150+ English Names

150+ English Names

by Pamela Redmond

What, exactly, are English names? Names most often found in England? (Short answer: No.) Names commonly used in English-speaking countries? (Kind of.) Or names rooted in the English language? (Definitely).

Many of the names most popular in England and the US along with other countries where the official language is English — usually defined as the entire UK, Canada, and Australia, along with Ireland and New Zealand — are in fact rooted in other languages and cultures. Emma‘s origins are German, for instance, while Sophia is Greek. Noah is Hebrew, and Liam is Irish.

Many English baby names are fashionable around the world, far beyond English-speaking cultures. Emma, for example, is a Top 10 girls’ name in Norway, Italy, Finland, and Hungary, while Noah is in the Top 10 in Germany, Sweden, and Belgium.

Some names commonly considered English names are in fact English versions of names from other cultures. William is an English version of an originally-German name, for example, while Jane is the English feminization of John, itself originating in Hebrew.

Still there are many names that can be considered authentic English names. These include classics such as, along with English surnames used as first names, English word names, and place names from English-speaking countries.

Our roundup of the most well-known and best English names: 

Classic English Names

By classic English names, we mean names that have traditionally been used as first names that have English roots. These may be English variations of names originating in another language. We did not include native Welsh or Cornish names. Separated for girls and boys, these English name classics include:

English Surname Names

Many English surnames originated as patronymics (Jackson means son of Jack) or place names (Easton is East Town) or occupational names (Hunter means, well, hunter). Now these English surnames are frequently used as first names.

  • Addison

  • Alden

  • Auden

  • Avery

  • Bailey

  • Blake

  • Brooks

  • Carter

  • Clark

  • Clinton

  • Colton

  • Cooper

  • Easton

  • Everett

  • Foster

  • Garrison

  • Harper

  • Harrison

  • Hunter

  • Jackson

  • Judson

  • Lincoln

  • Madison

  • Marlow

  • Mason

  • Nash

  • Parker

  • Peyton

  • Raleigh

  • Reed

  • Ripley

  • Sawyer

  • Sayer

  • Smith

  • Sutton

  • Taylor

  • Tucker

  • Tyler

  • Walker

  • Waverly

  • English Place Names

    Many place names in the US that are used as first names are in fact derived from Native American names: Dakota, for example, or Savannah. We tried to stick to place names that were more authentically English.

  • Adelaide

  • Aran

  • Austin

  • Brooklyn

  • Carolina

  • Chelsea

  • Devon

  • Georgia

  • Henley

  • Hudson

  • Kingston

  • London

  • Trenton

  • York

  • About the Author

    Pamela Redmond

    Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.