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This is the English Baby Names page where we have listed all the English Baby Names from our database in alphabetical order. You opt to flick through this list or instead use our form to search for English Baby Names by Origin or Meaning.
On the detail page for each the English Baby Names you will find the name meaning, similar English Baby Names, information about its popularity and even celebrities and celebrity babies with this name.You can shortlist any of the English Baby Names, like them on Facebook, or if your name is one of our many English Baby Names and you have a blog or a personal site you can even add a link to it from the name page that matches your name.
Historical Influences Upon Modern English Names
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The actual name for the initials UK is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It was officially formed in 1801 and is the greater portion of the land in the British Isles. England accounting for over 83 % of the UK's population, is its most populous and largest constituent country.
The Diverse History of English Names
The majority of English names don't derive from English. The historical significance in determining English names is demonstrated through the conquering and conquests by prevailing powers which ruled during particular periods in history.
Continental Germanic tribes, the Angles & Saxons, arrived in Britain around the 5th century. The Celtic natives were displaced or absorbed having previously been under the Roman authority. Names used by the Anglo-Saxons were Old English Germanic.
Old Norse (Scandinavian) names infiltrated England when the Vikings began raiding the country in the late 8th century. In 1066, the Normans became the rulers in England following the Norman Conquest. Old English names were quickly replaced with the Norman's Germanic names, and their usage disappeared for decades.
In the 13th century, the Catholic church exerted its power and control over much of Europe and many surrounding nations. Under strong urging by the church, people gave their children saintly names. These 'Christian' names had Ancient Greek, Hebrew, or Latin origins. Today, many Catholics, continue to use the names of saints for their children in first and middle names. This is also seen in several areas in America where Catholicism is the dominant religion practiced.
The Protestant Reformation which began in the 15th century divided the church and naming customs began to reflect the Bible. In the 17th century, obscure Old Testament biblical names were commonly used by the fundamentalist Puritans. The Puritans also began the virtue naming practice still employed today, using names like Patience and Charity.
Trends and Other Influences
Trends in given names such as using family names, vocabulary words (Summer, Sky), variants (Krystle fr. Crystal), and diminutives (Charlie, Sammy) or abbreviated names (Jessie, Barb, Alex, Bill) came into practice later. Literary and mythological names became common in England during the 19th century.
Modern English names are linguistically diverse, borrowing from many other languages, and have grown to include variants and invented names (Jolene, Lavone) amassed over the years.
The English Language
English is the 4th most spoken of all languages with approximately 345 million speakers (native) and the 2nd language most used worldwide. The English language is spoken in the U.S., England, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and several additional countries. Modern English comes from Middle English derived from Old English which originated in England.
A full name typically includes three names: first (given), middle, last (family or surname). Middle names are secondary given names and vary in source. An English name can include several middle names or none.
Current top ten names for baby boys in England & Wales are Oliver, Jack, Harry, Alfie, Charlie, Thomas, Willian, Joshua, George and James. The 10 most popular English girl names are Olivia, Sophie, Emily, Lily, Amelia, Jessica, Ruby, Chloe, Grace, and Evie.
England's Development of Surnames
In order to differentiate people further from each other, surnames began being commonly used in Europe during the 13th century when 1/3 of all males were named John, William or Richard. Surnames developed as a result of attempting to uniquely identify individuals and fall into 1 of 4 categories.
1. Surname is derived from the given name, usually patronymic but at times matronymic.
The names Thompson, Williams, and Johnson are examples of surnames derived from given names. Paternally derived names or those coming from the father are termed patronymic (a patronym), while maternally derived names, coming from the mother, are called matronymic (a matronym). The patronymic origin in the name Peterson is obvious in its dissection = Peter's son.
2. Surname is an occupational reference to the bearer.
As most prevalent English surname, Smith, is the best classic example for an occupational surname. Other examples include Wright and Clark.
3. Surname derived from bearer residence.
This category of names were considered topographic or locational surnames and describe the area in which the name bearer lived. Woods, Ford, and Hill are examples of topographical surnames.
4. Surname created from nicknames.
Self implied or imposed nicknames which were used to create surnames include Long, Young, and White.
Final elements coming from ancient English are often used in first names derived from surnames. For example, Stanley, Shirley, and Bradley use the element -ley which comes from leah (Old English), leye (Middle English) meaning "grove or clearing". The same usage and meaning applies to the element -lee.
|Aada||African||First daughter,||Add to Favorites|
|AAREN||English||Male - Variant or feminine form of AARON||Add to Favorites|
|Aarne||Finnish||Finnish form of ARNOLD||Add to Favorites|
|Aarno||English||Strong as an eagle,||Add to Favorites|
|Abagael||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abagail||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abagale||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abagayle||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abaigeal||Hebrew||Gives joy, my father rejoices; Abigail was the third wife of the biblical King David and was described as discreet and beautiful in form.||Add to Favorites|
|Abbagael||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abbagail||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abbagale||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abbagayle||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abbea||Hebrew||Her father rejoiced.||Add to Favorites|
|Abbee||Hebrew||Her father rejoiced.||Add to Favorites|
|Abbegael||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abbegail||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abbegale||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abbegayle||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abbey||English||Diminutive variant of Abbas, Abbott, Abelard, and Abner||Add to Favorites|
|Abbi||Hebrew||Her father rejoiced.||Add to Favorites|
|ABBIE||Hebrew||Her father rejoiced.||Add to Favorites|
|Abbigael||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abbigale||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abbigayle||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abbott||English||Abbey father.||Add to Favorites|
|Abbygael||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abbygail||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abbygale||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abbygayl||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abbygayle||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abea||Hebrew||Her father rejoiced.||Add to Favorites|
|Abee||Hebrew||Her father rejoiced.||Add to Favorites|
|Abegael||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abegail||Hebrew||Gives joy, my father rejoices; Abigail was the third wife of the biblical King David and was described as discreet and beautiful in form.||Add to Favorites|
|Abegale||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abegayle||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abi||Hebrew||Her father rejoiced.||Add to Favorites|
|ABIE||Hebrew||Her father rejoiced.||Add to Favorites|
|Abigael||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abigale||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abigayle||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Abnar||Hebrew||Father of light.||Add to Favorites|
|Abnor||Hebrew||Father of light.||Add to Favorites|
|Abolam||English||From the Hebrew name Avshalom (contracted from Avishalom) which meant 'my father is peace'. In the Old Testament he was a son of King David who led a revolt against his father. While fleeing he got his hair caught in a tree and was killed by Joab.||Add to Favorites|
|Absolom||English||From the Hebrew name Avshalom (contracted from Avishalom) which meant 'my father is peace'. In the Old Testament he was a son of King David who led a revolt against his father. While fleeing he got his hair caught in a tree and was killed by Joab.||Add to Favorites|
|Aby||Hebrew||Her father rejoiced.||Add to Favorites|
|Abygae||Hebrew||Father of Joy||Add to Favorites|
|Ackerlea||English||From the meadow of oak trees.||Add to Favorites|
|Ackerleah||English||From the meadow of oak trees.||Add to Favorites|
|Ackerlee||English||From the meadow of oak trees.||Add to Favorites|
|Ackerleigh||English||From the meadow of oak trees.||Add to Favorites|
|Ackerley||English||From the oak tree meadow; a possible reference to acre of oak trees||Add to Favorites|
|Ackerly||English||From the meadow of oak trees.||Add to Favorites|
|Acton||English||From the town or settlement near the oak trees||Add to Favorites|
|Ada||Latin||Ornament; Prosperous; Of noble birth; Happy.||Add to Favorites|
|Adah||Hebrew||Beautiful, ornament||Add to Favorites|
|Adalbrechta||English||Noble||Add to Favorites|
|Adalson||English||Son of a specific person now unknown, possibly Adam or any of the English names beginning with "Ad"||Add to Favorites|
|Adamson||English||Son of Adam,||Add to Favorites|
|Adan||Hebrew||Ornament; Prosperous; Of noble birth; Happy.||Add to Favorites|
|ADDA||English||Wealthy||Add to Favorites|
|Addah||Latin||Ornament; Prosperous; Of noble birth; Happy.||Add to Favorites|
|Addi||Hebrew||Ornament; Prosperous; Of noble birth; Happy.||Add to Favorites|
|Addia||Latin||Ornament; Prosperous; Of noble birth; Happy.||Add to Favorites|
|Addiah||Latin||Ornament; Prosperous; Of noble birth; Happy.||Add to Favorites|
|Addie||Hebrew||Ornament; Prosperous; Of noble birth; Happy.||Add to Favorites|
|Addis||English||Son of Adam||Add to Favorites|
|Addison||English||Of Adam; This surname was traditionally a male name but is growing in popularity for girls.||Add to Favorites|
|ADDY||Latin||Ornament; Prosperous; Of noble birth; Happy.||Add to Favorites|
|Ade||Latin||Ornament; Prosperous; Of noble birth; Happy.||Add to Favorites|
|ADELIA||English||Variant of ADELA||Add to Favorites|
|Adia||English||Wealthy||Add to Favorites|
|Adie||English||Ornament, adorned, Noble, Wealthy||Add to Favorites|
|Adken||English||Made of oak; strong; variant of Aiken||Add to Favorites|
|Adkins||English||Made of oak, strong; son of Aiken||Add to Favorites|
|Adney||English||Lives on the noble's island; surname||Add to Favorites|
|Adrea||Spanish||Male - Spanish form of Hadrianus, also a name used for the nobility class of the Betsileo people of central Madagascar. Six popes have borne this name.||Add to Favorites|
|Adreana||Greek||Dark, rich. From the Adriatic sea / Adria. A feminine form of Adrian.||Add to Favorites|
|Adreanna||Greek||Dark, rich. From the Adriatic sea / Adria. A feminine form of Adrian.||Add to Favorites|
|Adria||English||Feminine form of ADRIAN||Add to Favorites|
|Adrian||Latin||Dark; from the Adriatic Sea region||
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|Adriana||African||Male - Feminine form of Adrian/ from the Spanish name Hadrianus, Six popes have borne this name. Is a masculine name in Africa, and is used for the nobility class of the Betsileo people of central Madagascar.||
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|Adriane||Spanish||Male - Spanish form of Hadrianus, also a name used for the nobility class of the Betsileo people of central Madagascar. Six popes have borne this name.||Add to Favorites|
|ADRIANNA||English||Feminine form of ADRIAN||Add to Favorites|
|ADRIANNE||English||Feminine form of ADRIAN||Add to Favorites|
|Adrie||Dutch||From the Adriatic||Add to Favorites|
|Adrienne||Greek||Dark, rich. From the Adriatic sea / Adria. A feminine form of Adrian.||Add to Favorites|
|Aegelmaere||English||Highborn and renowned,||Add to Favorites|
|Aekerley||English||From the oak tree meadow; a surname and variant of Ackerley||Add to Favorites|
|Aekerman||English||Man of oak, strong; a surname||Add to Favorites|
|Aeldra||English||Noble||Add to Favorites|
|Aelfraed||English||Elf counselor||Add to Favorites|
|Aelfthryth||English||An Old English name formed as a compound of aelf, meaning elf, and thryth, meaning strength.||Add to Favorites|
|Aelfwine||English||Friend of the elves||Add to Favorites|
|Aenedleah||English||From the awe inspiring one's meadow; variant of Ansley||Add to Favorites|
|Aenescumb||English||Lives in the valley of the majestic one||Add to Favorites|
|Aerin||English||Goddess of war||Add to Favorites|
|Aerwyna||English||Friend of the sea||Add to Favorites|
|Aethelbeorht||English||Splendid||Add to Favorites|
|Aethelbeorn||English||Noble warrior, courageous,||Add to Favorites|
|Aethelberht||English||Noble or bright||Add to Favorites|
|Aethelbert||English||Noble or bright||Add to Favorites|
|Aethelind||English||An Old English name from an Old German name meaning noble snake.||Add to Favorites|
|Aethelisdun||English||Nobleman's hill; surname||Add to Favorites|
|Aethelmaer||English||Noble or famous||Add to Favorites|
|Aethelmaere||English||Highborn and renowned,||Add to Favorites|
|Aethelreda||English||Noble maiden||Add to Favorites|
|Aethelthryth||English||An Old English name from 'aethel' meaning noble and 'thryth' meaning strength.||Add to Favorites|
|Aethelweard||English||Awesome guardian, noble protector,||Add to Favorites|
|Aethelwine||English||Friend of the elves||Add to Favorites|
|Aethelwyne||English||Friend of the elves||Add to Favorites|
|Aetheston||English||Nobleman's hill; surname||Add to Favorites|
|Afreda||English||Friend of the elves||Add to Favorites|
|Aftan||English||Geographical - From Afton in England||Add to Favorites|
|Aften||English||Geographical - From Afton in England||Add to Favorites|
|Aftin||English||Geographical - From Afton in England||Add to Favorites|
|AFTON||English||From the Afton River||Add to Favorites|
|Aftyn||English||Geographical - From Afton in England||Add to Favorites|
|Ahearne||English||Horse worker.||Add to Favorites|
|Aherin||Scottish||Lord of the horses|The heron.||Add to Favorites|
|Aheron||Scottish||Lord of the horses|The heron.||Add to Favorites|
|Aheryn||Scottish||Lord of the horses|The heron.||Add to Favorites|
|Aida||English||Wealthy,||Add to Favorites|
|Aidlinn||English||Male - Dream, Vision||Add to Favorites|
|AIKEN||Old English||Male - From the Oak Tree||Add to Favorites|
|Ailis||English||Of the nobility. From the German Adalheidis meaning nobility, and the French Adeliz which is a form of Adelaide.||Add to Favorites|
|Ailith||English||Male - Battle-seasoned||Add to Favorites|
|Ailwyn||English||Wise friend. From the Old English Aetheiwine, and also Aefwine, both meaning noble friend. Various forms of Alvin in use after the Norman Conquest became surnames, and also first names.||Add to Favorites|
|Aindreas||English||.,||Add to Favorites|
|Ainsley||Old English||From the meadow clearing.||Add to Favorites|
|Ainsworth||English||From Ann's estate; a surname||Add to Favorites|
|Airle||English||Pledge||Add to Favorites|
|Aislina||English||Male - Dream, Vision||Add to Favorites|
|Aisline||English||Male - Dream, Vision||Add to Favorites|
|Aislyn||English||Male - Dream, Vision||Add to Favorites|
|Aislynn||English||Male - Dream, Vision||Add to Favorites|
|Aiwyn||English||Wise friend. From the Old English Aetheiwine, and also Aefwine, both meaning noble friend. Various forms of Alvin in use after the Norman Conquest became surnames, and also first names.||Add to Favorites|
|akira cash||English||Male - god sent. born into weath, lovely, honest, intelligent||Add to Favorites|
|Al||Celtic/Gaelic||Harmony, stone, or noble. Also fair, handsome. Originally a saint's name, it was reintroduced to Britain during the Norman Conquest, remained popular throughout the Middle Ages, and was revived in the 19th century.||Add to Favorites|
|Alandra||Spanish||defender of mankind.||Add to Favorites|
|Alarica||German||Rules all; feminine form of Alaric||Add to Favorites|
|Alarice||Teutonic||Wolf ruler, Fierce, Hard, Noble, Supreme ruler of all. A feminine form of Alaric / Ulrick.||Add to Favorites|
|Alaricia||Teutonic||Universal ruler||Add to Favorites|
|Alberic||English||Rules with elf-wisdom. Introduced into Britain from France by Aubrey de Vere, a friend of William the Conquerer. De Vere's grandson became the Earl of Oxford.||Add to Favorites|
|Albern||German||Noble, Courageous.||Add to Favorites|
|Albert||English||Old English for brilliant; bright.||Add to Favorites|
|Alberteen||French||Noble, bright, also the feminine form of Albert||Add to Favorites|
|Alberto||English||Old English for brilliant; bright.||Add to Favorites|
|Albertyna||French||Noble, bright, also the feminine form of Albert||Add to Favorites|
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