Category Archives: British Baby Names

When it comes to names in the English-speaking world, British Baby Names loom large in terms of origin. Our category of British baby names also covers names that are popular in Britain today, whatever the origin.

Wenlock and Mandeville

Tickets for next year’s Olympic Games in London go on sale next week, and it got me thinking about those two little curious characters, pictured here, who are the mascots for the Games. Meet Wenlock and Mandeville, the mascots of … Continue reading

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British Baby Boy Names Differ From U.S. Counterparts

Part 1 of this series looked at British baby girl names and their relationship to American girl names. As I discussed in that post, the similarities between the two sets of names are striking. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

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British Baby Girl Names Mirror American Cousins

We share a lot with Britain, from a common language, to a similar legal system, to American Idol (based on Britain’s Pop Idol) and Dancing with the Stars (based on Britain’s Strictly Come Dancing). I wanted to look at the … Continue reading

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Jack And Olivia Top U.K. Baby Names In 2006

Baby name rankings in Britain for 2006 were released recently by the United Kingdom’s Office of National Statistics. Topping the boy’s list for the 12th year in a row was Jack, while Olivia moved up from the number 4 spot … Continue reading

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Manchester Fish and Chip Shop Inspires Baby’s Name

The inspiration for a name can start anywhere. Usually, people use the name of a family member, or perhaps a flower, or even a movie star. But here’s one I haven’t heard before — a British baby being named in … Continue reading

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“Blade” And “Kofi” Showing Up As New Baby Names In Britain

An article at the website This Is London reports on some unusual names showing up in the British baby name registrations, including Kofi, Spike, and Blade. The data in question appears in the British website Bounty, Britain’s largest parenting club. … Continue reading

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