I like exactly one name on this list - [name_u]Everett[/name_u]. And even then, it’s a ‘like but wouldn’t use’. ([name_u]Julian[/name_u] is a 5/10 if that also counts) They do feel very American to me. Nothing wrong with it but nms.
Genuine question - where are all the baby Ians coming from? I can only think of [name_m]Ian[/name_m] [name_m]Beale[/name_m] in my [name_f]English[/name_f] brain (middle aged soap character) so that’s probably clouding my judgement.
I like a few of these but our UK list feels much more my style. [name_u]Everett[/name_u] is nice and I personally like [name_u]Asher[/name_u] and [name_m]Ezekiel[/name_m] for their biblical connections.
I always think of [name_m]Ian[/name_m] [name_m]Beale[/name_m] too! [name_f]My[/name_f] mum used to watch Eastenders and that’s all I can think of. I don’t see the appeal. [name_m]Adrian[/name_m] also feels quite middle aged to me.
I agree that some of our boy names are a tad too nicknamey and ‘cute’. I struggle to imagine [name_u]Freddie[/name_u], [name_u]Teddy[/name_u], and [name_u]Frankie[/name_u] on a fully grown man if that makes sense. But I think these names sound strange in our accent because we just don’t have that strong ‘r’ sound (well mine doesn’t, some UK accents do of course).
It was actually quite hard to find boy names that had a big popularity gap as many of them ranked similarly in both countries so there were definitely some that I liked on the list xx
This list definitely feels very evocative of the general US naming style for me. I also think it’s interesting how popular the [name_u]Greyson[/name_u] spelling is in [name_u]America[/name_u], do you know if it ranks higher than [name_u]Grayson[/name_u]?
I agree! And I too found that strange. [name_u]Grayson[/name_u] is 32 is the US and 83 in [name_f]England[/name_f] so quite popular in both. It’s odd because we spell the colour like ‘[name_u]Grey[/name_u]’.
I’m surprised that Greyson made the list and not Grayson (assuming that Grayson isn’t on here because it’s also popular in the UK?) when “gray” is the American spelling of “grey”.
ETA: I much prefer Grey/Greyson in all situations. I use “grey” when I’m writing too, even though I’m American. Just with the colors I associate with letters, “A” is pink so “gray” ends up looking like pinkish-gray, like the color of lint you pull out of the dryer. “E” is a light blue so “grey” is a pretty blue-grey color (like my eyes).
It’s fascinating how when you compare the two lists you can really see how the UK has a much larger proportion of Muslim population and the US is much more influenced by its Latino population! A lot of the names that are much more common in one country than the other are associated with a particular minority culture that is proportionally larger there. Other than that, it’s definitely the cowboy names in [name_u]America[/name_u] and the cutesy prepster nickname-names in the UK.
I am surprised [name_m]Ian[/name_m] is way more popular here, though, because it has a very British/Scottish vibe to me. Maybe it’s considered more of a dad name in the UK?
Well, [name_u]Angel[/name_u], [name_m]Jose[/name_m], and [name_m]Santiago[/name_m] are not surprising at all, given the Hispanic population we have and you don’t.
The only ones I wonder are not more popular in the UK are [name_m]Ian[/name_m] and [name_u]Everett[/name_u]. Those feel like they’d fit in well with a lot of the names trending over there. But the rest definitely feel more American. I mean, [name_u]Sawyer[/name_u]? [name_u]Maverick[/name_u]? Only in [name_u]America[/name_u].
@MargotAbilene It is odd, I suppose it’s just down to personal preference of how the name actually looks. I prefer [name_u]Grey[/name_u]/Greyson myself!
@elanorelle [name_m]Ian[/name_m] does feel more British to me, but it’s very dated here and I can’t really imagine it on a baby. And [name_u]Everett[/name_u] strikes me as fitting in more with the US list!