Top Telegraph Names of 2019 Released
British broadsheet newspaper The Telegraph is famed for its wonderful, whimsical, oh-so-British baby name announcements. There’s even a long-running Nameberry Forums thread dedicated to the subject.
The paper has recently released its list of the most popular baby names announced in its pages in 2019 — and it’s a real treasure trove for name lovers and prospective parents alike!
According to statistics compiled by British Baby Names, the Top 10 most popular Telegraph names for each sex in 2019 were:
Notable trends include some seriously under-the-radar vintage revivals, like Cornelia and Winefride, Clement and Willoughby. Super-quirky nickname names, like Coco and Buffy, Herbie and Pippin, also feature prominently.
Unique British Baby Name Inspiration
Just in case even Ottilie and Ophelia aren’t obscure enough for you, we’ve delved further into the data to bring you ten truly unique boy and girl names from the Telegraph list. These choices were recorded only once in 2019, but they all share that delightfully eccentric British baby naming style. Which are your favorites?
Celestine: Chic Celestine is rising rapidly in its native France, where elegant -ine ending names are trending in a big way. It makes for a sweet and surprising alternative to names like Clementine, Caroline and Celeste.
Lavender: Matilda is fast becoming a fashionable favorite, but her best friend Lavender still sits far below the US Top 1000. We think it makes for a lovely alternative to trending botanical picks like Lily, Violet and Juniper.
Maud: Speaking of Matilda, did you know that Maud was a popular medieval variant? It’s all but fallen out of use today, with only 5 births in the US last year (and 9 in England & Wales), but it feels ripe for revival by adventurous vintage name lovers.
Olympia: We expected this lofty Olivia soundalike to get a big boost after Serena Williams chose it for her daughter in 2017, but it remains well outside the Top 2000 girl names in the US, making it a strong and striking option.
Pandora: The Brits have historically been more forgiving towards the much-maligned Pandora, giving her name to a record 34 baby girls last year. And with Delilah and Eve both on the rise, could this appealing name finally start to catch on in the US, too?
Tiggy: Born to parents called Poddy and Dickie, this little Tiggy doesn’t seem to have been given a longer name. But it could make an adorable short form for other eccentric British picks, like Antigone or Tigerlily.
Xanthe: An eye-catching choice with a beautiful meaning (“golden”) — and who wouldn’t love to have the super cool initial X?
Ambrose: Gentle yet strong, this vintage gem is just starting to get some attention: given to 116 baby boys in the US last year. An underused alternative to stately old-school picks like August and Abraham.
Inigo: Soundalike Indigo is a rising star for both sexes, but Inigo is all boy: famously borne by British architect Inigo Jones, as well as Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride. Iggy would make for a fun nickname.
Lancelot: In Arthurian legend, Sir Lancelot was a knight famed for his bravery. It’s a big name for a modern boy to carry, but could work well as a surprising middle, as in the combo William Henry Lancelot.
Montgomery: Chosen by Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen in 2015, Montgomery is trending upwards in the US right now — and it’s ranked in the England & Wales Top 500 since 2006. Cuddly nickname Monty no doubt adds to its charm.
Oriol: This little-known Catalan name, meaning “golden”, is a Top 50 pick in its native region. There’s also a second appealing natural connection: the colorful oriole genus of birds.