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03/25/2014 11:53 am ET

100+ Baby Names That Are Both Classic And Distinctive

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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.

GIRLS

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

BOYS

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

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