Unique British Baby Names

185 names you should know

British baby names

by Pamela Redmond

English baby names are as different in Great Britain and the US as they are alike.

If that statement is confusing, consider that parents in both the US and in England and Wales share five girls’ names and two for boys in their Top 10 lists. Favored by both nations are Olivia, Emily, Isabella, Ava, and Mia for girls, Jacob and Noah for boys.

There are hundreds more names that rank among the Top 1000 in both Britain and the US. And then there are hundreds more that remain relatively undiscovered by the other country.

We surveyed the Top 1000 British baby names to find the 185 unique names — 78 British names for girls and 107 British names for boys — that we consider undiscovered in the US. Sure, American parents may have heard many of these names, but they’re not using them in the same numbers as British parents for their babies.

The main types of English names undiscovered in the US are:

English nickname names

British parents are much fonder than American parents of using nicknames as proper names, with Bobbie and Buster, Honey and Hughie among the Top 1000 names in England and Wales.

Native British names

Names native to Wales, Ireland, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe appear on the British popular names list but are virtually unknown in the US. Among these are Arwen and Owain, Lowri and Laith .

Antiquated British names

Vintage names are in style on both sides of the ocean, but not always the same vintage names. Vintage choices more popular in Britain include Primrose and Percy, Persephone and Montague.

Of course, there are also some unique English baby names that don’t fit neatly into any of these categories. And a few that are discovered in the US, like Hadley, but for the opposite gender.

Here, 187 baby names — 78 for girls and 109 for boys — that rank among the British Top 1000 but are rare in the US:



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Angelicaecb Says:

November 23rd, 2017 at 12:48 am

Just by browsing through these I can tell I have more of a British taste in baby names apparently lol

I’m happy to see Eden under their boy names, and that Emil has some popularity.

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