Do you picture your little one attending an Ivy League school, playing lacrosse or polo and always dressed in J. Crew or Ralph Lauren? Then, you must go for preppy baby names.
Being a relic of the 80s, preppy names signify polo shirts, Oxford button down, the New England prep schools. These names have an upper class and sophisticated sensibility to them. Here are 53 baby names with a distinctive preppy flavor.
Cute Preppy Girl Names:
The name Blythe embodies a carefree and cheerful spirit, making it a part of other lighthearted names like Hilary and Felicity. And, you know what, it’s an advantage? It’s clearly pink. Blythe is also the middle name of Drew Barrymore.
Here’s a cute and preppy name for your daughter. There are several origins of this name. Some believe that this name originates from French and means ‘mighty in war.’ Others say that it came from a German word, and meaning ‘strength in battle.’ You can use Tilly as a pet name for Natalie or Matilda.
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You will most probably find preppy Scarlett hanging out at the country club or marina. In a Margaret Mitchell’s novel, Scarlett was the name of the main character’s grandmother. But its most popular namesake is Scarlett Johansson. The meaning of this English name is ‘red’.
Everybody lost their mind when Gwyneth Paltrow named her daughter Apple, but as you move a few fruits down the aisle, you will find the delicious Plum, which is considered a swanky, upper-class British name. Remember the famous author Plum Sykes?
The Latin name Serena may mean ‘peaceful’, but the name packs a powerful punch. Thank the tennis superstar Serena Williams for that.
Poppy is an endearing floral moniker that’s being used as a female name since the 19th century. The name topped the Wales and England baby name list in the year 2013.
Bunny is a cutesy name ideal for someone who aspires to be a homecoming or club queen. Typically preppy, you see!
Catherine is of the oldest and most used baby names with a variety of nicknames and variations like Katherine, Kathryn and much more. But we think that Catherine is the gentlest and the most feminine of all the variations.
Ellison started as a male name, but became popular in the United States as a female name. The meaning of Ellison is ‘son of Elder’. While it’s totally up to you whom you would want to bestow this on, we think it would suit baby girls more.
Before the hit television series, “Buffy the Vampire”, the name Buffy was strictly reserved for the country-club set. Today, Buffy can be anyone, a comic book fan or a young girl in tennis sweater.
Bitsy is the short form of Elizabeth. Unlike the classic moniker Betsy, Bitsy would work best on a preppy and petite girl.
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In the late 90s, the brisk and clean Taylor swept in the wave of the gender-switching name. It is now regarded as the trendy and preppy name for young girls.
From the Gossip Girl to the Facts of Life, Blair is the ultimate preppy girl name. In Wales and England. Blair is extremely popular for girls, sitting well on the top 200 list. The name Blair is gaining momentum in the United States right too. It has climbed over 200 spots since the year 2012.
The preppy name Audrey has been rising the list due to its connection with the classic Hollywood actress, Audrey Hepburn. Celebrities like Steve Zahn, Greg Kinnear, and Faith Hill used this name for their daughters. The meaning of Audrey is ‘noble strength’.
This name conjures the image of a girl with slick, long hair, wearing knee socks and penny loafers. Even the incredible Courtney Love could not remove the preppiness of this name.
Meaning ‘little star, Sterling would make a perfect name for the apple of your eyes. The name Sterling is the American variation of Stirling, coming from the Middle English word sterrling.
Sloane is a perfect name for a preppy girl. The origin of this name is fascinating. It is a variation of Sloan, connected to the Sloane Square, where the young and fashionable upper-class women were likely to reside.
Reed is another preppy name used mostly as a surname centuries. The name comes from an Old English word, meaning ‘red’ and was often given to women with ruddy complexion or red hair.
This lovely name just flows off the tongue. We’re not quite sure about its origin. Some say it’s the altered form of Annabel. The meaning of Arabella is ‘yielding to prayer’.
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This lovely Victorian name is a great alternative to Amanda or Emily. It emerged as the top English name in the year 2011. The meaning of Amelia is ‘work’.
This feminine variation of Charles is a perennial classic. It has been in the top 100 since 1994, which is pretty impressive for a preppy name.
Harper is a chic and fashionable preppy name for baby girls. It jumped from obscurity to the top of the popularity list in less than a decade. The meaning of Harper is ‘harp player’.
Helena is the dainty and delicate version of Helen, a Shakespearean favorite. Historically, Helena was Constantine, the Great’ mother.
Addison is a lovely baby girl name, meaning ‘child of Adam.’ It’s a classy name with an appealing ring to it.
The name Victoria is an embodiment of refinement and gentility. It reflects the image of longest reigning British queen. The name managed to breach to the top 20 in the year 1995 and still ranks number 19.
Ainsley is a gorgeous name and means ‘one’s own meadow.’ The name originated as a Scottish surname, but now stands strong on its own.
Cool Preppy Boy Names:
Wilder means ‘wild,’ which is the essence of a preppy baby name. It brings to mind Billy Wilder and Thornton, the two most famous bearer of this name.
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Buckley is an English name, meaning ‘deer meadow.’ The name has not yet cracked in the Top 1000 baby name list, but was given to 120 children last year, which is a new high for it. Buck would make the best nickname for Buckley.
The name Saxon once referred to someone from Saxony, the modern-day northwest Germany. The name is derived from a kind of knife that they liked, so it has a fierce meaning. Saxon is rooted in history and has an unexpected sound, making it a perfect preppy name.
Even Bentley is associated with the luxury car, but does not sound as preppy as Royce does. The famous preppy bearer of this name is Nehemiah Royce, the early settler of Connecticut. The house he built on Walling Ford is a part of the campus of elite prep school Choate Rosemary Hall.
Digby is a unique baby name derived from an Old Norse surname. It means ‘settlement’ or ‘ditch,’ whichever you want to believe. The name is so rare that just four baby names were named Digby in the year 2009.
Pierce sounds more as an import name, but it’s actually medieval. It’s a surname derived from Piers, but is used commonly as a first name. Pierce is a preppy name extraordinaire. So by opting for this name, you could be honoring your loved one named Peter.
Mac is the tough guy name. It can be the name of a cabbie, a boxer or a bartender in the rough part of the town. But Macalister is quintessentially preppy. It is a rakish spin on the buttoned-down name. And just 14 babies were named Macalister last year, making it one of the least familiar names on the list.
The name Crosby works on so many levels. The name is a bit buttoned-down, yet has an appealing edge. Crosby may have been borrowed from Scotland and England, but its roots are Norse.
Unlike the trendy Brooklyn and elegant Brooke, Brooks seems to be stuck in the preppy club in 1952. It is an English name and means ‘a small stream.’ The most popular bearer of this name is Henry Brooks, the preppy who opened up his haberdashery in the New York City in the year 1818.
Blain is a slick and powerful Gaelic name, meaning ‘yellow’ or ‘slender.’ It brings to the mind a rich child cruising around his university campus in his convertible.
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This one’s is slightly unusual for a preppy name, but can be considered. It translates to ‘white field’ or ‘wheat field’.
Here’s a preppy name with a strong meaning behind it. Originating in Germany and England, Aldrich means ‘noble or wise ruler.’
This Middle English surname was given to people residing near the towns or gates or people who worked as gatekeepers. It’s a great name for people looking for a stand-out preppy name for their son.
Darcy is our favorite. It’s the surname of the main character in Jane Austen’s famous novel “Pride and Prejudice”. Darcy is an Irish name, meaning ‘from the fortress.’
Ingram comes from a Swedish word, which translates to ‘Ing’, the moniker of the Norse God of peace and fertility and ‘raven’. The name is full of personality and intelligence. Since just eight babies were named Ingram in the United States, it will make a unique name for your child.
Connery is another name that’s not heard very often, but makes a statement nonetheless. It’s a great spin-off from the famous name, Connor. The meaning of this Irish name is ‘warrior-lord’.
Bronwyn is an English name, meaning ‘white or fair breast.’ This is perhaps the primary reason why parents shy away from this preppy name.
Not the most uncommon name, but definitely preppy. Meaning ‘son of Tom,’ Thompson saw its peak of popularity in the late 19th century.
Teague is a slightly unusual baby name, rhyming with ‘league’. It’s an Irish name, meaning ‘philosopher or poet,’ making it fit perfectly into the preppy theme.
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Now that’s we call a quintessential preppy name. Naming your son after the Ivy League college would probably give him an edge on getting accepted as a fresher, isn’t it?
Vance is a preppier and more unusual alternative to the familiar name Lance. The name originates in England and means ‘marshland’. This moniker reached the peak of its popularity in the year 1970 and is showing signs of revival too!
Glitzy and glamorous, Channing is an excellent moniker for a boy who wants to be the center of attraction.
Orson is a French-Norman nickname, translating into ‘bear cub’. The most popular bearer of this name is Orson Welles, the “Citizen Kane” director. He dropped his first name George in favor of the name Orson.
Even though Spencer is not as popular as it was in the 1990s, it still sounds immensely appealing. It is one of those preppy names with a silver screen charm from the famous action Spencer Tracy. Kelsey Grammer used this name for her daughter.
Rhyming with Miles, Niles is an English name, meaning ‘champion. The name was most used in the 1940, reaching its peak as the 886th spot.
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Pierpont would make an inspiring name for a future MBA. Did you know that Pierpont is the name of legendary, preppy banker J.P Morgan? He collected some amazing arts and amassed huge fortune. So you can say that culture played a huge role as money in his life.
The feminine ‘Leigh’ in the preppy Layton gives rise to this post name, perfect for a stylish debutante, with a huge bank balance, just like the character played by Leighton Meester in “Gossip Girl”.
Our selection of names will make it sound like your kid is bound for the Ivy League. Which other baby names would you like to include in this list? Tell us by commenting below!
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