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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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  • Lewis

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    Lewis, the more formal and phonetic spelling of the French Louis has been in the Top 3 in Scotland since 2000, and is one that parents in the U.S. are just beginning to rethink. Lewis was a Top 10... Read More 

  • Luca

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    If there was once a bias against this charming and venerable Italian name for possibly sounding too feminine, consider it gone. Since Luca entered the boys' U.S. popularity list in 2000, it has sco... Read More 

  • Nye

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    This can make an unusual yet simple middle name choice, especially for anyone with family ties to Wales.  Read More 

  • Piers

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    Piers was the first version of Peter to reach the English-speaking world, via the Normans, but it's never made it in the US, despite its large measure of understated panache. This might change due ... Read More 

  • Rex

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    Now that many dogs are named Max, it's safe to use this sleek, sexy, regal name again for your child. And with the charm of its final 'x,' its regal meaning and its offbeat simplicity, Rex is defin... Read More 

  • Rhys

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    There's Rhys and there's Reese (now more popular for girls) and there's Reece, and we particularly like the traditional Welsh spelling, which has been climbing since it entered the list in 2004, po... Read More 

  • Rupert

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    Rupert is a charming-yet-manly name long more popular in Britain (where it's attached to a beloved cartoon bear) than in the U.S. Yet we can see Rupert as a more stylish, modern way to honor an anc... Read More 

  • Tarquin

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    One of the few ancient Roman names that doesn't end in us, the rarely heard Tarquin has a decidedly creative, even dramatic flair, which could appeal to the parent looking for a strikingly original... Read More 

  • Trevor

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    Trevor, a British standard, took a long time to cross the Atlantic, but finally began its rise here in the 1980s. It is now a thoroughly naturalized citizen, though it still retains a touch of Angl... Read More 

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