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English Names

Andrew, Abigail, Charles—these are some of the more popular English baby names today. Traditionally, English names were biblical or conveyed a virtue—think Hope, Charity, and Faith. If you’re feeling literary, you can also mine Shakespeare for English name ideas.


Love is all around us...just not as a first name. Love (the name, not the verb) is used much more commonly as a middle name... Read more about Love


Talk about a strong name. Andrew is Greek for "manly" and has also been linked to "warrior". In the Bible, Andrew is the... Read more about Andrew


Are you hoping for a fiery personality or a red-head? Then Red may be an appropriate choice. Not surprisingly, the name is... Read more about Red


Marie is the French version of the classic Mary. It's a very royal name with several European queens bearing the name, most... Read more about Marie


Charmingly old-fashioned names are having their day and Lila is no exception. It's truly a multicultural name with Persian... Read more about Lila


Faith isn't quite as popular as it's virtuous cousins Hope and Grace, which may be a good thing. Equally as lovely and pure... Read more about Faith


Robert has been an all-time favorite boys name since the Middle Ages and popular worldwide. It's been so popular that it's... Read more about Robert


The name Art definitely has an old-fashioned vibe to it–which makes sense given that it's the short form of Arthur, which... Read more about Art


Not only is this the most popular of all flower names, it's the name of a famous comedienne, the name of Harry Potter's "mum,"... Read more about Lily


Kayla is a lesson in the power of soap operas. The name seemingly appeared out of thin air when Days of Our Lives introduced... Read more about Kayla


Justice is one of the few virtue names for boys. The name was historically bestowed on judges and those deemed to be just... Read more about Justice


Hope is a sweet and simple "virtue name" (along with Charity and Grace) that has been a perennial favorite among parents... Read more about Hope


Most always given as a girl's name today, Madison is wildly popular: know that yours will share her name with many others!... Read more about Madison


Lucas has become the go-to name for parents who love the name Luke and its meaning of "light," but not its popularity. As... Read more about Lucas


A daughter named Alexis is destined to be a strong woman. Derived from the male names Alexander and Alexius, who refers to... Read more about Alexis


Lisa is a short version of the ever popular Elizabeth. It hit an all-time popularity high in the 70s when Elvis named his... Read more about Lisa


One can't think of the name Vanessa without thinking of the 80s. Along with Jessica and Tiffany, Vanessa was one of the names... Read more about Vanessa


An English surname with an original meaning now unknown, but which almost certainly refers to a meadow...or a South African... Read more about Kimberly


A steadily popular name for several decades—Amber was everywhere in the 1980s and '90s—the name now, surprisingly, makes... Read more about Amber


Often used as a nickname for the name John back in the day, Jack has climbed the beanstalk of baby names to become a relatively... Read more about Jack


"Graceful" Ann has fallen out of the graces of the popular name gods and is currently at the lowest its ever been. But don't... Read more about Ann


Taylor is right at the cusp of a changing of the tides. What used to be more often used as a boys' name (à la Taylor Lautner)... Read more about Taylor


Once a surname and boys' name, Taylor and its variants are growing in popularity as names for daughters, thanks in part to... Read more about Taylor


Scott holds the very inspired meaning of "from Scotland," but don't let that stop you from using this name if you're not... Read more about Scott


Amelia is one of those names that just invokes image of romantic far-off places from the 20s. Or a female pilot. Or the constantly... Read more about Amelia


Allison is a version of the French name Alice, meaning "noble." It's an extremely popular name choice for girls in the U.S... Read more about Allison


Ella is one of the hottest girl names right now, and a perennial celeb favorite. Among the stars that have named their daughters... Read more about Ella


Are you hoping for a diva baby with a set of golden pipes? Then Mariah away! The name is indelibly associated with glamorous... Read more about Mariah


Lynn is a vintage girls' name that had it's moment in the spotlight around the 1950s and 1960s, and has been stagnant ever... Read more about Lynn


Are you hoping for a wiser-than-his-years son? Then Sage, which means "wise," may be the way to go. It's short and sweet... Read more about Sage