The United Kingdom finally released its top baby names list, and Oliver and Amelia still came out on top. (Neither was in the top 10 here in the U.S.—Oliver came in at number 32 and Amelia was number 15.) But surprisingly, we don't see a lot of crossover between the U.S. and U.K. list. Names like Poppy and Alfie, which don't even chart in the top 1000 here, are top 20 favorites over there.
Here are some of my favorites from across the pond that haven't quite become as popular here in the U.S.
Florence You can bet that rock act Florence + the Machine is behind the new popularity of this name, currently number 26 on their list.
Thea This shortened relation to Theodore ranks near number 80 in the U.K., but just hit the top 1000 in the U.S. this year.
Ivy This plant is often associated with faithfulness—and makes a lovely botanical baby name.
Lottie This short form of Charlotte hit the top 100 this year, even before the royal baby name was announced. I'd expect to see it on the rise now.
Freya The Scandinavian goddess' name just started ranking here in the U.S. last year, but it's been a U.K. favorite for some time.
Oscar Oscar holds steady near the top 100 here in the U.S., but it's a top 10 favorite in the U.K.
Ellis This Welsh variant on Elijah debuted in the top 100 on British charts, but it's still back in the top 500 here.
Arthur Every year I campaign for Arthur, a name with a charming vibe (it means bear), and a regular on the top 100 in the U.K. (It's only #306 here!)
Tell us: What UK gems do you love?