Common British names for girls and boys

Common British names for girls and boys

The name of your child can define his or her entire life, so it should always be chosen wisely. British names have a special charm and classy vibe, which is why so many people turn their attention to them. Check out some of the most beautiful British baby names and choose the one that appeals to you!

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Common British names have always been famous for their elegance and loveliness. People associate them with kings and royalty. There are various sources of inspiration for British first names, and many of them come from the olden days. Here, you have a chance to check out some of the popular options, as well as the old and traditional ones that are used less commonly.

Top British names for girls and boys

First, we will start with British female names. All British names for girls have a charming sound to them, and each one gives a special vibe that depicts the individual personality of a girl or a woman. They can be fierce or more gentle-sounding, but the fact is that every one of them has a rich history and a meaning behind it.

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British girl names

Common British names
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  • Olivia. It gained initial popularity in England after William Shakespeare's play "Twelfth Night" came out. Olivia is derived from the Latin word Oliva, which means "olive tree", and the mentions of it in British history date back to the thirteenth century.
  • Sophia. Originally, it was derived from the Greek language, meaning "wisdom" or "skill". It became popular in England in the 17th century after it was given to the daughter of James I.
  • Lily. It was inspired by the flower lily and became very popular in England and other English-speaking countries in the late 20th century. The lily flower symbolises purity, passion, and rebirth.
  • Ava. According to popular belief, it was derived either from the Latin word "avis", which means "bird", or from the Hebrew form of Eve, Chava. It has become increasingly popular thanks to the actress Ava Gardner.
  • Mia. It is strongly associated with the Spanish and Italian words "mia", which mean "mine". It could have also originated from the Slavic word "Mila", the meaning of which is "darling" or "dear".
  • Isla. It is a historically Scottish name derived from the word "Islay", the island situated off the west coast of Scotland. Some of the alternate historical versions are Ile and Ila.
  • Amelia. Initially, it was a blend of such medieval names as Amalia and Emilia, which are still quite popular as variations of it. Amelia means "striving" and "industrious". One of the most popular bearers of the name is Amelia Earhart, the famous aviator.
  • Isabella. Not many know, but Isabella is a variation of Isabel, which is, in return, a variation of Elizabeth. The meaning is "devoted to God", as it translates from Hebrew. In medieval times, it was prominent not only in Britain but all over Europe — many countries had an Isabella in their royal family.
  • Emily. Today, Emily is one of the most famous names in England and the English-speaking world, but it originally derived from old Rome. The Latin "Aemilia" came from "Aemilius", the ancient Roman surname meaning "rival, trying to excel".
  • Grace. It became famous thanks to the Puritans in the 17th century who gave it to girls in God's favour. The word "grace" combines mercy, kindness and beauty.

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Next, here are some popular British names for boys that you might like. Naturally, British male names are no less lovely than female ones.

British boy names

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  • Noah. Initially, it came from the Bible, with the meaning "comfort" and "rest" in Hebrew. Noah, from the Bible, is the ark builder who survived the great flood. Nowadays, it is given to a lot of boys in Britain, and sometimes to girls.
  • George. In Greek, "georgos" meant "farmer" or "tiller of the soil". For England, this name has major significance as the patron saint of the land is St. George. Another famous bearer is the young Prince George, who might be behind the recent popularity of it.
  • Oliver. It is basically a male variation of Olivia. It was inspired by the olive tree which symbolises dignity, beauty and fruitfulness.
  • Charlie. This version of Charles means "free man". It is usually considered a name for an easy-going person and is given to both boys and girls, though primarily to boys. It also has plenty of references in pop culture, the most notable being Charlie Chaplin and "Charlie's Angels".
  • Harry. It means "house protector" or "army commander". For British people, Harry is strongly associated with Prince Harry of England.
  • Leo. In Latin, it means "lion", and a few saints and popes were named Leo. It can also be a short form for Leopold or Leon. Some of the famous Leos include the writer Leo Tolstoy and the actor, Leonardo Di Caprio.
  • Arthur. It came from the Roman name "Artorius", the meaning of which was "noble" and "courageous". In Britain, it is popular because of the legendary King Arthur with his round table of knights.
  • Jack. It was originally derived from Jackin (Jankin), which was the medieval form of John. It was common in the Middle Ages and some famous writers such as Jack London and Jack Kerouac, proudly had it.
  • Freddie. It is a pet form of Frederick, which initially came from Germany. "Fridu" meant "peace", while "Ric," had a meaning of "power". It's most famous bearer was the musician Freddie Mercury.
  • Ethan. In Hebrew, Ethan meant "strong", "firm" and "long-lived". It appears in the Bible. Nowadays, it is one of the most popular names in Great Britain.

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Now, here are some common British surnames for you.

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Common British last names

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  • Smith — meaning "a worker in metal".
  • Johnson — "John's son".
  • Williams — "a son of William", meaning "helmet, protection".
  • Jones — means "John's son", a variation of Johnson.
  • Brown — means the colour brown.
  • Davis — means "beloved" from Hebrew.
  • Miller — means a person who is in charge of a corn mill.
  • Wilson — derived from Will, meaning "desire".
  • Moore — Irish surname which means "stately and noble".
  • Taylor — came from old French, meaning "tailor" or "cutter".

Ever been interested in unique old British first names? Here are some exciting variants for you.

Old British names

Some notable names for boys include:

  • Alfred — meaning "elf counsel".
  • Baxter — meaning "baker".
  • Cromwell — meaning "winding stream".
  • Gresham — meaning "grazing land".
  • Jefferson — meaning "the son of Jeffery".
  • Oswald — meaning "divinely powerful".
  • Raleigh — meaning "the meadow of the roe deer".
  • Ralph — meaning "wise counsel".
  • Stanford — meaning "dweller at the rocky ford".
  • Tanner — meaning "leather worker".

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Here are some old names for girls:

  • Audrey — meaning "noble strength".
  • Charity — meaning "goodwill".
  • Edwina — meaning "prosperous in war".
  • Florence — meaning "flowering".
  • Henrietta — meaning "ruler of the enclosure".
  • Kendra — meaning "knowing."
  • Mildred — meaning "gentle advisor".
  • Payton — meaning "warrior's estate".
  • Silvia — meaning "of the woods".
  • Wendy — meaning "fair".
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We hope you enjoyed these lovely British names! Now you will know how to name a child or a character in your story meaningfully.

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