30 Most Popular Serif Fonts

When you find yourself in front of a serif font, or otherwise known as a "grace" font, it is common to define it with a classical term. Why; perhaps the reason lies in the resemblance of it's letters to the calligraphic scriptures used in the fifteenth century, when the use of the printing press was gradually spreading throughout Europe.

However, even serif fonts are modern, they have united the letters of the Latin alphabet with numbers and punctuation used commonly today for printing.

Over the years, characters like Garamond of the late Renaissance period and Caslon of the Baroque period have been replicated, and have given these fonts timeless attributes, for instance the Caslon font, can be extremely modern even though it's about 300 years old. Even renowned designers of typography, tend to use a serif font when they want  to give the project a sense of authority. Although some serif fonts are pretty modern, the corresponding sans serif fonts generally only date back to the 20th century.

We've put together the following collection of 30 popular serif fonts (27 of which are free) that you can use in your artistic and creative designs. We hope you enjoy perusing through them and select one of your favorites from this list to insert in the form below.

01. Baskerville

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  • Designer: John Baskerville
  • Publisher: Bitstream

02. Beaufort

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  • Designer: Nick Shinn
  • Publisher: ShinnType

03. Bembo

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/mti/bembo/" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="https://www.wfonts.com/font/bembo-std" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designers: Aldus Manutius, Francesco Griffo & Frank Hinman Pierpont
  • Publisher: Monotype

04. Berkeley Oldstyle

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.fonts.com/font/adobe/itc-berkeley-old-style" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="https://www.wfonts.com/font/itc-berkeley-oldstyle-std" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designers: Tony Stan & Frederic W. Goudy
  • Publisher: Linotype

05. Bodoni

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/bodoni/" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="https://www.wfonts.com/font/bodoni" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designers: Giambattista Bodoni & Morris Fuller Benton
  • Publisher: Linotype

06. Bookman

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/itc/bookman/" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="https://www.wfonts.com/font/itc-bookman-std" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designer: Edward Benguiat
  • Publisher: Bitstream

07. Caslon

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/lanston/ltc-caslon/" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="https://www.wfonts.com/font/adobe-caslon-pro" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designer: William Caslon I
  • Publisher: Lanston Type Company

08. Chesterfield

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.fonts.com/font/itc/chesterfield" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="http://fontsgeek.com/fonts/Chesterfield-LT-Std-Regular" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designer: Alan Meeks
  • Publisher: Linotype

09. Didot

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  • Designer: Adrian Frutiger
  • Publisher: Linotype

10. Eames Century Modern

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://houseind.com/hi/eames-century-modern" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="https://www.uxfree.com/dload/439783/" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designer: Erik van Blokland
  • Publisher: House Industries

11. Garamond

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/adobe/garamond/" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="https://www.wfonts.com/font/garamond" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designers: Claude Garamond, Robert Granjon & Robert Slimbach
  • Publisher: Adobe

12. Georgia

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/ascender/georgia-pro/" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="https://www.wfonts.com/font/georgia" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designer: Matthew Carter
  • Publisher: Ascender

13. Goudy

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.linotype.com/497/goudy-family.html" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="https://www.wfonts.com/font/goudy-old-style" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designer: Frederic W. Goudy
  • Publisher: Linotype

14. Lexicon

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.teff.nl/fonts/lexicon/" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="http://freakfonts.com/fonts/lexicon-no1-roman-a-txt-font-download.html" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designer:Bram de Does
  • Publisher: TEFF

15. Matrix II

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/emigre/matrix-ii-ot/regular/" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="https://www.dafontfree.net/freefonts-matrix-f152354.htm" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designer: Matrix II
  • Publisher: Emigre

16. Miller

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  • Designers: Matthew Carter, Cyrus Highsmith & Tobias Frere-Jones
  • Publisher: Font Bureau and Carter & Cone

17. Minion

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/adobe/minion/" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="https://www.wfonts.com/font/minion-pro" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designer: Robert Slimbach
  • Publisher: Adobe

18. Modern No 20

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.fonts.com/font/bitstream/modern-no-20/roman" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="https://www.wfonts.com/font/modern-no-20" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designer: Edward Benguiat
  • Publisher: Bitstream

19. Mrs Eaves

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/emigre/mrs-eaves-ot/" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="https://www.freefontspro.com/14234/mrs-eaves.ttf" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designer: Zuzana Licko
  • Publisher: Emigre

20. Museo

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/exljbris/museo/" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="https://www.wfonts.com/font/museo" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designer: Jos Buivenga
  • Publisher: Exljbris

21. Newzald

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  • Designer: Kris Sowersby
  • Publisher: Klim

22. Palatino

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/palatino/" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="https://www.wfonts.com/font/palatino-linotype" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designer: Hermann Zapf
  • Publisher: Linotype

23. Pona

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/tipografies/pona/" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="https://www.uxfree.com/dload/444607/" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designer: Jordi Embodas
  • Publisher: Tipografies

24. Requiem

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.typography.com/fonts/requiem/overview/" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="http://fontsgeek.com/fonts/Requiem-Medium" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designer: Jonathan Hoefler
  • Publisher: Hoefler & Frere-Jones

25. Rooney

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/jan-fromm/rooney/" ]

  • Designer: Jan Fromm
  • Publisher: Jan Fromm

26. Sabon

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[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/sabon/" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="http://font.downloadatoz.com/free,21028,sabon-fonts.html" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designers: Claude Garamond, Jan Tschichold, Alexei Chekulayev & Hector Haralambous
  • Publisher: Monotype

27. Swift

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/linotype/swift/" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="https://fontsup.com/font/swift-regular.html" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designer: Gerard Unger
  • Publisher: Linotype

28. Times New Roman

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.fontshop.com/families/monotype-times-new-roman" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="https://freefontsfamily.com/times-new-roman-font-free/" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designers: Victor Lardent, Stanley Morison & Victor Lardent Stanley
  • Publisher: Monotype

29. Trinité

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.teff.nl/fonts/trinite/index.html" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="http://fontsgeek.com/fonts/TriniteNo1-MediumCondensedExp" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designer: Bram de Does
  • Publisher: TEFF

30. Walbaum

[maxbutton id="1" url="https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/mti/walbaum/" ]  [maxbutton id="2" url="https://www.wfonts.com/font/walbaum" text="Free for personal use" ]

  • Designer: Charles Nix, Carl Crossgrove & Juan Villanueva
  • Publisher: Monotype

We hope that you have enjoyed this list of serif fonts that we’ve compiled for you and that you’ve found several that you like. We appreciate your time and gratefully accept any feedback. Thank you and please visit our blog again for new posts.

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