Baby Name Safe List – Amelia, Calvin, Grace, Preston, Rebecca, Wesley

Not sure what to name your baby?

Maybe you should go with a classic. The following names have been popular in the U.S. since at least 1880 (when data on baby names was first collected). None of the male names have ever been out of the top 400, and none of the female names have ever been out of the top 500.

So, if you’re stumped, simply close your eyes and point. Just remember to veer to the left if you’re having a boy, to the right if you’re having a girl…

Aaron
Albert
Alex
Alexander
Allen
Andrew
Andy
Anthony
Antonio
Arthur
Benjamin
Calvin
Charles
Christopher
Clayton
Curtis
Daniel
David
Dennis
Donald
Edgar
Edward
Edwin
Felix
Frank
George
Grant
Henry
Isaac
Jack
Jacob
James
Jay
Jerry
Jesse
Joe
Joel
John
Jose
Joseph
Juan
Julian
Kenneth
Louis
Manuel
Marcus
Mark
Martin
Marvin
Matthew
Michael
Nathan
Nathaniel
Nicholas
Oscar
Patrick
Paul
Peter
Philip
Phillip
Preston
Raymond
Richard
Robert
Ruben
Samuel
Stephen
Theodore
Thomas
Timothy
Tony
Victor
Vincent
Walter
Wesley
William
Alice
Amanda
Amelia
Amy
Anna
Anne
Annie
Caroline
Catherine
Cecilia
Charlotte
Christina
Christine
Claudia
Cynthia
Elizabeth
Emily
Emma
Esther
Eva
Evelyn
Grace
Helen
Jane
Josephine
Julia
Katherine
Kathleen
Kathryn
Katie
Laura
Leah
Lillian
Linda
Lydia
Margaret
Maria
Mary
Miriam
Molly
Nancy
Naomi
Nina
Priscilla
Rachel
Rebecca
Rose
Rosa
Ruby
Ruth
Sara
Sarah
Veronica

Honorable Mentions: Douglas, Eddie, Ivan, Lawrence, Mitchell and Russell were each out of the top 400 only once, and Nora was out of the top 500 only once.


5 thoughts on “Baby Name Safe List – Amelia, Calvin, Grace, Preston, Rebecca, Wesley

  1. I would really be interested in learning why parents choose the names they do. What helps to make that final decision? When I named my daughters, I chose names that sounded good to me. I didn’t want the name to have a meaning associated with it, because a persons name really does influence what type of personality they have. And without realizing it, we do tend to make assumptions about people based on their name. For example, when we are introduced to someone named Candy, we might expect her to be sweet, and perhaps not so bright. When in reality, she could be extremely brilliant and not so sweet. Lol, or maybe it’s just me. I would like to hear your opinion on the matter though.

  2. Oh, I think it’s a whole slew of things — sounds, associations, popularity, image/perceptions, and so forth. The exact mixture will depend upon the person doing the naming.

  3. omfreaking god why isnt kelsi on here i have looked every where to find my names
    kelsi cheyenne nicole

  4. I closed my eyes and the names I pointed to were Benjamin, Joel and Charlotte. Beautiful names and I *love* the band Good Charlotte, but I don’t know if I would ever do that! Nice to know, though, that if I ever so chose to pay tribute to my favourite band, my kids could still have conventional names :)

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