16 Classic Baby Names That Age Well

You won't regret calling your child Elizabeth or James.

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Don't get us wrong — trendy baby names are awesome. Every time a celebrity names a new baby, it's tempting to steal that name for your own new addition. But just like all trends, they don't stay in style for long. (How long were gaucho pants cool? A week?) If you're looking for a baby name that ages well from the moment your child is born through the rest of their life, a classic name is the way to go. A name that stays in style for hundreds of years must be a good one, right?

Rather than going with a baby name that feels relevant for the next four years, why not go with a classic name that stays relevant forever? For a classic baby name that ages just as well as blue jeans, choose one of these 16 gorgeous names and you'll be rest assured that you baby is in good company.

classic baby names - jonathan
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Jonathan

From the eldest son of Saul in the Old Testament to the famed Anglo-Irish satirist Jonathan Swift, the name Jonathan isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

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classic baby names - sophia
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Sophia

Not only does this classic name mean "wisdom" in Greek — your child will also share a name with one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood, actress Sophia Loren.

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classic baby names - james
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James

Considering that two apostles in the New Testament, six American presidents, countless kings, and plenty of others have borne this name, we'd say it's a good one.

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classic baby names - elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Though this name was originally more common in Eastern Europe, today your baby will share a name with Queen Elizabeth II (and have endless nickname possibilities).

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classic baby names - michael
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Michael

If you want your child to share a name with the patron saint of soldiers in Christianity (as well as nine Byzantine emperors), then this classic name is for you.

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classic baby names - emma
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Emma

Introduced to England by Emma of Normandy, this name was revived in the 18th century and hasn't gone out of style since.

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classic baby names - noah
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Noah

He may have built the ark in the Old Testament, but today, Noah can serve as a timeless name for your child.

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classic baby names - isabella
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Isabella

So many medieval royals have borne this name that a child named Isabella is basically destined for royalty.

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classic baby names - william
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William

From William Shakespeare, to William Wordsworth, to William Butler Yeats, to William Faulkner, a child with this name has serious potential to make it in the literary world.

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classic baby names - ava
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Ava

As well as being the name of a 9th-century Frankish saint. Ava can also make a beautiful name for your baby.

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common baby names - mason
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Mason

This name may derive from an English surname meaning "stoneworker," but we like to think that means a child with this name is born to create great things.

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common baby names - olivia
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Olivia

This name didn't become popular until the second half of the 20th century, but it's definitely going to stay popular for a very long time.

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classic baby names - benjamin
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Benjamin

When it comes to sharing names, we think that American statesman, inventor, scientist, and philosopher Benjamin Franklin certainly isn't the worst person to have as a namesake.

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classic baby names - charlotte
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Charlotte

If this name is good enough for Prince William and Kate Middleton's daughter, then it's more than good enough for us.

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classic baby names - christian
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Christian

This name has been around since the Middle Ages, and though it did not become common until the 17th century, it has certainly earned its status as a classic.

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classic baby names - grace
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Grace

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound! Grace Kelly became Princess of Monaco, so just imagine who your child could become with this name.

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