A Major Life event!
If you have searched for 'English baby names' then "Congratulations" must be in order
and our section on
Pregnancy Stages might prove helpful. Whether you are the mother or father of a new baby, a member of the family or a close friend you are sharing in a major life event and taking a serious interest in choosing a special baby name from one of the
many that are available.
See below for the complete selection of
nearly 1500 English Babynames to choose from! Still
unsure? Then check out over 50,000
others available including Scottish, Welsh, Irish and
American via the Index. We have also included sections
on Popular, Unique, Unusual,
Cool, Exotic and even Shakespearean names.
English Baby Boy Names
Baby Girl Names
Info requested by our visitors
In their search for an English baby name
people become interested in researching their own surname or
family name and First Name. We have therefore included this
information to meet the requests of our visitors.
Importance of First Names!
We respond to our name throughout our lives. People associate
us with our firstname, it forms part of our identity. They help to distinguish us from one to another. Other
people gain immediate and sometimes totally subconscious views
of people, just from hearing a name they can
therefore give us a distinct advantage in life, or conversely, a
disadvantage! The choice of an English Baby name is, therefore, incredibly important.
And those of us who choose a baby's name are taking on
a responsible task!
meanings of English baby names
Meaning of a name is only really
important to the person that they belong to! They
are not actually interesting to anyone else! To give credence to
this statement ask yourself the following questions...
answer for the vast majority of people will be a resounding
"No!". They are, however,
interesting when trying to decide upon a name for a newborn
baby. If you are
undecided perhaps the meaning of an English baby name would help you make a
Origins of English baby names
The origins of these include those
associated with places, mythology and history, origins from colours, plants and
other types of nature, Fictional origins, historical origins, characteristic
and religious origins. We then move on to the type of English baby
which can be classed as Descriptive, Place, Speciality and finally unique (or created
about English baby names!
At one time or
another most of us have posed some the following questions about
our own name...
does my name mean?
Why did my
parents choose the name?
any strong family connections to my name?
my name originate?
Why was I
given such a popular name?
Why was I
given such an unusual name?
baby name shall I give to my baby?
Will the English baby
name suit my
baby? Should it be traditional, unusual, unique, exotic, popular
or cool? Will it be suitable throughout all life phases ( "A Name isn't just for a birthday - it's for life!").
Will it be appropriate throughout a full life cycle starting with baby - toddler - school child - teenager - young adults - parents - middle age - retirement and
ending with old age. Will it suit a pensioner as well as a baby? Will the schoolchild be teased
mercilessly about a name? What will your baby think of your choice?
is at hand when making a choice from English baby names!
The various sections included in www. babynames.
org. uk accessed
via the Site Map will provide answers
to all of your questions regarding the choice of first names.
And our exclusive Name Evaluator
will help you avoid any of the many pitfalls!
- Info requested by our visitors
In their search for English baby names people become
interested in their own surname or family name. We have therefore included
this information to meet the requests of our visitors.
of English surnames - Take Shakespeare!
English names date back many hundreds of
years. Many of
our English ancestors would have been illiterate! How were names
recorded in the past? Many administrators spelled them incorrectly - so many official documents have resulted in
different name spellings leading to minefield when researching
English names! This
can be illustrated by looking at a name that is known throughout
the World - William Shakespeare. The name Shakespeare was spelt in an astonishing variety of ways including Shakspere,
Shakespere, Shakkespere, Shaxpere, Shakstaff, Sakspere,
Shagspere, Shakeshafte and even Chacsper. The name of
William Shakespeare's father, John Shakespeare, occurs 166 times in the Council Book of the Stratford corporation, and appears to take 16 different
forms! Our thanks go to www.william-shakespeare.info
for this information. The confusion in relation to the
spellings, or mis-spellings, of surnames account for the many derivatives
of one particular English name.
Origins of English Surnames
of English surnames are derived from ideas conveyed by something, such as a word, action, gesture, or situation.
origins of English surnames are the point at which
they originate, their inception, source or root. English Surnames are derived from
several main categories:
meanings or origins that relate to a
that are adopted or transferred
meanings or origins that describe a profession,
trade or status
meanings or origins that are connected to Nationalities
meanings or origins that are descriptive
reflecting a physical or
characteristic attribute or have been derived from nicknames
examples of descriptive English Surname origins
Most people are familiar with the old English legend of Robin Hood and the
many characters featured in this well know story. Here's a reminder of some of them:
category from 'Robin in the hood'
category describing a physical characteristic
category describing a characteristic i.e. Maid
name combined with a place name
||Reflecting a status i.e. Friar
the Miller's son
name combined with a trade title within a profession