27 Hot British Boys' Names That Americans Haven't Discovered

Oct 23rd 2014

When it comes to the sound of modern boyhood, British and American parents just don't agree. American boys' names are getting more and more formal. U.S. parents even [LINK] invent new "formal" extensions for full names they consider too short. As for diminutives, you doubtless know families that correct any attempt in that direction: "It's Thomas, not Tommy." Even classic male names that end in a -y may be seen as too cutesy or feminine.

Meanwhile in Britain, it's a cute nickname carnival. The given name Charlie is five times as popular as Charles; Frankie five times as popular as Frank. And the -y ending is so hot it's sending names as stylistically diverse as Oakley and Barnaby soaring up the charts.
If you're an American parent, "cute" may not cut it for you. But other British name trends point to fashion opportunities your friends and neighbors haven't discovered yet. Read on for fresh ideas from the England & Wales top 100. (And be sure to check out the girls' list, too!)

Sturdy Gents
These names are solid, sturdy, unmistakably masculine...and completely overlooked by most American parents.

Albert (99)
Arthur (43)
Frederick (82)
Lewis (46; Louis ranks #77)
Leon (75)

Atta Boy
While American parents get ever more formal with male names, British parents are embracing fun, boyish nicknames.

Alfie (11)
Archie (16)
Bobby (59)
Frankie (62)
Freddie (35)
Harry (3)
Jamie (68)
Louie (71)
Ollie (80)
Ronnie (90)
Teddy (86)
Tommy (52)

Quirky Gents
These names beg for a bow tie and suspenders (that's braces to you U.K. parents).

Dexter (63)
Felix (91)
Hugo (74)
Reuben (54)
Theo (41)

"Y" Not?
A -y ending is increasingly feminine in the U.S., but plenty of masculine standbys remain.

Finley (34; Finlay ranks #87)
Harvey (48)
Rory (96)
Stanley (70)
Toby (44)

Go on to the girls' list!


By Amy3
October 23, 2014 1:30 PM

As with the girls' list, I like a lot of these! Albert, Arthur, Frederick, Archie, Jamie, Felix, Hugo, and Stanley are all great!

October 24, 2014 1:21 AM

You list Louis as an alternative to Lewis, but I suspect most UK parents would pronounce Louis with a silent ‘s’, as an alternative to Louie, elsewhere on your list. Wikipedia agrees — see different UK and USA pronunciations at the start of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_%28given_name%29.

October 28, 2014 6:48 PM

As a Canadian, I agree. I would definitely pronounce Louis to rhyme with Huey and Dewey. It's a French version of Lewis.

October 29, 2014 4:32 AM

Whereas here in SoCal it's likely to be pronounced "loo-EEss", like Luis...

Also, there is simply no way to name your kid Dexter without people thinking you named him after a fictional serial killer right now (unless he's a Jr or something.)