Quirky, Old-Fashioned British girl names?

Also, a tiny bit upper-class sounding would be a welcome bonus! I’m thinking of late Victorian ladies that live in mansions with greyhounds, but have a telephone and electricity. Cutting edge old-fashioned, but not old-lady. I’ve reread the Eccentric Aristocrats blog post numerous times, but they’re a bit too out there, but I like that style.

Here’s my list, would love suggestions;


I’ve already looked at and crossed off;





I love [name]Araminta[/name], [name]Lavender[/name], [name]Flora[/name], [name]Freya[/name], [name]Henrietta[/name] (although not for myself), [name]Cosima[/name], [name]Penelope[/name] and [name]Octavia[/name]! I love [name]Arabella[/name], but it’d blend in now. :frowning:

[name]Flora[/name] is wonderful.

[name]Jocasta[/name] is one I’ve only heard on slightly nutty British people.

[name]Keziah[/name] shows up in old British censuses and it’s Biblical but I’m not sure which pronunciation Brits use, I’m not British and easily confused. :slight_smile:

Laughed a bit at this!


He he. I’m British, but my name isn’t really.
These are girls I know with quirky Britishy names, sorry for any repeats:
[name]Harriet[/name] (nn [name]Hattie[/name], always)
[name]Celia[/name] (not [name]Cecelia[/name], just [name]Celia[/name])
[name]Genevieve[/name] nn [name]Eve[/name]
[name]Isobel[/name] (this spelling)
[name]Tamsin[/name] (TAMZ-in, not that old-fashioned but British.)
[name]Beatrice[/name] nn [name]Bea[/name] ([name]BEE[/name]-a)
[name]Louise[/name] nn [name]Lou[/name]
[name]Georgia[/name] nn [name]George[/name]

I say [name]Keziah[/name] like ke-ZYE-ah. And I know a little girl called [name]Imogen[/name], nn [name]Immy[/name] - adorable!

I know two girls named [name]Keziah[/name] (both around 15/16) in the UK. [name]One[/name] pronounces her name KEE-zee-uh, the other says Kuh-ZYE-uh. It’s a pretty name.

[name]Keziah[/name] is interesting! I’d probably use [name]Ayelet[/name] instead, but I’m not a huge fan of Biblical names in general. I’ve noted [name]Pandora[/name], [name]Cressida[/name], and [name]Felicity[/name], too. :slight_smile: Any more suggestions?


All upper/upper-middle class eccentric Brits who I know

I read of [name]Nancy[/name] Mitford’s coinage of U and non-U (used playfully, I don’t take it seriously really), and there was a section in [name]Pam[/name] and [name]Linda[/name]'s British baby names book on it. I made a list of the names from the U list that appealed to me, and would like to see if they still warrant the “U” label, because the book is a bit dated now;


Thanks, you’ve all been very helpful!

I’ll try, but anything I would have contributed has already been mentioned.

[name]Hazel[/name] [name]Pearl[/name]

[name]Hope[/name] that helps :slight_smile:

Okay, so I haven’t read every post, but how about:

  • I know you said you’d crossed off [name]Eleanor[/name], but I thought I’d add [name]Elinor[/name], which has a slightly more British feel to it.

[name]Hope[/name] that helps!

erose, thanks for excavating that. I was living in [name]London[/name] when I wrote it which made it a lot easier to put my finger on the fineries of the British class system. And [name]Linda[/name]'s husband is a [name]Brit[/name]! But we definitely need real Englanders to help us divine the ups and downs.

Ooooh I love these names! They are all pretty wonderful!
I don’t think any of these were mentioned:
and [name]Edina[/name] and [name]Saffron[/name] (from Absolutely Fabulous!) LOL
My name probably falls into this category as well. It’s [name]Glenys[/name]

Some more:
[name]Georgina[/name] (a few, and a lot of Georgias. I also know a [name]Georgette[/name], but I know of no Georgianas)
[name]India[/name] (not exactly old-fashioned, but used significantly here in the UK)
[name]Leona[/name] / [name]Leonie[/name]

Thanks, all! I will go through these and see if I can come up with something I adore! :slight_smile: (And there are always characters that need names, in my stories)

Names definitely seem to ‘trickle down’ the class system here in [name]Britain[/name]. I would say that [name]Charlotte[/name] is no longer upper-class, in the least, but a very average name. [name]Felicity[/name] doesn’t strike me as particularly posh, either; [name]Verity[/name] and [name]Amity[/name] are posher alternatives. [name]Allegra[/name] and [name]Clementine[/name] seem to be becoming trendy amongst the middle-classes recently. I’ve never heard of anyone at all named [name]Keziah[/name], so I can’t comment on that. [name]Jemima[/name], [name]Pandora[/name], [name]Cordelia[/name] and [name]Anthea[/name] (which I really like) all seem to fit what you’re looking for though! I’m basing this on general experiences (I know a lot of upper class people, although I’m not that posh myself, one of whom is called [name]Cordelia[/name] but most have very classic names) and the Mumsnet.com name forums, which are popular here with upper-middle class mums. [name]Hope[/name] that’s helpful! :slight_smile:

It was, very much! I guess the general consensus is either they use very classic names ([name]Elizabeth[/name], [name]Charlotte[/name], [name]Edmund[/name], [name]Theodore[/name] etc) or slightly Greek ones ([name]Hermione[/name], [name]Pandora[/name], [name]Ophelia[/name]). Or at least that’s my perspective.

I’m loving [name]Cordelia[/name], [name]Pandora[/name], [name]Anthea[/name] and still really like [name]Clementine[/name]!