Eclectic Yet Classic Names for Baby?

We’re looking for a eclectic yet classic name for our baby due this [name]November[/name]. We’d like the name to be well established but underused. Examples of some names we like are [name]Blaise[/name], [name]Ignatius[/name], [name]Cosmo[/name] and [name]Philo[/name] for boys, and [name]Anouk[/name], [name]Beatrice[/name], [name]Hermione[/name] and [name]Saskia[/name] for girls. We seem to have a thing for [name]Saint[/name] names! Any suggestions you could give us would be greatly appreciated. My husband and I are both teachers (English Lit and [name]Art[/name] [name]History[/name], respectively), so bonus points for any names that are tied to those subjects, or history itself (ie Ancient [name]Roman[/name]/Greek names). Can’t wait to see what you all come up with! :slight_smile:

[name]Ah[/name]! In my crazy hormonal state I completely forgot to mention this is not our first child! We have a 4-year-old daughter, [name]Francesca[/name] [name]Sylvie[/name]. We are keeping the sex of this baby a surprise.

Okay, i’ll do my best
[name]Hermione[/name] is really pretty by the way (plus, i’m a huge fan of [name]Harry[/name] [name]Potter[/name]!!!)
For Girls:

For Boys:

You have a fantastic naming style!! :smiley: right up my alley ^^

I’ll give you some suggestions, starting with the girls:

On to the boys:
[name]Iago[/name] (I know he’s a villain, but it’s such a handsome name!)

And I think a lot of these will be too far out, but it’s just the ones on my list that I associate with history or literature, or ancient Greece and [name]Rome[/name] ^^ Most of the are alphabetic, but the few odd ones on top were my first thoughts for you, and the starred in particular are ones I think you might like :slight_smile:

What great suggestions! Of course, I failed to retain them, so I apologize for repeats!

I [name]LOVE[/name] [name]Francesca[/name]! :slight_smile:

[name]Theodora[/name] (nn [name]Thea[/name])

[name]Sebastian[/name] (maybe as a middle name, because it’s pretty popular)

Good luck! :slight_smile:

[name]Inigo[/name] is a form of ignacio. I also have a friend named Pilo a form of philo.

I like [name]Lucrezia[/name] ([name]Krizia[/name] if you want a nickname)

I just [name]LOVE[/name] the name [name]Persephone[/name]! I wish my husband would like it, I would soooo use this name!

I really love [name]Charlotte[/name] also [name]Bridget[/name] and [name]Margot[/name]

[name]Love[/name] your style and all your name ideas! I made lists for you. Some are classic, some are Greek names, some Latin, some make me think of Greek and [name]Roman[/name] temples or the plants around them:

[name]Eleni[/name] - Greek version of [name]Helen[/name]
[name]Hermes[/name], yeah, it’s a boy’s name, but I think it would be cute for a girl.
[name]Io[/name] - cute middle name
[name]Ivy[/name] - cute middle name with your style
[name]Simona[/name], [name]Simonetta[/name]
[name]Willow[/name] - great middle name

[name]Cornelius[/name] - love! I would use it nn [name]Neil[/name], but [name]Neil[/name] is not in style. But so what? It’s so cute.
[name]Declan[/name] - Irish saint
[name]Giotto[/name] - very early Renaissance painter.
[name]Peter[/name] - yeah, but it’s Greek and has a great meaning! My fave boy’s name.
[name]Philip[/name] - the father of [name]Alexander[/name] the Great
[name]Sebastian[/name] - one of my faves!
[name]Theodore[/name] - this is one of my fave Greek names.

Here are a few

[name]Vivien[/name] from ‘Idylls of the [name]King[/name]’, 1859, [name]Alfred[/name] [name]Lord[/name] [name]Tennyson[/name]
Belphoebe ‘The Faerie Queene’ 1590, [name]Edmund[/name] [name]Spenser[/name]
[name]Cressida[/name] ‘Troilus and [name]Cressida[/name]’ 1602, [name]Shakespeare[/name]

Boys names from above


[name]Blaise[/name] and [name]Saskia[/name] are a good sibset (brother and sister)

[name]Blaise[/name] [name]Edmund[/name]
[name]Troy[/name] [name]William[/name]
[name]Tennyson[/name] [name]James[/name]
[name]Blaise[/name] [name]Spencer[/name]
[name]Dante[/name] [name]Marcus[/name]
[name]Hugo[/name] [name]Gilbert[/name]
[name]Roman[/name] [name]Anthony[/name]

[name]Blaise[/name] Belphoebe
[name]Cressida[/name] [name]Jane[/name]
[name]Viola[/name] [name]Antoinette[/name]
[name]Victoria[/name] [name]Celeste[/name]
[name]Juliet[/name] [name]Grace[/name]

Also thought of [name]Romilly[/name] for a girl. I love this thread so much. I’ll try to think of more names for it.

This is so the list that me and my husband were working from when choosing our baby names - we have three daughters and a son,

[name]Halcyon[/name] - Ancient Greek, meaning kingfisher and calm and tranquil
[name]Octavia[/name] - Latin, meaning eighth
[name]Ariadne[/name] - Ancient Greek,meaning Holy one
[name]Inigo[/name] - Spanish from the Latin [name]Ignatius[/name], meaning fiery

Other names we considered were(in no particular order);

[name]Ianthe[/name](pp EYE-an-thee)
[name]Xanthe[/name] (pp [name]ZAN[/name]-thee)
[name]Ptolemy[/name] (a favourite boys name, but we’ve only one boy!)

Unfortunately a lot had to be ruled out because they didn’t go with our surname which begins with an ‘S’

Good luck choosing

So many of my ideas are already out there but I still get to add Sofonisba and [name]Artemisia[/name] to the list, yay!

Here are a few more that may up your alley:


Girls -

[name]Philippa[/name] (or [name]Pippa[/name] from the Browning poem)


Prospere (the French variant of [name]Prospero[/name])

so what did you name your baby?

Castalia (name of the spring at [name]Delphi[/name], would be really pretty with [name]Francesca[/name])
[name]Philomena[/name] (early saint)
[name]Clelia[/name] ([name]CLELL[/name]-ee-ah or CLEE-lee-ah)
[name]Iris[/name] (getting more popular, but really lovely)

Also, I second the suggestion of [name]Romola[/name] (from the [name]George[/name] [name]Eliot[/name] novel by the same title)

For Boys:

I’m not a fan of [name]Cosmo[/name]: in our time it evokes the cocktail made trendy by Sex and the City and the first name of the character [name]Cosmo[/name] Kramer from Seinfeld. I think you can do better!

[name]Ignatius[/name] is great, but I think you’d have to be okay with the nn [name]Iggy[/name]. [name]Even[/name] if you don’t call him [name]Iggy[/name] his friends will, guaranteed. [name]Nat[/name] could be another good nn.

[name]Philo[/name] evokes the puff pastry dough, Phyllo (pn the same way).

Here are some more ideas: