If you are dreaming of a handsome, polo-wearing, all-American stunner of a son, here are 50 preppy boy names that will be right up your alley!
These names are mostly classic, but with some modern trendy selections with the same vibe. All convey an image of status, wealth, and upper education.
And preppy boy names tend to pair perfectly with elegant girl names, as they both have an air of sophistication. It is always nice when siblings have names that are the same style without being matchy-matchy.
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And without further ado, let’s get to the upper class boy names! He may or may not end up going to a New England prep school, but at least he can sound like someone who would. Names are everything when it comes to making a first impression!
If you’re looking for the perfect name with an air of sophistication for your baby, these elegant names for girls are sure to please. A name makes an immediate impression, so make sure your daughter leaves an impression of class and grace!
What makes a name sound elegant?
Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, but certain name characteristics tend to give people an image of high class.
Length: Longer names are more likely to sound sophisticated (though some short names can be elegant as well).
Legacy: Names that have a history of being associated with royalty, fame, or money will conjure an elegant image.
Style: Traditional, classic names tend to leave a more favorable impression that new, made up names. A name that is stylistically similar to a traditional name can have the same effect.
Long Elegant Names for Girls
Alexandra, and its variants Alexandria, Alessandra,and Alejandra, has a long pedigree associated with royalty. Dutch, English, and Russian royals have all donned this moniker. It is popular but not overdone and strikes a balance between strong and elegant.
Related to the super trendy baby name Amelia, Amalia is like a sleeker, more exotic cousin. A German name meaning “hard working”, Amalia has a touch of antique charm and the three “a”s make it sound super feminine.
Elegant and beautiful, the Russian name Anastasia is strongly associated with the lost princess Anastasia of the Romanov empire. The character Anastasia Steele of 50 Shades of Gray has made the name more culturally accessible.
Fashionable and lacy Arabella brings to mind a glammed-up version of Isabella. Meaning “prayerful”, Arabella has long been used in England and has just recently caught on in the U.S.
Aurora has strong roots in the romance and fantasy department. In addition to the Disney princess, Aurora is the name of the Roman goddess of dawn.
Prim and proper Beatrice is a pretty name of Latin origin meaning “blessed”. It has the old English charm in addition to modern day sweetness.
Camilla has a timeless elegance that parents have taken notice of. Don’t be surprised if this one cracks the top 100 soon!
If you are looking for a name with understated, refined elegance, Caroline is it. Classic yet fashionable, Caroline is the name of sophisticated women like Caroline Kennedy and Princess Caroline of Monaco.
Larger-than-life Christabel commands attention and exudes dignity. It is a combination of the Latin Christine with the French Belle, resulting in a unique name meaning “beautiful follower of Christ”. Use this name if you want your daughter to be confused with someone famous.
Charlotte is one of the rare name that has managed to avoid becoming mundane despite its extreme popularity. It still feels like a royal, elegant name and the addition of Prince William’s daughter Princess Charlotte only solidifies that image.
A name rooted in American history (Eleanor Roosevelt for example), Eleanor has that high class vintage feel.
A name strongly rooted in British royalty, Elizabeth is a timeless classic. The Italian version, Elisabetta is a softer, more glamorous alternative.
Romantic, elegant, and little bit whimsical, Evangeline covers a lot of bases. With Greek and Christian roots, Evangeline is traditional but still sounds creative.
Italian stunner Francesca makes a bold and beautiful statement. Miles apart from it’s derivative Frances, Francesca has a distinctive upscale feel.
The patron saint of Paris, Genevieve is French elegance at its finest.
It doesn’t get much more elegant than this German name meaning “pledge”. Giselle is both the name of a famous 19th century ballet and a certain Brazilian supermodel. Beauty and luxury at its best!
Yes it’s an uber popular name right now, but Isabella still has that dignified elegance. A Biblical name meaning “consecrated to God”, Isabella has ties to European Royalty (especially Spanish) as well as Shakespeare and modern day Hollywood.
A German name meaning “alluring enchantress”, Lorelei has that romantic, graceful charm.
Marguerite just sounds fancy! So many French names have that sophisticated vibe, and Marguerite is one of the most elegant of all.
Full of romantic, old-world elegance, the name Melisande has French and German origins and means “strength”. Pay homage to the more ordinary name Melissa with this graceful name choice.
Thrust onto the baby name scene by Mariah Carey, Monroe pays homage to the sexy yet classy Marilyn Monroe. It also taps into the trend of using last names for first names.
Super feminine Natalia embodies the grace and elegance of famous Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova and beauty of supermodel Natalia Vodianova.
Nicolette, a French name meaning “victory”, sounds feminine and fancy the way so many French names do.
Odessa is an elegant-sounding girl name with intrigue. It originates from a Ukrainian port city and is inspired by Homer’s The Odyssey. It has a similar vibe to names like Larissa and Vanessa but its originality gives it that real wow factor.
A Greek name meaning “help”, beautiful Ophelia has long been associated with literature (Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Harriett Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin come to mind). Graceful and elegant, Ophelia is starting to show up on modern parents’ radar.
Sophisticated and sexy, Scarlett is associated with Scarlett O’Hara and more recently, Scarlett Johansson.
Mature and chic, Sophia maintains a high class reputation despite wild popularity.
You might not know that Veronica is a name from the Bible and the patron saint of photography, but you probably do know at least one rich girl named Veronica.
Whether it reminds you of Victoria Beckham, Victoria’s Secret, or Queen Victoria, the name Victoria has major connotations to wealth, beauty, and elegance.
An Italian girl name meaning “purple”, Violetta is an ultra feminine, posh and refined name to suit a classy little lady.
Both Vivian and the French Angelia Jolie spelling Vivienne immediately make you think “high class”. It has Latin origins meaning “life” and is a great choice if you’re going for something vintage but still fashionable.
Short Classy Girl Names
Adele, and its sweet diminutive form Adeline, has a formal if not regal air. Hit singer Adele helps give it a modern, glossy boost.
Hebrew for “strong”, Adira is both simple and exotic. It is very rarely used in the U.S., but that could soon change given how many “A” names are found at the top of the charts.
Audrey Hepburn anyone? This classy name meaning “noble strength” is sweet and beautiful.
This French surname meaning “pipe, channel” was launched into the elegant category thanks to Coco Chanel and her famous luxurious fragrance, Chanel No. 5.
Simplicity means refinement with this short, classy name. Common Elle associations include supermodel Elle MacPhearson, the character Elle Woods of Legally Blond, and ELLE magazine.
Chic Eloise has come back into fashion with all the El- names that are trending right now. It airs on being pretentious (remember the snobby-but-cute little girl in the Plaza Hotel?) but sweet nickname Ellie makes it more down-to-earth.
Fashionable and feminine Isla is a gorgeous name with Celtic origins that finally came to light in the U.S. after actress Isla Fisher became popular.
Grace has elegance by definition. Yes, it’s a virtue name, but not in the way that beats you over the head (ala Chastity). It has a subtle, simple beauty that has not been overlooked by today’s parents.
Single-syllable three letter baby names tend to be more cute than sophisticated, but Mae pulls it off. The association with Mae West help give it a vintage elegance.
Hebrew for “pleasant”, Naomi is an upscale pretty name with some famous beauties to back it up: Naomi Campbell and Naomi Watts for instance.
The only unisex name on the list, fashionable London gives off a jet-setter, slightly elitist vibe.
Would a baby by any other name be as sweet? As classic as the come, beautiful Rose is as soft and elegant as a flower.
It’s no easy task for a Z-name to sound elegant, but lovely Zara nails it! British royals and a high-end clothing store solidify the glam image.
What elegant girl names do YOU love?
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Newflash: traditional gender roles are SO last season. Baby names reflect social change and this is no exception! Parents are choosing unisex names for their babies at higher rates than ever, and they are also not afraid to use traditional boy names for girls.
Is “Boy Names For Girls” a New Trend?
You may think using boy names for girls is a new trend, but did you know that the names such as Leslie, Kelly, Meredith, Tracy, and Dana started out strongly in the masculine camp? Boys names crossing over into girls names has been going on for many generations now.
More recently, Ashley, Madison, and Avery have jumped genders from the boys list to the girls list.
One part that has started to change? Well, historically when a name jumped from the boys to the girls, it all but died out forever as a male name. Parents felt masculine names were strong and empowering to give to their daughters, but once it became known as a girls name NO ONE wanted it associated with their sons.
There is some evidence that this phenomenon may be starting to fade. The most recent name to gender leap, Avery, has not yet died from popularity on the boys list after it blew up as a girls name. Though there are now 4 girl Averys for every 1 boy Avery, it still continues to climb the charts for both genders.
Celebrity Use of Boy Names for Girls
Celebrities have a huge amount of influence over baby name popularity. Names of actors, names of popular characters, and names celebrities choose for their little ones can all be the cause of a trending baby name that flies up the charts.
It’s no surprise that one’s a celebrity uses a traditionally boys name for their girl, we see a spike in other people doing the same.
In 2012, Jessica Simpson surprised everyone by giving her daughter not just one boy name, but two! Little Maxwell Drew is six years old now and looks just as girly as can be.
Fast forward to 2014 when Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds chose the quintessential masculine name James for their daughter. Lively explained that she chose the name because it’s a family name and because she liked having a boys name herself. (Interesting counter point to the many people who claim your daughter will grow up hating her boy name!)
Also in 2014, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis jumped on the boy name for girls trend when they named their daughter Wyatt Isabelle. Kutcher and Kunis told People magazine that all the names they considered for their baby girl were unisex.
List of Boys Names Being Used For Girls
Of course, any name can be used for either gender, but here is a list of traditionally boy names that are now popping up as girl names:
Spelling Changes to Make Boy Names More Feminine
Often times when a parent decides to use a traditionally boys name on a girl, they will alter the spelling to make it feel more feminine. The most common spelling change is to take a name ending in -on, -en, or -an and change it to -yn.
Elliott > Elliette
Jordan > Jordyn
Logan > Logann or Logyn
Austin > Austen
James > Jaymes
Mason > Masyn, Macynn
Carson > Carsyn
Noah > Noa
Landon > Landyn
Cody > Kodi
Ashton > Ashtyn
Grayson > Gracynn
Maddox > Maddyx
Bradley > Bradlee
Jayden > Jadynn
Harley > Harlee
Camden > Camdyn
Shane > Shayne
Girls Names With Boyish Nicknames
A nice middle ground for those who like boyish names but want to give their child options is to give them a feminine name that can be shortened to a boyish or gender neutral nickname.
Here are some common examples:
Matilda or Mattea “Mattie”
How Is This Different Than Unisex Names?
There is definitely room for debate over whether a name is boy-name-on-girl or a unisex name.
For me, the distinction is subtle but definitely there. Truly unisex names are used in relatively equal proportions between boys and girls. If you hear the name, you don’t have any indication if the owner is male or female.
On the other hand, boy names for girls are names that are assumed to be male unless a clue is given to indicate it’s a female.
Here are some names considered to be truly unisex (though individuals may feel one is more for girls or boys):
How do you feel about boy names being used for girls?
Some people love the idea of ALL names eventually becoming unisex. Maybe it will make for more equitable hiring practices and general treatment of men and women.
Others like being able to infer gender by one’s first name only and wish to keep boy and girl names separate.
Where do you feel on this topic? Love it or hate it? Leave a comment!
Whether you’re looking for an on-trend baby name OR want to avoid a name that’s rising in popularity, you’ll want to check out this list. These baby names are swiftly moving up the charts and are predicted to be super trendy in 2019.
Want to see if a name is trending up or down? You can look up any name on the Social Security website to see how it has ranked over time.
Top Trending Names For Girls
All variations of Amelia are SO hot right now. The “A” spelling is extremely popular, sitting in the top 10 of the girls chart. Thanks to the actress Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones who plays the much-loved Daenerys Targaryen, Emilia is right on its heels. Rising quickly, it broke through to the top 100 in 2017.
Hazel has been making a steady rise for the last 15 years. Now it’s in the top 50 for the first time ever, positioning to make even bigger gains this coming year.
Corresponding with the rise in fame of actress Mila Kunis, Mila has been climbing the charts since 2008. It’s current spot is an impressive number 30, but it could certainly keep with the upward trend in 2019.
If I had to pick one “breakout star” for 2019, Kinsley would be it! Unheard of 10 years ago, it has risen extremely quickly and now sits at number 59 on the girls chart.
Though it’s been around forever, Aurora was not traditionally popular until it exploded in the last three years. Now it’s in the top 50 and shows no signs of stopping.
Evelyn is one of the great old-fashioned baby names that is completely trendy right now. It broke into the to 10 last year, which means it’s already huge. This name will almost certainly be one of the hottest picks of 2019.
Kourtney Kardashian knows a thing or two about how to get baby names to jump up the charts. It’s no coincidence that the name Penelope broke into top 100 in 2013 after she chose the name for her daughter in 2012. Penelope’s momentum has only increased since then and it’s set to enter top 20 this year.
Another celebrity-influenced name, Luna is the daughter of Chrissy Teigen and John Legend who was born in 2016. The name was not even in top 100 in 2015, but is now sitting pretty in the 30s.
There is no slowing Scarlett down! It has shot up the charts since 2000 and is now in one of the top 20 spots.
Charlotte has been huge for years now, and it looks like it will still be huge in 2019. In top 10 since 2014, Charlotte is at the height of popularity right now at number 7 on the girls chart.
Another hot name thanks to Game of Thrones is Aria/Arya. People still think of this name as unique, but it’s become extremely popular. It broke into the top 20 in 2017 and is predicted to keep rising even more in 2019.
A steady climber, Kennedy broke into the top 100 in 2011 and has consistently increased in popularity to its current spot at number 58.
An unheard of name 7 years ago, Everly is now in top 100. Now that it’s caught on, who knows how high it will go!
“El” names are totally hot right now (Elliana, Elliette, Ella, Elle, Elodie, Elsa, Ellery, Elowyn, Eloise, and more!). Eleanor is one of the fastest risers of the bunch. It’s been climbing for the last ten years and now sits comfortably at number 35.
Top Trending Names For Boys
Liam has reigned in the top spot on the boys charts since 2017 and been in the top 10 since 2012. Odds are looking good that Liam will continue to be a hot pick for 2019.
One of my favorites! Would you have ever guessed Mateo is number 42? It just entered the top 100 in 2015 and has been on the rise ever since.
Theodore has burst onto the naming scene! Ten years ago it was lagging down at number 300- now it’s up to number 62 and shows no sign of slowing down.
Henry has had a long steady climb since 2000. It is now siting comfortably in spot number 18 on the boys chart.
Weston is my pick for the breakthrough name of 2019. It just broke into the top 100 for the first time ever!
Jameson is another boy name that’s making a steep rise, just breaking into top 100 last year.
One of my favorite short but sweet three-letter names, Leo has been gaining momentum the last three years. It is up to number 60 and is predicted to be even higher this coming year.
Oliver has been popular name choice for the last 8 years, but has now crossed the threshold into the coveted top 10. This name is huge right now!
In the last two years, Elias has made the jump from number 100 to 78. It is set to make another leap up the charts this year.
A steady pick (it’s been in the top 100 for 10 years now), Sebastian is having a popularity burst! It now sits in its highest spot ever at number 22.
Asher is completely on-trend right now. It broke into the top 100 in 2014 and is steadily climbing into the top 50.
Do you choose names that are trendy, or go against the grain?
I never, ever get tired of writing about girls’ names because there are ENDLESS options of beautiful, unique girl names. While the uber-popular girl name choices like Ava, Emma, Olivia, and Sophia are gorgeous, the beauty of the name gets lost when it becomes so commonplace. A less common name that is just as beautiful will stand out much more, and reduce the confusion of having several others in school with the same name.
This list includes unique girl names only- I also have a comparable list of unique boy names and a comprehensive list of 200 unique baby names that includes boys, girls, and unisex.
For categorization purposes, I’ve separated this list by style to include names that are vintage, pretty, creative, and ultra rare!
If old-fashioned baby names are your thing, I’ve got you covered. I love vintage names because they won’t “date” your child: vintage is always in! Your daughter will stand out from the sea of trendy new baby names if you go with an old classic beauty like one of these.
Of course, I think ALL the names on my lists are pretty! These names just have that sweet and feminine “pretty” vibe more than anything else. Unlike “cute” names, which tend to only work on a baby or little girl, pretty names are adorable for a baby as well as beautiful for an adult woman.
These exotic, artsy, different-sounding girl names are gorgeously unique. When I say creative, I don’t mean “made up”! These names inspire your creativity while still giving your daughter a name with history and meaning.
If you want to be sure your girl won’t have any other kids in her class with the same name, stick to these rare yet beautiful name choices!
If you have a favorite unique girl name, I’d love to hear it!
Let me know in the comments!
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