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British Baby Names: Choices With Charm and Class

Posted: 09/27/2010 7:26 am

Every few months, about as often as I allow myself to relish a hot caramel sundae and with about the same amount of delicious anticipation, I dip into the London Telegraph birth announcements to see what the upper-crusty British baby namers are up to.

And as with that sundae, the results rarely disappoint. There are always plenty of eccentric three-name combinations, lots of charming sibsets, and a collection of names not often heard in my neighborhood of New Jersey.

One trend asserting itself in this collection: R names, with a raft of children (far beyond those mentioned here) called Rory, Rufus, Rupert, Rex, and Rowley, and on the girls' side, Ruby, Rose, Rosemary, Rosalind (and Rosalyn) and Romilly. R is a letter that's seemed dowdy for quite some time -- blame all those Baby Boom Roberts and Richards -- and is due for a resurgence.

The best of the recent British baby names are, for girls:

  • Clementine Annabel Emily, sister for Rupert

  • Daphne Olga Amelie, sister for Henry and Beatrice

  • Eliza Miranda Rosemary, sister for William

  • Ella Persephone, sister for Charlie and Evie

  • Freya Audrey Barbara, sister for Hugh

  • Grais Bridget, sister for Liam

  • Harper Rose Bluebell, sister for Arnold and Madame Cholet

  • Henrietta Daphne Mabel, sister for Harry, Digby, and Rowley

  • Hermine Halcyon Margaret Isabel

  • Isabella Allegra Jessica and Jemima Alice India (twins)

  • Loveday Celestine Primrose Kennedy

  • Luella Helen Willa

  • Marie-Sixtine Alice Verity, sister for Max

  • Matilda Daisy Margery, sister for Charlie

  • Natsumi Emilia Kashima, sister for Jolyon

  • Orla Eleanor Veronica

  • Ottilie Ruby, sister for twins Lettice and Edith

  • Poppy Angela, sister for Martha, Molly, and AgathAgatha

  • Rosalyn Mairead, sister for Fintan

And for boys:

  • Alasdair Lorne Leonardo

  • Albert Thomas Harry, brother to Anna and Fred

  • Algernon Frederick Hanson

  • Augustus George Barden, brother for Hugo

  • Ezra Martin, brother for Dolly, Albertine, and Lilac

  • Hugo Rupert William, brother for Francesca

  • Ignatius Mungo, brother for Atticus Monty, Octavius Kit, and Ptolemy Ned

  • John Innes Archie

  • Leo Michaelis Brocas

  • Rex Patrick Wood

  • Rory Sinclair Willasey

  • Rufus Alexander, brother for Daisy

  • Rupert Thor Hastings

  • St John Michael Nicholas

  • Tancred Thomas Granville (Ruskie), brother for Inca Skye, Inigo Somerset, and Francis Doune

  • Thomas Maximilian Neame, brother for Flora

  • Wilfred Rocky Otto

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