Undiscovered British Baby Names

British baby names

by Pamela Redmond

British baby names are as different from names in the US as they are alike.

If that statement is confusing, consider that parents in both the US and in England and Wales (by British baby names, we mean names used in those two countries, which are tallied together) share five girls’ names and two for boys in their Top 10 lists. Favored by both nations are Olivia, Emily, Isabella, Ava, and Mia for girls, Jacob and Noah for boys.

There are hundreds more names that rank among the Top 1000 in both Britain and the US. And then there are hundreds more that remain relatively undiscovered by the other country.

We surveyed the Top 1000 British baby names to find the 185 names — 78 British names for girls and 107 British names for boys — that we consider undiscovered in the US. Sure, American parents may have heard many of these names, but they’re not using them in the same numbers as British parents for their babies.

The main types of British names undiscovered in the US are:

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Before we dig into our turkey and cranberry sauce, sprouts and yams and pumpkin pie, it’s always a nice tradition to stop and take stock of our blessings, sometimes sharing them around the table. And maybe this is a good time too, to consider some baby names that embrace the very meanings of blessing, grateful, and thanks.

These twelve names may come from many different cultures, from Italian to Jewish to Welsh to Zimbababwean, all embracing the universal warmth of gratitude we feel for the blessing of our babes..

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By Clare Bristow

This week’s news includes Ninja Turtles, hyphenated names, and inspiration from Portugal and Iceland.

Celebrity baby girl names: Mabel and Alana

If you’re looking for a sweet feminine name, this week’s celebrity births might inspire you.

Mabel Jane is the new daughter of actors Ashley Hinshaw and Topher Grace. Gently vintage without being frilly, both her names are fmiliar but not super-popular: Mabel is #513 and Jane is #279. Mabel is one to watch, though: it’s risen fast since re-entering the top 1000 in 2013, and it’s just outside the top 100 on the Nameberry chart.

Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo welcomed a daughter, Alana Martina. She joins siblings Cristiano Jr, Mateo and Eva. According to a video on Ronaldo’s social media a couple of weeks before the birth, naming her was a democratic process: each parent chose one name. It’s lucky they go together so well!

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By Kara Blakley

Few eras can claim the kind of mystique that the 1960s have. Flower power, social change, and good music are just a few things that immediately come to mind. 1967 saw the Summer of Love, a reaction against an unpopular war and a celebration of counterculture values. Since the 1967 was 50 years ago, this list contains 25 boy names and name ideas from that time., with 25 girls’ names to follow.

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Good, good word names…..

bad baby names

My son once had a classmate with a word name that might have been very pretty except…..it had a terrible meaning.

The poor child’s name was Cliche. That’s right, as in overused and unoriginal. When you just hear the sound — klee-shay — it’s a word that’s undeniably nameworthy. But the meaning knocks it out of contention. Or at least it should.

There’s a fun thread on the forums now of other such words that might make excellent names except for their meanings.

Dementia, for instance, and Maudlin. Alimony and Sushi (not so good as a name, but you can buy the adorable costume on Etsy.)

What would you add to the list? Post your coolest, funniest ideas here and/or there?

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