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99 Posh Baby Names

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These posh baby names are fancy enough for your tiny socialite.

A child’s name can significantly affect their future, and parents often like choosing names that define their aspirations for their children.

Posh baby names are great since they are elegant and prestigious enough to encourage your son or daughter to achieve their dreams of wealth, fame, or power.

Whether you hope your little one will be a wealthy aristocrat, a prominent humanitarian, or a future world leader, we’ve got some great options for you. Keep reading to discover 99 posh baby names that are classy enough for high society.


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99 Cute Posh Names for Boys and Girls

Discover adorable posh baby names for your little aristocrat on the way.

Alfred

Alfred is a regal name associated with the 9th-century king of Wessex, Alfred the Great. Alfred was pious, resourceful, and brave and the only English king to earn “the great” title. Your little Alfred could be as prestigious as his royal forbearer.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Elf counsel
  • Namesakes: Alfred Hitchcock, an English filmmaker widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of cinema.
  • Popularity: Alfred ranked 900th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Strong, Old-fashioned

Alistair

A sophisticated choice among our posh boy names, Alistair is the Scottish Gaelic form of Alexander. In recent years, classy picks like Alistair have invaded the U.S. scene, rising to 898th in 2021. Alistair’s poise and originality make it an excellent option for your little aristocrat.

  • Origin: Scottish Gaelic
  • Meaning: Defending men
  • Pronunciation: AL-ih-stare
  • Variations: Alastair, Alister, Alasdair
  • Namesakes: Alistair Stuart MacLean, a 20th-century Scottish novelist who wrote popular thrillers and adventure stories.
  • Popularity: Alistair entered the U.S. top 1,000 names for boys in 2016.
Cool, Elegant, Fancy

Anastasia

Anastasia is as glamorous as they come, associated with a 4th-century saint and the youngest daughter of the last Russian tsar Nicholas II. The name’s slowly been rising in popularity among American girls since the 1960s. Anastasia is elegant and vintage – the perfect combination for a 21st-century socialite!

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Resurrection
  • Variations: Anastasiya
  • Namesakes: Anastasiya Nikolayevna, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, the last emperor of Russia.
  • Popularity: Anastasia was ranked 181st in the U.S. in 2021.
Beautiful, Elegant, Fancy

Angus

Angus is the anglicized form of Aonghus – derived from the Old Irish “óen” (one) and “guss” (force, strength). It’s associated with several influential figures, including the Scottish chief of Clann Domhnaill Angus Og and the Irish god of love and youth, Aonghus. Angus sounds upper-class but rugged, making it an excellent option for a powerful boy who doesn’t play by the rules.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: One strength
  • Variations: Aonghas, Aonghus
  • Namesakes: Angus McKinnon Young, an Australian musician best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, and songwriter of the hard rock band AC/DC.
  • Popularity: Angus left the U.S. top 1,000 boy names in 1948.
Strong, Old-fashioned, Unique

Arabella

Arabella is the Scottish variation of Annabel. It has all the cuteness of Annabel, with an added sophistication that makes it sound very upper-class. It can be shortened to gorgeous (equally classy) nicknames, such as Ara or Bella.

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Lovable
  • Variations: Anabella, Anabelle, Annabel, Annabella, Annabelle, Amabel
  • Namesakes: Lady Arbella Stuart, an English noblewoman, considered a possible successor to Queen Elizabeth I of England.
  • Popularity: Arabella is on the rise for U.S. girls, ranked 195th in 2021.
Cute, Charming, Chic

Archibald

Archibald is derived from the Germanic “ercan” (genuine) and “bald” (bold). While Archibald is a bit snobby, its nickname, Archie, is cute and friendly, making the name more approachable. Archibald was popular in the U.S. in the late 1800s, appealing to vintage name enthusiasts.

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Genuine bold
  • Pronunciation: AHR-chi-bawld
  • Namesakes: Archibald MacLeish, an American poet, and writer associated with the modernist school of poetry.
  • Popularity: Archibald left the U.S. top 1,000 in 1925.
Old-fashioned, Strong, Traditional

Ashby

Ashby was initially a habitational surname from several places in northern and eastern England. It’s derived from the Old Norse “askr” (ash) combined with “byr” (farm). Names ending in “by” are inherently rich-sounding, putting Ashby in the same category as Barnaby and Cadby.

  • Origin: English, Old Norse
  • Meaning: Ash, farm
Cool, Unique

Atticus

Atticus is an ancient title born by several early holy men and a Platonist philosopher. In recent years, the name has become synonymous with Atticus Finch, the compassionate lawyer in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus is elegant yet friendly, making it the perfect title for a future humanitarian.

  • Origin: Greek, Latin
  • Meaning: From Attica
  • Namesakes: Atticus Ross, an English musician, record producer, and composer who won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Social Network in 2010.
  • Popularity: Atticus ranked 266th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Traditional, Cool, Ancient

Augustus

Augustus was the first Roman emperor who adopted Julius Caesar as his son. He was considered one of the greatest leaders in human history due to his military and political skill. Augustus sounds prestigious, making it an excellent option for a future world leader.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Exalted, venerable
  • Namesakes: Augustus Caesar, a Roman emperor who reigned from 27 BC until his death in 14 AD.
  • Popularity: Augustus ranked 457th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Ancient, Strong, Elegant

Barnaby

Barnaby is the English form of Barnabas – a Greek name born by a companion of Paul in the New Testament. This pretentious title has had great success in England, ranked in the top 300 names for boys since the 90s. Barnaby is rare in the U.S., making it the perfect option for a wealthy boy in high society.

  • Origin: English, Greek
  • Meaning: Son of the prophet
  • Pronunciation: BAHR-nah-bee
  • Variations: Barnabas
  • Namesakes: Barnaby Conrad Jr., an American artist, author, nightclub proprietor, bullfighter, and boxer.
  • Popularity: Barnaby was England and Wales’s 213th most popular name in 2020.
Charming, Old-fashioned, Eccentric
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Bartholomew

Bartholomew is a religious option on our list of posh baby names, known as one of Jesus’s 12 apostles. He was martyred for converting the King of Armenia to Christianity. Historically, many members of high society chose Christian names for their sons. Bartholomew fits this trend and offers something unique to the familiar Joseph, John, or Matthew.

  • Origin: English, Greek
  • Meaning: Son of Talmai
  • Namesakes: Bartholomew Roberts, a Welsh pirate and the most successful pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy, who took over 400 prizes in his career.
  • Popularity: Bartholomew fell out of the U.S. top 1,000 in 1971.
Elegant, Old-fashioned, Mature

Beatrice

Beatrice is regaining popularity among American girl names after a short fall from grace in the early 2000s. Multiple English princesses were named Beatrice. It was also the spirit guide in The Divine Comedy and the witty heroine in Shakespeare’s play Much Ado About Nothing. Beatrice’s royal and literary connections make it well-suited for high society.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Voyager, traveler
  • Variations: Beatrix
  • Namesakes: Beatrice Whitney Straight, an American theater, film, and television actress and a member of the prominent Whitney family.
  • Popularity: Beatrice was most popular in the U.S during the 1910s.
Old-fashioned

Benjamin

Benjamin is derived from the Hebrew “ben” (son) combined with “yamin” (right hand, south). This attractive biblical name has been popular in the U.S. for decades, never leaving the top 200. Although Benjamin is common, it still sounds aristocratic, especially when paired with classy middle names like Wallace, Charles, or Christopher.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Son of the south, son of the right hand
  • Namesakes: Benjamin Franklin, an American writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, printer, publisher, and political philosopher.
  • Popularity: Benjamin is a popular choice among our posh names for boys, ranked 7th in 2021.
Strong, Traditional, Popular

Bertram

Members of high society often enjoy names from literature and the arts. Bertram fits this category, associated with a character in Shakespeare’s play, All’s Well That Ends Well (1603). Choosing Bertram for your son could be a great conversation starter at your next soiree.

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Bright raven
  • Variations: Bertrand
  • Namesakes: Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, an American architect, celebrated for his work in Gothic Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival design.
  • Popularity: Bertram left the U.S. top 1,000 in 1970.
Old-fashioned, Eccentric

Bradford

Bradford is a vintage name, most popular in the U.S. during the 1950s. It can easily be shortened to Brad, giving the name a preppy flair. Bradford’s a great option if you want a prestigious name that isn’t as basic as Bradley.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Broad ford
  • Namesakes: Bradford Alexander Mehldau, an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger.
  • Popularity: Bradford left the U.S. top 1,000 in 1999.
Cute, Charming

Broderick

Broderick was initially an Irish and Welsh surname. It entered the U.S. top 1,000 names for boys in 1956 before falling out of favor in 2014. Broderick sounds formal and a bit stuffy, which can be offset by its casual nickname, Rick.

  • Origin: English, Welsh, Irish, Norse
  • Meaning: Son of Rhydderch, brother
  • Pronunciation: BRAHD-rik
  • Variations: Brodrick
  • Namesakes: William Broderick Crawford, an American stage, film, radio, and television actor, often cast in tough-guy roles.
  • Popularity: Broderick’s highest rating for U.S. boys was 683rd in 1956.
Elegant, Old-fashioned

Camille

Camille is a chic name, considered unisex in France but primarily feminine in the English-speaking world. Several high-class bearers are associated with the name, including Camille, the daughter of Princess Stephanie Marie Elisabeth of Monaco, and Camilla, the Queen Consort of the United Kingdom. Your daughter will feel like royalty with such a sophisticated title.

  • Origin: French, English
  • Meaning: A youth employed in religious services
  • Pronunciation: kah-MEEL
  • Variations: Camilla
  • Namesakes: Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns, a French composer, organist, conductor, and pianist of the Romantic era.
  • Popularity: Camille is common for American girls, ranked 281st in 2021.
Elegant, Beautiful, Prestigious

Carmine

Carmine is the Italian masculine form of Carmen. This attractive title was prevalent for U.S. boys in the early 1900s before falling out of favor in the 1970s. Today, fancy, vintage names are rising in popularity, making Carmine a stylish option for your 21st-century babe.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Garden
  • Pronunciation: KAR-mee-neh
  • Namesakes: Carmine Michael Infantino, an American comic artist and editor for DC Comics during the 1950s and 60s.
  • Popularity: Carmine received its highest U.S. rating of 377th in 1912.
Elegant, Old-fashioned

Cassandra

Cassandra hails from Greek mythology, associated with a beautiful Trojan princess with the gift of prophecy. This elegant pick first entered the U.S. top 1,000 names for girls in 1940. Although Cassandra’s popularity has declined in recent years, its refined sound and beautiful nicknames, Cass and Andra, could keep it in the running.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Man who shines
  • Variations: Kassandra
  • Namesakes: Casandra Elizabeth Ventura, known professionally as Cassie, an American singer, model, actress, and dancer.
  • Popularity: Cassandra was ranked 601st for U.S. girls in 2021.
Charming, Beautiful, Common

Celeste

Celeste is the Italian feminine form of Caelestis, also used in Portugal, Spain, and several English-speaking countries. This glamorous title has been moderately popular for American girls since the late 1800s. Celeste’s heavenly meaning and similarity to the word “celestial” could help it skyrocket in the 2020s.

  • Origin: Italian, Roman, Latin
  • Meaning: Of the sky, heavenly
  • Pronunciation: sah-LEST, seh-LEHS-teh
  • Namesakes: Celeste Rizvana Buckingham, a Slovak singer and songwriter of Swiss-American origins and a former finalist on the reality television series SuperStar.
  • Popularity: Celeste ranked 322nd among U.S. girls in 2021.
Beautiful, Elegant, Old-fashioned
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Charles

Charles is a longstanding favorite Stateside, ranked in the top 100 boy names since the late 1800s. Although common, Charles still has an aristocratic air due to its association with several British kings.

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Man, army
  • Namesakes: Charles Robert Darwin, an English naturalist, geologist, and biologist, known for contributing to the understanding of evolutionary biology.
  • Popularity: Charles ranked 50th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Traditional, Strong, Common

Charlotte

Charlotte is cute enough for a baby yet refined enough for a young woman. It’s one of those rare posh baby names your daughter won’t have to grow into. Charlotte’s association with the 18th-century queen of Great Britain and author Charlotte Brontë adds to its appeal.

  • Origin: French, Germanic
  • Meaning: Man, army
  • Pronunciation: SHAR-LAWT, shar-LAW-tah, SHAHR-laht
  • Namesakes: Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, a Queen of Great Britain and Ireland as King George III’s wife.
  • Popularity: Charlotte is very popular among American girls, ranked 3rd in 2021.
Charming, Beautiful, Popular

Clarence

Clarence was originally a peerage title awarded to members of the British royal family who ruled over Clare in Suffolk. It wasn’t used as a given name until the 19th-century. Clarence’s regal beginnings ensure it’s well suited for high society.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Clear
  • Namesakes: Clarence Thomas, an American jurist who serves as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.
  • Popularity: Clarence left the top 1,000 names for U.S. boys in 2010.
Elegant, Stuffy, Prestigious

Clyde

Clyde is derived from the River Clyde in Scotland. It first became a common given name among U.S. boys in the mid-19th-century. Clyde sounds fancy but also rebellious, given its connection to the criminal duo Bonnie and Clyde.

  • Origin: Scottish, English
  • Meaning: Unknown
  • Pronunciation: KLIED
  • Namesakes: Clyde Lensley McPhatter, an American rhythm and blues, soul, and rock and roll singer who was one of the most imitated R&B singers of the 1950s and 60s.
  • Popularity: Clyde ranked 733rd for U.S. boys in 2021.
Old-fashioned, Charming, Strong

Constance

Constance is the picture of elegance and grace, befitting a poised young woman who knows the ins and outs of high society. This posh girl’s name was introduced to England by the Normans as one of William the Conqueror’s daughters. The name fell out of the U.S. top 1,000 in 1999, but we predict it’ll be revitalized in the next few years.

  • Origin: English, French, Roman
  • Meaning: Constant, steadfast
  • Namesakes: Constance Georgine Markievicz, an Irish politician, revolutionary, nationalist, suffragist, and the first woman elected to Westminster Parliament.
  • Popularity: Constance’s highest rating for U.S. girls was 83rd in 1949.
Old-fashioned, Beautiful

Cordelia

Cordelia got a bad rap in the late 90s, associated with the snobby rich girl in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Before that, Cordelia belonged to the kind and beautiful princess in Shakespeare’s tragic play, King Lear. Overall, Cordelia is a posh-sounding name that’ll mold your daughter’s personality.

  • Origin: English, Welsh
  • Meaning: Heart, center
  • Pronunciation: kawr-DEE-lee-ah
  • Variations: Cordeilla
  • Namesakes: Cordelia Fine, a Canadian-born British philosopher of science, psychologist, and writer.
  • Popularity: Cordelia left the top 1,000 names for U.S. girls in 2015.
Stuffy, Prestigious, Old-fashioned

Cosette

Cosette is derived from the French “chosette” (little thing). This stylish title was born by the beautiful protagonist in Victor Hugo’s classic novel Les Misérables. Names related to great literary works tend to be favorites among high society, making Cosette a total shoo-in.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Little thing
  • Pronunciation: KAW-ZEHT
  • Popularity: Cosette left the top 500 names for girls in France in 1962.
Beautiful, Chic, Unique

Cyril

Cyril belonged to several early saints, giving it a religious flair. Today, the title is quite rare, with few notable bearers. This prestigious title will stand out among more conventional picks like Charles, William, and Edward.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Lord
  • Pronunciation: SIR-ahl
  • Namesakes: Cyril of Alexandria, the Pope of Alexandria during the height of the Roman Empire.
  • Popularity: Cyril left the U.S. top 1,000 names for boys in 1966.
Eccentric, Unique, Prestigious

Daniella

Daniella is the feminine form of Daniel. This elegant Christian name has been prevalent among Americans since the 1980s. Daniella can be shortened to the stylish nicknames Dani or Ella to make it sound more contemporary.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is my judge
  • Variations: Daniela
  • Namesakes: Daniella Monet Zuvic, an American actress and singer best known for her role as Megan Kleinman on the CBS sitcom Listen Up!
  • Popularity: Daniella was ranked 430th for U.S. girls in 2021.
Common, Cute, Strong

Daphne

Characters named Daphne range from posh to preppy, including the elegant duchess from Bridgerton and the red-headed beauty from Scooby Doo. The name was popular in Victorian England due to its flower-related meaning. Daphne is starting to resurface in the 2020s, making it a chic choice for your little blossom.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Laurel
  • Pronunciation: DAF-nee
  • Namesakes: Dame Daphne du Maurier, an English novelist, biographer and playwright.
  • Popularity: Daphne is becoming popular among U.S. girls, ranked 288th in 2021.
Cute, Whimsical, Elegant
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Darius

Darius is undeniably upper class, associated with three ancient Persian kings. The most famous is Darius the Great, who expanded the rule of the Achaemenid Empire. Your little Darius could be the next great leader.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Possessing goodness
  • Namesakes: Darius the Great, a king of Persia regarded as one of the greatest rulers of the Achaemenid dynasty.
  • Popularity: Darius ranked 635th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Ancient, Elegant, Prestigious

Delilah

Delilah is an Old Testament name that first became popular in the 17th-century. Its feminine and melodic sound has made it one of the hottest girl names of the 2020s. Delilah is elegant without sounding snooty, making it a sweet choice for your delicate little flower.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Delicate
  • Namesakes: Delilah Cotto, a Puerto Rican-American actress, dancer, and model.
  • Popularity: Delilah is on the rise for U.S. girls, ranked 58th in 2021.
Cute, Charming

Edmund

Edmund’s an old-timey name born by two English kings and two Christian saints. Its prosperous meaning makes it the perfect title for a wealthy aristocrat. Although Edmund sounds a bit stuffy, its nickname, Ed, could make it more approachable.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Rich protection
  • Namesakes: Edmund Burke was an Irish-British statesman, economist, and philosopher.
  • Popularity: Edmund left the U.S. top 1,000 names for boys in 1997.
Stuffy, Old-fashioned

Edward

Edward is a traditional title born by several Anglo-Saxon kings. It’s a long-time favorite for American boys, ranked in the top 300 since the late 1800s. Although Edward is common, its strength and sophistication make it a top-notch option.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Rich guard
  • Namesakes: Edward I, a king of England in the 1200s who attempted to conquer Scotland.
  • Popularity: Edward ranked 217th among U.S. boys in 2021.
Prestigious, Strong, Common

Edwin

Edwin is a charming choice among our posh names for boys, born by a 7th-century king of Northumbria. The name fell out of favor for many years but was revived in the early 19th-century. Today, attractive, vintage names like Edwin are all the rage in high society.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Rich friend
  • Namesakes: Edwin Aldrin, also known as Buzz, the second man to walk on the moon.
  • Popularity: Edwin ranked 354th in the U.S. in 2021.
Cute, Common, Whimsical

Eleanor

Eleanor is a lovely choice on our list of posh girl names, derived from the Occitan name Alienor. However, its exact origin and meaning are debatable. There have been many influential Eleanors, including several English queens and the wife of Franklin Roosevelt. Eleanor’s timelessness could keep it stylish for years to come.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Light, radiance
  • Variations: Eleanora, Eleanore, Elenora, Elinor, Elnora
  • Namesakes: Eleanor Roosevelt, an American political figure, diplomat, and activist who served as the first lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945.
  • Popularity: Eleanor is very popular among U.S. girls, ranked 15th in 2021.
Old-fashioned, Popular

Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a prestigious option on our list of posh baby names associated with several English queens. The most famous being Elizabeth I, the last of the five monarchs of the House Tudor. Elizabeth is as strong as it is elegant, making it a perfect option for a badass girl who will achieve extraordinary wealth and power.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: My God is an oath
  • Variations: Elisabeth, Elsabeth
  • Namesakes: Elizabeth Taylor, a British-American actress who was one of the most popular stars of classical Hollywood cinema in the 1950s.
  • Popularity: Elizabeth was the 14th most popular name for U.S. girls in 2021.
Strong, Beautiful, Prestigious

Eloise

Glamorous French names are very “in” right now, making Eloise – a derivative of the Old French name Héloïse – ripe for the picking. The film, Eloise, is a Christmas classic about a rich and intelligent six-year-old who lives at the Plaza Hotel. Eloise sounds cute, wealthy, and chic – a perfect choice for your little socialite.

  • Origin: French, Germanic
  • Meaning: Healthy, wide
  • Pronunciation: ehl-o-EEZ
  • Variations: Elouise
  • Namesakes: Eloise van Oranje, the first child, and daughter of Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands.
  • Popularity: Eloise’s popularity is rising for U.S. girls, ranked 109th in 2021.
Cute, Chic

Emerson

Emerson was initially a surname associated with transcendentalist writer Ralph Waldo Emerson. This posh-sounding boy’s name has become more popular among girls since Desperate Housewife Teri Hatcher gave it to her daughter in 1997. Emerson is a dignified choice for a baby of either gender.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of Emery
  • Variations: Emersyn, Emmerson
  • Namesakes: Emerson Fittipaldi, a retired Brazilian automobile racing driver who won the Formula One World Championship and the Indianapolis 500 twice.
  • Popularity: Emerson is more popular for U.S. girls, ranked 166th in 2021.
Traditional, Common, Elegant

Emmeline

Lovely and original, Emmeline is the French form of the Germanic Amelina. It’s been popular for English girls since the early 2000s but only entered the U.S. charts in 2014. Emmeline could be a perfect posh-sounding alternative for overused Emma.

  • Origin: French, Germanic
  • Meaning: Work
  • Pronunciation: EM-uh-leen
  • Variations: Emmaline, Emmalyn
  • Namesakes: Emmeline Pankhurst, an English political activist known for helping women win the right to vote.
  • Popularity: Emmeline ranked 885th for U.S. girls in 2021.
Chic
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Evangeline

You couldn’t ask for a name more elegant than Evangeline, first used by poet Henry Longfellow for his 1847 poem. The adorable nickname, Eva, adds to its irresistible charm.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Good news
  • Variations: Evangelina
  • Namesakes: Evangeline Lilly, a Canadian actress known for her roles in Lost, Hurt Locker, and Ant Man.
  • Popularity: Evangeline is trendy with U.S. girls, ranked 237th in 2021.
Elegant, Traditional

Evelyn

Evelyn is a popular choice on our list of posh girl names, ranked in the top 10 for American girls since 2017. It was initially a boy’s name when it was developed in the 17th-century. But, today, Evelyn is strictly feminine. Evelyn’s elegant beauty will make your daughter shine.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Desired
  • Variations: Evaline, Evalyn, Eveline, Evelynn, Eveleen
  • Namesakes: Evelyn Waugh, an English writer of novels, biographies, and travel books.
  • Popularity: Evelyn is more popular among U.S. girls, ranked 9th in 2021.
Cute, Charming

Fabian

Fabian is an archaic Roman name born by a 3rd-century pope. Its ancientness makes it an interesting option for a boy with an old soul. Fabian isn’t overused, making it the perfect posh baby name for unique name lovers.

  • Origin: Roman
  • Meaning: Bean
  • Namesakes: Fabian Gottlieb Thaddeus von Bellingshausen, a Russian naval officer, cartographer, and explorer.
  • Popularity: Fabian ranked 447th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Ancient, Badass, Strong

Florence

Florence is a Victorian girl’s name born by several early saints. It’s often chosen in honor of the beautiful Italian city. We predict Florence will skyrocket in the next few years. Choosing it now will surely set your little socialite ahead of the naming trends.

  • Origin: English, French
  • Meaning: Prosperous, flourishing
  • Pronunciation: FLAWR-ens
  • Namesakes: Florence Nightingale, a British nurse, considered the founder of modern nursing.
  • Popularity: Florence re-entered the U.S. top 1,000 names for girls in 2017.
Beautiful, Old-fashioned, Whimsical

Francesca

Francesca sounds wealthy and exclusive, as the feminine form of Franciscus. The name’s rising in the U.S., especially among upper-class parents, so your Francesca could feel like an “it” girl from birth.

  • Origin: Italian, Catalan
  • Meaning: Frenchman
  • Pronunciation: fran-CHEHS-ka
  • Namesakes: Francesca Schiavone, an Italian former professional tennis player who won the 2010 French Open singles.
  • Popularity: Francesca ranked 424th in the U.S. in 2021.
Elegant

Frederick

Fredrick is derived from the Germanic “frid” (peace) combined with “ric” (ruler, mighty). This classy name is associated with several rulers of Germany, Austria, Prussia, and Scandinavia. Common nicknames – Fred and Rick – are a bit outdated. So, this may be a good option if you want a classy name to say in full.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Peaceful ruler
  • Pronunciation: FREHD-rik, FREHD-ah-rik
  • Variations: Fredric, Fredrick
  • Namesakes: Frederick Law Olmsted, an American architect, and journalist considered the father of landscape architecture in the United States.
  • Popularity: Frederick ranked 476th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Old-fashioned, Traditional

Gabriella

Gabriella has religious undertones, as the feminine form of Gabriel. It’s a bit outdated, peaking in the U.S. in 2009. It could be a great option if you want an elegant name that isn’t too adventurous.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is my strong man
  • Namesakes: Gabriella Lucia Cilmi, an Australian singer-songwriter known for her album, Lessons to Be Learned (2008).
  • Popularity: Gabriella received its highest ranking of 33rd in 2009 and 2010.
Beautiful, Cute, Common

Genevieve

Genevieve comes from the medieval name Genovefa – of uncertain origin. It may be derived from the Germanic kuni” (kin) and “wefa” (wife) or a Celtic name meaning “family.” Saint Genevieve inspired the city of Paris to resist the Hun invasion in the 5th-century. Old-timey names are very chic, making Genevieve a stylish pick (especially for a Christian).

  • Origin: French, English, Germanic, Celtic
  • Meaning: Unknown
  • Pronunciation: JEHN-ah-veev
  • Variations: Geneviève
  • Namesakes: Saint Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris in the Catholic and Orthodox traditions.
  • Popularity: Genevieve’s popularity is rising in the U.S., ranked 155th in 2021.
Badass, Old-fashioned

Giovanna

Giovanna is the Italian form of the Latin Iohanna. It has received moderate use stateside since the early 90s. Giovanna could be an excellent choice for parents who want a glamorous name that isn’t as trendy as Evelyn or Josephine.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Yahweh is gracious
  • Pronunciation: joh-VAH-nah
  • Namesakes: Giovanna Amati, a former professional racing driver from Italy.
  • Popularity: Giovanna ranked 836th for U.S. girls in 2021.
Beautiful, Whimsical, Elegant

Giselle

Giselle is a chic name popular in France during the Middle Ages. It was first introduced to the English-speaking world by Adolphe Adam’s 1841 ballet, Giselle. Top fashion model Gisele Bündchen demonstrates this name’s well-suited for the rich and famous.

  • Origin: French, English, Germanic
  • Meaning: Hostage, pledge
  • Pronunciation: ji-ZEHL
  • Variations: Gisselle
  • Namesakes: Giselle Jeanne-Marie Laronde-West, a Trinidadian model and beauty queen who won the Miss World contest in 1986.
  • Popularity: Giselle ranked 361st for U.S. girls in 2021.
Elegant
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Gregory

Gregory is a traditional name popular among early Christians. Old religious names have always been favored among high society, making Gregory a solid choice for your little aristocrat. Its nickname, Greg, is a bit preppier.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Watchful, alert
  • Pronunciation: GREG-ah-ree
  • Namesakes: Gregory Peck, an American actor and one of the most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1970s.
  • Popularity: Gregory was ranked 486th in the U.S. in 2021.
Traditional

Hector

Hector hails from Greek mythology, born by one of the Trojans who fought against Achilles. This was also King Arthur’s foster father. Hector is strong yet sophisticated, with a rugged charm that should impress your friends and family.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Holding fast
  • Variations: Hektor
  • Namesakes: Héctor Elizondo, an American actor known for his role as Phillip Watters in the television series Chicago Hope.
  • Popularity: Hector was ranked 360th in the U.S. in 2021.

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Cool

Henriette

Henriette is the older and more eccentric form of Harriet. It belonged to the wife of English King Charles I. If you want a powerful vintage name fit for a queen, Henriette could be a keeper.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Home ruler
  • Pronunciation: hehn-ree-EHT
  • Variations: Henrietta
  • Namesakes: Henriette
  • Popularity: Henriette left the U.S. top 1,000 names in 1916.
Eccentric, Old-fashioned

Hugo

Hugo is a charming option among our posh boy names, derived from the Germanic “hug” (heart, mind, or spirit). Its transcendental meanings could be perfect for a future aristocrat who dabbles in religion, science, and philosophy. Literature fans will appreciate its connection to Victor Hugo, the author of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misérables.

  • Origin: Latin, Germanic
  • Meaning: Heart, mind, spirit
  • Pronunciation: HYOO-go
  • Variations: Hugh, Hugues
  • Namesakes: Hugo Lloris, a French professional soccer player and goalkeeper for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the France national team.
  • Popularity: Hugo was ranked 434th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Badass, Cute

Humphrey

Humphrey is a pretentious-sounding Germanic name first introduced to England by the Normans. A notable bearer was Humphrey Bogart, who starred in the classic film Casablanca. Dan Humphrey, a recent bearer, rose from humble poet to Upper East Sider in the TV series Gossip Girl.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Peaceful warrior
  • Pronunciation: HUM-free
  • Variations: Humphry
  • Namesakes: Humphrey Bogart, an American film and stage actor in Classical Hollywood cinema films.
Prestigious, Strong

Isabella

Isabella was a prevalent choice for medieval royals, born by several queens of England, Portugal, France, Rome, and Hungary. It’s just as prestigious today, belonging to a Danish princess and several notable actresses. Isabella would be a stylish choice for a girl in high society.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: My God is an oath
  • Variations: Isabella, Isabelle, Izabelle, Isbel, Isebella
  • Namesakes: Isabella Rossellini, an Italian actress, author, philanthropist, and model.
  • Popularity: Isabella is a top name among U.S. girls, ranked 7th in 2021.
Beautiful, Common, Popular

Josephine

Josephine is a vintage girl’s name first made famous by Joséphine de Beauharnais – a French noblewoman and mistress of Napoleon who later became Empress of France. Josephine is sweet and sophisticated, rising in popularity among U.S. girls since the mid-90s. We predict Josephine won’t stop until it reaches the top 10.

  • Origin: Greek, Hebrew
  • Meaning: He will add
  • Pronunciation: JO-sah-feen
  • Namesakes: Josephine Baker, an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress.
  • Popularity: Josephine ranked 72nd in the U.S. in 2021.
Cute, Old-fashioned, Popular

Julian

Although Julian may be seen as a preppy name today, it was quite powerful in ancient times, born by the last pagan Roman emperor. If you want a name that’s strong enough for a world leader but preppy enough for a weekend boater/squash player, Julian might be it.

  • Origin: Roman
  • Meaning: Downy-bearded
  • Namesakes: Julian Assange, an Australian editor, publisher, and activist who founded WikiLeaks in 2006.
  • Popularity: Julian is a top choice for U.S. boys, ranked 33rd in 2021.
Cute, Popular

Laurent

Laurent is a romantic choice among our posh boy names, perfect for a future heart-throb. This alluring French name has never made the U.S. top 1,000. With a name this unique, your son is bound to attract attention.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: From Laurentum
  • Pronunciation: LOHR-ehnt
  • Variations: Lawrence, Lauren
  • Namesakes: Laurent Robert Blanc, a French professional soccer manager, and former player.
  • Popularity: Laurent was popular in France in the 1960s and 70s.
Elegant, Mature

Leonora

Leonora is the Italian short form of Eleanor. It gives off elegant, princess vibes, perfectly suited for a girl in the upper class. Even if your daughter isn’t an actual princess, she’ll certainly feel like one with this posh name.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Unknown
  • Variations: Eleanor
  • Namesakes: Leonora Carrington, a British-born Mexican artist, surrealist painter, and novelist.
  • Popularity: Leonora left the U.S. top 1,000 names in 1943.
Old-fashioned, Whimsical
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Lionel

Lionel hails from Arthurian legend, born by a knight and cousin of Lancelot. Knights are known for being brave, handsome, and wealthy. Your little Lionel could be as prestigious and gallant as a medieval nobleman.

  • Origin: French, Greek
  • Meaning: Lion
  • Pronunciation: LIE-nul, LIE-UH-nuhl
  • Variations: Léonel
  • Namesakes: Lionel Andrés Messi, an Argentine professional soccer player and captain of the Argentina national team.
  • Popularity: Lionel ranked 663rd in the U.S. in 2021.
Cool

Luther

Luther is perfect for a future world changer, associated with the Christian theologian who started the Protestant Reformation and the prominent civil rights leader. A perfect posh name for a selfless boy who wants to make the world a better place.

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: People army
  • Variations: Lúther
  • Popularity: Luther left the U.S. top 1,000 names in 1992.
Old-fashioned

Madeline

Madeline is trendy for American girls, ranked in the top 100 since 1994. It’s cuter than the Hebrew form, Magdalene, but retains its cousin’s elegance and poise. Madeline was the heroine in Ludwig Bemelmans children’s books published in 1939. Madeline could be perfect if you want a posh baby name that isn’t pretentious or snobby.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Of Magdala
  • Pronunciation: MAD-ah-lin
  • Variations: Madalyn, Madeleine, Madelyn, Madelynn, Madelaine, Madelina, Madoline, Magdalen, Magdalena, Magdalene
  • Namesakes: Madeline Gail Kahn, an American actress, comedian, and singer, known for comedic roles in films directed by Peter Bogdanovich and Mel Brooks.
  • Popularity: Madeline is a top choice among U.S. girls, ranked 95th in 2021.
Charming, Cute, Popular

Magnus

Various Scandinavian kings were named Magnus, giving it an immediate sense of power, wealth, and authority. The name is uncommon in the U.S., making the U.S. top 1,000 for the first time in 2013. We predict Magnus’s popularity will continue to rise, so choose it now to stay ahead of the trends.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Great
  • Namesakes: Magnus IV, a King of Sweden from 1319 to 1364.
  • Popularity: Magnus ranked 728th among U.S. boys in 2021.
Strong, Prestigious

Margaret

Traditional and beautiful, Margaret is derived from the Greek “margarites” (pearl). This name is exquisite, with a timelessness that ensures it’ll be around for many years. Famous Margarets have been queens, writers, actresses, and even a prime minister. Your little Margaret could have endless future possibilities.

  • Origin: Latin, Greek
  • Meaning: Pearl
  • Pronunciation: MAHR-grit, MAHR-gah-rit
  • Variations: Margaretta, Margery, Marjorie, Marjory
  • Namesakes: Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, a Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990.
  • Popularity: Margaret has ranked in the U.S. top 200 names for girls since the 1880s.
Beautiful, Elegant, Common

Margot

Margot is very hot right now, quickly rising in the U.S. ranks since the 2010s. The name is sophisticated and sleek without sounding snooty. Margot is ideal for parents who want something “upper class” that isn’t as basic as Charlotte or Elizabeth.

  • Origin: French, Greek
  • Meaning: Pearl
  • Pronunciation: MAR-GO
  • Variations: Margaux
  • Namesakes: Margot Elise Robbie, an Australian actress, and producer known for her roles in I, Tonya (2017), Bombshell (2019), and Promising Young Woman (2020).
  • Popularity: Margot is rising among U.S. girls, ranked 194th in 2021.
Chic, Cool, Popular

Marion

Marion is considered a girl’s name everywhere except in the United States, where it’s unisex. Marion’s popularity among U.S. males may have stemmed from Marion Robert Morrison – the birth name of American actor John Wayne. Although Marion is old-fashioned, its gender-neutralness gives it a contemporary edge.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Beloved
  • Pronunciation: MEHR-ee-ahn, MA-RYAWN
  • Variations: Marian, Merrion
  • Namesakes: Marion Cotillard, a French actress, film producer, singer, and environmentalist.
  • Popularity: Marion left the U.S. top 1,000 names for boys in 1997.
Eccentric, Old-fashioned

Maximillian

Are you looking for a fancy name that sounds wealthy and prestigious? You can’t go wrong with Maximillian, born by several kings of Austria and the Roman Empire. Although Maximillian isn’t currently popular, its elegance, old-timeliness, and strength make it very on-trend for the 2020s. The cute nickname, Max, makes it even more appealing.

  • Origin: English, Roman
  • Meaning: Greatest
  • Pronunciation: mak-sah-MIL-yen
  • Variations: Maximilian
  • Namesakes: Maximilian I, a King of the Romans from 1486 and a Holy Roman Emperor from 1508 until his death.
  • Popularity: Maximillian left the U.S. top 1,000 in 2008.
Strong, Cool, Badass

Millicent

Millicent is derived from the Germanic name Amalasuintha, from the elements “amal” (work, labor) and “swinth” (strong). It was initially spelled Melisent or Melisende before Millicent became the most popular form in the 15th-century. Although old-fashioned, Millicent has a fanciness that can’t be ignored.

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Work strong
  • Pronunciation: MIL-i-sent
  • Variations: Melicent
  • Namesakes: Millicent Garrett Fawcett, an English politician, writer, and feminist campaigning for women’s suffrage.
  • Popularity: Millicent left the U.S. top 1,000 names for girls in 1965.
Cute, Old-fashioned, Prestigious

Nathaniel

Nathaniel is a traditional choice among our posh names for boys, derived from the Hebrew “natan” (to give) and “el” (God). Classic biblical names like Nathaniel tend to be popular in high society. To make the name sound preppier, you could use the nickname Nate.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God has given
  • Pronunciation: nah-THAN-yul
  • Variations: Nathanael
  • Namesakes: Nathaniel Hawthorne, an American novelist and short story writer whose works focus on history, morality, and religion.
  • Popularity: Nathaniel ranked 133rd for U.S. boys in 2021.
Traditional, Strong
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Octavius

Octavius was the family name of the Roman emperor Caesar Augustus. It was occasionally used as a given name in ancient Rome. The name is rare today, with few modern bearers. Octavius’s boldness and originality make it a badass option for a boy with endless potential.

  • Origin: Roman
  • Meaning: Eighth
  • Pronunciation: ahk-TAY-vee-us
  • Namesakes: Octavius Pickard-Cambridge, an English clergyman and zoologist who named more than 900 species of spider.
  • Popularity: Octavius made the U.S. top 1,000 names in 1987 and 1991.
Ancient

Olivia

Olivia was popularized by a character in Shakespeare’s comedic play, Twelfth Night. It was likely inspired by the masculine name Oliver or the Latin word “oliva” (olive). Olivia is very stylish, ranked in the U.S. top 10 since 2001. It’s elegant yet approachable, appealing to parents who want a high-class name that isn’t snobby.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Olive
  • Pronunciation: o-LIV-ee-ah
  • Variations: Alivia, Olyvia
  • Namesakes: Olivia Newton-John, a British-Australian singer, actress, and activist who was a four-time Grammy Award winner.
  • Popularity: Olivia ranked #1 for U.S. girls in 2021.
Beautiful, Chic, Popular

Orlando

Orlando is the elegant Italian form of Roland. Its association with the epic poem Orlando Furioso (1532) by Ludovico Ariosto and a character in Shakespeare’s play As You Like It (1599) makes it perfect for fans of literature and the arts. Orlando is also the name of a city in Florida, making it sound sunnier and more youthful than some of the other posh names on our list.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Fame land
  • Pronunciation: or-LAN-do
  • Variations: Rolando
  • Namesakes: Orlando Bloom, an English actor known for his roles in the Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean series.
  • Popularity: Orlando ranked 753rd for U.S. boys in 2021.
Cute, Charming

Penelope

Penelope is a lovely Greek name associated with a type of duck. It may also be derived from the Greek “pene” (threads, weft) combined with “op” (face, eye). Associated with Spanish actress Penélope Cruz and Kourtney Kardashians’s daughter, Penelope is the perfect option for a future star. The adorable nickname, Pen, may appeal to a girl with excellent writing skills.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Duck, thread of the eye
  • Pronunciation: peh-NEHL-oh-pee
  • Variations: Penélope
  • Namesakes: Penélope Cruz Sánchez, a Spanish actress who received an Academy Award and a British Academy Film Award.
  • Popularity: Penelope is very popular among U.S. girls, ranked 23rd in 2021.
Cute, Popular, Charming

Percival

Percival is an elegant (and slightly snobby) title first created by French poet Chrétien de Troyes for his poem Perceval, the Story of the Grail. In the poem, Percival is a Welsh boy who becomes one of the best knights of King Arthur’s round table. Perhaps your little Percival will be as chivalrous as his literary namesake.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Pierce the valley
  • Pronunciation: PUR-si-vul
  • Variations: Parsifal, Parzival, Perceval
  • Namesakes: Percival Lowell, an American astronomer who initiated the search that ended in the discovery of Pluto.
  • Popularity: Percival left the top 1,000 names for U.S. boys in 1902.
Elegant, Old-fashioned

Phillip

Phillip is a solid biblical name and one of Jesus’s apostles in the New Testament. The name is also associated with King Philip the Great – the ancient ruler of Macedonia – which adds to its prestigiousness. Phillip is strong yet pious, appealing to parents who want their son to use his position of power to make the world a better place.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Friend of horses
  • Pronunciation: FIL-ip
  • Variations: Philip
  • Namesakes: Philip Morris Glass, an American composer and pianist regarded as one of the most influential composers of the late 20th-century.
  • Popularity: Phillip was ranked 451st in the U.S. in 2021.
Cute, Traditional, Common

Phineas

Phineas is an eccentric choice on our list of posh boy names, thought to derive from the Egyptian Pahhsj (Nubian) or a Hebrew phrase meaning “serpent’s mouth.” The name is rare, never making the U.S. top 1,000. If you want a wealthy-sounding name that isn’t as common as William or Charles, Phineas may pique your interest.

  • Origin: Egyptian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Nubian, serpent’s mouth
  • Pronunciation: FIN-ee-us
  • Variations: Phinehas
  • Namesakes: Phineas Young, a prominent early missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Ancient, Strong, Unique

Pierre

Pierre is the French form of Peter, popular in France since the 13th-century. French names tend to sound chic and sophisticated, giving Pierre a leg up over its Greek cousin. Pierre is less common outside of its home country, making it an exciting option for an American socialite.

  • Origin: French, Greek
  • Meaning: Stone
  • Pronunciation: PYEHR
  • Namesakes: Pierre André Latreille, a French zoologist specializing in arthropods.
  • Popularity: Pierre fell out of the U.S. top 1,000 names for boys in 2013.
Elegant, Chic

Piers

Piers is a smart Peter variation first developed in Medieval times. The name’s never been common stateside, but this could change due to the popularity of TV personality Piers Morgan.

  • Origin: English, Greek
  • Meaning: Stone
  • Pronunciation: PEERZ
  • Variations: Peers, Peter
  • Namesakes: Piers Morgan, a British broadcaster, journalist, writer, and television personality.
  • Popularity: Pier left England and Wales’s top 1,000 names for boys in 2009.
Cool

Quentin

Quentin is the French form of the Roman Quintinus. In ancient times, the name was given to the fifth child or the child born during the fifth month. Quentin first gained attention in the U.S. after President Theodore Roosevelt chose it for his son. Quentin’s ancient origins add to its depth and sophistication.

  • Origin: French, Roman
  • Meaning: Fifth
  • Pronunciation: KUEHN-ten
  • Variations: Quinten, Quintin, Quinton
  • Namesakes: Quentin Jerome Tarantino is an American filmmaker known for his films Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), and Django Unchained (2012).
  • Popularity: Quentin ranked 542nd in the U.S. in 2021.
Badass
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Randolph

Randolph is derived from the Germanic “rand” (rim of a shield) combined with “wulf” (wolf). Several members of the aristocratic Churchill family were named Randolph, adding to the name’s prestige among the Brits. Randolph is a bit timeworn in the U.S., falling out of favor in the 90s.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Shield wolf
  • Pronunciation: RAN-dawlf
  • Variations: Randolf, Ranulph
  • Namesakes: Randolph Scott, an American film actor whose career spanned from 1928 to 1962.
  • Popularity: Randolph received its highest U.S. rating of 154th in 1952.
Mature

Reginald

Reginald is a mighty, militaristic name derived from the Germanic elements “ragin” (advice) and “wald” (rule). It was common in the Middle Ages, later replaced by the Latin form Reynold. Reginald is a tremendous posh baby name for a future commander-in-chief.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Advice rule
  • Pronunciation: REHJ-ah-nuld
  • Namesakes: Reginald Aubrey Fessenden, a Canadian-born inventor who patented hundreds of inventions in radio and sonar.
  • Popularity: Reginald left the U.S. top 1,000 names for boys in 2020.
Strong, Badass

Roderick

Roderick is an aristocratic (and slightly snobby) Germanic name brought to England by the Normans. It was popular in the U.S. during the 60s – along with its groovy nicknames Rod and Roddy. While Roderick isn’t as popular today, vintage names are rising, so Roderick could join the trend.

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Famous ruler
  • Pronunciation: RAHD-ah-rik
  • Namesakes: Roderick David Stewart, better known as Rod Steward, a British rock and pop singer, and songwriter.
  • Popularity: Roderick’s highest rating for U.S. boys was 221st in 1967.
Cool, Badass, Strong

Rosalind

Rosalind is a dainty and feminine name, derived from the Germanic “hros” (horse) combined with “lind” (soft, flexible). It became popular in the Middle Ages because of its similarity to the beautiful Latin phrase “rosa linda” (beautiful rose). Rosalind is due for a comeback, so your daughter could lead the revitalization of this elegant classic.

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Horse soft
  • Pronunciation: RAHZ-ah-lind
  • Variations: Rosaline, Rosalyn, Roselyn, Roslyn, Rosaleen, Rosalin, Rosalynne
  • Namesakes: Rosalind Elsie Franklin, a British chemist whose work was central to understanding the molecular structures of DNA and RNA.
  • Popularity: Rosalind left the U.S. top 1,000 names for girls in 1978.
Whimsical, Elegant

Rupert

Rupert is snooty and rich-sounding, associated with Prince Rupert – the nephew of Charles I. This ridiculously posh name is a top pick in England, ranked in the top 500 since 2008. Perfect for parents who enjoy eccentric British names.

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Bright fame
  • Pronunciation: ROO-pehrt
  • Variations: Robert, Ruprecht
  • Namesakes: Rupert Grint, an English actor known for his role as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film series.
  • Popularity: Rupert is popular in England and Wales, ranked 93rd in 2021.
Old-fashioned, Eccentric

Samuel

Samuel is a Biblical name associated with a prophet in the Old Testament. The full name sounds fancy and proper, but it can easily be made more casual with the endearing nickname, Sam. Samuel could be a great posh name for parents who enjoy the classics.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God has heard
  • Namesakes: Samuel Johnson, an English writer who made important contributions as a poet, playwright, essayist, moralist, critic, and biographer.
  • Popularity: Samuel is a top name for U.S. boys, ranked 23rd in 2021.
Traditional, Strong, Common

Sanders

Sanders was initially a surname before becoming a semi-popular boy’s name in Scotland. Sanders is charming and rugged – perfect for a wealthy boy who doesn’t play by the rules.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Defending men
Cool, Unique

Scarlett

Scarlett is a glamorous option on our list of posh girl names, ranked highly in several English-speaking countries. It took off in the U.S. around 2003, likely inspired by the beautiful American actress Scarlett Johansson. Scarlett is classy but has an edge, appealing to girls who will carve their own path through life.

  • Origin: English,
  • Meaning: Seller of scarlet
  • Pronunciation: SKAHR-lit
  • Variations: Scarlet
  • Namesakes: Scarlett Johansson, a prominent American actress who was the world’s highest-paid actress in 2018 and 2019.
  • Popularity: Scarlett is popular among U.S. girls, ranked 20th in 2021.
Badass, Beautiful

Sebastian

Sebastian is an old-timey name that was popular in medieval Europe. It’s trendy once more, ranked in the U.S. top 100 since 2000. Sebastian has no apparent nicknames, making it a great choice if you enjoy elegant titles that must be said in full.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: From Sebaste
  • Pronunciation: sah-BAS-chun
  • Variations: Sebastián, Šebestián
  • Namesakes: Saint Sebastian, an early Christian saint, and martyr who was killed during the Diocletianic Persecution of Christians.
  • Popularity: Sebastian is trendy for U.S. boys, ranked 19th in 2021.
Cute, Strong, Common

Seraphina

Seraphina is derived from the Hebrew word “seraphim” (fiery ones), associated with a group of biblical angels. The name has never been common in English-speaking countries. Seraphina’s uniqueness makes it sound fancy and exclusive.

  • Origin: Latin, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Fiery ones
  • Pronunciation: sehr-ah-FEEN-nuh
  • Popularity: Seraphina made the U.S. top 1,000 names for girls once in 2019.
Beautiful, Elegant, Unique
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Sterling

Although Sterling is an Old English name, it sounds modern, making it a badass choice for a 21st-century aristocrat. Both meanings are well-suited for an overachiever whose accomplishments will make him shine.

  • Origin: English, Scottish
  • Meaning: Excellent, little star
  • Pronunciation: STUR-ling
  • Popularity: Sterling ranked 382nd for U.S. boys in 2021.
Cool, Old-fashioned

Theodore

Theodore has been undeniably charming and popular among Americans since the late 1800s. Theodore is classy, whereas Theo is cool and hip, giving the name lots of versatility. Theodore has named several popes, emperors, and other wealthy and influential men, so your son will have plenty of role models to choose from.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • Pronunciation: THEE-ah-dawr
  • Namesakes: Theodore Roosevelt Jr., an American politician, and writer who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909.
  • Popularity: Theodore is popular for U.S. boys, ranked 10th in 2021.
Strong, Prestigious, Popular

Valeria

Valeria is the feminine form of the Roman name Valerius. It can be viewed as a posher form of Valerie. The cute nickname, Val, still applies.

  • Origin: Roman
  • Meaning: To be strong
  • Pronunciation: va-LEH-rya
  • Variations: Valerie
  • Namesakes: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, an Italian-French actress, screenwriter, and film director known for her 2013 film: A Castle in Italy.
  • Popularity: Valeria is rising in the U.S., ranked 157th in 2021.
Ancient, Whimsical

Victoria

Victoria was the name of the Roman goddess of victory. This powerful title was uncommon in the English-speaking world until the 19th-century, made popular by Queen Victoria. Victoria’s strength, beauty, and power make it one of the best posh baby names of all time.

  • Origin: Latin, Roman
  • Meaning: Victory
  • Variations: Viktoria
  • Namesakes: Queen Victoria, a monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until her death in 1901.
  • Popularity: Victoria is popular for U.S. girls, ranked 43rd in 2021.
Strong, Beautiful, Prestigious

Vincent

Vincent has a slightly pretentious air, well suited for a rich boy with endless power and authority. Pairing it with the cute nicknames Vin and Vinny could make it sound less snobby.

  • Origin: Roman
  • Meaning: To conquer
  • Namesakes: Vincent van Gogh, a Dutch Post-Impressionist artist who became one of the most famous figures in Western art after his death.
  • Popularity: Vincent ranked 117th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Mature, Traditional

Vivienne

Vivienne is a glamorous choice on our list of posh baby names. It’s less common than its alternative, Vivian, giving it an air of exclusivity. The name is on the rise, predicted to make the U.S. top 100 in the next few years. Choose it now, before it’s too mainstream.

  • Origin: French, Latin
  • Meaning: Alive
  • Pronunciation: VEE-VYEHN
  • Variations: Viviane, Vivianne, Vivian
  • Namesakes: Vivienne Isabel Westwood, an English fashion designer responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashion into the mainstream.
  • Popularity: Vivienne was ranked 316th for U.S. girls in 2021.
Beautiful, Whimsical

William

William is a traditional choice among our posh names for boys, born by several English kings. It is among the most common names in the English language, along with John, Michael, and Thomas. William’s commonness does not overshadow its beauty and strength.

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Strong-willed warrior, resolute protector, will helmet
  • Namesakes: William Shakespeare, an English playwright, poet, and actor often regarded as the world’s greatest dramatist.
  • Popularity: William was the 6th most popular name for U.S. boys in 2021.
Strong, Traditional, Common

Willoughby

Last-names-turned-first-names have a way of sounding fancy and exclusive. Willoughby is no exception, originally used as a habitational surname. Willoughby’s a great option if you love the nickname Will but aren’t a fan of William.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Willow town
  • Pronunciation: WIL-ah-bee
Eccentric, Cool, Unique

Xavier

Xavier is a popular Catholic name associated with the Jesuit missionary Saint Francis Xavier who preached across India, Japan, and China. Xavier sounds edgy, appealing to contemporary parents who want a cool name that aligns with their Christian values.

  • Origin: Basque
  • Meaning: The new house
  • Pronunciation: ZAY-vyur, ig-ZAY-vyur
  • Variations: Xzavier, Zavier, Xavior, Javier
  • Namesakes: Xavier Malisse, a Belgian former professional tennis player with a career-high singles ranking of world No. 19.
  • Popularity: Xavier ranked 100th for U.S. boys in 2021.
Badass, Charming

Posh Baby Names FAQs

What Is the Poshest English Name?

The poshest English names tend to be traditional picks shared with British royalty, such as Elizabeth, Charles, and William. Other ridiculously posh English names are old-fashioned titles with multiple syllables, such as Humphrey, Willoughby, and Reginald.

What Is a Good Name for a Rich Boy?

Rich names for boys tend to be traditional, such as Theodore, Benjamin, or Gregory. Some have religious undertones, like Nathaniel or Samuel. Others have a vintage flair, like Sterling, Angus, and Vincent.

What Is a Rich Girl Name?

All rich girl names are elegant and posh. In the past, they tended to be more traditional names, like Elizabeth, Josephine, or Victoria. Nowadays, many parents are choosing unique rich girl names that feel more “exclusive,” like Arabella, Emmeline, and Rosalind.

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Chelsea Nelthropp

Chelsea Nelthropp previously worked with special needs children before transitioning to her current passion, freelance writing. She's written on a plethora of topics and enjoys the diversity of her work. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys hiking, creating artwork, reading about true crime, and spending time with her husband and their adorable French Bulldog, Stella.
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