An Anglophile’s Guide to Baby Names
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.
- Amelia and Emilia
- Beatrice and Beatrix
- Clementina and Clementine
- Constance and Connie
- Florence and Flora
- Georgiana and Georgina
- Poppy, Posy, and Primrose
- Albert and Bertie
- Alfred and Alfie
- Archibald and Archie
- Casper and Caspian
- Frederick and Freddie
- Harry and Henry
- Louis, Lewis, and Louie
- Montague and Monty
- Wilbert, Wilbur, and Wilfred
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on March 13th, 2017 at 11:22 pm
Further reason to move to England.
on March 14th, 2017 at 1:21 pm
Apparently this is my style because Daphne and Primrose are my top two favorite names for girls and Casper, Fergus, Hector, and Monty are all on my list for boys!
on March 14th, 2017 at 9:30 pm
So much better than the names I hear all over the place in North America.
on March 15th, 2017 at 12:55 pm
As a Brit can vouch for the truth of this, my daughters are Daphne Jemima, Leonora Mary and Phoebe Elizabeth and if I were to have another pretty much every name on this list is on my list. I know little people called Edith, Nell, Tabitha, Alice, Beatrice and Beatrix, Matilda, Eliza, Constance, Clementine, Florence, Flora, Arabella, Kitty, Martha, Poppy and Rose. Which is the main reason Leonora isn’t named one of those names although I’ve tried to push Nell as a nickname for her.
Also, Alba – what a great name – I’ve not come across any little ones but I’ll keep an eye out. I have seen a few Mabels and Irises though you could add them to the list.
At my local toddler group there is: Juno, Xa (short for Alexandria) , Golden (a boy), Callisto (a boy), Tabitha, Araminta, my girls, a couple of Evies, Frank, Freddie, Elizabeth, Martha, Nell. The mother of Golden has seven children in total, each named more daringly than the last. I asked her if she knew about Nameberry and she said she had been on the site but she was chased off forums because everyone thought she was a fantasist talking about made-up babies!
on March 16th, 2017 at 3:01 pm
Being a Brit, as @hannahloulou said, I can say that I have met people with every name on this list (including Albas and Hectors and Ottilies 🙂 and many of them are siblings too. I know an Annabel and Rory, Tabitha and Jemima, Monty and Clementine, Connie and Millie, Arabella and Seren and Eloise and Isobel off the top of my head. I have yet to live anywhere else but this has made me appreciate some of my country’s names!
on March 17th, 2017 at 6:45 am
As an English member of this site, I totally agree with the analysis of naming patterns in the USA, as opposed to the UK. Americans are definitely more “out there” with name selections, for the most part, but in the area of vintage names, we seem more ready to take “risks”. I absolutely adore Hubert. It’s super cute.
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