What’s in a name? Well, everything, if you ask a parent.
Rarely do you meet someone who instantly knows what they would name their baby. (I applaud you, by the way.) Indeed, we all have our reasoning for calling our children what we do.
For my first 2 children, I just fell in love with their first names. However, my third is named after my grandmother, so I didn’t exactly come up with it off the top of my head.
Despite how I decided on their name, I always considered what their name sounded like to others and possibly what it would look like on a resume one day.
Call it facetious, but I wanted them to have solid-sounding names that people respected. So while people should never judge a book by its cover, people are undoubtedly looked at by their first name. (For the record, you should name your kids what you want, within reason, of course).
If you are looking for classy & wealthy-sounding old-money names, you might want some inspiration. There’s nothing wrong with looking at the wealthy and famous for ideas on what to name your kids. If they are successful, who’s to say your child won’t be?
While some stars concoct “different” names for their children, there are plenty that might be the perfect fit for your little one that doesn’t have to be the name of a popular fruit.
I love a fancy-sounding name, which is probably why I love the Royal family because nothing screams class and wealth like Kate, Will, and their adorable children.
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What Is an Old Money Name Anyway?
So, what is an old money name, and why should they be on your list? Families with old money didn’t become rich yesterday and can trace their wealth back for several generations.
For example, many families with old money are royal or aristocratic and likely own a lot of property. (goals, anyone?) People with old money are usually well-educated and have a famous last name like Vanderbilt.
Old-money families tend not to brag about their wealth, nor do they flaunt it, which is an admirable quality of someone with tons of money.
In addition, you may get inspiration from popular shows like Downton Abbey or Hollywood legends who may die but always live on. Despite television shows being fictional, they still offer various names that might inspire you when naming your child.
If you want an old money name, you also probably want one that not every child has, which is totally acceptable. So if you’re choosing an old money name, it’s likely because you want your child to sound more successful and reliable.
The beauty of being a parent means getting to choose which name our kids live with forever. While that seems like a lot of pressure (Ok, it is), it’s also amazing that we get to help identify them.
Old money names provide a classy name with lots of dignity, so I don’t blame you for wanting to find the perfect one.
Without further ado, here are the top old money boy, girl, and unisex names.
65 Old Money Names for Boys
I have two boys, so it wasn’t easy coming up with two different boy names, each with their own identity. With my first, I knew exactly what I wanted to name him. But, once number two came along, I was stumped. However, I always looked at inspiration to narrow down my choices, which is what I hope to offer you.
I have you covered if you are interested in old money names for boys. I love using a traditional name that offers significance and a touch of elegance because it never hurts to have a little fanciness in our lives.
If you want your son to display confidence and pride, it likely starts with his name. Our name defines who we are and where we come from. While some can say it’s just a name, there is much more to it.
Don’t forget to consider your last name when choosing the best old money name for your son. While it might sound fancy, it might not go well with your surname. Also, don’t forget to consider the middle name you’ll give your son, as it plays a large part in their full name.
65 Old Money Names for Girls
I thoroughly enjoyed naming my daughter and consider hers to be an old money name. While I named her after my grandmother, classic names tend to fall into the old money name category.
Something to consider when you choose a name for your daughter is what you want the middle name to be. For example, if you go with an old money name, it doesn’t mean you must go with something similar for the middle name.
However, if you choose old money names for your little girl’s first and middle names, you know the name will never go out of style. So, for example, the name Abigail Charlotte screams elegance and offers a beautiful name for your daughter.
You may also choose a modern middle name since you’ve decided on a classic and wealthy-sounding middle name. Regardless, matching a middle name with a classy first name is an excellent choice for your bundle on the way.
60 Gender-Neutral Old Money Names
There are several gender-neutral old money names you can choose. One of my favorites is Kennedy, which lasts from one generation to the next.
Gender-neutral names have made quite the scene and are more popular than ever. While many still separate names by boy and girl, there’s no reason why you can’t choose one that fits either category.
You’re not alone when choosing a gender-neutral name. The New York Times reports a significant increase in using unisex names.
While some names are common for a specific gender, they are slowly switching to unisex.
Overall, there is no shortage to choose from, so you’ll enjoy reviewing the list of general-neutral old money names.
Kelly is a mom of three who finds joy in writing about her parenting experiences and filling in others about the must-have products and the ones you can leave on the store shelf. With a bit of humor, Kelly tries to laugh off the messy side of parenting and, instead, focus on the beautiful moments it brings. Originally from South Florida, she now calls Northern Virginia home and looks forward to connecting with readers through The Place for Parents.