British Baby Names

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British baby names have a unique style all their own. British names overlap with American and European names to some extent, but there are many names that are far more popular in Great Britain than they are anywhere else.

Nameberry analyzes British baby names that make the top names list in the UK but not in other countries. Some of these names are well-used English names and others have their origins in Greek, Latin, Hebrew, or other languages and cultures.

In general, compared with names popular in the US, British baby names are more traditional and less frequently newly-minted or invented. Nickname names are more popular in Britain than elsewhere and some names are more popular for boys in the UK -- Hadley and Henley, for instance -- and girls in the US.

It should be noted that Britain includes Wales and Northern Ireland, so some of the names we're calling British have roots in the Welsh or Irish languages. And Britain's large Middle Eastern population means that some Arabic names also now count as British.

Here, a collection of names we'd describe as British baby names.

  • Agnes

    Agnes is the Latin variation of the name Hagne, which itself derived from the Greek word hagnos, meaning “chaste.” In medieval times, St. Agnes was a very popular saint, leading to its... Read More 

  • Aida

    Aida is a melodic name largely associated with the title character of the 1871 Verdi opera, an enslaved Ethiopian princess who dies to save her people. In the past, her name was rarely heard... Read More 

  • Alastair

    To Americans, a quintessential British name, introduced to the U.S. public by suave journalist/PBS Masterpiece Theater host Alastair Cook. Sometimes used in the U.S. by parents with Scottish heritage.Read More 

  • Alba

    Alba is quietly making a behind-the-scenes comeback, perhaps thanks to actress turned baby-product mogul Jessica Alba. Last on the Top 1000 a century ago, the name was given to more than 150 baby... Read More 

  • Alban

    An ancient and highly unusual name; St. Alban -- sometimes also called Albinus or Aubin -- was an early martyr in Roman Britain. Using an alternate spelling, Alben Barkley was the 35th U.S.... Read More 

  • Albie

    This cute masculine nickname -- with connections to princes, Hogwarts headmasters and the Manzo family of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" -- almost has enough heft to stand on its own. But all of... Read More 

  • Alfie

    Alfie is a Top 20 name throughout the British Isles, where retro nickname names are mega-popular, but it hasn't really been picked up in the US yet. Both Alfie and rising star Archie are spunky... Read More 

  • Amal

    Amal is an attractive name with a wonderful meaning that has long been used in many Middle Eastern countries, especially Lebanon (and migrant communities). It is of course getting a lot more... Read More 

  • Angus

    Angus is rapidly moving from fuddy-duddy, kilt-wearing old Scotsman to hip young American; it's definitely a plausible choice, particularly for parents whose roots go back to Glasgow. The ancient... Read More 

  • Anouk

    Anouk, made famous by French actress Anouk Aimée, is a singular name with a lovely sound and a Bohemian feel. Anouk Aimée was born as Francoise, but adopted the first name of the character she... Read More 

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