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For 14 years running, Jack has topped the baby name charts in England, but Oliver is running a close second. It’s an interesting development when noting that the top name for girls – Olivia – is the equivalent to the second-runner-up for boys. Find out other baby naming trends in England and, while you are at it, find the perfect name for your boy or girl.

Top English Names

The top 10 boys names in the UK for 2008:
1. Jack
2. Oliver
3. Harry
4. Charlie
5. Alfie
6. Thomas
7. Joshua
8. Daniel
9. James
10. William 

The top 10 girls names in the UK for 2008:
1. Olivia
2. Ruby
3. Grace
4. Emily
5. Jessica
6. Sophie
7. Chloe
8. Lily
9. Mia
10. Lucy

Are you wondering how this compares to the top baby names in the US? Find out here:

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English Celebrity Baby Names

Do celebs’ baby-naming decisions make headlines in the UK as much as they do in the U.S.? Yes, indeed! The relatively low-key names of Ruby (daughter of singer Charlotte Church) and Ava (daughter of Myleene Klass) are topping the charts. But one of the most talked about names of late is that of model Jordan’s daughter, Princess Tiaamii. Other monikers making the list of unusual baby names for UK celebs are the following:

  • Blue Angel – daughter of U2's The Edge and actress Aislinn O'Sullivan (also parents to Hollie and Arran)
  • Bluebell Madonna – daughter of singer Geri Halliwell
  • Brooklyn – son of athlete David Beckham and singer/entrepreneur Victoria Beckham (also parents to Romeo and Cruz)
  • Fifi Trixibell – daughter of musician Bob Geldof and TV presenter Paula Yates (also parents to Peaches and Pixie)
  • Fuchsia – daughter of musician Sting and actress Frances Tomelty
  • Gaia – daughter of actors Emma Thompson and Greg Wise
  • Gulliver – son of actor Gary Oldman and model Donya Fiorentino
  • Poppy Honey – daughter of chef Jamie Oliver and model Juliette Norton (also parents to Daisy Boo and Petal Blossom Rainbow)
  • Saffron Sahara – daughter of Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and model Yasmin Le Bon (also parents to Amber Rose and Tallulah Pine)


Old English Baby Names

The present-day baby name choices of celebrity Brits obviously provide plenty of ideas, but names of Old English origin are a fine treasure trove of distinguished monikers as well. From Alfred and Audrey to Edward and Edith, here are some other especially Anglo-Saxon names, whether you’re looking for stylish and understated or quirky and unforgettable:

Old English Girl Names: Aldercy, Bindy, Clovis, Dorinda, Edolie, Fleta, Gytha, Harva, Ida, Jonesy, Kimberley, Laurinda, Maida, Palma, Queena, Radella, Selby, Tuesday, Ulla, Vala, Wilona, Yedda

Old English Boy Names: Ansley, Bede, Carlyle, Digby, Elwood, Fairfax, Garyson, Harvey, Ivor, Jarvis, Kipp, Lind, Mather, Nyle, Oakley, Parr, Robert, Stokley, Thorne, West

English Baby Naming Trends

The Times reports the following stats about British baby name choices and trends:

• Moms age 40 and over were more likely to go for the traditional baby names, like Harry, Joshua, Thomas and William.
• Moms of the younger generation are more prone to go with celeb-inspired names, and their list includes a number of boys named Dylan, Jayden, Lewis, Ryan and Tyler.
• One not-so-popular name of late in Britain is Amy (perhaps no one wants their child to channel any Amy Winehouse antics).
• That being said, the name Blake (first name of Amy Winehouse’s husband Blake Fielder-Civil) has entered the list of top 100 boys names for the first time ever.
• Girls names experiencing the biggest surge in popularity are Isla and Summer.
• Boys names falling off the charts are Dominic and Gabriel.

Sometimes it’s best to know what names are failing in popularity – if you choose a unique name for your child, they’re sure to have a memorable moniker in their generation.

Finally, if you want to be truly English in the choice of name for your child, sometimes the best resources to refer to are the tomes that have originated on that isle – the likes of Jane Austen, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. Their colorful characters may inspire a delightful name for your little one.

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Comments (3)Add Comment
written by Kim Grundy, June 04, 2009
Great ideas here! Isla, Mia and Grace are some of the girl names that stood out! Unique, but not too popular!
written by Kim Grundy, June 09, 2009
Garyson is a unique spelling for "Garrison." What do you guys think? I also love the boy name Oliver.
written by joy, July 06, 2009
i want to search more popular names

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