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Whether you are trying to choose an English name for yourself to use in English class or you're deciding what to name your characters in a story set in England, picking a good English name is important. For non-native English speakers, it's best to stick with the classic names. More unusual names are trickier to choose, and may end up attracting unwanted attention. The lists below give you the most popular English first names for boys and girls in different countries, both for babies born today and for the entire last century. The last table gives you the most common English family names in different countries based on recent census data from those countries. Using one of these English names, you can't go wrong, because they are all very common.

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The most common boys' first names in English

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rankEngland 2015England past 100 yearsUSA 2014USA past 100 years
1OliverJakeNoahJames
2JackConnorLiamJohn
3HarryCallumMasonRobert
4JacobJacobJacobMichael
5CharlieKyleWilliamWilliam
6ThomasJoeEthanDavid
7GeorgeReeceMichaelRichard
8OscarRhysAlexanderJoseph
9JamesCharlieJamesCharles
10WilliamDamianDanielThomas
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The most common girls' first names in English

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RankEngland 2015England past 100 yearsUSA 2014USA past 100 years
1AmeliaMargaretEmmaMary
2OliviaSamanthaOliviaPatricia
3IslaBethanySophiaJennifer
4EmilyElizabethIsabellaElizabeth
5PoppyJoanneAvaLinda
6AvaMeganMiaBarbara
7IsabellaVictoriaEmilySusan
8JessicaLaurenAbigailMargaret
9LilyMichelleMadisonJessica
10SophieTracyCharlotteSarah
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The most common family names in English

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rankEnglandIrelandUSA
1SmithMurphySmith
2JonesO'KellyJohnson
3WilliamsO'SullivanWilliams
4BrownWalshBrown
5TaylorSmithJones
6DaviesO'BrienMiller
7WilsonByrneDavis
8EvansO'RyanGarcia
9ThomasO'ConnorRodriguez
10RobertsO'NeillWilson
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rankCanadaAustraliaNew Zealand
1LiSmithSmith
2SmithJonesWilson
3LamWilliamsWilliams
4MartinBrownBrown
5GelberoWilsonTaylor
6RoyTaylorJones
7TremblayMortonSingh
8LeeWhiteWang
9GagnonMartinAnderson
10WilsonAndersonLi

 

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