Baby Boy Names English

I’m sure you know you want to call your boy something like “Evan,” but you still want to keep it English. That’s where I come in! I am Liza, and today I will share with you some of the most popular English names for baby boys in 2022.

Always a classic, Harry has now taken the number one spot from William as the most popular name for boys in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. It’s currently in the top 140 names given to baby boys in the United States.

Here are a few English names that have made their way onto the US top 140 baby boy names list:

English names for boys dominate the popularity lists of the US, the UK, and other English-speaking countries, with William and James ranking highly in the US, and Jack, Oscar, and Charlie reigning in the UK. Many English names for boys drawn from surnames are currently fashionable in the United States: Jackson, Cooper, Lincoln, Hunter, and Landon, for instance. And then there are English word names from Gray to Loyal that have become fashionable for baby boys. Along with William and James, other English boys’ names in the US top 100 include Carter, Grayson, Julian, Mason, Parker, Robert, Sawyer, and Wyatt. Baby boy names popular in England include Oliver — a top name throughout the United Kingdom — Harry, Leo, and Alfie. Some of the straightforward boys’ names we think of as English — like the royal Charles, William, Henry, George, and Louis — all have non-English roots but may carry nicknames like Charlie or Bill that are distinctively English. Browse all our English names for baby boys here, ordered by current popularity on Nameberry. You might also want to check out our English names for girls.

Table of Contents ?

  • Most popular English boy names (in England!)
  • The rest of the 100 most popular male names in England
  • 13 Old English names
  • Victorian English boy names that are due for a comeback

Most popular English boy names (in England!)

English names are all over the world. Yet, the best place to find English names for boys? England, of course. The home of the Queen, afternoon tea, and those big red buses.

Here are the most popular English baby boy names as of 2019. What are the top boy names for 2020? The Office of National Statistics, the body in England in charge of these things, hasn’t gotten round to releasing those yet.

  1. Oliver. A name that’s been the most popular in England and Wales for years. It actually means ‘olive tree planter’, yet it does make for a beautiful English male name.
  2. George. Could you get more English? George comes from the Greek word for ‘farmer’, actually, but it is a long favorite in the UK.
  3. Noah. He’s made a big comeback in recent years. Of course, it’s a name that originates in the Bible – so it isn’t strictly English.
  4. Arthur. An English male name that traces its roots to the fabled king. It has a real nobility to it.
  5. Harry. From an ancient king to perhaps the world’s most famous prince. A beautiful name – and oh so British.
  6. Leo. From the Latin word for ‘lion’, Leo has become one of the coolest English names in recent years.
  7. Muhammad. Muhammad means ‘praised’. Another name that has become much more popular in England recently.
  8. Jack. Like George, it’s a real classic of English names.
  9. Charlie. Another perennial fave, Charlie comes from the German word meaning ‘free man.’ Perhaps your little one will have an independent streak when he 1. grows up?
  10. Oscar. A name of Irish origin, Oscar means ‘deer friend’. These days, it has a very classy ring to it.
    Nope, they’re not all traditionally English, but traditions change! That’s one of the beautiful things about names. Whether they’re traditionally Korean baby names or Latin baby names, if it’s right for your little one, why not?
    In the meantime, here are some other English male names.

Nope, they’re not all traditionally English, but traditions change! That’s one of the beautiful things about names. Whether they’re traditionally Korean baby names or Latin baby names, if it’s right for your little one, why not?

In the meantime, here are some other English male names.

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The rest of the 100 most popular male names in England

Well, we’ve done the first 10 favorite boy names in England. What are the top 100 names? Here they are…

  1. Jacob
  2. Henry
  3. Thomas
  4. Freddie
  5. Alfie
  6. Theo
  7. William
  8. Theodore
  9. Archie
  10. Joshua
  11. Alexander
  12. James
  13. Isaac
  14. Edward
  15. Lucas
  16. Tommy
  17. Finley
  18. Max
  19. Logan
  20. Ethan
  21. Mohammed
  22. Teddy
  23. Benjamin
  24. Arlo
  25. Joseph
  26. Sebastian
  27. Harrison
  28. Elijah
  29. Adam
  30. Daniel
  31. Samuel
  32. Louie
  33. Mason
  34. Reuben
  35. Albie
  36. Rory
  37. Jaxon
  38. Hugo
  39. Luca
  40. Zachary
  41. Reggie
  42. Hunter
  43. Louis
  44. Dylan
  45. Albert
  46. David
  47. Jude
  48. Frankie
  49. Roman
  50. Ezra
  51. Toby
  52. Riley
  53. Carter
  54. Ronnie
  55. Frederick
  56. Gabriel
  57. Stanley
  58. Bobby
  59. Jesse
  60. Michael
  61. Elliot
  62. Grayson
  63. Mohammad
  64. Liam
  65. Jenson
  66. Ellis
  67. Harley
  68. Harvey
  69. Jayden
  70. Jake
  71. Ralph
  72. Rowan
  73. Elliott
  74. Jasper
  75. Ollie
  76. Charles
  77. Finn
  78. Felix
  79. Caleb
  80. Chester
  81. Jackson
  82. Hudson
  83. Leon
  84. Ibrahim
  85. Ryan
  86. Blake
  87. Alfred
  88. Oakley
  89. Matthew
  90. Luke

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13 Old English names

Perhaps you’re looking for something a little more classic. If that’s you, some ancient English names might be exactly what you need.

Here are 13 Old English names of Anglo-Saxon origin:

  1. Aethelred. One of the great kings of Wessex. For some bonus names: his dad was Aethelwulf and his brother Aethelbert, while his sons were known as Aethelwold and Aethelhelm. Very Ye Olde English, but it does give you some more options to mull over.
  2. Cenric. It’s the old form of Kendrick, meaning something like ‘bold ruler’. You don’t get a more classic English name.
  3. Cuthbert. Meaning ‘brilliant’, ‘bright’, or ‘famous’, Cuthbert had a resurgence in the 19th century. It’s not so common today, but perhaps it should be.
  4. Cynebald. Another ancient English name, it means ‘royal’ and ‘bold’.
  5. Dunstan. It means, simply, ‘stony hill’, but it has an elegant ring to it.
  6. Edgar. It’s fallen out of use a little, but we think it’s really got something!
  7. Edmund. Edmund means ‘prosperity’ or ‘protector’. A great alternative to Edward.
  8. Godric. ‘Good ruler’, a noble name straight out of the Middle Ages.
  9. Godwin. This has the lovely meaning: ‘good friend’.
  10. Osmund. Of Scandinavian root, a noble name combining the words for ‘god’ and ‘protection’.
  11. Oswald. More of a surname these days, it means ‘divine power’. Like the other Old English names, it has a real strength to it.
  12. Wulfric. If nature names like Wolf and Bear aren’t your thing, you can go for a more classic English name: Wulfric.
  13. Wynnstan or Wynstan. It means ‘joy stone’ – and is actually an alternative spelling for Winston.

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Victorian English boy names that are due for a comeback

Meanwhile, if you wanted something a little more recent, but still with a classic resonance, you could try one of these names straight out of the 19th century. Yep, people really were called Lancelot – and, nope, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t choose that name for your little one now!

  1. Absalom
  2. Amos
  3. Ansell
  4. Archibald
  5. Bartholomew
  6. Clement
  7. Cornelius
  8. Crispin
  9. Dennis
  10. Ellis
  11. Gideon
  12. Horatio
  13. Humphrey
  14. Isaiah
  15. Jeremiah
  16. Jonas
  17. Josiah
  18. Lancelot
  19. Lazarus
  20. Marcus
  21. Owen
  22. Peregrine
  23. Russell
  24. Seth
  25. Silvester
  26. Theoderick
  27. Tobias
  28. Tristram

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Unique Baby Boy Names English

Looking for some cool British boy names? Well, you’re in the right place. Here are our favorite English names for boys…

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So, which English boy names are popular these days? And where can you find some unique English names for boys that aren’t so commonly used?

Whatever type of English boy names you’re after, we’re here to help. Here are 141 English baby boy names that are sure to inspire you. (By the way, you don’t have to use them just for boys. If a name sounds right for your baby, there’s nothing to stop you from choosing it).

There are many popular English names that have origins in England or are associated with the English language. Names are useful when given to a baby or used as a pet name for adults. You can find many of these names in the top 100 for baby names in the United States, including William, David, James, Joseph, Michael, Thomas, and Matthew.

English names are distinctively different than American names. If you have an English name, you might think it’s fun to see if it has a place in the top 100 baby boy names of England. If you do, leave a comment!

Royal

  • Origin: English word name
  • Meaning: “royal”
  • Description:Even less subtle than Duke or Earl, this name shot up the popularity charts in 2013, due in part to a boost from the hit Lorde song “Royals.” Today, it’s attracting attention from the Amazon Prime series Outer Range, a supernatural neo-Western starring Josh Brolin as Royal Abbott.

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Oscar

  • Origin: English or Irish
  • Meaning: “God spear, or deer-lover or champion warrior”
  • Description:Oscar has Irish and Norse roots—Norse Oscar comes from the Old English Osgar, a variation of the Old Norse name Ásgeirr. The Irish form was derived from the Gaelic elements os, meaning “deer,” and car, “loving.” In Irish legend, Oscar was one of the mightiest warriors of his generation, the son of Ossian and the grandson of Finn Mac Cumhaill (MacCool).

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Silas

  • Origin: English from Latin
  • Meaning: “wood, forest”
  • Description:Silas is based on the name Silvanus, and the two are used interchangeably in the Bible. In the New Testament, St. Silas was a leading member of the early Christian community who accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey. Sylvanus was the Roman god of trees and his name was originally bestowed on people who lived in wooded areas or who worked with wood.

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James

  • Origin: English variation of Jacob, Hebrew
  • Meaning: “supplanter”
  • Description:James is an English derivation of the Hebrew name Jacob. James is biblical (the name of two apostles in the New Testament), royal (kings of both England and Scotland), presidential (with more U.S. Chief Executives named James (six) than any other name), and it is shared by countless great writers and entertainers.

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Miles

  • Origin: English form of Milo
  • Meaning: “soldier or merciful”
  • Description:Miles, which took on a permanent veneer of cool thanks to jazz great Miles Davis, is a confident and polished boy name starting with M that has been appreciated in particular by celebrity baby namers, including Elisabeth Shue, Mayim Bialik, Larenz Tate, Joan Cusack and Lionel Ritchie.

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Ellis

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: “benevolent”
  • Description:Ellis is one of the less used names in the currently popular El-family. It is a popular Welsh name in its own right, sometimes spelled Elis, and also an English surname derived Elijah, by way of the Greek Elias.

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Everett

  • Origin: English variation of the German Eberhard
  • Meaning: “brave as a wild boar”
  • Description:Everett is a statesmanlike, wintry New England name whose recent leap in popularity can be credited to its similarity to trendy girls’ names such as Eva and Ava. Its high point was about a century ago, when Everett was a Top 100 name.

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Emmett

  • Origin: English masculine variation of Emma, German
  • Meaning: “universal”
  • Description:Emmett, honest and sincere, laid-back and creative, is on the rise as a male cognate of the megapopular Emma and Emily, not to mention being a character in the popular Twilight series.

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Archer

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: “bowman”
  • Description:Archer is an Anglo-Saxon surname that feels more modern than most because of its on-target occupational and Hunger Games associations. And it’s a nice way to bypass the clunky Archibald to get to the cool nickname Archie.

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Jack

  • Origin: English, diminutive of John
  • Meaning: “God is gracious”
  • Description:Jack is a derivative of John that originated in medieval England. The name went from John to Johnkin to Jankin to Jackin to Jack. The name was so common in the Middle Ages that Jack became a generic term for a man.

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Sawyer

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: “woodcutter”
  • Description:Sawyer is a surname with a more relaxed and friendly feel than many others, and is one of the hottest occupational names right now, with the Nameberry seal of approval. Sawyer is becoming one of the top unisex names. Both Sara Gilbert and Diane Farr used Sawyer for their daughters, while it was given a boost as a boys’ name by the character Sawyer on Lost, an alias for the character really named James Ford.

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Max

  • Origin: English and German diminutive of Maximilian or Maxwell
  • Meaning: “greatest”
  • Description:Max was derived from Maximilian, a Latin name that originated from the Roman family name Maximus. The character name Max in the children’s classic Where the Wild Things Are had an impact on baby namers. Max is a widely used name internationally.

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Kit

  • Origin: English, diminutive of Christopher
  • Description:Actor Kit Harington, aka the dreamy Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, has given this nickname-name new style and appeal for boys. Actress Jodie Foster used it for her son. For girls, it’s an updated diminutive of Katherine.

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Wyatt

  • Origin: English surname
  • Meaning: “brave in war”
  • Description:Wyatt was derived from the Medieval English name Wyot, itself a form of the given name Wigheard, with wig meaning “war” and heard, “brave.” Wyot, along with variations Wiot and Gyot, were also used by the Normans as nicknames for names such as William. Wyatt became a patronymic surname later in the Middle Ages.

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Julian

  • Origin: English from Latin, variation of Julius
  • Meaning: “youthful, downy-bearded, or sky father”
  • Description:Julian was derived from Iulianus, which in turn came from Julius, a Roman family name. Its origin is shrouded in history, but possible roots include Latin iuvenis, meaning “youthfu”; Greek ioulos, meaning “downy-bearded”; or Jovis, a form of Jupiter, which means “sky father”.
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Beckett

  • Origin: English and Irish
  • Meaning: “bee hive, little brook or bee cottage”
  • Description:Beckett is one of the big baby name hits of the decade.

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Charlie

  • Origin: English, diminutive of Charles
  • Meaning: “free man”
  • Description:Charlie derives, of course, from the classic name Charles which, in turn, comes from a German word meaning “free man.” Charles became very popular in France during the Middle Ages due to the fame of Charles the Great, also known as Charlemagne. Charley is an alternate spelling.

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Graham

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: “gravelly homestead”
  • Description:Well used in England and Scotland since the fifties, the smooth and sophisticated Graham is catching on here.

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Hudson

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: “Hugh’s son”
  • Description:Hudson has risen quickly up the charts after emerging at the bottom of the list in 1995, now solidly in the Top 100.

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Bennett

  • Origin: English, medieval form of Benedict
  • Meaning: “blessed”
  • Description:Bennett is Ben with a bow tie, kind of a cross between Benjamin and Beckett. It’s been trending up on the popularity charts in recent years, and its choice by The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s Jane Krakowski could shoot it even higher.

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