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Unique British Baby Names

November 19, 2017 Pamela Redmond
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:

girls

  1. Aida
  2. Alba
  3. Aoife
  4. Arla
  5. Arwen
  6. Bethan
  7. Billie
  8. Blessing
  9. Blossom
  10. Bluebell
  11. Bobbie
  12. Bryony
  13. Caoimhe
  14. Carys
  15. Cassie
  16. Cerys
  17. Coco
  18. Dollie
  19. Dolly
  20. Dottie
  21. Eira
  22. Elspeth
  23. Enya
  24. Esmae
  25. Fern
  26. Ffion
  27. Fleur
  28. Georgiana
  29. Georgina
  30. Hermione
  31. Hettie
  32. Honey
  33. Ida
  34. Indiana
  35. Indigo
  36. Ines
  37. Iona
  38. Isobel
  39. Isra
  40. Iyla
  41. Jemima
  42. Jorgie
  43. Keeva
  44. Keziah
  45. Kitty
  46. Lavinia
  47. Leonie
  48. Lilia
  49. Livia
  50. Lottie
  51. Lowri
  52. Luella
  53. Lula
  54. Neave
  55. Nela
  56. Nellie
  57. Ocean
  58. Orlaith
  59. Ottilie
  60. Peggy
  61. Persephone
  62. Philippa
  63. Pixie
  64. Polly
  65. Primrose
  66. Rhea
  67. Roisin
  68. Roma
  69. Romilly
  70. Ronnie
  71. Roxanne
  72. Saffron
  73. Seren
  74. Tia
  75. Tilly
  76. Una
  77. Verity
  78. Xanthe

boys

  1. Albie
  2. Angus
  3. Archibald
  4. Archie
  5. Aston
  6. Barnaby
  7. Barney
  8. Baxter
  9. Bertie
  10. Boris
  11. Brogan
  12. Bryn
  13. Buddy
  14. Buster
  15. Caio
  16. Callan
  17. Callum
  18. Caspian
  19. Chester
  20. Cian
  21. Cillian
  22. Clayton
  23. Cormac
  24. Dawud
  25. Denny
  26. Eden
  27. Edwin
  28. Emil
  29. Emrys
  30. Eoin
  31. Eren
  32. Ernie
  33. Ewan
  34. Fergus
  35. Finlay
  36. Fletcher
  37. Franklin
  38. Fraser
  39. Griff
  40. Guy
  41. Hadley
  42. Hamish
  43. Harvey
  44. Herbert
  45. Hughie
  46. Huw
  47. Idris
  48. Igor
  49. Ioan
  50. Ivor
  51. Jago
  52. Jai
  53. Junior
  54. Kenzie
  55. Kian
  56. Kingsley
  57. Kit
  58. Kylan
  59. Lachlan
  60. Laith
  61. Leighton
  62. Leyton
  63. Lloyd
  64. Lochlan
  65. Lorcan
  66. Malachy
  67. Montague
  68. Monty
  69. Mylo
  70. Ned
  71. Niall
  72. Oakley
  73. Oisin
  74. Ollie
  75. Orson
  76. Osian
  77. Osman
  78. Owain
  79. Paddy
  80. Percy
  81. Rafe
  82. Rafferty
  83. Regan
  84. Reggie
  85. Reign
  86. Rio
  87. Rogan
  88. Rohan
  89. Rome
  90. Ronnie
  91. Roscoe
  92. Ruairi
  93. Rudy
  94. Rufus
  95. Rupert
  96. Saxon
  97. Shay
  98. Sheikh
  99. Simeon
  100. Stanley
  101. Teddie
  102. Theon
  103. Tudor
  104. Vlad
  105. Wilfred
  106. Woody
  107. Ziggy

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 of the same name.

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