How are you ever going to come up with that perfect name? Did you already buy a couple baby name books, and your head is spinning? Looking at list after list can be overwhelming as you try to pick English baby names. Sometimes it is good to cut the list down, and see what has been highly popular around the English speaking world.
To give you a great example of English baby names around the world, we can visit the USA, Canada, The United Kingdom, and Australia. Let us take a look at the top ten names for both boy and girls in each country.
Starting with the boys. In the USA the top ten boys names were: Jacob, Ethan, Michael, Alexander, William, Joshua, Daniel, Jayden, Noah, and Anthony.
In Canada the 10 most common boys names are: Ethan, Nathan, William, Jacob, Noah, Samuel, Matthew, Joshua, Benjamin, and Alexander.
From the UK, you will find: Jack, Thomas, Oliver, Joshua, Harry, Charlie, Daniel, William, James, and Alfie.
From down under in Australia, the top ten names for boys is: William, Jack, Lachlan, Cooper, Joshua, Thomas, Oliver, Noah, Ethan, and Riley.
You probably notice many of the same names within the lists, and a few big variations.
It is now time for the girls top ten lists. From the USA: Isabella, Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Ava, Emily, Madison, Abigail, Chloe, and Mia.
Moving up into Canada brings us: Ava, Emma, Olivia, Chloe, Sarah, Emily, Hannah, Madison, Abigail, and Sophia.
Heading over seas to the UK gives us: Grace, Ruby, Olivia, Emily, Jessica, Sophie, Chloe, Lily, Ella, and Amelia.
Dropping down to Australia helps us find: Isabella, Chloe, Charlotte, Olivia, Mia, Emily, Sophie, Ella, Sienna, and Amelia.
Once again you notice many of the same names populating all the lists, but some names only showing up in single lists.
What do these lists do for you? They just give you some guidelines in discovering a few of the great and popular baby names being used in these four English speaking countries. The trouble with top 10 lists is they are so limiting. Each of these countries are filled with hundreds of great English baby names which could be perfect for your baby.
The best way to explore even further is using the internet. All of the countries offer lists from their government offices showing the top 50 to 100 baby names for each year. It can be fun to explore the names which are hot this year, and even the names from 50 to 100 years in the past. Often the same names fill the lists.
By doing a little searching you are going to find many English baby names you love, and many more you would prefer to ignore. Write a few of the ones you love down and start saying them a few times. If they feel good, keep it on the list. If they do not feel very good, toss it in the trash.
You will soon have a list of only a few baby names you really like. Then it becomes easier to choose from your short list of English baby names. You will find one which is the perfect name for your baby. It is a fun adventure in discovery.