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.

  • Honora

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Honora and Honoria are two ways of softening the severity of Honor, while retaining its righteous meaning. They were predominant until the Reformation, when the Puritans adopted the abstract... Read More 

  • Imogen

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Imogen is a Shakespearean name long fashionable in England, which temporarily lost its way here when spelled and pronounced ihm-oh-GENE. Pronounced the British way -- the initial i is short as in... Read More 

  • Iona

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    This name of a small island off the coast of Scotland is trending upwards along with other I names. Read More 

  • Iris

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Iris is one of the bouquet of turn-of-the-last-century flower names that is gradually beginning to regain its appeal: it is now at the highest point it has been since the Thirties.

    Part... Read More 

  • Isla

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Isla is the name of a Scottish river, an island (spelled Islay), and the hot young red-haired actress Isla Fisher, wife of Sacha Baron Cohen. Isla is also among the fastest rising names in the US,... Read More 

  • Jemima

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Jemima, the name of a strong and beautiful Biblical daughter of Job, has long been among the chicest choices of aristocratic Brits. Unfortunately, Jemima is still somewhat linked in this country... Read More 

  • Jessamine

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Jessamine, a charming name occasionally heard in England, is just beginning to be appreciated in the U.S. as a possible successor to all the Jess names of the past. It's also spelled Jessamyn, as... Read More 

  • Jessamy

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Jessamy and big sister Jessamine are all but unknown in the U.S., but make distinctive alternatives to overexposed Jessica, Jessie, and Jasmine.Read More 

  • Jocasta

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Jocasta is a mythological name fashionably used in England, but mostly ignored here. She was the mother of Oedipus, King of Thebes, whom he (oops) unwittingly married. If you can ignore that small... Read More 

  • Layla

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    A lovely musical name (remember the old Eric Clapton-Derek & the Dominos song?), Layla's seen a significant surge in popularity, partly through its kinship with hugely successful Kayla and partly... Read More 

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