Classic, But Not Overused Girl Names

I love, love classic names for girls, but I feel that a lot of them are overused. Any suggestions for some that aren’t?

My current list:

[name_f]Louisa[/name_f]
[name_f]Margaret[/name_f]
[name_f]Jane[/name_f]
[name_f]Marianne[/name_f]
[name_f]Lydia[/name_f]

I’m clearly an [name_u]Austen[/name_u] fan, so suggestions from her books would be especially appreciated :wink:

[name_f]Eliza[/name_f] and [name_f]Elinor[/name_f]/[name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] from [name_u]Austen[/name_u] are lovely but may be currently too popular for you? [name_f]Cassandra[/name_f]? [name_f]Georgiana[/name_f]? though I prefer [name_f]Georgette[/name_f] as a [name_m]George[/name_m] version. Although [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] has been popular, nn [name_f]Kitty[/name_f] is not very common. Also, what about [name_m]George[/name_m] [name_u]Eliot[/name_u] names - [name_f]Celia[/name_f], [name_f]Dorothea[/name_f]?

other classic but not too popular:

[name_f]Esther[/name_f]
[name_f]Cecily[/name_f]
[name_f]Cicely[/name_f]
[name_f]Frances[/name_f]
[name_f]Susannah[/name_f]
[name_f]Tabitha[/name_f]
[name_f]Johanna[/name_f]
[name_f]Christiana[/name_f]
[name_f]Julia[/name_f]
[name_f]Helena[/name_f]
[name_f]Clara[/name_f]
[name_f]Gillian[/name_f]
[name_f]Jemimah[/name_f]
[name_f]Harriet[/name_f]
[name_f]Greta[/name_f]
[name_f]Judith[/name_f]

[name_f]Rebecca[/name_f]
[name_f]Veronica[/name_f]
[name_f]Bridget[/name_f]
[name_u]Meredith[/name_u]
[name_f]Laura[/name_f]
[name_f]Jacqueline[/name_f]
[name_f]Helena[/name_f]
[name_f]Sylvia[/name_f]
[name_f]Ruth[/name_f]
[name_f]Rachel[/name_f]
[name_f]Rosemary[/name_f]
[name_f]Marie[/name_f]
[name_u]June[/name_u]
[name_f]Martha[/name_f]
[name_f]Miriam[/name_f]
[name_f]Mariam[/name_f]
[name_f]Cynthia[/name_f]
[name_f]Helen[/name_f]

[name_f]Elinor[/name_f]/[name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] is one of my all time favorite names! Sadly it is quite popular, but hopefully less so in the not-so-distant future when I have a daughter. [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] too. [name_u]Love[/name_u] the nn [name_f]Kitty[/name_f] or [name_u]Kit[/name_u]!

I really like [name_f]Jacqueline[/name_f], [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f], and [name_f]Marie[/name_f]!

[name_f]Stella[/name_f], [name_f]Louise[/name_f], [name_f]Marilyn[/name_f], [name_f]Rosa[/name_f], [name_f]Sylvie[/name_f], [name_f]Ada[/name_f], [name_f]Jane[/name_f] :slight_smile:

[name_f]Louisa[/name_f] is one of my favorites. I especially love the combination [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] [name_f]Louisa[/name_f] nn [name_u]Kit[/name_u]. In my circles, [name_f]Margaret[/name_f] is heavily used, but I love the suggestion of [name_f]Frances[/name_f] and was recently completely charmed to meet a baby [name_f]Georgina[/name_f].

Other underused classics I like:
[name_f]Edith[/name_f]
[name_f]Ellen[/name_f]
[name_f]Claudia[/name_f]
[name_f]Dorothy[/name_f]/[name_f]Dorothea[/name_f]
[name_f]Julianna[/name_f]
[name_f]Susannah[/name_f]
[name_f]Virginia[/name_f]
[name_f]Ginevra[/name_f]
[name_f]Daphne[/name_f]
[name_f]Celia[/name_f]

[name_f]Louisa[/name_f] is one of my favorites. I especially love the combination [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] [name_f]Louisa[/name_f] nn [name_u]Kit[/name_u]. In my circles, [name_f]Margaret[/name_f] is heavily used, but I love the suggestion of [name_f]Frances[/name_f] and was recently completely charmed to meet a baby [name_f]Georgina[/name_f].

Other underused classics I like:
[name_f]Edith[/name_f]
[name_f]Ellen[/name_f]
[name_f]Claudia[/name_f]
[name_f]Dorothy[/name_f]/[name_f]Dorothea[/name_f]
[name_f]Julianna[/name_f]
[name_f]Susannah[/name_f]
[name_f]Virginia[/name_f]
[name_f]Ginevra[/name_f]
[name_f]Daphne[/name_f]
[name_f]Phoebe[/name_f]
[name_f]Priscilla[/name_f]

Yes! [name_f]Louisa[/name_f] is my most recent name crush! [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] [name_f]Louisa[/name_f] nn [name_u]Kit[/name_u] is so sweet! Also really liking [name_f]Edith[/name_f], [name_f]Claudia[/name_f], [name_f]Dorothy[/name_f], [name_f]Julianna[/name_f], and [name_f]Celia[/name_f]!

Classic but underused: [name_f]Lavinia[/name_f], [name_f]Antonia[/name_f], [name_u]Vivian[/name_u], [name_f]Clarissa[/name_f].

Names from the English-speaking world which possibly fit in an [name_u]Austen[/name_u], [name_f]Bronte[/name_f], Gaskill, or [name_u]Eliot[/name_u] novel, currently ranked below the top 500 in the USA:

500s:
[name_f]Helena[/name_f], [name_f]Beatrice[/name_f], [name_f]Anne[/name_f]

600s:
[name_f]Dorothy[/name_f], [name_f]Marie[/name_f], [name_f]Bridget[/name_f]

700s:
[name_f]Ellen[/name_f], [name_f]Louisa[/name_f], [name_f]Adele[/name_f], [name_f]Christine[/name_f]

800s:
[name_f]Louise[/name_f], [name_f]Claudia[/name_f], [name_f]Judith[/name_f], [name_f]Celia[/name_f], [name_f]Gwen[/name_f], [name_f]Nancy[/name_f]

900s:
[name_f]Barbara[/name_f], [name_f]Susan[/name_f], [name_f]Florence[/name_f]

Below the top 1000, but given to at least 100 girls in 2017:
[name_f]Viola[/name_f], [name_f]Tess[/name_f], [name_f]Harriet[/name_f], [name_f]Theresa[/name_f], [name_f]Flora[/name_f], [name_f]Sally[/name_f], [name_f]Antonia[/name_f], [name_f]Agnes[/name_f], [name_f]Pamela[/name_f], [name_f]Lucinda[/name_f], [name_f]Shirley[/name_f], [name_f]Althea[/name_f], [name_f]Winifred[/name_f], [name_f]Janet[/name_f], [name_f]Ida[/name_f], [name_f]Cecily[/name_f], [name_u]Marian[/name_u], [name_f]Theodora[/name_f], [name_f]Sybil[/name_f], [name_f]Joanne[/name_f], [name_f]Ines[/name_f], [name_u]Joan[/name_u], [name_u]Marion[/name_u], [name_f]Constance[/name_f], [name_f]Geraldine[/name_f], [name_f]May[/name_f].

Fewer than 100 girls in 2017:
[name_f]Justine[/name_f], [name_f]Agatha[/name_f], [name_f]Doris[/name_f], [name_f]Francine[/name_f], [name_f]Philomena[/name_f], [name_f]Marguerite[/name_f], [name_f]Nell[/name_f], [name_f]Diane[/name_f], [name_f]Lettie[/name_f], [name_f]Lottie[/name_f], [name_f]Gillian[/name_f], Georgiana, [name_f]Susannah[/name_f], [name_f]Effie[/name_f], [name_f]Marianne[/name_f], [name_f]Edna[/name_f], [name_f]Henrietta[/name_f], [name_f]Roberta[/name_f], [name_f]Pauline[/name_f], [name_f]Bernice[/name_f], [name_f]Dinah[/name_f], [name_f]Leonie[/name_f], [name_f]Lavinia[/name_f], [name_f]Augusta[/name_f], [name_f]Dolores[/name_f], [name_f]Leonora[/name_f], [name_f]Dorothea[/name_f], [name_f]Polly[/name_f], [name_f]Jeanne[/name_f], [name_f]Hilda[/name_f], [name_f]Ursula[/name_f], [name_f]Enid[/name_f], [name_f]Rosamund[/name_f], [name_f]Cecile[/name_f], [name_f]Chantal[/name_f], [name_f]Muriel[/name_f], [name_f]Peggy[/name_f], [name_f]Rowena[/name_f], [name_f]Georgette[/name_f], [name_f]Phyllis[/name_f], [name_f]Ilsa[/name_f], [name_f]Maud[/name_f], [name_u]Nicola[/name_u], [name_f]Anthea[/name_f], [name_f]Sibyl[/name_f], [name_f]Blanche[/name_f], [name_f]Briony[/name_f], [name_f]Laetitia[/name_f], [name_f]Theodosia[/name_f], [name_f]Susanne[/name_f], [name_f]Cressida[/name_f], [name_f]Alberta[/name_f], [name_f]Bertha[/name_f], [name_f]Amabel[/name_f], [name_f]Sidonie[/name_f].

[name_f]Margot[/name_f] is a gorgeous take on [name_f]Margaret[/name_f].
[name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f], I love the nickname [name_f]Libby[/name_f] which is quite similar to [name_f]Lydia[/name_f].
[name_f]Naomi[/name_f]
[name_f]Susan[/name_f] / [name_f]Suzie[/name_f]
[name_f]Anna[/name_f]
[name_f]Greta[/name_f]
[name_f]Olive[/name_f]
[name_f]Verity[/name_f]
Marylise
Brontë
[name_u]Darcy[/name_u]
[name_f]Georgiana[/name_f]
[name_f]Harriet[/name_f]
[name_f]Penelope[/name_f]
[name_f]Sally[/name_f]