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British or American Name?

Try to guess whether each of these first names is more popular in the United States or in England and Wales.
For people born between 1996–2016
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Last updated: August 2, 2022
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First submittedAugust 2, 2022
Times taken17,683
Average score80.0%
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1. Jesus (male)
British
American
2. Mohammad (male)
British
American
3. Imogen (female)
British
American
4. Allison (female)
British
American
5. Landon (male)
British
American
6. Avery (female)
British
American
7. Harriet (female)
British
American
8. Freddie (male)
British
American
9. Hailey (female)
British
American
10. Alfie (male)
British
American
11. Archie (male)
British
American
12. Kennedy (female)
British
American
13. Poppy (female)
British
American
14. Freya (female)
British
American
15. Devin (male)
British
American
36 Comments
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Level 83
Aug 3, 2022
If I had never heard of anyone being called that, I just clicked American, and that's how I got all except Hailey right.
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Level 89
Aug 3, 2022
I did the exact opposite, and got them all right! ;) We must be from different sides of the pond...
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Level 72
Aug 5, 2022
I am from Germany so this quiz is quiet hard for me. Some names were easy to guess as they are mostly used among ethnic or religious groups, that are a much higher share of the population in one country then the other. The others I mostly tried to guess british for the more traditional sounding names and american for the modern soundiing names. Got 11 right.
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Level 69
Aug 13, 2022
I followed exactly the same logic but it only gave me 8 right.
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Level 87
May 20, 2023
I’ve never been to the US and once to London but got 15/15! The religious names are linked to knowing the major immigrant groups in each country, and with the other names I went based on thousands of hours of British and American media consumption, and differentiation between tradition and novelties… great quiz.
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Level 47
Aug 13, 2022
I did the exact same and got the exact same answers lol
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Level 59
Aug 13, 2022
Tried this and got 2/15.
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Level 64
Aug 3, 2022
Why only England and Wales, not Scotland and Northern Ireland?
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Level 83
Aug 3, 2022
Probably because data is collected separately, and by different agencies, for Scotland and Northern Ireland, so there are no easy-to-find combined figures for the whole of the UK. The Office for National Statistics only covers England and Wales, e.g. https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/livebirths/bulletins/babynamesenglandandwales/2020 .
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Level 64
Aug 5, 2022
I see the quiz name has now been changed from UK to British. Nice try, quizmaster, but you're still ignoring we Scots!
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Level 71
Aug 6, 2022
This begs the question, is the quizmaster a nat? haha
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Level 64
Aug 16, 2022
Maybe a follower of Liz Truss - if 'attention-seeking' Sturgeon annoys you, just ignore her 😹🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
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Level 66
Jan 21, 2023
To be honest, given the relative populations of the four parts of the UK, I don't think it would affect the answers to the quiz either way. I suspect the numbers of Jesuses, Landons, Averys, Kennedys & Devins in Scotland and NI will be pretty small. Allison and Hailey were the only ones that gave me a slight pause, if it had been Alison I would have gone for England and Wales
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Level 79
Aug 3, 2022
>>Try to guess whether each of these first names is more popular in the United States or in England and Wales.

So why are the answer boxes labeled "British" and "American"? They should be "United States" and "England & Wales".

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Level ∞
Aug 3, 2022
No
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Level 79
Aug 4, 2022
Thanks for the informative answer.

And they are not American or British names, they are merely more popular in one place of the other.

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Level 64
Aug 5, 2022
Agree absolutely! JetPunk doesn't count the countries of the UK or of Britain as separate nations, although we are. So it should be England and Wales.
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Level 82
Aug 13, 2022
England and Wales are British. Even though they're not the only British things out there. They're certainly more British than American.
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Level 69
Aug 4, 2022
Does the quiz mean more popular as a proportion of each country's population, or in absolute numbers?
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Level 68
Aug 4, 2022
Dammit I knew I got Freya wrong. 14/15!
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Level 75
Aug 5, 2022
% or total number?
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Level ∞
Aug 7, 2022
It works for both. We only chose names that are VASTLY more popular in one country than the other.
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Level 75
Aug 13, 2022
Oh wow, nice.
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Level 73
Aug 13, 2022
I was misled by Declan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9GlC9GyF4Y.
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Level 60
Apr 20, 2024
it's not the first time he's done that. He's a pretty dubious character.
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Level 67
Aug 13, 2022
Wow this was easy. Landon is like the most american name ever to us in GB. Donovan really helped that I think.
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Level 49
Aug 13, 2022
I got 10/15. Expected random result is 7.5 and chance of getting 10 or more by guessing is 15 %. I guessed almost all, but there was component of knowledge in couple of cases, like Mohammad and Jesus. Names like Imogen are totally new for me as a Finn.
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Level 23
Aug 14, 2022
Trivial
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Level 30
Aug 15, 2022
100% on my first try
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Level 69
Aug 15, 2022
Easy, 100% - just assumed most of the daft names (Devin?! Kennedy?!) were American and amazingly it seems I was right.
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Level 28
Aug 17, 2022
100 first go :))
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Level 78
Aug 20, 2022
How do 40% of people think Landon's more popular in the UK?
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Level 42
Sep 23, 2022
because it's one letter away from London maybe?
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Level 83
Dec 5, 2023
but even then, naming people after random cities is such an American thing to do
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Level 70
May 22, 2024
That is exactly why I chose american, the word was too similar to London
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Level 77
Dec 23, 2022
"Imogen" sounds like a patent medicine to me, so it's clearly not American haha. That was the only easy one