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Posh Baby Names

The following names are the names most indicative of the upper class in Britain over the last thirty years based on peerage birth announcements compared with national statistics. In other words, these names are uncommon choices in Britain except for among the upper class where they are well used. The Brits call these Posh Baby Names, while to Americans these names may feel simply British or Eurostyle...which may feel posh or wealthy or upper class. Compiled by Eleanor Nickerson of British Baby Names.

  • Venetia

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Venetia, the name of the region encompassing Venice, has a radiant, picturesque authenticity, as do the related Venezia and Venice.

    Venetia is the title of a novel by... Read More 

  • Verity

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    If you love Puritan virtue names and want to move beyond Hope and Faith and Grace, this is a wonderful choice, both for its meaning and its sound. A rare find here, though occasionally heard in... Read More 

  • Wilbur

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Wilbur is a stylish name in the UK whose merits are just starting to be discovered in the US. Wilbur, the loveable pig who Charlotte of the Web called Some Pig, is an inspirational hero. And... Read More 

  • Wilfred

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Wilfred is one of those Old Man Names that still sounds fusty in the US but is fashionable in the UK. It comes with readymade short forms Will or Fred and might make an adventurous alternative to... Read More 

  • Willoughby

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Willoughby is an energetic last-name-first route to the popular short form Will, livelier than any of the two-syllable options. It could be picked up by parents attracted to the Willow sound for... Read More 

  • Xanthe

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    X marks the spot in names these days, usually at the middles or ends of names, but here is one that puts it squarely up front.

    This exotic name, which, like all Greek names beginning... Read More 

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