450+ Popular English Boy and Girl Names With Meanings

450+ Popular English Boy & Girl Names

Picking the right name for your soon-to-arrive baby can be both exciting and challenging. A name identifies your child in a unique way and will be a part of your child for the rest of his or her life. When they are babies, they are unlikely to question you as to why you have named them something. However, as they get older, there will come a day when they will ask you why you gave them a particular name. It is not just about you but also about what vision you have for your boy or girl.


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225 Cute English Baby Girl Names

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Congratulations! You have just had a baby girl, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. It is only a matter of time before she steps out into the world and becomes an independent young woman. Below we have listed 150 English names that can help capture the essence of your child’s values and what you wish them to stand for.

Name Meaning
Abigail ‘A father’s joy’. This name has become popular in the recent years and is often abbreviated as ‘Abby.’
Adah From the Beautiful Scenery, Adornment, Ornament
Adia Noble, Gift, Wealthy
Aisha ‘Alive’
Alexandra ‘Defender’ or ‘helper of men’. This is often shortened to Alex, which is also used as a nickname for similar names like Alexis and Alexa.
Alice ‘Noble’ or ‘Of nobility’ . Allie is a commonly-used nickname for Alice. Another version of this name is Allison.
Alis Noble, Kind, Noble Sort
Alyssa ‘Rational’, ‘alyssum flower’ or ‘sanity’
Amber ‘Jewel’
Amelia Striving/Industrious, ‘Defender’
Amelie ‘strive to work’ in French. 
Amey Beloved
Amy ‘Beloved’ in French. It is one of the popular British names for girls.
Anastasia ‘One who will be reborn’ or ‘resurrection’.
Angela A modified version of Angelina. It means ‘Angel’.
Angelina ‘Angel’ or ‘messenger of God’. 
Ani Ornament, Beautiful, Variant of Anne / Ane
Anna ‘Grace’. Also used as a nickname for Annabelle
Annabelle It means ‘favoured grace’ in French.
Anya Inexhaustible, Gracious, Graceful
Ariel ‘Lion of God’. It is also spelt as Arielle.
Arya ‘Lioness, Noble’. It is frequently spelt as Aria.
Ash Form of Ashley, Ash Tree Meadow
Ashley ‘One who lives in the ash tree grove’. It is one of the modern English baby girl names.
Audrey Strength
Ava ‘Bird’ or ‘the living one’ or ‘life’. It may also be spelt as Eva.
Badra Full Moon, Pretty, Goddess Durga
Beatrice ‘She who makes you happy’. It is also spelt Beatrix.
Belinda ‘Beautiful’. One of its other variants is ‘Bella’. ‘Bright linden tree’ or ‘bright serpent’.
Bella ‘Beautiful’. It is often used as a nickname for other names ending in –bella, like Annabella, Arabella, etc.
Bency Right Hand of Jesus Christ, A Talkative Girl who is Very Scared
Berey Exalted One, Bearer of Victory, True Image, To Help, Berry
Bery True Image, Bearer of Victory, Berry, To Help, Exalted One
Bethany Derived from the Bible, the name means ‘House of Figs’. 
Bety God is My Oath, God is Perfection
Bitsy God is Perfection, God is My Oath
Brianna ‘Strong’
Brooke ‘Little stream’.
Cadie Rhythm, A Rhythmic Flow of Sounds, Variant of Cady
Cady Simple Happiness, Hillock, A Rhythmic Flow of Sounds, Pure
Caitlin ‘Pure’ or ‘unsullied’. Other versions of this name are Caty, Katie and Katelyn
Callie ‘Most beautiful’. It is often used as a diminutive of the names Callista (beautiful), and Calliope (beautiful voice).
Candy Bright, Sweet, Glowing White
Cappi Caprice, A Lively Piece, Whimsical
Carla Fem Form of Carl, Womanly
Carny Carnival Worker
Caroline ‘Strong’. It is the female version of Charles.
Catherine ‘Pure’ or ‘Clear’. Other versions of this name are Katherine and Katrina.
Cecilia ‘Blind’.
Ceila Form of Cecilia
Charlotte ‘Free man’ or ‘petite’. Other versions of this name are Charlie, Carlotta, and Lottie
Chloe ‘Blooming’ or ‘young green shoot.
Christina ‘Follower of Christ’. Other variations of this name are Christine, Christiana, Kristina, and Kirsten.
Claire ‘Bright’ or ‘clear’.
Clara ‘Bright’ or ‘clear’. Another version of Claire.
Cora ‘Maiden’ in Greek. Other versions of this name are Corinna, Korinna and Kora.
Daisy ‘Day’s eye’ or ‘the daisy flower’
Dandy God is My Judge
Daniella ‘God has judged’
Danya God is My Judge, Feminine Variant of Daniel
Deborah ‘Bee’
Deena Divine, God Like, Jacob’s Daughter, Judgement, Valley, Dinah, Spear Ruler, Silk
Delcy Flower, Sweetness
Delilah ‘Delight’ or ‘temptress’
Della Graceful, Noble, Of Nobility, Small Winged One, Heart, Delight
Desha Golden Girl
Dora Kind, A Gift, Gift of God, Honesty
Dorothy ‘Gift of God ‘
Eddey Friend of Riches, Blessed / Rich Friend
Edolie Noble, Good Humour
Eleanor ‘Bright, shining one’
Elena ‘Shining’ or ‘Bright One’
Elina Woman with Intelligence, Pure, Intelligent,
Elise ‘Oath of God’
Eliza ‘God is satisfaction’
Elizabeth ‘God is my oath’
Ella ‘Light’ or ‘beautiful fairy’. Other versions of this name are Elle and Ellen
Eloise ‘Healthy’ and ‘wide’
Elyana My God has Answered
Elysha Consecrated to God, Variant of Elissa
Emery ‘Brave’ and ‘powerful’
Emily ‘Striving’ or ‘Industrious’
Emma ‘Whole’ or ‘universal’. It is also used as a nickname for Emmeline, Emily, Emilia, and Amelia.
Emmy Entire, Universal, Rival, Eager, Laborious, Imitating, Work, Hardworking, Industrious, Embracing Everything, Variant of Emily
Erica Ruling Forever, Always Ruler, Honourable Ruler
Esther ‘Hidden’ or ‘Star’
Ethlyn Noble, Honourable
Eve To Breath, To Live, Good News, Living, Life
Evelyn ‘Hazelnut’
Everly ‘Wild boar meadow’
Faith ‘Confidence’ and ‘belief’
Fanny Free, Frenchwoman, Favourable Speech
Fauna Young Deer, Fawn, Animal Life, Goddess of Living Things, To Favour
Felicity ‘Happiness’ or ‘good fortune’
Finley ‘Fair-haired warrior’
Fiona ‘White’ or ‘fair’
Freya ‘Lady’
Gabriella ‘Woman of God’ or ‘God is my strength’
Genevieve ‘Of the race of Women’ or ‘white wave’
Grace/Gracie ‘Kindness’, ‘mercy’ or ‘beauty’
Hadley ‘Heather field’
Hadly Field of Heather
Hailey From the Hay Meadow, Hay Clearing, Hero, Hay Woods
Hanah Full of Grace
Hannah ‘Favour’ or ‘grace’
Harmony ‘Concord’ or ‘concurrence’
Harper ‘One who plays the harp’
Hazel ‘Hazel tree’ or ‘hazelnut’
Heavin Heaven
Helene Light, Torch, In Mythology the Abduction of Zeus’s Mortal Daughter Helen Sparked the Trojan War,
Hollie It is a version of the name Holly and means ‘Holly tree’. 
Holly ‘Clearing by the hollow’ or ‘holly tree’
Ida ‘The Industrious one’
Imogen ‘Maiden’
Iris Based on the Iris flower. It is also the name of the ‘Goddess of the rainbow’.
Isabel ‘Pledged to God’. 
Isabella ‘Devoted to God’ or someone who is pious
Isabelle It is a version of the name Isabella and means ‘devoted to God’. 
Isla ‘Island’
Ivy ‘Faithful’
Jacey Attractive, A Combination of the Initials J and C
Jade ‘Stone of the colic’
Jaena Supplanter, Jay Bird, Feminine Variant of Jay
Jainy Gift from God, Name from Lord Vishnu
Jalin Holder of Heel, Yahweh May Protect, Supplanter
Jasmine A flower which is white and has a sweet scent.
Jennifer Someone who is exceptionally fair skinned.
Jessica A person who has remarkable foresight
Jocelyn ‘Member of the Gauts tribe’
Jordyn ‘To flow down’ or ‘descend like a river’
Josephine ‘God shall grow’ or ‘Jehovah increases’
Jovita ‘Dedicated to Jove’
Joy ‘Great happiness’
Joyce ‘Cheerful’ or ‘merry’
Julia ‘Youth’ or ‘youthful’. Some of the other versions of this name are Juliana, Julianne, Guilia and Giulianna.
Katie ‘Pure’
Kaylee ‘One who is filled with purity’
Kimberly ‘From the wood of a royal forest’.
Kylie ‘Beautiful’
Lacey ‘Braid’
Lauren ‘Laurel’ or ‘bay tree’
Layla ‘Intoxicating’, ‘dark beauty’ or ‘night’. Another version of this name is Lyla.
Leah ‘Weary’ or’ tired’
Lexi ‘Man’s defender’
Lily ‘Lily flower’ or ‘Pure’. Some of the variants of this name include Liliana, Lillian
Lilly It is a variation of the name Lily and means purity. 
Linda ‘Beautiful’
Lola “Sorrows’
‘Little and womanly’
Lucinda ‘Illumination’
Lucy ‘Light’ or ‘born at dawn’. Also used as a nickname for Lucinda.
Luna ‘Moon’
Lydia ‘Beautiful one’ or ‘noble one’
Mae ‘Bitter’ or ‘pearl’
Mackenzie ‘Comely’
Madeline ‘Elevated’ or ‘Magnificent’
Madison ‘Son of Matthew’ or ‘Gift of God’
Maisie ‘Child of light’ or ‘pearl’
Margaret ‘Pearl’
Martha ‘Mistress’.
Maria ‘Sea of sorrow’ or ‘sea of bitterness’. Some sources give the definition as ‘rebellion’ or ‘wished-for child’. Other versions of this name are Miriam, Mary and Marie.
Maryam “Rebellious’
Megan ‘Pearl’ or ‘capable’
Melanie Someone who has dark or black skin.
Melody ‘Song’ or ‘to sing’
Mia ‘Mine’ or ‘wished-for child’
Mila/ Milly ‘Dear’ or ‘pleasant’
Molly ‘Bitter’
Morgan Someone who is a defender and champion of the sea.
Naomi ‘Sweetness’ or ‘Delightful’
Natalie ‘Sunrise’ or ‘Born’
Nicole ‘Victory of the people’
Norah ‘Honour’
Olivia ‘Olive branch’
Pagi Helper, Servant
Paige ‘Young servant’
Paisley ‘Basilica’ or ‘Church’
Pamela ‘All honey’ or ‘all sweetness’
Payton ‘Poega’s town’ or ‘fighting man’s estate’. It is also spelt as Peyton.
Phoebe ‘Bright one’
Piper ‘One who plays the pipes’
Poppy Inspired by the poppy flower which are large and bright.
Priscilla ‘Ancient’ or ‘Classical’
Queenie ‘Queen’
Quinn ‘Wisdom’ or ‘Intelligence’
Rachel ‘Ewe’ or ‘Lamb’
Reagan ‘Little king’ or ‘Regal’
Reese ‘Fiery’
Riley ‘Wood clearing’
Robyn ‘Bright famous one’
Rose ‘Rose flower’
Rosie ‘Rose flower’
Rosemary ‘Dew of the sea’ or ‘bitter rose’
Roxanne ‘Dawn’
Ruby ‘Red’ or a type of precious stone.
Sadie ‘Princess’
Samantha ‘God heard’ or ‘Listener’
Sara ‘Princess’
Sarah ‘Princess’
Scarlett ‘Red’
Sienna ‘Orange-red’
Skylar ‘Eternal life’ or ‘Water giver’
Sofia ‘Wisdom’
Sophia/ Sophie ‘Wisdom’. Some of the other versions of this name are Sophie and Sofia.
Stella ‘Star’. It is also used as a diminutive of Estelle.
Summer ‘Summer season’
Susan/ Suzanne ‘Lily’. Some of the other versions of this name are Susannah and Susie.
Sylvia ‘Of the forest’
Tabitha ‘Gazelle’ or ‘Beauty’
Taylor ‘Cutter of cloth’ or ‘clothed with salvation’
Teresa ‘To reap’ or ‘harvester’
Thea  ‘Goddess’
Trinity ‘Holy triad’
Udeline Defender
Unita Oneness, Sisterly Unites
Valerie ‘Valiant’
Victoria ‘Triumphant’
Violet ‘Purple’ or ‘the violet flower’
Vivian ‘Alive’
Willow ‘Slender’
Winnie ‘Fair’ or ‘blessed’
Ximena ‘Listener’
Yvonne ‘Yew tree’
Zara ‘Radiance’
Zoe ‘Life’

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225 Eloquent English Baby Boy Names

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Congrats! Now that you are the proud parent of a baby boy, it is time that you decided a name for your little one. While some of the names are overtly masculine, there are others which are gentle and yet others which are gender neutral. Based on how you wish your son to be seen by society (atleast by first impressions), we have compiled 150 names that can do justice to the naming conundrum.

Name Meaning
Aaron ‘Exalted or ‘High mountain’
Abel ‘Breath’ or ‘breathing spirit’
Abraham ‘Father of many’
Adam ‘Red’ or ‘to make’. This is one of the popular British names for boys.
Aden Attractive, Handsome
Adrian ‘A man from Hadria’
Alan ‘Handsome’ or ‘little rock’
Albert ‘Noble’ or ‘Bright’
‘Helper and defender of mankind’
Alexander ‘Defender of men’
Alfie ‘Wise’
Andi Man, Warrior
Andrew Someone who has exceptional man-like qualities.
Anthony ‘Very praiseworthy’ or ‘Flower’
Archie ‘Genuine’
Asher ‘Fortunate’ or ‘blessed’
Ashley/Ashton ‘Lives in the ash tree grove or ash tree town’. One of the unique aspects of Ashley is that it is a unisex name.
Austin ‘Majestic’ or ‘venerable’
Avery ‘Ruler of Elves’
Axel ‘The father is peace’
Ayden/ Aidan ‘Little fire’
Barret Brave as a Bear, Variant of Barnett, Bear-strength
Bart Rich in Land, From the Barley Farm
Beau ‘Beautiful’ or ‘handsome’
Benjamin ‘Son of my right hand’
Bennett ‘Blessed’
Berli Meadow with the Cow Barn
Binky Field of Beans
Blake This is one which is may seem contradictory as it can mean ‘dark complexioned’ but it can also mean ‘pale’ or ‘bright’.
Bobby Bright Fame, Abbreviation of Robert, Short Form of Robert
Brad/ Bradley ‘Broad clearing’ and ‘broad wood’
Brandon ‘Hill covered with broom weed’
Bravo An Excellent Man
Brody ‘Rampart’ or ‘muddy place’
Bron Brown, Dark, Brown One’s Son
Bruce ‘A thick brush’
Bryan Honourable, Form of Brian
Bryce Someone who is very fast and quick.
Bucky Male Deer, Diminutive of Buck
Caleb ‘Dog’ or ‘A faithful person’
Calvin ‘Bald’
Camden ‘From the winding valley’
Cameron ‘Crooked nose’ or ‘crooked river’
Carlo Strong, Masculine, A Free Man
Carlos ‘Full-grown’ or ‘man’
Carter ‘One who transports goods’
Casey Alert, Watchful, Vigilant, Wakeful
Cayle Bold
Charles ‘Full-grown’, ‘man’ or ‘free man’
Christian ‘Follower of Christ’
Christopher ‘Carrier of Christ’
Chuck Free Man, Strong and Manly,
Clark A Member of Religious Order, Clergyman
Clayton ‘Clay settlement’ or ‘village on clay’
Cole/ Colin ‘Dark complexioned’
Connor ‘Wise’
Cooper ‘One who makes wooden vessels or barrels’
Cosmo Courtesy, The Universe, Orderliness
Cyan A Greenish Blue Colour
Dalas Eye Contact, Clean Sight
Damian ‘One who subdues or tames’
Daniel ‘God is my judge’
Danny Form of Daniel, God is My Judge
Darik Ruler of the People
David ‘Friend’ or ‘Beloved’
Davin Beloved, Dear One, Bright Finn, Brilliant Finn, Black One, Variant of David
Dawan Yahweh is Merciful / Gracious
Dawson ‘Son of David’
Dean ‘Valley’
Declan ‘Full of goodness’
Deep A Lamp, Light, Superior to Infinity
Dekle Dusty One, Servant
Dennis ‘God of Wine’
Derby Deer Park, From the Village of Danes
Dominic ‘Belonging to the lord’
Duke Title of Nobility, A Leader of Men
Dylan ‘Son of the sea’ or ‘born from the ocean’
Edward ‘Wealthy guardian’
Elliot ‘Jehovah is God’
Emmanuel ‘God is with us’
Emmett ‘Powerful’
Eric ‘Eternal ruler’
Ethan ‘Constant’ or Strong’
Everett ‘Brave as a wild boar’
Ezekiel ‘God strengthens’. Another version of this name is Zeke, which is also used as a nickname for Ezekiel.
Ezra ‘Helper’
Fabian Grower of Beans, The Sky
Faris Horseman, Perspicacity
Farlay From the Ram-meadow / Bull-meadow
Farold Powerful Traveller, Mighty Voyager
Favian Understanding, Derived from the Roman Clan Name Fabius
Felix Fortunate, Happy, Name of a Saint
Felman Living in the Mountains
Finch A Small Singing Bird, Breeder / Seller of Finches
Finley ‘Fair-haired warrior’. Finn is a commonly used nickname for Finley.
Fitz Male Descendant, Son
Floyd White Haired, The Hollow
Frank ‘Free man’
Fraze French Town, Diminutive of Fraser
Frederick ‘Peaceful ruler’
Gabriel ‘God is my strength’ or ‘devoted to God’
Gavin ‘White hawk’
George ‘Tiller of soil’ or ‘farmer’
Giovanni ‘God has shown favour’
Graham ‘Gravelly homestead’
Grant ‘Someone who is destined to become great’
Grayson ‘Son of a steward’
Hagan Strong Defence, Sanctuary, Safe Harbour
Hamil Carrier, Bearer
Hardy Strong, Bold, Brave, Daring
Harrison ‘Son of Harry’
Hayden ‘Heathen’ and ‘Fire’
Healy From the Slope Land
Hector ‘Holding fast’ or ‘to restrain’ in Greek. This is one of the uncommon British boy names.
Henry ‘Ruler of an enclosure’
Hudson ‘Heart’ or ‘spirit’
Hunter ‘A person who hunts’
Ian ‘Gift from God’
Isaac ‘He who laughs’ or ‘laughter’
Ivaan God is Gracious, Undefeatable
Ivan ‘Gift from God’
Jack ‘Someone who is in good health’ or ‘God is gracious’
Jackson ‘Son of Jack’ or ‘God has shown favour’
Jacob ‘Supplanter’ or ‘ruler of tribes’
James ‘One who follows’
Jared ‘Rose’ or ‘Descending’
Jason ‘A healing’
Jasper ‘Treasure bringer’ or ‘An individual who keeps close watch over the wealth of others’.
Jayden ‘Thankful’
Jensen ‘Jehovah is gracious’
Jenson ‘Sons of Jens’
Jeremiah/ Jeremy ‘Exalted of the lord’ or ‘God will uplift’
Jesse ‘Wealthy’
Jesus ‘Jehovah is generous’
Joel ‘Jehovah is God’
Joey ‘God will give’
John/ Jonathan ‘Jehovah has shown favour’
Jonah ‘Dove’
Jose ‘May God increase’
Joseph ‘God will add’
Joshua ‘Jehovah is generous’
Jude ‘Praised’
Julian ‘Youthful’
Justin ‘Righteous’
Kabir The Great, Powerful, Leader
Kacy Descendant, Descendant of Cathasaigh
Kai ‘Keeper of the keys’ or ‘Earth’
Kaiden/ Kayden ‘Son of Cadan’ in Gaelic and ‘companion’
Kevin ‘Someone who is eternally handsome’
Kian Kings, Royal, Ancient
Kingston ‘King’s field’
Kirk Dweller by the Church, Church
Kody Cushion, Helper, Descendant of the Helpful One
Landon ‘Long hill’ or ‘ridge’
Leo Lion
Leonardo ‘Bold as a lion’
Levi ‘Pledged’ or ‘joined’
Liam ‘Helment of will’
Lincoln ‘Lake settlement’
Logan ‘Hollow’
Lorenzo ‘From Laurentium’
Luca ‘Bringer of light’
Lucas ‘Light’
Luis ‘Famous warrior’
Luke ‘Light-giving’
Maddox ‘Son of Madoc’
Malachi ‘My messenger’
Marcus ‘Hammer’
Martin ‘War-like’
Mason ‘Stone worker’
Matthew ‘Gift of God’. Another form of this name is Matteo.
Maverick ‘Independent-minded’ or ‘unorthodox’. It is usually given to those individuals who are pioneers and exceptional in their field. For example, a maverick marksman is one who is good at shooting and has a unique style.
Maximus/ Maxwell ‘Greatest’
Maxson ‘Great son’
Melvin ‘Chief’ or ‘council protector’
Michael ‘Who is like God?’. Some of the other versions of this name are Mitchell and Miguel.
Miles ‘Mild’ or ‘peaceful’
Miller ‘One who grinds grain’
Nathaniel ‘Gift of God’. Some of the other variants of this name include Nathan or Nate.
Nicholas ‘Victory of the people’
Noah ‘Comfort’ or ‘repose’
Nolan ‘Descendant of a champion’
Oliver ‘Olive tree’
Ollie ‘Olive tree’
Oscar ‘Divine spear’ or ‘God’s Spear’
Owen ‘Young warrior or ‘well born’
Parker ‘One who works in a park’ or ‘gamekeeper’
Patrick ‘Nobleman’
Pery One who Lives by a Pear Tree
Preston ‘The priest’s village’
Prim Primrose, Flower
Reuben ‘Behold, a son’
Riley ‘Valiant’
Richard ‘Powerful ruler’
Robert ‘Famed’ or ‘Bright’
Roman ‘Citizen of Rome’
Ronnie ‘Ruler’
Rory ‘Red king’
Ryan ‘Little king’
Ryder ‘Mounted warrior’
Samuel ‘Name of God’ or ‘Heard by God’
Santiago ‘Supplanter’ or ‘holder of the heel’
Sawyer ‘One who cuts timber’
Sebastian ‘Venerable’ or ‘revered’
Seth ‘Placed’
Sonny ‘Son’
Stanley ‘Stony meadow’
Steven ‘Crown’ or ‘garland’
Teddy ‘Brave people’
Theo ‘God’
Theodore ‘God’s gift’
Thomas ‘A twin’
Timothy ‘In God’s Honour’ or ‘honouring God’
Toby ‘God is good’
Tommy ‘Twin’
Tristan ‘Outcry’ or ‘Tumult’ and ‘Sorrowful’
Tucker ‘Fabric worker’
Tyler ‘Doorkeeper of an inn’ or ‘one who makes tiles’
Victor ‘Conqueror’
Vincent ‘To conquer’
Wesley ‘One who lives in the west wood or clearing’
Weston ‘Western settlement’
William ‘Strong-willed warrior’
Xavier ‘Splendid’ or ‘bright’
Zachary ‘Remembered by God’

While coming up with a name from this list can’t be an easy task, there are some factors that may make it easier for you apart from the meaning itself. Firstly, think about how the name might change because of the other kids in school. For example, Thomas might become Tom one day and may eventually morph into Tommy. The development of George into ‘George of the jungle’ is also a likely possibility. It is in times like these that reminding them of the beauty of their name will add value to their lives.

Secondly, the pronunciation of the name may become an issue for peers of your child. While the common names that are mentioned in this list such as Ryan or Ruby might be fine, a unique and exceptional name such as Zachary may face mutilation.

Lastly, there is a need to make a careful balance between a unique name and something that is common. While a unique name will make them stand out, a common name may give them a sense of mutual camaraderie with their peers.

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