These Baby Names Are All the Rage in Great Britain, but Rare in the US

For example, Arwen for a girl and Jenson for a boy.
ByNehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
May 2020
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It’s no secret that a name’s popularity can vary based on what country you live in. When it comes to English baby names, what’s popular in the United States versus across the pond in Great Britain can vary quite a bit.

While both the US and English share a popularity in some top 10 names (Olivia, Ava, Isabella, Sophia, Mia and Amelia for girls and Noah and Oliver for boys), there are hundreds more that likely remain hidden from the other country.

Nameberry, a popular naming website, looked at the top 1000 British baby names and found 180 names (90 for boys and 90 for girls) that they felt were largely unheard of and not likely used in the US. They found three main types of English names that were rarely used in the US, including English nickname names (like Ralphie, Reggie, Honey and Hettie), native British names (including Arwen, Owain, Lowri and Laith) and vintage British names (like Primrose, Percy, Persephone and Montague).

Without further ado, here is Nameberry’s list of 90 girls’ names and 90 boys’ names that are among the British top 1000, but rare in the US.

English Girl Names

  1. Aida
  2. Alba
  3. Amal
  4. Aoife
  5. Arla
  6. Arwen
  7. Beau
  8. Bethan
  9. Billie
  10. Blossom
  11. Bobbie
  12. Caoimhe
  13. Carys
  14. Cassie
  15. Cerys
  16. Ciara
  17. Coco
  18. Connie
  19. Darcy
  20. Dolly
  21. Dottie
  22. Eira
  23. Elif
  24. Elodie
  25. Elspeth
  26. Enya
  27. Esmae
  28. Fern
  29. Ffion
  30. Fleur
  31. Georgiana
  32. Georgina
  33. Giulia
  34. Harriet
  35. Hermione
  36. Hettie
  37. Honey
  38. Ida
  39. Indiana
  40. Indigo
  41. Inaya
  42. Ines
  43. Iona
  44. Isobel
  45. Isra
  46. Iyla
  47. Jemima
  48. Jorgie
  49. Keziah
  50. Khadija
  51. Kitty
  52. Lavinia
  53. Leonie
  54. Lilia
  55. Lottie
  56. Lowri
  57. Lula
  58. Martina
  59. Minnie
  60. Neave
  61. Nela
  62. Nellie
  63. Ocean
  64. Orlaith
  65. Ottilie
  66. Peggy
  67. Persephone
  68. Philippa
  69. Pixie
  70. Polly
  71. Primrose
  72. Priya
  73. Roisin
  74. Rae
  75. Roma
  76. Romilly
  77. Ronnie
  78. Roxanne
  79. Saffron
  80. Saskia
  81. Seren
  82. Tabitha
  83. Tia
  84. Tilly
  85. Una
  86. Verity
  87. Winifred
  88. Xanthe
  89. Zaynab
  90. Zoya

English Boy Names

  1. Albie
  2. Andreas
  3. Angus
  4. Archibald
  5. Aston
  6. Bailey
  7. Barnaby
  8. Bertie
  9. Brogan
  10. Bryn
  11. Buddy
  12. Caio
  13. Cassian
  14. Chester
  15. Cian
  16. Cillian
  17. Coby
  18. Dawud
  19. Denny
  20. Dion
  21. Emil
  22. Emrys
  23. Eren
  24. Ernie
  25. Ewan
  26. Faris
  27. Fergus
  28. Finlay
  29. Fraser
  30. Gethin
  31. Griff
  32. Guy
  33. Hadley
  34. Hamish
  35. Harris
  36. Henley
  37. Herbert
  38. Hughie
  39. Huw
  40. Igor
  41. Ioan
  42. Ivor
  43. Jago
  44. Jai
  45. Jenson
  46. Jovan
  47. Kenzie
  48. Kit
  49. Krish
  50. Laith
  51. Leyton
  52. Lloyd
  53. Lorcan
  54. Macsen
  55. Montague
  56. Monty
  57. Mylo
  58. Ned
  59. Niall
  60. Ollie
  61. Orson
  62. Osian
  63. Osman
  64. Owain
  65. Paddy
  66. Percy
  67. Qasim
  68. Rafe
  69. Rafferty
  70. Reggie
  71. Rio
  72. Robin
  73. Rome
  74. Roscoe
  75. Ruairi
  76. Rufus
  77. Rupert
  78. Sami
  79. Saxon
  80. Shay
  81. Simeon
  82. Sultan
  83. Teddie
  84. Tudor
  85. Vinnie
  86. Vlad
  87. Wilfred
  88. Woody
  89. Zayan
  90. Ziggy

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