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.

  • Catriona

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    This Katherine variation, used through Ireland and Scotland, is pronounced as Katrina -- kat-tree-na. The name became popular after the Crusaders brought home stories about the colorful fourth... Read More 

  • Cerys

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Common name in Wales that's all but unknown in the U.S. Certainly an attractive choice ripe for export. In the UK it sits at Number 330. Read More 

  • Clementine

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Clementine is a Nameberry favorite that has finally broken back into the US Top 1000 after more than half a century off the list. Still, its style value may mean there are more Clementines than... Read More 

  • Clover

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Clover is a charming, perky choice if you want to move beyond hothouse blooms like Rose and Lily, and it's recently become a new celeb favorite, chosen by both Neal McDonough and Natasha Gregson... Read More 

  • Cressida

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Cressida is a pretty mythological and Shakespearean heroine name much better known in Britain than it is here — an imbalance the adventurous baby namer might want to correct. For although... Read More 

  • Eilidh

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Long popular in Scotland, this attractive name is widely considered to be the Gaelic version of Helen. After the Normans introduced it into the British Isles, it was transformed into Evelyn. It... Read More 

  • Elsie

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Not so long ago, Elsie might have been on a list of Names Least Likely to Succeed—but look at her now! She is currently ranked Number 33 in the U.K., and in the US, she's now Number 340, having... Read More 

  • Elspeth

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Elspeth is one of those names that never quite made it out of the British Isles--particularly Scotland, but possesses a winningly childlike charm. Elspeth was used by Sir Walter Scott for several... Read More 

  • Esme

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Esmé is a sophisticated, distinctive, and charming J. D. Salinger name, from his classic 1950 story For Esmé, With Love and Squalor. Related to the French Aimee, which means beloved, and... Read More 

  • Eugenie

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Eugenie enjoyed a major dusting off when Fergie and Prince Andrew chose it for their daughter, restoring a patina of royal sheen it hadn't had since the time of Napoleon III's glamorous... Read More 

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