British Boy Names

Do British baby names have a distinct style? You bet, and often it's a step or two ahead of American baby names. Some of the hottest baby boy names in England, Scotland, and Wales are still cool and underused choices in the U.S., as seen below.
  • Alastair

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    To Americans, a quintessential British name, introduced to the U.S. public by suave journalist/PBS Masterpiece Theater host Alastair Cook. Sometimes used in the U.S. by parents with Scottish heritage.Read More 

  • Alfie

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    Alfie is the eleventh most popular boys' name in England and Wales, where retro nickname names are ultratrendy, but it hasn't really been picked up on in the U.S.

    Thanks to some louche... Read More 

  • Angus

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    Angus is rapidly moving from fuddy-duddy, kilt-wearing old Scotsman to hip young American; it's definitely a plausible choice, particularly for parents whose roots go back to Glasgow. The ancient... Read More 

  • Archie

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    Forget Archie Bunker, forget Archie comics, and take a fresh look at this amiably retro nickname name. It's made a big comeback in the UK--where it's now in the Top 20-- and seems destined for... Read More 

  • Arran

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    Arran Island (not to be confused with the Aran Islands in Ireland) is a large island in Scotland's Bay of Firth. Attractive name, but will forever be mixed up with Aaron.Read More 

  • Augustine

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    Augustine is more substantial (and saintly) than August, less august than Augustus, and, along with its nickname Gus, is definitely a viable choice.

    Augustine is actually the... Read More 

  • Balthazar

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    This evocative name of one of the Three Wise Men of the Orient, also spelled Balthasar, may finally be ready for prime time. Balthazar, Melchior and Caspar were the Magi who brought gifts of gold,... Read More 

  • Barnaby

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    Barnaby, a genial and energetic name with an Irish-sounding three-syllable lilt, is an ancient appellation that manages to be both unusual and highly attractive and deserves to be used more than... Read More 

  • Callum

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    Callum, a charming Scottish boys' name just beginning to be heard in this country but high on the list in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, is worth consideration as a less popular... Read More 

  • Conall

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    Too many Connors in your neighborhood? This name--spelled with one 'l' or two--is equally authentic and much more unusual.Read More 

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