30 British Baby Names

When I was 12 I traveled to Great Britain on an ambassador trip with this group. I know it’s thinking many, many years in the future for most of us, but if your children have the opportunity to travel overseas — make it happen! Gaining a global perspective through travel has immensely impacted my life for the better. I only hope my children will be able to have similar, life-changing experiences.

Since traveling across the pond I’ve retained a fascination with all things British. I love the idea of royalty, the accents, the home cooking, the historical significance of Britain over the centuries. So, it only seems natural that now, as a mama, I’ve got a wee bit of love for British baby names.

Today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite baby names inspired by Great Britain — aren’t they just brilliant!?!

30 british baby names
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British Boy Baby Names

Alastair /// such sophistication … often credited to the journalist Alastair Cook.

Archie /// a British top 20, but not quite as popular here in the US.

Augustine /// a bit old-fashioned, but wouldn’t “Gus” be the perfect nickname?

Callum /// give your little boy a Scottish flair.

Charles /// Prince Charles has such a timeless name and I adore the nickname “Charlie.”

Derby /// a city in the East Midlands region, definitely a different and unique name to consider.

Duncan /// another Scottish name and with all the clans your surnames turned first name options are bountiful.

George /// name your little one after a future king.

Graham /// this was our tour guide’s name when I traveled to Britain and I’ve loved it ever since.

Lennon /// a nod to England’s musical great.

Leo /// a name held by many popes and perhaps now, your son.

Lewis /// there are so many English writers that can spur baby names, Alice in Wonderland’s Lewis Carroll being one.

Piers /// connected to the name “Peter”, just a bit more sophisticated.

Rex /// with the feel of “Max”, just more regal.

Rhys /// the traditional Welsh spelling makes this name standout.

British Girl Baby Names

Beatrice /// another ode to the royal family, Princess Beatrice of York.

Bristol /// a city in Southwest England.

Bronwen /// or Anwen, both lovely Welsh names.

Bryony /// a climbing vine indigenous to Britain, I love Ivy, Clover and Rose as other English garden names.

Carys /// common in Wales, not so much here … pronounced ker-is.

Cressida /// just one of Shakespeare’s amazing names, find more here.

Elizabeth /// so many queens have had this traditional name and the nicknames are endless.

Freya /// I see this one on the rise here in the US, it’s so pretty.

Gemma /// a popular 1980’s British name, it’s becoming popular again … as is the spelling “Jemma.”

Imogen /// another British classic.

Iona /// a small island off the coast of Scotland.

Kate /// our dear Kate Middelton will no doubt give a rise to this simple, beautiful name.

London /// a perfect name to recognize a perfect city.

Pippa /// Kate’s sister, Pippa Middelton, has given me a love for this classy, unique nickname to Phillipa.

Sterling /// I suppose this could be a boy name too, but truly beautiful for a little girl named after the Scottish city.

What British names do you love? Does your child’s name have a non-US origin?

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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