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Do British baby girl names have a distinct style? You bet, and often British names are a step or two ahead of American style. Some of the hottest baby girl names in England, Scotland, and Wales are still cool -- and underused -- choices in the U.S.. Here, some of the most intriguing British baby names for girls.
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  • Ailsa

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    Ailsa is a traditional Scottish name related to a rocky island in the Firth of Clyde called Ailsa Craig. It might make an interesting alternative to the outdated Ashley or overly popular Ella, and... Read More 

  • Alice

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    Alice is a classic name that's both strong and sweet, which got a big bounce via Tina Fey's choice of the name for her daughter. In the past three years alone, Alice has jumped from #258 to #127! ... Read More 

  • Amelie

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    This French favorite has been gaining notice here thanks to the charming 2001 French film Amelie ; it entered the American popularity list in 2002 and has been rising ever since. Also spelled Amal... Read More 

  • Annabel

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    Annabel is a spirited name that embodies quirky British gentility, and is gaining increading favor in the U.S. in the wake of the mega-popular Isabel. Appearing in Scotland as early as the twelfth ... Read More 

  • Anwen

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    Anwen is one of the simplest and best of the classic Welsh girls' names, more unusual than Bronwen but with the same serene feel.  Read More 

  • Arabella

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    Arabella, lovely and elegant, has long been well used in Britain and finally made it onto the American list in 2005; it is now nearing the Top 200, as more and more parents see it as a distinctive... Read More 

  • Araminta

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    Araminta is an enchanting eighteenth-century playwright's invention familiar in Britain and just beginning to be discovered here. It was created by the versatile Sir John Vanbrugh, architect of Ble... Read More 

  • Beatrix

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    Beatrix, has a solid history of its own apart from Beatrice, with that final x adding a playful, animated note to the name's imposing history. It has been largely associated with Beatrix (born Hele... Read More 

  • Bronwen

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    Bronwen is widespread in Wales, but still rare enough here to sound somewhat exotic--we think Bronwen is a real winner. (Note: the Bronwyn spelling is strictly for males in its native land.) Bronwe... Read More 

  • Bryony

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    Bryony is an unusually strong plant name --the bryony is a wild climbing vine with green flowers --that caught on in the U.K. before sprouting here. The name of the young character in the Ian McEwa... Read More 

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