Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
British baby name lists always have some cool trends to consider as you’re picking your baby’s moniker. When we last checked into the tops of the British charts, they had some pretty cool trends going on:
• Nicknames make great official names. Names like Charlie, Alfie, Millie and Evie are red hot—more popular, even than the formal names like Charles and Millicent.
• The third time’s the charm. Brits get more than two chances to get the name right—giving a child two middle names is common.
• Old-fashioned names look new. Old-school classics like Arthur and Florence are red-hot in the UK right now.
• Character names are in vogue. British institutions like Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and Doctor Who have influenced the charts—the top name for boys is Harry (also the name of the young prince), and Amelia, the name of a recent companion on Doctor Who.
• Pick a pretty floral name. Poppy, Daisy and Jasmine were all in the top 50.
• The “Es” have it. The top 10 boys’ names in the UK include Harry, Charlie, Alfie and Riley.
What do you think of the British baby name trends? Which ones would you consider for your son or daughter? If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, don’t forget to check out our Baby Name Finder. And I’d love to help you with your latest baby name dilemma—just send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy baby name hunting!
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Monday, August 12th, 2013
Britain and the U.S. may have a lot in common, but the top baby names aren’t one of them! In the UK, the top baby names are Harry and Amelia, yet again—names that aren’t anywhere near the top of the charts here in the U.S. (Harry’s at #718, while Amelia does rank higher, at #23.)
Some other interesting notes:
1. Nicknames are more popular than the formal names in the UK. Their top 20 includes Sophie, Charlie, Alfie, Evie, Max and Harry (which is actually a nickname for Henry).
2. Some of our most popular names don’t rank high in the UK. U.S. #2 Mason is #31 in the UK, and #2 Emma is #50 in the UK.
3. The British big climbers are Hugo (up 51 spots), and Ivy (up 80 spots). Ivy’s pretty big here, too, thanks to Beyonce and Jay-Z’s daughter.
4. I’m loving that most of the top 10 British baby names would make stellar sib sets—Jack and Jessica, for instance, or Thomas and Ava.
5. They have some lovely name choices that I’d suggest we steal: I’m loving Alfie, Archie, Arthur, Rory and George for boys; Isla, Poppy, Freya, Maisie and Tillie for girls.
Here’s the top 10 British names, for those keeping score at home.
1. Harry and Amelia
2. Oliver and Olivia
3. Jack and Jessica
4. Charlie and Emily
5. Jacob and Lily
6. Thomas and Ava
7. Alfie and Mia
8. Riley and Isla
9. William and Sophie
10. James and Isabella
You can check out the full top 100 here. What names do you love from it?
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