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Laurence

The Name Laurence And Its Meaning

The name Laurence means laurel or man from the Latin name Laurentum, and it is a name that has persisted in this spelling and the one with a W that you will note is Lawrence.

This particular spelling has been used by many famous people that you will recognise because the meaning of Laurence and the nicknames that come with it make it pretty popular.

It is very important for people to remember that they are going to be able to have the best name possible for their kid when they have names like this backing them up. This name has a nice meaning that also means favored, honorable, and strong as it relates to the Olympic laurel.

Popularity

Laurence was not in the top 100 baby boys’ names in England in 2016.

Famous People Called Laurence

The famous English actor and director Laurence Olivier
The famous English actor and director Laurence Olivier

Laurence, although not currently popular it has been particularly during the 1900’s to the 1950’s and it belongs to some very impressive people.

  • Laurence Olivier – a famous English actor from Dorking in Surrey who dominated the British stage during the mid-20th century
  • Laurence Geller – British born, investor, author and philanthropists
  • Laurence Fishburne – An American actor and film director
  • Laurence of Canterbury – was the 2nd Archbishop of Canterbury

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Darrell

The Name Darrell And Its Meaning

Darrell origins from the French town of Airelle (a place that no longer exists). The origin of name Airelle is a person who came from the town of Airelle and the meaning of the town and hence Darrell is huckleberry.

Variation in the Name

Darrell can also be spelt as Darrel or Darel.

Popularity

Darrell was not in the top 100 baby boys names in England in 2016. In fact according to the National Statistics Office Darrell hasn’t been in the top 100 baby boy names since records began in 1904.

Famous People Called Darrell

The English Footballer Darrell Clarke
The English Footballer Darrell Clarke

Famous people named Darrell Clarke (an English footballer who played for Bristol Rovers), Darrell Issa (a politician in the US), and Darrell Scott (a singer song writer) all carry this name,

Pronunciation of Darrell

You have to know how you are pronouncing it before you jump all the way in and give this name to a child. You are pronouncing the name ‘Dar-Rell’, and that is a very important distinction because it means that the name is more like the modern pronunciation you would have heard and not the old one that you hear.

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Kit

Origin of the Name Kit

The name Kit is usually a nickname for a male or female. Kit is short for either Katherine or Christopher before people used Chris as a nickname for Christopher and Kathy, Kate, or Katie as nicknames for Katherine. Kit is of Greek origin and has a wild west feel to the name. Christopher Columbus named Saint Kitts, out in the Caribbean, after himself in 1493.

Meaning of the Name

The meaning of Kit is bearer of Christ.

Popularity

The popularity of Kit in this century has been its highest in 2016 at number 299. Kit was most popular in the United Kingdom from the 1940s until 1995. In the 21st century, Kit seems to come and go on the baby name popularity chart.

Famous People Named Kit

The English actor Kit Harington
The English actor Kit Harington

Here’s a list of a few famous British males with the name Kit:

  • Kit Fine is a famous British philosopher, born in 1946.
  • Kit Harrington is an actor, born Christopher Catesby Harrington in Acton, London, England on Boxing Day 1986. Kit is famous for his character in the award winning series ‘Game of Thrones’.
  • Kit Hesketh- Harvey of Malawi was born Christopher John Hesketh Harvey in 1957. Harvey is best known as comedy scriptwriter for Merchant Ivory’s Maurice in 1987.
  • Record producer Kit Lambert was born Christopher Sebastian Lambert in Knightsbridge, London, England on May 11, 1935.

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Alan

The Name and Alan What it Means

The name Alan and the meaning of Alan are very common. It means stone or noble, and it is a name that has not been as popular as you might have thought it would be. There are a lot of people who misunderstand the popularity of Alan because they see all these famous people with that name, but they have to remember that it has more than one spelling and many famous names that are a little bit older attached to it.

Variations of the Name

Alan can spelt with a single ‘l’ or a double ‘ll’ as in Allan. Al is often used as a nickname for Alan.

Popularity

Alan was not in the top 100 baby boys’ names in England in 2016. It was a name that was particularly popular in the 1930s to 1960s in the UK.

Famous People Called Alan

Alan Turing on of the Greatest English minds during the 2 World War
Alan Turing on of the Greatest English minds during the 2 World War

Alan Sugar is someone that we will know from the Apprentice, and we can remember him coming up in his Rolls Royce. Alan Carr is one of the best comedians in England right now, and he is very famous for his work with Jason Lee Collins on the Sunday Night Project.

Alan Turing is the man who made up the Turing test that will tell you if something is a machine or a person. He was one of the greatest minds of the World War II era in England, and this name has some very serious meaning behind it that you might not have thought of before. It is not popular, but it is a name with a lot of depth.

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Lenny

The Name Lenny And Its Meaning

The name Lenny is a nickname for Leonard, and you will find it used most often to describe the very famous conductor name Leonard Bernstein. He even wrote a piece called Slava for his friend Mstislav Rostropovich, and people now perform the song by saying Lenny at the end where they once would have said Slava.

The meaning of Lenny is hardy or lion bold like the Saint Leonard that we know from antiquity. It is a very powerful name because it carries this meaning into other formats where some people might say that it means brave or courageous. Lenny will be a good way for boys to identify when they are named Leonard, and they will get the same meaning out of the name that they would have fottewn otherwise. It is very easy for people to be sure that they can look up this name and use it.

Popularity

The popularity of Lenny as nickname has been high for many years because it is a name that a lot of parents use after they name their kids Leonard. Unfortunately the name Lenny was not in the top 100 baby boys’ names in England in 2016 or for the previous 70 years prior.

Famous People Called Lenny

The English Comedian
The English Comedian Lenny Hemry
  • Lenny Bruce – a famous comedian who was famously arrested on indecency charges more than once because of his act.
  • Lenny Henry – a famous English comedian and co-founding the charity Comic Relief.
  • Leonard Kravitz – is an American singer songwriter and record producer.

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Marvin

Origins of the Name Marvin

The name Marvin derives from the Welsh name Mervyn. The Welsh meaning of the name was “from the sea fortress”, or “friend of the sea”. The more modern English meaning of Marvin is “famous friend”.

Names derived from the same origin include Marwyn and the feminine form Marva.

Popularity of Marvin

Marvin was a very popular name in the early 20th century but has since become more obscure. In 2016, Marvin was not one of the 100 most popular baby boys’ names in England.

Famous People with 1st Name Marvin

The famous Motown singer Marvin Gaye
The famous Motown singer Marvin Gaye

Plenty of famous people have the name Marvin. Here is a list of a few “famous friends”:

  • Marvin Gaye: Gaye was a famous singer and songwriter. His work earned him the title “Prince of soul” and had a Grammy Award winning song “Sexual Healing”.
  • Marvin Humes: English singer and radio host. He currently hosts UK’s Capital FM late show. Humes also participated on The X Factor.
  • Marvin the Paranoid Android: Marvin was a character in the TV series “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”. Marvin is a highly intelligent robot voiced by Stephen Moore.

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Spike

The Name Spike And Its Meaning

The name Spike is one of the more interesting names that you can give a child, and the meaning of Spike will be very interesting to you once you run across it. The British heritage is unique, and it was used in specific situations.

You also have to be sure that you have taken a look over the meaning of the name. The name could be a name that was used for a thin or tall person when we were giving people very specific names. It later became a nickname that people used without much meaning at all, but it still could be used as a legal name if you want.

Popularity

The popularity of Spike has never been that high. In 2016 Spike was not in the top 100 baby boys names in England and it might not get any higher because so many people see it as a nickname and not a legal name.

Famous People Called Spike

The Comedian Spike Milligan
The Comedian Spike Milligan

There are not too many famous people with the name Spike, this most notable person with the name but be the English comedian Spike Milligan (birth name Terence Alan Milligan) who called himself Spike after the band Spike Jones and his City Slickers.

Another Spike of note is the film director and actor Spike Jonzeh who worked on the jackass movies.

Summary

The name Spike might never get that popular, but it will definitely give you something that has a long history and has meaning people used to use all the time. Spike has more history than you might have thought, and it came to America from the British Isles even though you might have thought that it was a pretty new name.

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Burton

Meaning of the Name Burton

The meaning of Burton is that of a fort or an enclosure of some kind. There are many people who were working and living in burts long ago that are now called forts.

Burton is not only a given name, you can often find people with the surname Burton in England.

Popularity

The name Burton for boys has not always been very popular, and the popularity of Burton has not cracked the top 100 recently. However, it has been a very popular name in the past as many famous people have had this name.

Famous People with the Name Burton

Burton Reynolds, more affectionately known as Burt
Burton Reynolds, more affectionately known as Burt

The name has been used for many famous people including Bert Convey and Burt Reynolds. Those two men had two different versions of the same name, and it is also the name of another famous actor.

Burt Lancaster is a bit older than Burt Reynolds, but it was a famous actor in the heyday for this name. It has dropped off since his younger years, but it is still one of the best names for a boy with an old soul.

This name hardens back to great and famous people who have been able to carry the name with grace and style, and it has come to help boys have a name that is very strong and makes them feel very masculine and very strong.

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Julian

Julian and Its History/Meaning

Julian means youthful and Jove’s love, and it is the best name for a boy who has presence and it going to be a leader in the world. The name Julian has this special meaning, and it has always had a lot of popularity because it has been one of the most important names in all of the world. You can trace it back to Julius Casesar, and you can see that the popularity of Julian is something that makes your boy one that has a name that people know.

Julian has been varied over time from Julius, and it has spawned girl names such as Julia. There are boys who might spell this name Julien, and they will find out that Julian Lennon is one of the most famous Julian’s they have ever heard of. Parents who are hoping for a versatile name have found it. A boy can go by the nickname Jools like Jools Holland.

It is also the basis of the month July, and that might make the name a little bit sweeter if the baby boy was born in the month of July or the parents have special dates in the month of July every year.

Popularity

Julian was not in the top 100 baby boys names in England in 2016 however this name was popular between the 1950s to 1970s.

Famous People with the Name Julian

Julian Holland the English musician better know as Jools
Julian Holland the English musician better know as Jools
  • Jools Holland – the famous English musician and television host
  • Julian Lennon – an English musician and child of the Beatle John Lennon
  • Julien Macdonald the famous fashion designer
  • Julian Clary – the comedian from Surrey
  • Julian Assange – the founder of the website Wikileaks

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Lucas

Meaning and Origin of the Name Lucas

The meaning of Lucas means a boy from Lucania and the popularity of Lucas is in the top 30 for all boys names in 2016.

The name Lucas itself is going to indicate a little bit more than the boy who was from Lucania, and you want to make sure that you use the meaning of Lucas to help a boy have a better life because you have given him that feeling that his name matters. Many people take it to mean bright or shining, and that makes the name even more fun.

Popularity

Lucas was the 28th most popular baby boys’ name in England in 2016 (stats from the Office of National Statistics).

Famous People with the Name Lucas

You can go another step if you are naming the boy after something that you think it cool of ruin. Fans of Gilmore Girls will want to name their boy after the gruff Luke, and fans of Star Wars will want to name their boy after Luke Skywalker and of course George Lucas was the creator of the Star Wars films.

There are a few famous footballers called Lucas including, Lucas Pérez and Lucas Leiva both whom have played in the English Premium League for Liverpool and Arsenal respectively.

Matt Lucas is the famous comedian from London famous for his show Little Britain.

The nicknames you get from Lucas are fun to say, and your boy will have a solid name that they can fall in love with when they are living their live now and in the future.

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Chester

Meaning and Origin of the Name Chester

The Roman fortress town Chester
The Roman fortress town of Chester

The name Chester means “Camp of Soldiers.” The origin of it’s name came from Roman Britain, which originated from Latin.

The popularity of Chester reigned during the early 1900’s. Many people also has the surname Chester. It was the top name from the late 1800’s up to 1955.

There were many television shows that used the name Chester- “The Nanny,” “Gun Smoke,” “The Wire,” and “The Life of Riley.” There is also an author who is named Chester A. Arthur.

Variation in the Name

The meaning of Chester has many variations and nicknames such as: Chesley, Chess, Castor, and there are many others. There are also famous people who bear the name Chester- Chester Gould (American Cartoonist), Chester Himes (American Novelist), Chester Hanks (Son of Tom Hanks), and there are many others.

Famous People with the Name Chester

Pop culture embrace the name Chester- city in England, Chester Cheetah is the Cheetos advertising mascot, and Chester Barklight is a the famous name of a video called “Tales of Phantasia.” Of course there are many others who have the boy name Chester, which is unique but memorable.

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Roy

The Meaning and History of the Name Roy

Roy Hodgson former England manager and player
Roy Hodgson former England manager and player

The name Roy has many different roots it is Gaelic, French and English in origin.

The meaning of Roy is from the Gaelic word Ruadh, meaning Red and the French word Roi, meaning King. A lovely name full of history. The baby name Roy is definitely suitable for a little King!

Popularity of the Name

Roy was not in the Top 100 baby boy names in England as of the latest government stats collected back in 2016. The popularity of Roy might have decreased over the years but this name was quite popular in the late 1800s to early-mid 1900s, ranking 18th in the year 1889 and most recently being ranked 18th in the year 1894. The most children given the name was in the year of 1947, 7,563 babies were given this name. However the name Roy is still used in a lot of countries across the world today!

Famous people with this name

Roy Orbison the famous singer
Roy Orbison the famous singer

As you will see from the list below Roy is a common name for some popular musicians:

  • Roy Hodgson, was the English football manager and former player
  • Roy Orbison, American Singer Songwriter who wrote many famous songs including ‘Pretty Woman’
  • Roy Clark, an American country singer
  • Roy Hargrove, American jazz musician
  • Roy Wilkins, civil rights activist
  • Roy Blunt, is an  American politician

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Orville

Orville’s Meaning And History

The name Orville means gold town, and it is a wonderful name that you can use for any boy. It was the name of Orville Wright who help create the aeroplane, and the popularity of Orville has faltered in recent years because it has been seen as an old name for a boy.

The meaning of Orville is great for boys because it shows the boys that they have this beautiful potential in their souls. Calling a boy gold town shows him that he has a heart of gold.

Famous People and Things called Orville

Orville Wright a famous  aviation pioneer
Orville Wright a famous aviation pioneer

The name means gold town, and it gives people a lot of confidence because of how it sounds. You should look back at people like Orville Wright and Orville Reddenbacher who carried this name well.

They created towns of gold of their own, and they can be a source of pride for kids who are named after them. Ensure that you have looked deeper into the name and compared it to the names in your family before your selection.

Our favourite Orville is Orville the Duck. The famous puppet of the English ventriloquist Keith Harris and was famous in the 1980’s.

Summary

The child’s name that is chosen should give parents a feeling of vitality, and giving this name to boys could become a family tradition. Orville’s name meaning will remind you the best knights of the land who came from towns of gold.

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Top English Boy Names 2016

The Most Popular 10 Boys Names

Below you will find some information on some of the Popular English Boys Names in 2016 (ONS data for English boys’ names in 2016):

  1. Oliver
  2. Harry
  3. George
  4. Jack
  5. Jacob
  6. Noah
  7. Charlie
  8. Muhammad
  9. Thomas
  10. Oscar

Background Information

Until this day the most among the Top English Boys Names in 2016 recognised boy name in England is Oliver. This name being the product of the french name Olivier and originating from Spain as the Latin translation for the words olive tree.

William is another popular boys name in the U.K. with a spectacular meaning of desire and protection originating from Germanic descent brought down to England by the Normans. William is the name of many famous Celebrities and average people alike. For example William Shatner From Star Trek as Captain Kirk.

Another name from England as one of the most top popular English boy names among many is Peter. Peter means “Rock” an origin from a Greek name “Petros” meaning stone.

Originating from Hebrew Descent ‘Michael‘ is among one of the top English names also being used quite Frequently for boys in America.

Bill is another caught on male name that’s been a derivative of the boy name William since the early 20th Century. Characteristics of the name are related to things like mystical, wise, eccentric and intuitive.

Benedict

The name Benedict is a popular masculine given in Britain and other parts of the world like the United States.

Meaning of Benedict

The name is borrowed from Latin’s Benedictus which means blessed. It stems for the names bene and dicte which means good and speak respectively thus also meaning well spoken. The most popular nickname for it is Ben.

Popularity of Benedict

The name was also very popular in the middle ages in England mostly due to the association with St. Benedict of Norcia. It was popular, particularly in Christianity. However, the name is not very popular today as it did not feature in the top 100 names in 2015 in England going by the government statistics. It ranked position 341 in England and Wales from the 2015 ranking.

Famous people with the name Benedict

The English Actor Benedict Cumberbatch
The English Actor Benedict Cumberbatch

Some of the most popular people bearing the name are;
• St. Benedict of Norcia, the founder of the Benedictine Order.
• Benedict Cumberbatch, a prominent English actor from Hammersmith in London.
• Benedict Arnold, a general in the American Revolutionary wars who would later
defect to the British army.
• Pope Benedict XVI who was elected in the year 2005 and would later resign in
2013
. A total of 16 popes have used the name Benedict.

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Montgomery

Meaning and Popularity of the Name Montgomery

The name Montgomery is not one of the most popular names in England, and it didn’t make it to the list of the 100 most used baby names there in 2015. But it is a boy’s name that is easily recognisable and that has a nice, strong sound to it. The meaning of Montgomery is simple, as it means “of the mountain”.

Origin of the Name

The name originates from Normandy in the North of France. One theory of its origin is a of the place “Gomer’s Hill” or more like it’s Latin name ‘Mons Gomeris’.

Famous People or Places Called Montgomery

Field Marshal Montgomery. The Famous British Military Figure.
Field Marshal Montgomery. The Famous British Military Figure.

The name has been used for many notable purposes, and one of those purposes is the city in Alabama, United States named Montgomery, a town in Wales and also some very notable people:

  • Montgomery is the surname of Bernard, a famous British officer, better know as Field Marshal Montgomery (or Monty for short) who is one of the most famous English military leaders and fought against the Germans in both World Wars
  • Roger de Montgomerie was an earl of Shrewsbury
  • and Colin Montgomerie is a Scottish golfer.

So, although the name hasn’t been one of the most popular boy names recently, it is still one that people will recognise because of all of the ways it has been used through the years. It has been around for centuries, and with its simple meaning and the strong sound that it has to it, the popularity of Montgomery does not matter.

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Andrew

Meaning and History of the Name Andrew

The name Andrew is a popular name especially common in both England and also in Scotland.

The meaning of the name is manly and is linked to the Italian name Andrea and the Greek name Andreas (the origin of the name’s meaning).

Andy and Drew are shorten or pet versions of the name.

Popularity of the Name

Andrew was not in the top 100 baby boy names in England in 2016. The name however was very popular in 1989 and was at its peak being used.

Famous People with the Name Andrew

There are many famous people with the name Andrew both in England and the rest of the World including:

The English Cricketer Andrew Flintoff
The English Cricketer Andrew Flintoff
  • Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland (amongst many other countries) and lived up the the very brave and manly meaning of the name. He was an Apostal and brother to Saint Peter.
  • Prince Andrew (The Duke of York) is the son of Queen Elizabeth.
  • Andrew Lloyd Weber is a famous musical composer and song writer from London. See Royal baby names for more information.
  • Andrew Jackson was the 7th president of the USA.
  • Andrew Flintoff was an English professional cricket player.

Summary

Andrew is a popular name all over the world and is commonly used and the name it refers to is someone that is being for manly or represents men.

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Quentin

Meaning and Origin of the Name Quentin

The name Quentin is meant “The fifth”. It comes from the name Quintinus in Latin. Their few characteristics that resemble a boy or a girl (occasionally used), that is given this name. Clever and intelligent are one of this characteristics.

The meaning of Quentin goes back to the Romans. The fifth child of men was called Quintus.

Popularity

Quentin was not in the top 100 baby boys names in 2016.

Pet Names

This name has many nicknames Quent, Winny, Quinn, and Q.

Famous People Called Quentin

Regarding of the popularity of Quentin, there are many celebrities that have this name.

The Famous Director Quentin Tarantino
The Famous Director Quentin Tarantino

Some are Saint Quentin, Quentin Tarantino (the director of the films “Kill Bill” and “Reservoir Dogs”), Quentin L. Brown (army officers), Quentin Cooper (Science Journalist) and Quentin Blake (Illustrator). There many fictional characters that have this name. Many of the series are well-known: Dark Shadows (Quentin Collins), Paper Towns (Quentin “Q” Jacobsen) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Quentin Travers). In 2005 over 218 millions of babies were named Quentin.

This name has a versatility and flexibility that can be given to any kid. It doesn’t sound too young or too older. With this said, is for any age and would suit the child that has it.

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Vincent

Origin of the Name Vincent

The name Vincent is a masculine name derived from the name Vincentius. Although Vincent has been used as an English name since the middle ages, it didn’t become a common name until the 19th century.

Meaning of Vincent

The name Vincent means to conquer or win.

The Popularity of Vincent

Vincent was a popular name with Christian saints of the 19th century. Vincent is one of the few names that’s had moderate popularity in England and Wales 20 years ago and gained momentum. Vincent has gone up 100, from 145th in 1996 to 245th in 2015. Vincent continues to go strong.

Famous People Named Vincent

The British Member of Parliament Vince Cable
Vince Cable a British Member of Parliament 

Sir John Vincent Cable is a member of the British parliament, nicknamed the Sage of Twickenham.

Vincent Paul Clarke is a former cricketer. A left handed player, Clarke played for Somerset, Leicestershire and Derbyshire teams during his lacklustre five year career.

Vinnie Jones played British soccer for 15 years before retiring and becoming an actor.

Vincent Regan is best known for acting in British made historical and mythical productions.

Vince Hill is known for being an English folk singer who sings American stage production tune that include Rodgers and Hammerstein.

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Wilmot

Meaning and Origin of the name Wilmot

The name comes from William and possibly means “son of” and the meaning of the name Wilmot is in part “little.”

The spelling of the name is simple, and the pronunciation of the name is simple, as well. Given the simplicity of the name it surprising the name is not more popular and a desirable as a baby boy’s name.

Popularity

Wilmot is not one of the most popular names in England, it did not making it to the top 100 baby boys’ names list in 2016. But Wilmot is still a classic and good sounding name and a good choice for any parent looking for an English name.

Famous People with the name Wilmot

There are a number of famous Wilmots namely:

  •  Wilmot Brookings an American Pioneer back in 19th century was .
  • Gary Wilmot is an English singer and entertainer, and although his surname is Wilmot, he was still a very popular entertainer in Britain.
  • Henry Wilmot was the first Earl of Rochester and
  • Wilmot Mountain is a place in Wisconsin, United States.

So, while the popularity of Wilmot is not as great as a lot of names, it is still a name that everyone will recognise instantly.

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Den

Meaning of the Name Den

The meaning of Den is “follower of Dionysius” or “son of Dennis.” The name comes from the longer name Dennis, and Dennis is a name that is heard of often.

Popularity

The name Den is not one of the most popular boys names in England currently. The popularity of Den is so low that it didn’t make it to the top 100 baby names in 2016 (according to the ONS), but it is still a name that is modern enough to be used by new parents.

Famous People Called Den

Den is the first name of a few famous men, and one of those men is Densmore Ronald Driver, who is more commonly known as Den Dover, and who is a politician. Another famous Den is Den Harrow, an Italian fashion model. Den Watts is a fictional character many people love.

The most famous English television character with the name must be Den Watts (Dennis Watts) from the soap Eastenders. Den Watts was affectionately known as Dirty Den.

Dirty Den was the landlord at the Queen Vic
Dirty Den was the landlord at the Queen Vic

So, while the name Den wasn’t one of the most popular baby names recently, it is still being used and heard. It has a simple sound, and it is a name with simple spelling and that is easily recognisable.

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Danny

Origin and History of the Name Danny

The name Danny is short for the masculine name Daniel. Daniel was a Hebrew prophet whose story is told in The Book of Daniel. While living in Babylon, Daniel interpreted the king’s dreams, causing the prophet to rise to prominence. Because of his popularity, the name Daniel became a common name for English baby boys during the Middle Ages but tapered off by the 15th century.

Meaning of Danny

Daniel, of the Hebrew origin, meaning God is my judge.

Popularity of Danny

In 1996, Daniel was the second most popular boys name in England and Wales. In the next 20 years, Daniel gradually declined in popularity, reaching 24 by 2014. Presently, the name Danny ranks at 234.

Famous People Named Danny

Danny Drinkwater a  professional footballer who plays for England.
Danny Drinkwater a professional footballer who plays for England.
  • Daniel Defoe was an English author of the 17th and 18th century.
  • Danny Boy Collins is a contemporary, professional wrestler from Bristol, England.
  • Danny Drinkwater is an English football player, who is a native of Manchester, England.
  • Danny Ings is another British football player; he was born in Winchester, England.
  • Danny Wallace is a humorist and author, who is famous for such books as Join Me and Yes Man.
  • “Danny Champion of the World” a famous book by the author Roald Dahl

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Des

The Facts about the Boy’s Name Des

The baby boy name Des was not one of the most popular names in England when a survey was taken in 2015, but it is name that everyone recognises thanks to a few celebrities and the city of Des Moines, Iowa, United States.

The famous sporting presenter Des Lynam
The famous sporting presenter Des Lynam

Des Kelly is a British journalist and broadcaster, Des Coleman is a British actor, Des Browne is a British politician, and Des Bishop is an Irish-American comedian. Each of these people have made a name for themselves and have put the name Des out there but there is one Des that stands out above the others in Britain, it’s the Sports presenter Des Lynam (OBE). Des Lynam is famous for his work on sporting programmes such as Wimbledon, Match of the Day and Grandstand to name a few.

Origin and the Meaning of the Name Des

The Kingdom of Desmond now known as Munster
The Kingdom of Desmond now known as South Munster

The popularity of Des doesn’t matter as much as the sound, spelling, and meaning of the name. It is great in every way, and the meaning of Des comes from Deas Mumhain, which means South Munster.

Des also comes from many others names that start with the three letters “Des”. It is a simple name, and even though it wasn’t in the 100 most popular names in England recently, it is still one that is heard of often and that holds its own.

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Oswald

Meaning and Origin of the Name Oswald

There are many wonderful names in the English names. One name unforgettable name is Oswald although it origin is predominantly German.

The meaning of Oswald means Gods Rule.

Oswald is often consider a name of nobility. There are several famous people that come to mind when one thinks of the name Oswald.

Popularity

Oswald is not really a popular name in England and it was not in the top 100 most popular baby names in 2016.

Famous People with the name Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald
Lee Harvey Oswald, arrested for the assassination JFK

Oswald is the name a lovely octopus cartoon character.

The most infamous person who beard the name Oswald was Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who killed President John F. Kennedy.

Oswald belonged to the noble Sir Oswald Mosley. Sir Oswald was belonged to a famous man who served in the United States military during World War 1. He once was a Chancellor and founded the New Party.

Other famous people with the name Oswald is Kirsty, a well known actress from England who had appeared in many beloved television shows. The popularity of Oswald has even permeated the likes of Doctor Who with a fictional character by the name of Clara.

In case you are searching for the right, lovable baby name, Oswald is one you cannot go wrong with.

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Barnaby

The Origin and Meaning of the Name Barnaby

The origin and the meaning of Barnaby comes from the name Barnabas, which comes from the Bible under Paul. The name Barnabas means the son of consolation in Aramaic.

The Barnaby name is primarily given to boys. As it is a more manly name, it would not normally be given to girls.

The name Barnaby, pounce Barnaby is not really a very popular name in more modern times. The name was usually given more at the turn of the 20th century and throughout the 20th century as well.

The Popularity of Barnaby

Barnaby was not in the top 100 baby boys names in England in 2016.

Nickname

The most common nickname of Barnaby can generally tend to be Barney as it is easier to say quickly

People Called Barnaby

Famous people with the name Barnaby include:

  • Barnaby Conrad who was an American poet and writer.
  • Barnaby Diddleum otherwise known as P.T. Barnum who was the founder of Barnum & Baily Circus.
  • The American Artist Barnaby Evans.

These are just a few of the names of famous people with the name Barnaby throughout history that really should add to the popularity of Barnaby.

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Clifford

Meaning and Origin of the Name Clifford

How about the name Clifford? Clifford is a unique name, not used as much these days.The meaning of Clifford stems comes from a surname of a place from “old English” meaning, ford by a cliff, or ford at the cliff.

Another meaning of Clifford, is “cliff” comes from slopes, or bank of a river, then “ford” means to cross the river.

Often people with the name Clifford are called Cliff.

Places and People Called Clifford

The Singer Cliff Richard
The Singer Cliff Richard

There are some places named Clifford in England. One is in Herefordshire, which is on the river Wye,and the other is in West Yorkshire, referring to the river Wharfe at Boston Spa..

There are many famous people named Cliff or Clifford, such as Cliff Richards and Burton, musicians, or Cliff Harris, Branch, or Floyd, sport stars, or even Cliff Robertson, an actors, just to name a few. Its your son, make your own decision.

Popularity

Even though it has English origin, the name Clifford was actually adapted in America.

The popularity of Clifford has dwindled considerably since it hit its peak in early 1900’s. However the popularity of Clifford being low, does not mean that there are not many in history.

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Ambrose

Overview of the Name Ambrose

Ambrose rings with an elevated tone, linked as it is to antiquity and Greco-Roman mythology. If one is looking for a rare name, this one very much suits. Though technically unisex, most prefer the female form of Ambrose, “Ambrosia” for baby girls.

Meaning of Ambrose

Ambrose comes from Ambrosios, the Latinization of the Greek name Ambrosios, meaning “of the Gods,” “not mortal,” and “immortal.” The nectar of the Gods, “ambrosia,” has the same root, of course; imbibing ambrosia enabled the Gods to maintain their immortality.

Popularity of Ambrose

Climbing up the ranks throughout 19th-century Britain, Ambrose reached its peak use in 1881. By 1900 the name’s usage slid decidedly, unwaveringly downward. In modern-day Britain, it is unusual to see more than 10 babies a year given the name.

Famous People Named Ambrose

One of the most recognisable historical figures with the name was Saint Ambrose, a doctor of the church who lived in 14th-15th century Italy.

British Historical Figures Named Ambrose

Ambroise/Ambrose the Poet, Chronicler of the Third Crusade.
Sir Ambrose Crowley 18th-century Sherriff of London and wealthy ironmonger.
Ambrose Phillips, 19th-century British poet

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Bentley

Overview of the Name Bentley

Bentley the Manufacture of luxury cars
Bentley the Manufacture of luxury cars

Bentley is a name that can either be a masculine given name or a surname. The name Bentley was a surname before becoming a given name.

Bentley comes from a place called Old English beonet and Leah. In the year 1919, two men, brothers, Horace Milner Bentley and Walter Owen Bentley started an English car company based in Crewe, England.

Meaning of Bentley

The meaning of Bentley is bent grass and woodland clearing.

Popularity of Bentley

The popularity of Bentley in England for the 20th century is unavailable. In 2011, it was on the chart at number 284, and began to rise until it stated leveling off by 2014 at 299. By 2015, Bentley was number 322 in England and Wales.

Famous Bentleys

Only characters like the two video series Bentleys, the Sly Cooper and from Spyro the Dragon have Bentley for first names. In the comedy series The Jefferson’s, the funny, yet annoying English neighbour was named Harry Bentley. Bill and David Bentley are English football players. Ken Bentley is a British television director. Nicholas and Phyllis Bentley are both famous a British authors. Finally, Marc Benley is a voice-over artist, actor, and broadcaster.

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King

Meaning and Origin of the Boy’s Name King

“King” is a great and original first name for a baby boy. In fact, one of the things that makes it so unique is the fact that it is not typically used as a first name. The meaning of King is “tribal leader.” There are records of this name being used in the ancient English, Irish, Scottish, and French cultures, though it has only recently come into use as a first name for boys.

Popularity

As mentioned, England has only recently started to embrace King as a first name for boys. As a result, the name was not featured as one of the “100 most popular baby boys’ names” that the English government released in 2015, the most up-to-date and recent report.

However, the popularity of King as a name is expected to grow in the coming years. Furthermore, the fact that it is not very common simply means that any baby given this name is sure to be unique and original.

Famous People Called King

Though the name King may not be super common, there are some famous people who have this name. If you name your child King, he will be in good company with famous people including:

  • King Baggot: an actor, screenwriter, and director who grew to great popularity in the silent film era.
  • King Fisher: A famed Texas gunslinger from the Old West.
  • King Crimson: an English rock band that made VH1’s list of “The Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.”

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Alexis

Meaning and Origin of the Boy’s Name Alexis

If you are expecting, you may be at search of baby names as this step is extremely crucial to many other parents.They are various resources that aid in the naming process of unborn infants.

Given that names are so much so researched by individuals and depended on, It is very essential to hold a name to the value it uphold for more accuracy.

Quick historical fact on the meaning of Alexis. The name is derivative of saint Alexius. He was an iconic figure in Catholic Churches during the Roman Empire. People find importance to his name because This very man, once a beggar, was singled out by mother Mary as a “man of God” in the 3-4th century B.C. This explains the origin of the name Alexis which mean to help.

Popularity

Alexis was not in the top 100 boys’ names in England in 2015.  However, the name has gained popularity in the United States during the years 1940’s-2010.

Famous People Called Alexis

Popularity of Alexis: Here Are Examples of Famous people whom lived up to their names

  • Alexis sanchèz – This Chilean man became the Most expensive athlete. He is currently signed by Barcelona for 25 million proving his work ethic a significant one.
  • Alexis ohanian- Partner of Serena Williams known for co-founding Reddit (an American social news discussion website).
  • Alexis tsipras- Voted as one of the most influential people in Time magazine. He has Looked upon Greece debt crisis during his reign as prime minister in 2015

The name of your baby plays a significant role in the shaping of their character as they grow. It depicts what type of image he/she is likely to convey in the world. When picked wisely, this gives parents the up-most satisfaction that their little ones will live up to their names.

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