English (British) Names

These names are a subset of English names used more often in Britain. See also about English names.
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BARNABY m English (British)
Medieval English form of BARNABAS.
DAVINA f English (British)
Feminine form of DAVID. It originated in Scotland.
DEMELZA f English (British)
From a Cornish place name meaning "fort of Maeldaf". It has been used as a given name since the middle of the 20th century. It was popularized in the 1970s by a character from the British television series Poldark, which was set in Cornwall.
ESME f & m English (British)
Variant of ESMÉ.
ESMÉ m & f English (British)
Means "esteemed" or "loved" in Old French. It was first recorded in Scotland, being borne by the first Duke of Lennox in the 16th century. It is now more common as a feminine name.
ESMÉE f English (British), Dutch
Feminine form of ESMÉ.
ESMEE f English (British), Dutch
Feminine form of ESMÉ.
FREYA f Norse Mythology, English (British, Modern), German
From Old Norse Freyja meaning "lady". This was the name of the goddess of love, beauty, war and death in Norse mythology. She claimed half of the heroes who were slain in battle and brought them to her realm of Fólkvangr. Along with her brother Freyr and father Njord, she was one of the Vanir (as opposed to the Æsir). Some scholars connect her with the goddess Frigg.... [more]
GARETH m Welsh, English (British), Arthurian Romance
Meaning unknown. It first appears in this form in Thomas Malory's 15th-century compilation of Arthurian legends Le Morte d'Arthur, in which Gareth was a Knight of the Round Table, the brother of Sir Gawain. Malory based the name on Gahariet, which was the name of a similar Arthurian character in French sources. It may ultimately have a Welsh origin, possibly related to gwaredd meaning "gentleness".
GAZ m English (British)
Diminutive of GARY or GARETH.
GEMMA f Italian, Catalan, English (British), Dutch
Medieval Italian nickname meaning "gem, precious stone". It was borne by the wife of the 13th-century Italian poet Dante Alighieri.
HAYDN m English (British)
From a German surname meaning "heathen". It is used in honour of the Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809).
IMOGEN f English (British)
The name of a princess in the play Cymbeline (1609) by Shakespeare. He based her on a legendary character named Innogen, but the name was printed incorrectly and never corrected. The name Innogen is probably derived from Gaelic inghean meaning "maiden".
IVOR m Irish, Scottish, Welsh, English (British)
From the Old Norse name Ívarr, which was derived from the elements yr "yew, bow" and arr "warrior". During the Middle Ages it was brought to Britain by Scandinavian settlers and invaders, and it was adopted in Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
JACQUETTA f English (British)
Feminine diminutive of JACQUES.
JEZ m English (British)
Diminutive of JEREMY.
MACAULAY m English (British)
From a surname, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Amhalghaidh meaning "son of Amhalghadh", itself a given name of unknown meaning. A famous bearer of the surname was Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1861), a British Whig politician and noted historian. The given name is borne by the American former child actor Macaulay Culkin (1980-), who was named after the British politician.
MAISIE f Scottish, English (British)
Scottish diminutive of MAIREAD.
MARMADUKE m English (British, Rare)
Possibly derived from the Old Irish name MÁEL MÁEDÓC. This name has been traditionally used in the Yorkshire area of Britain.
NEVILLE m English (British)
From an English surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "new town" in Norman French. As a given name it is chiefly British and Australian.
PHILIPPA f English (British), German
Latinate feminine form of PHILIP.
PIERS m English (British), Medieval French
Medieval form of PETER. This is the name of the main character in the 14th-century poem Piers Plowman by William Langland.
POPPY f English (British)
From the word for the red flower, derived from Old English popæg.
ROMILLY m & f English (British, Rare)
From an English surname that was derived from the name of various Norman towns, themselves from the given name ROMILIUS.
ROYSTON m English (British)
From a surname that was originally taken from an Old English place name meaning "town of Royse". The given name Royse was a medieval variant of ROSE.
SINJIN m English (British, Rare)
Phonetic variant of ST JOHN.
ST JOHN m English (British, Rare)
From the title and name of Saint John the Baptist or Saint John the Evangelist (see JOHN).
TAMSIN f English (British)
Contracted form of THOMASINA. It was traditionally used in Cornwall.
TRISTRAM m English (British)
Medieval English form of TRISTAN.
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