Today we’re talking timeless and historical baby names! And it’s an extra exciting one because the subject of the post is my co-host of this series…. Lauren! My best friend, in case you’re new here.
She’s expecting her first baby with her husband Michael (Michael, Lauren, Jeff and I all went to college together!) and on a personal note I could NOT be more excited to be an auntie again!!!!! This series exists, after all, thanks to our friendship-long obsession with naming babes! 😉 We thought it would be fun to flip the script a bit because as Lauren and I can both confirm now, naming an actual baby feels SO different than the list you’ve been keeping in the notes app on your phone for a decade.
We both had quite a hard time nailing down her naming style, but I feel like once you see her current list it’ll be crystal clear. We landed on timeless and historical names, but there’s a modern flair in there too. Keep reading below and let’s see if we can help her out!!
Hey! Hi there! Hello! Lauren [Stubel] here (bff of the blog, well Kelly). Want to first say a quick thank you! I love being a part of the baby name series and so appreciate the passion and creativity that are shared with every post; thanks for letting me share in that.
So as you now know…I need YOUR help! I am due later this summer with our first baby (a boy!) and while I’ve had my name list FOREVER, now that baby’s heading earth-side, nothing is really making the cut.
I’m a super easy case: Looking for a modern name, that’s not trending/common or overused. It should be somewhat timeless/classic, easily pronounceable, pass the blind date test and would love if it had historical meaning and would make sense if he wears birkenstocks. PHEW!
Here’s what’s currently on her list…
Timeless & Historical Baby Boy Names
Instead of sharing my suggestions, thought it would be fun to share some of the names that have been on Lauren’s list. Gives you a good idea of the historical and timeless aspects of names they like, but also a few modern ones in there too! Here we go!
What are your favorite timeless and historical names?
Now here’s where you come in! Do you have any favorite timeless and/or historical boy names or gender neutral names!? Let’s hear ’em below!
Eeeep! Couldn’t be more excited for my best friends to be parents!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOPPING THE FIRST PLANE I CAN TO GO MEET THIS BABE when he arrives!
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We named our son Arthur and obviously I love it, and I think it fits the bill! Good luck, Lauren!
Our son is Arthur too and I love the name and think the meaning, ‘bear’, is super cute. I think it’s a lovely balance of classic and unusual but not unfamiliar? I also love that it is easily understood in different countries and has variants in other languages. And yes, good luck Lauren. Sending love 💕
I am really digging Arthur! Thanks for the suggestion and good wishes!
Very biased since it’s what we named our son, but we picked Theodore (he goes by Theo). It is getting slightly more popular, but hoping with all the nickname options, he can still feel unique. Best of luck, Lauren!
Same here! Although we call our Theodore “Teddy”. The nickname possibilities seem endless!
Thank you! Such a timeless name, love Theo as a nickname though, feels very modern.
know a guy named theo. he and his czech wife have a 12 year old daughter named matilda. they used to call her tildie for short 🙂 btw, not to be nosy, but what did you end up naming your boy?
Harrison was the first name that came to mind when I read the description! Glad it’s already on Lauren’s list.
Here’s 16 more ideas:
Avery (so over it for a girl, but love it on a boy!)
Clay (can you believe Clay has *always* been in the top 1000?)
Forrest or Forester
Maxwell (with nickname Wells?)
My favorites from your current list are Asher, James, Walker and Whitman.
Love all of these!! And Walker is one of my faves from her list as well! =)
I know a Walker and it’s just so effortlessly cool.
Ok Wells for Maxwell is beyond. Love that! And who knew Clay had lasting power?! Incredible list and with you on Walker.
Wow, I have a cousin named Grant and his middle name is Hamilton! Guess he passes Lauren’s tests with flying colors 🙂
Nancy M says
My husband’s name is Trenton.. I loved it so much, I knew we’d name our first born son Trenton, too ❤️
I really love the names Holden, Evan, and Theodore.
Can you imagine brothers with these names!? So chic!
We have an Ames Simon and Graham Everett! Love these posts! Congrats Lauren!!
Thanks, Katie!! Such awesome names ❤️
Jennifer Pope says
I had such a hard time coming up with a name for our son. We eventually landed on Conrad. People have heard of it but there aren’t a ton of 4 year old Conrad’s running around. I really thought we would call him Rad but he’s always gone by his full name and loves it.
It sounds like we have similar name requirements! Here are some ideas:
A caution on name Jack – it is so popular! Both my nephews (on diff sides of the family) are named Jack and my daughter had FIVE Jack’s in her kindergarten class a few years ago! As a Jennifer, I feel their pain…
That is so interesting! It must be a regional thing. I have a two year old and only know one little Jack.
I just did a little research and it looks like 0.490% of boys in 2019 were named Jack.
Ok! Name trends are fascinating! I think geography absolutely comes into play because some names just have such a vibe.
Maybe we need name heat maps?!
Lauren’s list is quite similar to our list, but here are a few others I have thrown around in the past!
If my husband didn’t have a say my list would include so many of these 😂
William, Will for short
Liss maria Myrvang-Øien says
Rory, Connor, Eli
Harrison is my youngest son’s name and such a good classic. I’ve also always loved Hayes. How many syllables in your last name? That helps to narrow it down a bit too – like how does it flow when you say them together?
I’m loving these names, especially Clarke and Lincoln 😍 Many of them are street names here in Chicago so I’m going to list a few more in that category that I love and have considered myself plus a few others!
I’m from Chicago so this list just *literally* hit home. Such great suggestions❤️
PS, I wanted a little girl Clarke so badly. Feels so fun to me.
This was pretty much our name criteria for our 3 boys! We have Daniel, Henry, and Elliott. ☺️
So cute! We have a little Elliot in our lives and he’s the best.
My son’s name is August. Names in the same category that I also always loved are Oscar, George, Otto and Victor.
George will always be one of my faves!
I LOVE August. It’s top of my list, I just have to convince my husband;)
L A says
Our criteria was super similar! Traditional, easy to pronounce and spell, not commonly used. We ended up with Rhett and Tate and they suit them so well. Those one syllable names are having a huge uptick with people we know too! In the last year little Tate has been joined by buddies James, Wells (x2), Jude, and Brooks. 💙
Love hearing what’s popular! I’m so curious about what his friends will be named. 🧐
Our son is named Ray and we love it! No one ever forgets his name, he was named after his Great-Grandfather so it’s historic but still can cut it with a young boy. P.s if he was a girl he would have also been called Ray.
Kaylyn Mcclaran says
I love that Stanton is on this list. My friend named their son Stanton Roky, but he goes by Roky.
KirstyAnne Walker says
We named our son “Sonny James” but here are a few traditional favourites…..
If we had a boy we were going to name him Soren. But looks like girls rule our house. 🥰
I’m surprised no one has shared this name but I thinks it’s super sweet, classic, historical- Muir! Like John Muir.
So fun! I’ve definitely tossed this around.
We have an Arden and a Wells. Timeless, easy to spell and pronounce, and classic but not wildly popular (at least not yet). Our Arden is a girl but it’s traditionally a male name.
You win haha! Wells is my longtime fave, but tricky with our last name, so probably won’t use. And boys names for girls is my ❤️ category.
Elizabeth Schnabolk says
My boys are Weston and Owen … both of which I think fit this discription!
My son’s name is Walker so definitely think that’s the best on the list! I had also wanted classic names, that were easily pronounced and spelled. Our boys are Wyatt (14) and Walker (10)
Carrie Stinton says
I also love the name Vaughan
Elyssa Covieo says
I’m kind of obsessed with the names Heath, Fritz and Windsor right now. And recently heard of Hemingway being used as a first name and was like, *head tilt* “ooooh”.
My 15-year-old son’s name is Forrest. Everyone always loves it, though we’ve never met another Forrest. My daughters are Violet and Ginger. We totally thought Ginger was going to be a boy. If she was her name was going to be Bear. I’m done having babies though so maybe we’ll name our future dog Bear someday! 😜
Not a historical name but Emery has always been a favorite of mine. It was my Grandfather’s name, my uncles name and my brothers middle name. Clarence is another family name and was on my list too
We have a new Emery in our life – excellent choice!
Carrie Stinton says
Emery was on my list as well but as a girls name. I had never heard that name used before but it was a street name in the small Canadian suburb I grew up in and I loved it.
We named our son Ryder Wolf 🙂 I’m obsessed with it.
Love the name Brooks!
Ashley Pike says
I love looking at names too! I get such a kick out of looking at different lists. Here are some suggestions:
Lourdes Vidal says
I love Grant, Lincoln, James (NOT Jim) and Harrison (maybe Harris?)💙
I have always loved the name Grady, but I could never get my husband on board.
My friend had the best rule, she carried the baby for 9 months so she got 90 percent of the say. It’s not shaking out that way here 😂 but goals!
Hi! How about Ernest or Frederick!? I love Freddie for short.
So exciting for your friend and you!
Mary Hanlon says
Tommy! So many options, like Thomas, Tom, or even wee Tam, when in Scotland. It was a favourite family name for me, but I’m pretty sure it was Tommy Shelby that convinced my partner it was a cool name 🙂
BUNNII BUGLIONE says
I’m not sure if historical and biblical are one and the same in the world of baby names, but I’ve always loved Abram!
In the Bible, Abram was Abraham’s name before his covenant with God. It’s often used by Hindu families as a boys name but gets spelled AbRam, the capital R a nod to Ram or Rama, who is the Hindu deity associated with chivalry and virtue.
I love that it’s a strong, name with tons of history, but also sounds delicate and looks pretty on paper.
Love the multicultural element. Name meanings is one of my favorite internet rabbit holes ❤️
We wanted something classic but not common so 11months ago we welcomed Humphrey Milo to the family.
I have Ford, Ansel, and Ambrose on my list 🙂
I’ve loved the name Graham lately! It feels very dapper. Also, cute baby nicknames galore – your little graham cracker!
Also every Graham I know is a cutie!
We just had a little boy and named him Julian. It’s a family name that I’ve always loved. Very uncommon and somehow feels both timeless and modern. My opinion anyway 🙂
Totally! People can say and spell it, but won’t have 6 in a class. So cute!
Brittany Westerman says
I’m going to throw out Griffin. It’s timeless and strong, but not popular.
I have a Reeve and he’s perfect 🙂
Steph Mackler says
I like Ford and Peyton.
Chiming in to add:
Hartford (Hart or Ford for short)
Did my husband contact you to write this list!?
Haha! Nope! These are off my own list. Is one of his favorites on there? I’m from Oregon (hence Ashland) so I feel like Birkenstock’s are naturally part of my DNA. We’ve got a Montgomery (girl) that goes by Monty and a boy named Memphis. Everyone assumes we’re from the South. Congratulations and would love if you do an update once you decide and feel ready to share with the world. We’ve got a third (another girl) due in late July. I’m changing it up and steering AWAY from the southern names for this one.
Hi there! Adorable names! We named our son Blaine to fit many of these same criteria. I loved that it felt fresh and modern but was actually most popular in the 30s-50s. If you’re a Disney fan, we were inspired by Blaine Gibson (if you’re interested and don’t already know, you should look him up he has an incredible Disney history). We originally saw his name in the animation credits for Alice in Wonderland and it stuck. Love that it’s simple, easy, nowhere near popular, old but feels modern, and also feels like it could fit so many personalities. Don’t tell, but of our 4 kids, his is my fav name!
Theodore, but I would use Teddy for short.
Emily H says
My two boys are Clifford and August! Cliff and Gus. August is a bit more popular now, but it’s definitely timeless, strong, and historical. Clifford is great because it’s familiar to everyone, but not at all common, and I love the strength and simplicity of the nickname Cliff! Same vibe as Cash and Crew, but more timeless.
Congratulations! Realize I’m late to this party, but had so much fun compiling a hopefully helpful list.
(For the Birkenstock aspect)
Alden, Alder, Rowan: Trees
Marshall: horse keeper (Thurgood Marshall)
(For the Historical aspect)
(and Birkenstock aspect) Thoreau : How awesome would Thor be as a nickname?
Thanks so much for the chance to chime in with suggestions. Good luck!