Buried Treasures on the British List
Now that the 2014 baby name statistics are out for England and Wales, we can see what names are the most popular in these two British countries and we also can look at the names near the bottom of the popularity list and find quite a lot of inspiration for new and fresh name ideas. The following names have only been used for three to five babies in the UK last year.
Atarah – Hebrew, meaning “crown”
Eseld – This is the Cornish form of Isolde.
Lotus – Beautiful flower and mythological tree
Lumi – A Finnish name, meaning “snow”
Milda – Lithuanian goddess of love
Nava – a Hebrew name, meaning “beautiful”
Ornella – Created by Italian author Gabriele d’Annuzio, it dervies from ornello (“flowering ash tree”)
Sigrid – A classic Scandinavian name that might be ready for some usage in English-speaking countries.
Ambrose – A saint name meaning “immortal” that is beginning to attract some attention on Nameberry, where it’s Number 248.
Basil – With Greek origins and the meaning of “king,” this doubles as a saint name and a nature name (though pronunciations do differ)
Calix –A Greek name meaning “chalice,” it has that x sound that many people love
Emyr – An undiscovered Welsh name that means “king”
Llyr – An intriguing Welsh mythology name meaning “the sea”
Rune – A Scandinavian name traditionally pronounced with a sound similar to –uh at the end, this could be a rockin’ word name in addition to its awesome Norse roots. Though there is the unpleasant association with ‘ruin’
Wren – This bird name is more commonly bestowed on girls, expecially in the middle, but why couldn’t it work for boys as well?
Kelsey Andersen is a senior and history major at Western Washington University. In her free time she loves to procrastinate, obsess over names, and eat good food. She can occasionally be spotted on the Nameberry message boards under the username emrys.
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on August 31st, 2015 at 9:47 am
great list! I like so many of these!!
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on August 31st, 2015 at 3:12 pm
So many of these are lovely and Obscure British Names are pretty much my favorites always.
I love Alberta/Albertine, Fenella/Fenna, Ione/Iona, Eluned/Luned, Magda/Maida, and Ornella.
For the boys my favorites are Ambrose, Basil, Gulliver, Jacoby, Oak, and Wren.
I wish these names would catch on in the US. I am sick of Ella, and Fenella is inherently more interesting and fresh. Jacob is every other boy, but Jacoby has style and substance.
I would love to live in England. 🙂
on September 1st, 2015 at 10:46 am
I kind of like Jacoby, but unfortunately it is unusable here in New York City considering it’s the name of a big hospital.
on September 1st, 2015 at 4:15 pm
So many gems on the British list.
I really like Sigrid, Minerva, Fenella, and Nava. I love Ione. I would pronounce it EYE-oh-nee, though.
Boys: Augustine, Basil, Ambrose
on September 1st, 2015 at 9:46 pm
My aunt’s name is Sigrid! She goes by Sigy. I LOVE Fenella and sort of like Ione. I used to like it more, but now all I hear is “I own a….”
Similarly, I like Sixten. Not sure it’s ready for English-language usage, though, because it bears a resemblance to certain not-so-great words! 😐
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