The Wide World of Real Names: U.K. Edition
In a past post, I offered some examples of the extraordinary range of names given to American babies. Today I'd like to do the same for babies on the other side of the Atlantic.
Below are some of the most striking names chosen in England and Wales in the most recent year on record. Certain styles, like "The Exalted," look a lot like the American lists. But an emphasis on mythology, literature, and above all cuteness marks the distictive extremes of British name style.
Names above the line are female, below male. Each name was given to at least three babies in the most recent data year; a * indicates that the name ranked in the top 1000 for the year, and ** indicates a top 200 ranking.
Hardcore Mythological names
Hardcore Literary Names
Yes, That's the Full Name
Hmm, That Word Does Sound Nice