover of Rose and every one of her variants. Rosemary is a great combination of classic name and perfect if you can't chose between the two. 

7. Marie 
#573 
Meaning: Bitter 
Origin: French 
Marie is a filler middle name but is so refreshing as a first name. You will shock lots of people. It's a great French name without being over the top. 

8. Margaret 
#181
Meaning: Pearl
Origin: Greek
I love Margaret and love all of her nicknames like Maggie, Greta, Marnie, Marey, etc. The meaning is also a huge hit for me because pearls are the jewel for my sorority. Hey you could even call her Pearl as a nickname!

9. Ruth
#329
Meaning: Compassionate Friend
Origin: Hebrew
Ruth is a biblical name and one of the more popular biblical names. I think it is such a short and sweet name with no nicknames. You could use Ruthie. I do love the meaning a ton. 

10. Diana
#270
Meaning: Divine 
Origin: Latin
I can thank a Instagram follower for this. She requested the name and I instantly fell in love with it. Diana is the name of the famous princess as well as Diana Ross. I can;t help but think of an elegant little girl when I see it. 



1. James
#13
Meaning: Supplanter
Origin: Hebrew
I love this name so much that I am talking about it again in less than a month. It has so many different associations from authors to actors to presidents. There also so many nickname options my favorites being Jam and Jem.

2. Edward
#145
Meaning: Wealthy Guardian
Origin: English
Edward is both my dad's middle name and my cousin's first name. I also have some distant uncles named Ed. I'm not a fan of the nicknames Ed and Eddie so I would probably go down the Ward route as a nickname.

3. Charles
#57
Meaning: Free Man
Origin: German
Charles is my dad's, uncle's, and cousin's name. That's a lot of people! I think it is a great name but would use a variant of it because I won't use the actual name of family members. There's a ton of nicknames like Chalie, Charlie, Chal, Chaz, and Chuck.

4. Eugene
#779
Meaning: Well Born
Origin: English
If you know then you know that I love the movie Tangled. In it Flynn Riders real name is Eugene. I have to say that the movie made me love Eugene as much as I do. It really put a handsome face to a often times geeky name.

5. Arthur
#323
Meaning: Unknown; Possibly meaning Bear
Origin: Celtic
Arthur is a name that brings back childhood memories for me. It reminds me of the tv show Arthur with the ant eater. I think the name is do for a comeback and would love to hear it more often. I especially love the nickname Artie for it. 

6. Clarence
#985
Meaning: Bright
Origin: Latin
My love for Clarence comes from a tv show. There is a show on Cartoon Network called Clarence that my little cousins watch all the time. After hearing it so many times I slowly fell in love. Now I wouldn't use it but I am debating putting it on my long list. In my research I found the nickname Clancy and love that so much.

7. Lawrence
#471
Meaning: From Laurentum
Origin: Latin
My full name is Lauren and if I wanted I could use Lawrence as a way to honor myself. I wouldn't though. Lawrence is also a surname and a surname of someone I went to school with. It has some cool nicknames like Law, Ren, and Rencey.

8. Frederick
#492
Meaning: Peaceruler
Origin: German
Frederick is on of those names that just fits perfectly on a cute little old man. It makes me think of Up the movie because the main character is Carl Fredricksen. I'm not a huge fan of Fred as a nickname so I would probably use Red or Rico. 

9. Phillip
#364
Meaning: Lover of Horses
Origin: Greek
I immediately think of Phillip Phillips the singer but it's fine because I love his music. Often times Phillip is used on geeky characters or the smart kid in the class. I can definitely picture this name on a little cowboy. 

10. Rupert
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Meaning: Variant of Robert; Bright Fame
Origin: German
Rupert is a grand name perfect for a king. It might be a little too much for a baby but he will surely grow into it and live up to this regal status. You can find this name floating around the Harry Potter world. 



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2 comments:

  1. I like more of the boy names than the girls. I like Ruth and Diana and also James, Edward, Arthur and Frederick. :)

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    1. See I'm the opposite. I had trouble completing the boy list!

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