English Countryside Inspired Baby Names
Are you a bit of an Anglophile? Check out our favorite English countryside inspired baby names, including meanings and where they rank in popularity.
English Meaning: “From the long hill”
Rank: Resting at #44, Landon has jumped 200 places in the past nine years, and hit the top 200 in 2000, and the top 100 in 2003.
Variations: Landen, Landyn, Landin, Landis, London
Nicknames: Land, Landy, Don
Notable namesakes: Television director and actor Michael Landon, screenwriter Christopher B. Landon (Michael Landon’s son), veteran journalist Landon “Lanny” Jones, and author Margaret Landon.
Celebrity Babies: Son of Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker and reality television star Shanna Moakler
English Meaning: “From the hedged valley” or “hay valley”
Rank: A top 100 boy’s name since 2002, it is currently ranked at #76 for boys and #126 for girls. Hayden makes a more stately addition to the family of Aidens, Braydens, Cadens and Jadens that abound.
Variations: Haden, Haydon, Haydn
Nicknames: Hay, Hayes
Notable Namesakes: Favorable namesakes include actress Hayden Panettiere, whose last name means “baker” in Italian, actor Hayden Christensen, poet Hayden Carruth, and the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.
Celebrity Babies: Son of celebrity chef Tyler Florence
English Meaning: “Warrior’s village”
Rank: A village in Essex, Peyton now is more popular for girls than boys, ranking at #60 for girls, and #130 for boys. It is one of the oldest surnames in America, with a coat of arms in both England and America.
Nicknames: Peyton Place, Pay, Pay Day, Pey
Notable Namesakes: A surname meaning “a warrior’s village” that’s associated with quarterback Peyton Manning, and the scandalous 60s soap, Peyton Place.
Celebrity Babies: Daughter of singer/songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds
English Meaning: “From the coal town or dark town”
Rank: Derived from the Old English col meaning “coal” and tun, meaning “enclosure or settlement,” Colton seemed a dark horse in the name game. That changed in 1982, when its Western brand of horses and guns (Samuel Colt was an inventor and manufacturer of revolvers) made it a North American favorite for the first time before emerging recently in the top 100 at #98.
Variations: Colten, Kolton, Kolten, Colter, Coleton
Notable Namesakes: Hockey player Colton Orr, and baseball player Larry Colton
Celebrity Babies: Son of tennis star Chris Evert
English Meaning: “From the eastern town”
Rank: In the past nine years, Easton has made steady progress, walking up steadily from #581 to #302. A surname once denoting a person’s location (“from the eastern town”) it first became popular as a given name for boys in 1995.
Variations: Easten, Eastin, Weston, Westin
Notable Namesakes: Roger L. Easton (the inventor of the GPS), Cars guitarist Elliot Easton, and pop star Sheena Easton.
Celebrity Babies: Daughter of actress Elizabeth Roehm; middle name of Bristol Palin’s son
English Meaning: “From the hollow in the valley”
Rank: Holden first entered the Top 1000 in 1987, before holding steady at a peak of #358 in 2008.
Variations: Holdin, Holdyn
Variations: Holdin, Holdyn
Notable Namesakes: The most famous Holden in the world is Holden Caulfield, the narrator of J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, followed by actor and Academy Award winner William Holden.
Celebrity Babies: Son of actor Brendan Fraser; son of Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino; son of comdeian Dennis Miller; son of actor Rick Schroder
English Meaning: “Shed town”
Rank: Ranked at #371, Keaton first hit the top 1000 in 1985.
Nicknames: Kee, Key
Notable Namesakes: Pop culture references include silent film star Buster Keaton; Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox’s character from Family Ties); actress Diane Keaton; and actor Michael Keaton.
Celebrity Babies: Son of Baywatch actress Brande Roderick
English: “From the land or fields of rye”
Variations: Rylan, Rylynn, Rylen
Nicknames: Ry, Rye
Notable Namesakes: Blues guitarist Ry Cooder was originally named Ryland.
Celebrity Babies: Son of Ugly Betty‘s Eric Mabius (Rylan)
English Meaning: Capital of Great Britain, “from London.” Called Londinium by the Romans, the origins of its name remain a mystery.
Rank: Fashionably chic at #156 for girls and comfortably ranked at #550 for boys, London is considered stylish naming territory. (Runner-up Londyn is ranked at #507 for girls.)
Variations: Londyn, Londin
Nicknames: Londy, Lon, Lonnie, “I See London, I See France”
Notable Namesakes: Author Jack London
Celebrity babies: Daughter of actor Neal McDonough
English Meaning: “High land,” “fervent, “eager”
Rank: Arden has declined greatly in popularity as a boy’s name—the last time it made the Top 1000 was in 1959 and it was only mildly popular as a girl’s name from 1929 to 1931.
Variations: Ardin, Ardan, Ardon
Nicknames: Ard, Ardi
Notable Namesakes: This surname conjures images of the sheltering forest in Shakespeare’s As You Like It, cosmetics giant Elizabeth Arden, actress Eve Arden, and Mary Arden, Shakespeare’s mother.
Celebrity Babies: No known Tinseltown tots with this moniker… yet!
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