Keren David

About Me

I'm a British YA author. My first book When I Was Joe was published in the UK in January 2010 and is coming out in the US in September 2010. The sequel Almost True will be published in the UK in September 2010. I blog at

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May 17, 2016 11:16 AM

Another vote here for Rowan as a girl's name - a gorgeous name I think, and works for a girl as much as a boy.

Shakespeare names, how about Cordelia, Perdita or Ariel (genderless fairy, but could be feminised as Ariella) 

July 24, 2013 11:45 PM

At its best, the monarchy represents heritage, continuity, and the nation's unique spirit. And you can hardly do better than George to represent England.


Err, yes, but he's a prince of the United Kingdom, not just England. At a time when Scotland is preparing to vote on independence, these matters are important to us Brits!



March 19, 2013 02:40 PM

Alfred, Rowan, Rupert, Edgar, Jonah, Callum, Gabriel.  I LOVE Sylvia -  beautiful name.


From your original list I vote for Arthur, Jasper (or Casper) and Malcolm.  

 I vote against Graham. To my British ear, Graham is a man of 60 who comes and mends the boiler when it breaks down.

January 30, 2013 01:47 PM

Kitty? You think that's unusual and strange?  Not strange at all in the UK -  but it's much more common here to use shortened forms as full names.

My grandmother was called Kitty and my husband's uncle is Bunny -  short for Bernard. 

Antigone and Pandora wouldn't be considered that unusual -  pretentious maybe.

November 29, 2012 04:27 PM

I second saenra's comment - a lot of the names mentioned mean nothing outside America.  I think Psy or Gangnam are real names of the year -  his video came out of Korea and became a global phenomenon, the most viewed video on Youtube ever, and also got picked up by Ai Weiwei and turned into a wonderful way of protesting artistic and political freedom. 

November 4, 2012 02:12 AM

My son's name Judah means 'praise'

September 5, 2012 03:25 PM

Oh and a British X boy's name would be Xander, short for Alexander.

September 5, 2012 03:24 PM

Absolutely love this list, and you are spot on with most of them, but Igor and Patryk aren't British -  they just show that we've got a lot of Eastern Europeans in the UK at the moment.  A more British 'I' boy's name would be Inigo and maybe Pip for 'P'.

My next door neighbours here in north London have Rosie, Ted and Beatrix! Very on trend.

I agree with Blythe that Freya is more popular than Felicity, although I do know one of each. And Kai rather than Kieran, maybe.

May 4, 2012 10:59 AM

By the way, did you know about this?


May 4, 2012 10:53 AM

Agree with Valerie that combo names weren't very popular in England when we were growing up, but they're a lot more popular now. Lily-May, Louella...I met a Chelsea-May the other day.

April 11, 2012 05:15 PM
In Response to Avel

I like Avel -  but I did think it was Ayvel. How about Arvel to make it clearer? or is that something different with an American accent?

I would watch out for Avel/Alanna though. They look a little too similar to me.


February 9, 2012 11:01 AM
In Response to You Have Two Names

my husband and I both liked the name Alicia, but wouldn't consider it for our daughter because we weren't sure whether to pronounce it Al-ee-sha or Aliss-ee-a. We thought the latter, but we thought she'd be driven mad by the former.

February 2, 2012 03:52 AM

@zoerhenne Yes, LOVE this thread..I agree, all Chimu's matches are perfect. It's only really Evander and Dashiell I object to, as not British at all. Instead of Dashiell, I'd offer you Denzil - except it's Welsh, so it sits a little oddly with Alistair. I have an Alistair confession! There's a minor character called Alistair in my first book. It wasn't until my mum read the proof copy of my second book - in which he also appears - that she pointed out that half the time he was Alistair and the other half Alastair. I was convinced that she was wrong and that only the occasional Alastair had slipped through...but when I counted it was exactly 50/50. And then, much to my horror, I realised that was the case for the already published first book as well. No one - editor, proof reader, me - had realised, and not one reader of the first edition ever mentioned it. Thankfully now it has been corrected. Sibs for Barack - Barak in Hebrew is lightening, so I'm thinking weather names - Sunny, Rain, Storm perhaps?

January 30, 2012 03:31 PM

@zoerhenne Ah, the subtleties of the British class system! Colin and Graeme both hopelessly middle class to my ear, whilst your upper class 'Jeeves' names might be Archie, Bertie, George, Humphrey, Algernon, Percy etc. (Not, however, Alistair, which is more Scottish). (Jeeves himself was called Reginald, which is indeed more middle class, but from an older era. I suppose a valet born in 1950 or so would have been called Colin or Graeme - although there aren't many around any more - but I sense you are thinking employer rather than manservant). As for Dashiell, to us English, it is only really known in the context of Dashiell Hamnett. And Evander, only known as Evander Holyfield. Both of whom are very American. Fraser is a great sib for Alistair, as is Rowena.

January 30, 2012 01:43 PM

I'm British and I've never ever heard the name Evander used in any British context. I'd think it was very American.Likewise Dashiell. Colin and Graeme are middle-aged men's names in Britain...but I know you Americans think they are stylish and classy. We think they are plumbers or builders. All the girls' names work though, with the possible exception of Penelope, which in the UK would be posh and old-fashioned English..not Scottish. Fiona works better. Eilidh is another lovely Scottish girl's name.

January 30, 2012 09:56 AM

I got Trinity right! And I think that Augustus was very close to Atticus, and Phoebe or Kitty just as good a fit as Lucy. Alistair is very Scottish - how about Lachlan, Finlay, Iain, Murdo, Kirsty, Fiona, Ailsa or Morven?

January 3, 2012 12:32 PM

I find it utterly repellent and wrong that parents call their children after weapons - why would you do that? I love Jedidiah, and even more the Hebrew version - Yedidya, which always feels like a bit of teen slang.

November 17, 2011 04:50 PM

Agree about Pippa and Adele. I think Katniss is going to be big when the Hunger Games movie comes out. As for boys..Bieber?

November 10, 2011 08:58 AM

Brilliant post. Now I'm wondering about Bob's friends, in particular Wendy and Spud.

August 10, 2011 03:48 PM

Another wonderful post! From a British perspective those 'gentleman' names - Anthony, Gavin and Andrew are all very 1960s/70s. Hailey and Allison (which we'd spell Hayley and Alison) too. Surname names are mostly for the boys in the UK - we don't really go for androgynous names for girls, although we're keener on them for boys, funnily enough. I can't believe that Brooklyn is a girl's name!