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Classy, Cool British Names

November 8, 2011 Pamela Redmond

Classy, cool British names are one of my favorite groups. I love the day once a quarter or so that I allow myself to wallow in the London Telegraph birth announcements. Britberries regularly admonish me not to take the British names in the Telegraph to mean anything about typical British baby-naming behavior: Those are names chosen by mostly upper class families, they say, and are examples of a rarefied taste.

Point taken, but I still can’t help but be struck by how different many of the names are from what you’d hear in similar stratospheres of American society: on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, say, or in Beverly Hills.

There are dozens of names that are mentioned over and over in the British birth announcements that are nowhere near as fashionable here. But they’re attractive names, traditional yet quirky, excellent choices for any American parent — or British, Australian, or Canadian one, for that matter — who wants to emulate the English upper classes.

Prime examples from the recent crop of classy, cool British names:

British Girl Names

Annabel
Edith
Elodie
Eloise
Esther
Fiona
Fleur
Flora

Florence
Georgiana
Heloise
Honor
India
Jemima
Leonie
Martha
Millie
Ottilie
Poppy
Tabitha
Xanthe
Zara

British Boy Names

Albert
Alfie
Angus
Archie
Arthur
Benedict
Bertie
Callum
Digby
Dominic
Duncan
Felix
Fergus
Freddie

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Frederick
George
Hector
Horatio
Hugo
Jasper
Lachlan
Leonard
Luca
Otto
Robin
Rory
Toby
Wilfred

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. 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.

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