An Anglophile’s Guide to Baby Names

An Anglophile’s Guide to Baby Names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Baby names are in general a lot more adventurous in the US than they are in the UK, with American parents using word names and place names and surname-names and gender-ambiguous names in far greater numbers than their British counterparts.

But British parents tend to be broader-minded when it comes to using vintage names with more history than gloss. Some of the names that might be considered dowdy and old-fashioned by Americans – Constance and Hubert, for example – are chic in London.

A recent review of birth announcements produced this list of names favored by contemporary parents in Britain. If you love vintage baby names that are also distinctive, you may find your perfect name here.


  • Alba

  • Alice

  • Amelia and Emilia

  • Annabel

  • Arabella

  • Beatrice and Beatrix

  • Clementina and Clementine

  • Constance and Connie

  • Daphne

  • Edith

  • Eliza

  • Eloise

  • Florence and Flora

  • Georgiana and Georgina

  • Imogen

  • Iona

  • Isla

  • Isobel

  • Jemima

  • Kitty

  • Margot

  • Martha

  • Mary

  • Matilda

  • Millie

  • Nancy

  • Nell

  • Orla

  • Ottilie

  • Phoebe

  • Polly

  • Poppy, Posy, and Primrose

  • Rose

  • Seren

  • Tabitha

  • Verity

  • Boys

  • Alastair

  • Albert and Bertie

  • Alfred and Alfie

  • Archibald and Archie

  • Arthur

  • Barnaby

  • Bear

  • Beau

  • Casper and Caspian

  • Edward

  • Felix

  • Fergus

  • Frederick and Freddie

  • Hector

  • Harry and Henry

  • Hubert

  • Hugo

  • Louis, Lewis, and Louie

  • Luca

  • Montague and Monty

  • Oliver

  • Otto

  • Patrick

  • Reuben

  • Rocco

  • Rory

  • Stanley

  • Wilbert, Wilbur, and Wilfred

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    About the Author

    Pamela Redmond

    Pamela Redmond

    Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten groundbreaking books on names, Redmond is an internationally-recognized baby 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. She has written about baby names for The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and People.

    Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its sequel, Older. She has three new books in the works.