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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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  • Flora

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    Flora, the name of the Roman goddess of flowers and spring, who enjoyed eternal youth, is one of the gently old-fashioned girls' flower names we think is due for a comeback--alongside cousins Cora ... Read More 

  • Freya

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    Freya, the name of the Norse goddess of love, beauty and fertility, has long been popular in the U.K. but just beginning to be appreciated here. Freya could make a possible namesake for an ancestra... Read More 

  • Georgina

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    Now more popular than Georgiana in Britain, this elegant Dickens. Jane Austen name deserves attention. Most American parents prefer Georgia to Georgina or any other feminization of George. Read More 

  • Gracie

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    Gracie is undoubtedly cute, but why not grace your daughter with a choice by naming her Grace (or Graziella or Grania) and using Gracie as a short form? Country singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw c... Read More 

  • Gwendolyn

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    One spelling variation that's more popular than the original, this somewhat old fashioned name might be in honor of poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer prize for poe... Read More 

  • Hermione

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    Hermione's costarring role in Harry Potter has made this previously ignored, once stodgy name suddenly viable. Hermione could really take off once today's children start having kids of their own. ... Read More 

  • Honora

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    Honora and Honoria are two ways of softening the severity of Honor, while retaining its righteous meaning. They were predominant until the Reformation, when the Puritans adopted the abstract virtue... Read More 

  • Imogen

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    Imogen is a Shakespearean name long fashionable in England, which temporarily lost its way here when spelled and pronounced im-oh-GENE. Pronounced the British way, Imogen is as pretty and classy as... Read More 

  • Iona

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    This name of a small island off the coast of Scotland is trending upwards along with other I names.  Read More 

  • Iris

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    Iris is one of the bouquet of turn-of-the-last-century flower names that is gradually beginning to regain its appeal: it is now at the highest point it has been since 1956. Part of this is due to ... Read More 

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