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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.
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  • Crispin

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    Crispin, which was introduced into the mainstream by actor Crispin Glover and which means "curly-haired" in Latin, has an image very much like its first syllable: crisp, autumnal, and colorful. St... Read More 

  • Duncan

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    Duncan is jaunty, confident, and open, a Scottish royal name that's brimming with friendly charm and makes it into our golden circle of names that are neither too popular nor too strange. Duncan ha... Read More 

  • Ellis

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    Ellis is one of the less used names in the currently popular El-family. It is a popular Welsh name in its own right, sometimes spelled Elis, and also an English surname derived Elijah, by way of t... Read More 

  • Euan

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    The attractive Euan and Ewan are just coming onto the U.S. radar, via actor Ewan MacGregor and Harry Potter 's Euan Abercrombie. Read More 

  • Felix

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    Felix, energetic and upbeat with a felicitous meaning, has finally transcended its negative associations to Felix The Cat and the persnickety Felix Unger. The name of four popes and sixty-seven ... Read More 

  • Fergus

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    In Celtic lore, Fergus was the ideal of manly courage; Fergus is a charming, slightly quirky Scottish and Irish favorite. As a name, Fergus forms a link between Ireland and Scotland, as Gaelic tra... Read More 

  • Finlay

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    Finlay is a formerly fusty Scottish royal name--it belonged to Macbeth's father, Finlay MacRory--or Findlaech mac Ruaidri--that has a bit of a split personality. It has two acceptable spellings--F... Read More 

  • Giles

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    One of those names that most Americans find just too too tea-sippingly British to consider; its meaning has led to occasional use for Capricorn boys.  Read More 

  • Gregor

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    Danger of conjuring up the Kafka character that woke up one day to find himself turned into a cockroach. Apart from that, this earlier form of Gregory, quite common in Scotland, could make an attra... Read More 

  • Hamish

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    Just as Seamus/Seumus is Irish for James, Hamish is the Scottish form — one that's not often used here, but still redolent of Olde Scotland. If you're ready to go further than Duncan and Malcolm, o... Read More 

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