Whether you are in the process of selecting an English name for yourself to use in an English class or you are deliberating over the names of characters in a story set in England, the choice of a suitable English name holds significance.

For individuals who are not native English speakers, it is advisable to opt for more conventional names. Unusual names can present challenges in selection and may inadvertently draw unwanted attention.

The lists provided below offer the most prevalent English first names for boys and girls across various countries, encompassing both contemporary names and those popular throughout the past century.

The final table presents the most typical English family names in different countries, based on recent census data from those regions. By choosing one of these English names, you can’t go wrong, as they are all widely recognized and utilized.

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The most common boys’ first names in English

rank England 2015 England past 100 years USA 2014 USA past 100 years
1 Oliver Jake Noah James
2 Jack Connor Liam John
3 Harry Callum Mason Robert
4 Jacob Jacob Jacob Michael
5 Charlie Kyle William William
6 Thomas Joe Ethan David
7 George Reece Michael Richard
8 Oscar Rhys Alexander Joseph
9 James Charlie James Charles
10 William Damian Daniel Thomas

The most common girls’ first names in English

Rank England 2015 England past 100 years USA 2014 USA past 100 years
1 Amelia Margaret Emma Mary
2 Olivia Samantha Olivia Patricia
3 Isla Bethany Sophia Jennifer
4 Emily Elizabeth Isabella Elizabeth
5 Poppy Joanne Ava Linda
6 Ava Megan Mia Barbara
7 Isabella Victoria Emily Susan
8 Jessica Lauren Abigail Margaret
9 Lily Michelle Madison Jessica
10 Sophie Tracy Charlotte Sarah

The most common family names in English

rank England Ireland USA
1 Smith Murphy Smith
2 Jones O’Kelly Johnson
3 Williams O’Sullivan Williams
4 Brown Walsh Brown
5 Taylor Smith Jones
6 Davies O’Brien Miller
7 Wilson Byrne Davis
8 Evans O’Ryan Garcia
9 Thomas O’Connor Rodriguez
10 Roberts O’Neill Wilson
rank Canada Australia New Zealand
1 Li Smith Smith
2 Smith Jones Wilson
3 Lam Williams Williams
4 Martin Brown Brown
5 Gelbero Wilson Taylor
6 Roy Taylor Jones
7 Tremblay Morton Singh
8 Lee White Wang
9 Gagnon Martin Anderson
10 Wilson Anderson Li

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