British Girl Names

Do British baby girl names have a distinct style? You bet, and often the style of English names is a step or two ahead of the style of American names. Some of the hottest baby girl names in England, Scotland, and Wales are still cool -- and underused -- choices in the U.S.. Some girls' names that rank particularly highly in Britain are Amelia, Poppy, Freya, and Florence, while Olivia, Sophia, and Charlotte are popular in both the UK and the US. British parents are also more likely to use nicknames as proper names for their daughters, with names like Evie, Elsie, Millie, and Rosie widely used on their own for girls in England and Wales. Here, some of the most intriguing British baby names for girls.

  • Ailsa

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Ailsa is a traditional Scottish name related to a rocky island in the Firth of Clyde called Ailsa Craig. It might make an interesting alternative to the outdated Ashley or overly popular Ella,... Read More 

  • Alice

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Alice is a classic name that's both strong and sweet, which got a big bounce via Tina Fey's choice of the name for her daughter. In the past decade Alice has jumped nearly 300 places in the... Read More 

  • Amelia

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Amelia, a lovely Victorian name, with a heroic connection to aviatrix Amelia Earhart, is one of the HOTTEST girls' names as an alternative to the overused Emily and Amanda. Amelia emerged as the... Read More 

  • Annabel

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Annabel is a spirited name that embodies quirky British gentility, and is gaining increading favor in the U.S. in the wake of the mega-popular Isabel. Appearing in Scotland as early as the twelfth... Read More 

  • Anwen

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Anwen is one of the simplest and best of the classic Welsh girls' names, more unusual than Bronwen but with the same serene feel. Read More 

  • Arabella

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Arabella, lovely and elegant, has long been well used in Britain and finally made it onto the American list in 2005; it is now among the US Top 200 Read More 

  • Araminta

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Araminta is an enchanting eighteenth-century invention familiar in Britain and just beginning to be discovered here. It was used in 1693 by William Congreve in his comedy The Old... Read More 

  • Beatrix

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Beatrix, has a solid history of its own apart from Beatrice, with that final x adding a playful, animated note to the name's imposing history. It has been largely associated with Beatrix (born... Read More 

  • Bronwen

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Bronwen is widespread in Wales, but still rare enough here to sound somewhat exotic--we think Bronwen is a real winner. (Note: the Bronwyn spelling is strictly for males in its native land.)... Read More 

  • Bryony

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Bryony is an unusually strong plant name --the bryony is a wild climbing vine with green flowers --that caught on in the U.K. before sprouting here. The name of the young character in the Ian... Read More 

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