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Classic Baby Names


Here are 14 gorgeous under-the-radar choices for girls:

- Antonia: The lovely Antonia has plummeted straight off the popularity charts over the past 15 years, which is good news if you're looking for a strong classic that you won't hear every day. A royal name that originated as a feminization of Anthony, Antonia was immortalized in literature as the title character of Willa Cather's novel "My Antonia." Antonia is a classy choice, but short forms Tonia and Toni take the name downmarket. Stick with the full form.

- Aurelia: The golden Aurelia was a Roman name borne most famously by Julius Caesar's mother. In more modern times, it was the name of poet Sylvia Plath's mother. We see Aurelia rising again after a half-century slumber along with other names from ancient Rome. Sister name Aurora is already in the Top 200.

- Clementine: It's hard to believe that indie darling Clementine is not in the U.S. Top 1000, but she's been off the list since the early 1950s, a statistic we see changing one year soon thanks to her choice by several high-profile celebrity parents including Ethan Hawke and Rachel Griffiths. Popular in France and Britain, Clementine is the feminine form of the Latin Clement which means mild or merciful and was the name of 14 popes.

- Cordelia: Cordelia is one of the most lovely of Shakespearean names, the name of King Lear's sympathetic daughter based on a legendary Queen of the Britons whose name was also spelled Cordellia. A name whose roots are given as both Latin and Celtic that may mean heart or daughter of the sea, Cordelia has been sliding down the U.S. charts since 1880, when it was close to Number 200, vanishing from the Top 1000 six decades ago. Cordelia is a proper-sounding long form with a range of friendly nicknames, from Cora to Delia to Lia to the tomboyish Cory.

- Harriet: To some, Harriet may be the quintessential old lady name, but we see it as cute and lively, with adorable nicknames such as Hattie and Etta. Harriet is also attached to a range of worthy heroines, from "Uncle Tom's Cabin" author Harriet Beecher Stowe to abolitionist Harriet Tubman, from the vanished heroine of "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" to "Harriet the Spy."

- India: India barely misses the Top 1000 - it stands at No. 1001 - so it may not lie outside the magic circle for long, though this lovely place-name has been heading straight downhill for the past decade. Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and designer wife Georgina Chapman have a newborn daughter India, as does "Avenger" star Chris Hemsworth, so that celebrity attention may nudge it upward again. The India of "Gone with the Wind" was Ashley Wilkes' sister and Scarlett O'Hara's frenemy.

- Louisa: Louisa may be the perfect choice for a bookish child who admires Louisa May Alcott, the author of "Little Women," and is also pleased by the connection to namesake characters in both Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. Louisa and sister name Louise have for centuries traded places as style favorites, with Louise claiming far more recent popularity: It was in the Top 100 for the entire first half of the 20th century. But both are out of the Top 1000 now and it's Louisa that has more fans: 194 girls received the name in 2011, versus 123 for Louise. Lou and Lulu are its stylish nicknames.

- Lucinda: Lucinda, which feels almost like a midcentury smoosh between Lucy and Linda, has more historic heft as a name than you might guess: It was invented as an elaboration of Lucia in 1605 by Cervantes for the great classic novel "Don Quixote." How cool and impressive a pedigree is that? Popular in the 19th century and again in the middle of the last century, Lucinda has dropped from sight except among cognoscenti who know it's a well-seasoned long form with a healthy roster of fashionable short forms, from Lu to Lucy to Lucia to Cinda to Cia.

- Mabel: Mabel still sounds like the name of a saucy silent screen star, a la Mabel Normand, but she's definitely ready for her comeback along with style cousins Matilda and Sadie. Mabel is originally a short form of Amabel, an older name than Annabel. Mab was a fairy queen in a Shelley poem.

- Marcella: A more outre choice than some of the other classic girls' names here, Marcella is rooted in the ancient Roman family name Marcellus or Marcus, which relates to Mars, the god of war. "Don Quixote's" Marcela was the most beautiful woman in the world. And the classic Marcella is shaking out her marcel waves and is ready for a new modern life.

- Margo: Margo and Margot, sound-alike short forms of Margaret which means "pearl," both lie outside the Top 1000 but are being revived by hip parents who love the "o" ending and the name's traditional-modern crossover feel. Two classic movie characters bore the name: Bette Davis' iconic Margo Channing in "All About Eve" and Grace Kelly's Margot in "Dial M for Murder."

- Marian: This medieval variation of Mary, made famous by "Robin Hood's" Maid Marian and "The Music Man's" Marian the Librarian, has received a huge modern dose of sex appeal by French actress Marion Cotillard. Both the Marion and Marian spellings lie outside the Top 1000. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick named one of their small twin daughters Marion.

- Mercy: Mercy is a Puritan virtue name that fell out of the U.S. Top 1000 way back in 1889 and has only reemerged recently thanks to its choice by Madonna for her young adopted daughter. While Mercy feels more religious than secular sisters Hope and Charity, a Dickens character named Mercy was nicknamed Merry, which definitely gives it a different feel.

- Susannah: This Biblical girls' name is another classic with two perfectly proper spellings - Susanna and Susannah - both outside the Top 1000. Susannah was the Old Testament heroine of the story of Daniel and the Elders, and Susanna is mentioned in a group of myrrh-bearing women in the New Testament. It derives from the Hebrew Shoshana, which means lily and which is receiving some new attention of its own thanks to the Zosia Mamet character on Girls. The most stylish name today in the Susan family, a fashionable short form would be Sanna, not Susie or Sue.

Nameberry is a baby-naming site produced by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, co-authors of 10 bestselling baby name guides, including the newest, "Beyond Ave and Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby." See more at

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