English (British) Submitted Names

These names are a subset of English names used more often in Britain. See also about English names.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Aeta f English (British)
This name derives from the a palm tree called the Aeta Palma (Mauritia Flexuosa), discovered in British Guiana and named by a the botanist William Davis Lamb who then used the name for his daughter.
Alakina f English (British, Rare), Scottish (Rare)
Presumably a variant of the Scottish name Alickina, a feminine form of Alick or Alec (which possibly developed from Ailigean, a diminutive of Ailig, itself a Gaelic rendering of English Alick).
Alkelda f English (British, Rare, Archaic), Anglo-Saxon Mythology, History (Ecclesiastical)
Younger form of Old English Hǣlcelde. Saint Alkelda (died on 28 March c. 800) was ostensibly an Anglo-Saxon princess who was strangled by pagan Viking women during Danish raids in about 800 at Middleham in Yorkshire, England... [more]
Anammeriah f English (Puritan), English (British, Archaic)
Variant of Anna Maria recorded in 1715 in the parish register of Finchley Church, England, referring to Anne, Queen of Great Britain, and her elder sister, Queen Mary II of England.
Ankarette f English (British, Archaic), Medieval English
Medieval English form of Welsh Angharad (compare Anchoretta).
Anstice f English (British, Rare), Medieval English
Transferred use of the surname Anstice, which was derived from the medieval given name Anastase or Anastayse (from Latin Anastasius), or from its feminine equivalent Anastasie (from Latin Anastasia).
Arlandria f African American (Rare), English (British, Modern, Rare)
Either from the place name Arlandria or a combination of names beginning with Arl- and Andrea 2.... [more]
Atley m English (British, Anglicized, Rare)
Transferred use of the surname Atley.
Auriol m & f French (African, Rare), English (British)
Transferred use of the surname Auriol. As a feminine name, it may be derived from Auriel.
Aylett m English (British)
In 1676 in Britain there was a lawyer named Aylett Sammes. Source - Blood and Mistletoe, The History of the Druids in Britain (2011) by Ronald Hutton on page 69.
Ayshea f English (British)
Possibly a variant transcription of Aisha.... [more]
Ballington m English (British, Rare, ?)
Transferred use of the surname Ballington.... [more]
Barley m & f English (British, Rare, Archaic)
Transferred use of the surname Barley.
Beeman f English (British)
The name Beeman first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived near a mountain. This name was brought to England by the Normans, and is a corruption of the Norman French name Beaumont, which means beautiful mountain.
Beric m English (British), Literature, Popular Culture
Variant of Berrick. Beric Dondarrian is a character in 'A Song of Ice and Fire', as well as it's TV counterpart 'Game of Thrones', known for leading the Brotherhood without Banners and being repeatedly resurrected, though in his case, the name is a variant of Barak 1, as he is known as The Lightning Lord.
Bey m English (British, Rare)
Transferred use of the surname Bey.
Bilinda f English (British, Rare)
Probably rarely used alternate spelling of Belinda. Mostly known because of Bilinda Butcher, who is guitarist/singer of My Bloody Valentine.
Bingham m English (British, Modern, Rare)
Transferred use of the surname Bingham.
Bobbyjoe m American (South, Rare), English (British, Rare)
Combination of Bobby and Joe. Bobbijo is the feminine counterpart.
Bryher f English (British, Rare), Cornish
From the name of an island off the southwestern coast of Cornwall, one of the Isles of Scilly. This was adopted as a pen name by the English novelist Annie Winifred Ellerman (1894-1983).
Chenai f & m English (British)
Likely derived from Chennai, an Indian city of 10 million.
Chenise f English (British)
Possibly a variation of Shanice
Chloella f English (British, Rare), American (Rare, Archaic)
Elaboration of Chloe formed using the Italian diminutive suffix -ella. Alternatively, it may be an anglicized variant of Cloelia.
Cianan m English (British, Rare)
Anglicized spelling of Cianán.
Claragh f English (British, Modern, Rare), Irish (Rare)
Variant of Clara influenced by the spelling of Laragh (See also Caragh).
Cleodie f English (British, Rare), Scottish (Rare)
Allegedly derived from the Scottish surname McLeod.
Clopton m English (British, Rare)
Transferred use of the surname Clopton. A notable bearer was Clopton Havers (1657-1702), who became a Physician in England (via the Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians) in 1687 and wrote several books related to the study and structure of bones.
Clowance f Literature, English (British, Modern, Rare)
A character in the 'Poldark' series of historic novels by Winston Graham. The name is probably transferred from the name of an estate in Crowan , Cornwall.
Dehenna f English (British)
From the name of British politician and MP Dehenna Davison.
Digory m English (British, Rare), Medieval English, Cornish
Variant of Diggory, used by author C. S. Lewis for a character in his 'Chronicles of Narnia' series.
Doctor m English (British, Archaic)
Middle English (in the senses ‘learned person’ and ‘Doctor of the Church’) via Old French from Latin doctor ‘teacher’ (from docere ‘teach’).
Dolcie f English (British, Modern)
Variant of Dulcie. Popular in the UK.
Duodecimus m English (British, Rare, Archaic)
The Latin word duodecimus means "twelfth".
Elkie f English (British, Modern, Rare)
English form of Elke 1. A famous bearer of this name is singer Elkie Brooks (real name: Elaine Bookbinder).
Ellesmere f & m English (British, Rare)
Transferred use of the surname Ellesmere.
Ellisia f English (British, Modern, Rare)
Also may be after the flower, Ellisia or a feminization of Ellis.
Elsiemae f English (British)
Combination of Elsie and Mae.
Elyot m Medieval French, English (British, Rare), English (Canadian, Rare), Theatre
Old French diminutive of Elye or Élie. As an English name, it is derived from a surname that was a variant of Elliott... [more]
Emerine f France, French (Belgian), English (American), French (Quebec), English (British, Rare)
Emerine is a feminine form of names Emery, Emeric, and Emeran, which are the English and French, Germanic, and Bavarian masculine forms, respectively.... [more]
Emryn m & f Welsh, English (British), English (American, Modern)
In Welsh, "-yn" is the masculine suffix to create singular nouns and is used in creating the diminutive for masculine names.  Therefore,... [more]
Eveleigh f English (Australian, Rare), English (British, Rare), English (American)
Australian locational name taken from the name of an English estate. Variant of Everley. In American English, it is also a variant of Evelie.
Fearne f English (British, Modern)
Variant of Fern. This name is borne by British radio presenter Fearne Cotton.
Feodorowna f English (British, Rare, Archaic)
From the Russian patronymic Feodorovna meaning "daughter of Feodor". A notable bearer was English aristocrat Lady Feodorowna Cecilia Wellesley (1838-1920).
Fizz f English (British, Rare)
Rare short form of Elizabeth, Fiona and Felicity. This is used as the name of a main character in the British children's TV show Tweenies.
Florizella f English (British, Rare)
A female form of Florizel
Folantyne m English (British, Archaic)
Archaic variant of Valentine 1, possibly based on Welsh Folant.
Fuchsia f English (British, Rare), Literature
From Fuchsia, a genus of flowering plants, itself named after the German botanist Leonhart Fuchs (1501-1566), whose surname means "fox" in German.... [more]
Gazza m English (British)
Diminutive of Gary.
Godolphin m English (British, Rare)
Transferred usage of a Cornish aristocratic surname.
Guelph m English (British, Rare, Archaic)
Transferred use of the surname Guelph.... [more]
Gwenifer f Welsh, English (British, Rare)
Anglicized form of Gwenhwyfar (see Guinevere), particularly found in Wales and the Marches.
Habren f English (British, Archaic)
Habren is a legendary British princess who was drowned in the River Severn by her stepmother Gwendolen. Also known as Hafren.
Haysel f English (British)
From hay + sele (“season”). Meaning haying season, also used as an alternative form of Hazel or Hayes.
Healey m English (British, Rare)
Transferred use of the surname Healey.
Hendo m English (British)
Short form and nickname for Henderson.
Herodiana f English (British, Rare)
A female version of the name Herod it is also the name of a character in the Harry Potter universe Named Herodiana Byrne from Hogwarts Legacy.
Hetta f English (British), South African
Hetta is a nickname for Henrietta although it is used on its own as well.
Immy f English (British)
Diminutive of Imogen.
Isambard m English (British, Rare)
English form of a medieval French name appearing in various spellings such as Ysambart or Isembart, which were derived from Isanbert... [more]
Ismay f English (British), Dutch, Anglo-Norman, Medieval Irish
Variant of Isemay, an Anglo-Norman name of uncertain origin and meaning. It was also recorded in medieval Ireland on women born into Anglo-Norman families.
Jonjo m English (British, Modern, Rare)
A contraction of John and Joe.... [more]
Karac m English (British, Rare)
Comes from the name Caratācos and Caratacus which are also related to Caradog and Caradoc... [more]
Kerns f & m English (British)
It is an Anglicized version of Ó Céirín, a Gaelic naming means "son of the dark haired one". This is typically a last name.
Kieren m English (British)
Possibly a variant of Kieran.
Kina f English (British, Rare), Scottish (Rare)
Short form of Alickina occasionally encountered in the Scottish Highlands.
Kinvara f English (British, Rare)
Apparently from an Irish place name, which meant "head of the sea" in Gaelic. Lady Kinvara Balfour (1975-) is an English playwright and novelist.
Kirstina f Norwegian, English (British)
Norwegian dialectal form (found in the county Sogn og Fjordane) as well as an English variant of Christina or Kirstin (in the case of the English name, it might be an Anglicized form of Cairistìona).
Lamorna f Cornish, English (British, Rare)
From a Cornish place name of uncertain meaning, perhaps from lann "area around a church" combined with a contracted form of morlanow "high tide". It appears in the title of the folk song 'Way Down to Lamorna', as well as W. H. Davies' poem 'Lamorna Cove' (1929).
Leanda f English (British, Rare)
Possibly a variant of Leandra or a blend of Leanna and Linda. In the case of Welsh triathlete Leanda Cave (1978-) perhaps it was formed using the Welsh suffix da "good" (compare Glenda)... [more]
Lelgarde f English (British, Rare)
Perhaps an altered form of Legarda (itself a medieval form of Leutgard, recorded in England in 1222) influenced by Lelia... [more]
Lewisia f English (British, Rare), Italian (Rare)
Derived from the name of a genus of flowering plants used as garden plants. The genus itself is named after the explorer Meriwether Lewis 1.
Lourda f English (British, Rare), Irish (Rare)
Possibly an Anglicized form of Lourdes.
Loveday f & m English (British, Rare), Medieval English, Cornish, Literature
Medieval form of the Old English name Leofdæg, literally "beloved day". According to medieval English custom, a love day or dies amoris was a day for disputants to come together to try to resolve their differences amicably... [more]
Lusia f Breton, Faroese, Finnish, English (British, Rare)
Breton, Finnish and Faroese form and English variant of Lucia.
Maggs f English (British)
British nickname for Margaret and Margot
Malin m English (British, Rare)
A rare masculine name from England's north; it means "little warrior". ... [more]
Malvern m English (British), English (American, Rare, Archaic)
From the name of the Malvern Hills in England, which is probably of Brythonic origin, meaning "bare hill" (from the equivalent to Welsh moelfryn "bald hill"). In Britain it was occasionally used as a personal name during the 20th century; 'earliest example noted is in 1912, but none recorded after 1951.'... [more]
Maricourt f & m English (British, Rare)
From the place name Maricourt, located in the Somme department in northern France, first used during the First World War and last used before the Second World War.
Masorie f English (British)
This name is prevelant in the Southeastern United States, especially during the 18th & 19th centuries. It seems to have a British origin, especially among Scots of Scotland, showing up in Monifieth, Scotland & Essex England c. 1630... [more]
Mellieha f English (British, Modern, Rare)
Transferred use of the place name Mellieħa.
Merddhin m English (British)
British original of Merlin
Metellus m Ancient Roman, English (British, Rare)
A family name in the Roman gens Caecilia. It is derived from an originally Etruscan word meaning "hired servant".
Neave f English (British)
Anglicized form of Niamh.
Nettle f English (British)
Transferred from the surname "Nettle". Meaning "a person from a place overgrown with nettles", which are a type of ivy that can cause itching when touched. Notable bearers include Bea Nettles (born 1946), American photographer and Bill Nettles (born 1961), American lawyer.
Nev m English (British, Rare), Irish (Rare)
Short form of Neville (English), Nevan and Nevin (both Irish). Known bearers of this name include the American former sports broadcaster Nev Chandler (1946-1994) and the Australian former politician Nev Warburton (b... [more]
Nieve f English (British), Scottish
Anglicized form of Niamh.
Nuit f English (British), Egyptian Mythology
Nuit is the Ancient Egyptian goddess of the heavens, with her name meaning "sky." Originally she was only the goddess of the night sky, but gradually she came to represent the sky in general. Nuit also protects people in the afterlife... [more]
Olli m & f English (British, Modern)
Variant of Ollie, a diminutive of Oliver.
Oryon m English (British, Modern, Rare), Welsh (Modern, Rare)
Variant and possible welsh spelling of the name Orion.
Ottiwell m Anglo-Norman, English (British, Rare)
From Otuel, which was a diminutive of the Norman names Otoïs, meaning literally "wealth-wide" or "wealth-wood" (from the Germanic elements aud "wealth, fortune" and wid "wide" or witu "wood"), and Otewi, meaning literally "wealth-war" (in which the second element is wig "war")... [more]
Peniston m English (British, Archaic)
Transferred use of the surname Peniston.... [more]
Piercy m & f English (British, Rare)
A variant of Piers, a Middle English form of Peter. Peter is derived from the Greek petros, meaning "stone" or "rock".
Ransley m English (British)
Ransley is a name and it’s used for a boy of Old English origin. It may derive from the Old English words hraefn (Raven) and leah (meadow), which combine to mean “Raven meadow”. Another possible meaning is “reed marsh fam”... [more]
Rhiann f Welsh (Rare), English (British, Rare)
Although Rhiann is first and foremost a short form of the name Rhiannon, it is sometimes associated with Welsh rhiain "maiden".
Richemena f English (British, Rare)
Possibly a feminine form of Richard influenced by names ending with the sound mena, such as Wilhelmina or Philomena... [more]
Richenda f English (British, Rare), English (Rare), Dutch (Rare), Romani (Archaic)
Variant of the medieval name Richenza, used since at least the 18th century. It is often regarded as a feminine form of Richard... [more]
Rihannon f English (British, Rare)
Variant of Rhiannon influenced by the spelling of the famous singer: Rihanna.
Riyann f English (British)
Feminine Version Of Ryan, Alternative Spelling Of Ryann Meaning “Little Queen” When Female Version
Ros m Scottish (Rare), Irish (Rare), English (British, Rare)
Variant of Ross occasionally used in Ireland.
Rosanagh f English (British, Rare)
Variant of Rosanna. It has been borne by multiple members of the British nobility: Lady Rosanagh Crichton (1932-2019), daughter of the 5th Earl Erne; Lady Rosanagh Taylour (1961-), daughter of the 6th Marquess of Headfort; and Lady Rosanagh Innes-Ker (1979-), daughter of the 10th Duke of Roxburghe.
Rosfrith f English (British, Rare), Medieval English
Possibly derived from the Old English elements hroð "glory, fame" and friþ "peace, happiness"... [more]
Sabren f English (British, Archaic)
Sabren is a legendary British princess who was drowned in the River Severn by her repudiated stepmother Gwendolen. Also known as Hafren.
Saffy f English (British), Literature
Diminutive of names beginning with a similar sound, such as Saffron (as used in the children's novel Saffy's Angel (2001) by Hilary McKay). It was also used as an Anglicized form of Sadbh in Ella Griffin's novel Postcards from the Heart (2011).
Sanders m English (British, Rare)
Transferred use of the surname Sanders.
Shaz f English (British)
Nickname of Charlotte or Sharon. Can be elongated to Shazza or Shazzo.
Sheelin f English (British, Modern, Rare)
From the name of a lake in County Westmeath, Ireland, which derives from Irish Síodh Linn "fairy pool".
Shorter m English (British, Rare, Archaic), English (Puritan, ?)
From the English word shorter. Charles W. Bardsley wrote in Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature (1880) that he found five instances of this name being given in English parish registers, citing two examples from 1689 and 1690, and compared it to Junior, Little and Young.
Somerset m English (British)
The name of an English county used as a personal name. It is derived from Old English and may mean “the people of the summer settlement” or “settlers by the sea-lakes”. It is often translated as "the land of the summer people".
Stroma f English (British), Scottish, Literature
From the name of a Scottish island off Caithness, uninhabited since 1961, which derives from the Norse Straumey meaning "island in the stream" or "current". This was the name of a character in the British children's novel Broken Soup (2008) by Jenny Valentine.
Suella f English (British)
Contraction of Sue-Ellen 1... [more]
Syer m English (British)
Possibly of Old French origin, Syer is a rare English given name primarily used as a secondary name within a longer compound name; e.g. Frederick Syer. It is particularly associated with the Eighteen family of Reading, Berkshire.
Talulah f English (British, Rare)
Variant of Tallulah. A known bearer is Talulah Riley (1985-), an English actress who was formerly married to business magnate Elon Musk.
Tamblyn f & m English (British)
Transferred use of the surname Tamblyn.
Tarnie f English (Australian), English (New Zealand), English (British, Modern)
Derives from either a Maori or Australian Aboriginal name meaning "salty water". It could also be used as a diminuitive of the Tania or Tara 1, or possibly a variation of Marnie.
Tell m English (British)
Meaning: of the sun or bright, warm light
Thorndike m English (British)
Transferred use of the surname Thorndike. From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "thorny bank" in Old English.
Tridecima f English (British, Rare, Archaic)
Feminine form of Latin tridecimus "thirteenth".
Trigger m American (Rare), English (British, Rare)
Meaning can be particular to the bearer, such as "trigger of a gun" for someone noted for marksmanship. In the British television series 'Only Fools and Horses' (1981-1991) one character was called Trigger after the horse owned by Roy Rogers.
Trinny f English (British, Modern, Rare)
This nickname is most well known because of British beauty entrepreneur, businesswoman, fashion and makeover expert, television presenter and author, Sarah-Jane "Trinny" Woodall. The 'Trinny' nickname came from a friend who likened her to a "St Trinian’s" character.... [more]
Trothy f English (British, Archaic)
Perhaps derived from the archaic English word troth meaning "truth, a pledge". This name was recorded in the 19th century in Yorkshire, England.
Tugela f English (British, Rare)
From the Tugela river in South Africa, first used as an English girl's name in 1900 to commemorate the battle of Tugela Heights in the Boer War. 36 girls were given the name in the UK in 1900, but it became extremely rare after then.
Tulisa f English (British, Modern)
Usage of this name is most likely adapted from British singer-songwriter Tula Paulinea Contostavlos (1988), who performs under the mononym Tulisa and has Greek ancestry. It is likely Tulisa is an elaboration or diminutive of her given name, Tula, a variant transcription of Toula.
Tuppence f English (British), Literature
Nickname for Prudence or Temperance. A main character in Agatha Christie's "Partners in Crime."
Undecimus m English (British, Rare, Archaic)
The latin word undecimus means "eleventh".
Urith f English (British, Archaic)
Of uncertain origin, borne by an obscure early saint and martyr who was venerated in Chittlehampton, Devon, England.
Uvedale m English (British, Rare, Archaic)
Transferred use of the surname.
Vanora f Scottish (Archaic), English (British, Archaic)
Variant of Wannour or Wannore, an old Scottish form of Guenore (see Guinevere)... [more]
Verdun m & f English (British)
From the name of the city in France which derives from the Latin 'Verodunum', meaning "strong fort". This name was first used during the First World War when the city became well-known due to the Battle of Verdun (1916)... [more]
Verily f English (British)
Meaning, "certainly" or "truly."
Vimy f & m English (British, Rare), English (Canadian, Rare)
From the name of Vimy in the Pas-de-Calais department of France, where the Battle of Vimy Ridge took place from 9 to 12 April 1917 during the First World War.
Vogue f English (British)
From late 16th century (in the vogue, denoting the foremost place in popular estimation) from French, from Italian voga ‘rowing, fashion’, from vogare ‘row, go well’.
Vonny f English (British, Modern, Rare)
Hypochoristic form of names like Vaughn or Yvonne, rarely used as an official given name.
Wanker m English (British)
Wanker is a British and Australian insult that implies that the person being called it actively masturbates and enjoys it a lot.
Warden m English (British, Rare, Archaic)
Could be from the English word 'warden', or a transferred use of the surname
Wilbraham m English (British, Rare)
Transferred use of the surname Wilbraham.