(Closed) UK vs US baby names

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

Oooooh great thread! I’m in Canada and the only name that comes to mind is Ali for a boy…short for Allistair. I thought that was an interesting one! 

 

Post # 3
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Helper bee

BizzzzyBee:  Ridiculous? Not so much, I actually tend to prefer British names much more than American ones. Then again, I lived as an ex-pat in England for a while, so I may be biased. I think all the American names you listed are not really my taste. Isla is probably the oddest British name I can think of that we don’t have here. Also Archie and Alfie – boys with such names here would probably be laughed at in school! (Which is sad.)

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I’m Canadian.  There are some British names that we don’t hear as often around here.  But there are a lot of names used here that make me roll my eyes.  Neveah being number one on my eye roll list.  

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m an American living in the UK, and I have to say there are way more American names that I raise an eyebrow at than British ones. As a PP mentioned, the name Alfie comes to mind as one I’m not crazy about , but doesn’t bother me nearly as much as names like some popular American ones. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ridiculous? No. I can respect that people from different countries are going to have different naming styles.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Okay, I’ll play.  I’ve never been to the UK, so I don’t have the bias of the previous posters.  lol

I just looked up the 50 most common names for girls and boys in Great Britain in 2014.  

Girls:

A lot of the popular names on the girls list are the same as the popular names here, but the following are names I never see here:

Isla (I’ve never even heard that name before), Poppy, Evie (I know 1 Eva, but no Evies), Freya, Nur

Then there are other names on the list that we obviously have heard before, and may even know 1 or 2 of them, but they are not common, or they are only common among older generations:

Alice, Lucy (incidently, the only Lucy I know is British), Daisy (I honestly think of this a dog’s name), Elsie (this is a cow’s name), Millie, Florence

Boys

I have never heard of Alfie or Finley.

But most of the names on the boys list I’ve heard before, or know an American with that name, but they are generally “old people names.”  For example, Harry, George, Henry, Max, Archie and Oscar (and I have a hard time saying Oscar without following it with “the grouch”).  

Clearly, royalty plays a factor in some of these. Interesting discussion.

 

 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

MelissainNC:  Oddly enough, amongst my students I have a ton of Lucys, Alices, and two Daisys. I guess it depends on where in the US you are! 

I’ll second Poppy, though. I don’t really have anything against it, I suppose, but I’ve never met an American with that name.

I quite like Isla, though. Don’t care for Alfie, or Ali/Alistair.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Jemima. I realize this is a name in England. But in the U.S. it’s a pancake lady.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

classylassie:  That is interesting.  I don’t think I’ve ever known an American Lucy, Alice or Daisy.  I like daisies the flower — I think they may be my centerpieces, lol.  And I have nothing against those names at all (nor do I have anything against Poppy), but I just don’t know any.

And yea, just to clarify, I don’t find any of the names “ridiculous,” just not commmon.   (Okay, I don’t particularly care for Alfie or Archie, but I still wouldn’t call them “ridiculous.”)

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I’m from Ireland not the UK but we have a lot of similar names.  The most unusual thing I find about American names is the way they can use what we consider surnames as first names e.g. Kelly, Kennedy, Taylor, Carter, Brady, Anderson, Griffin etc.  Never met an Irish or British person with a surname for a first name, other than Kelly I think.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

This is going to be an interesting read! I’m in the uk and the most popular names around me at the moment are definitly Evie (i know 5 born this year!!!) and Mason. I find Mason to be quite an american sounding name so i don’t know if its crossed the pond. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I taught in the UK and now teach in North America. Names in the UK are often what would be called old fashioned in North America, whereas names in N.Am are often what would be called chavvy in the UK. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

For me, it’s more the spellings/pronunciations that are unusual. I can distinctly remember in grade school when I was handing out papers in class and asked who “See-on” was and was shocked that it was a classmate I knew well – Sean (I would have spelled it Shawn). Another one is Graeme – until I learned that this was a British spelling, I’d get the pronunciation wrong on that one, but my best friend has a son with the American spelling Graham. So not the names that are unusual, just different spelling.

On an unrelated note – I was recently looking at a children’s behavioral index that was created by a guy from South Africa. One of the questions was “Does your child have difficulty getting on with other children?” I told the people running the study that they should probably change the wording of that question to “Does your child have difficulty getting along with other children” in the US because the British version sounds like you’re talking about sex to an American! 

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