Common English Names for Boys

Below is a list of common English names for boys. You will also find an audio so that you can listen to the pronunciation of the names as well. For students preparing for their IELTS test, it is useful to learn common English names for your listening section 1.

Next to some names are the nicknames. These are familiar names often used instead of the real name. You can also listen to common girls’ names or watch a video with practice listening for names.

Boys Names

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  1. Anil Babria says:

    Hi Liz,

    Thanks a lot for such a nice information and practice lessons,
    I have a query though, if i am writing everything in UPPER letters in the answer sheet then do i need to write John Smith for example as JOHN SMITH or John Smith ? Request you to please clarify this.

  2. Hamim Sharif says:

    Hi Liz,
    If i heard a nmae like Anthomy, Can i write Tony in answer sheet? Or if i heard Tony, Can i write Anthony?

  3. Great Videos, Liz. Thankyou so much.

  4. Qadamkhear says:

    Dear Liz you are amazing teacher, really I can’t find sufficient wards to describe you. God bless you for your amazing work.

  5. Zainab yasser says:

    Great thanks to you liz, you are a very good teacher
    Your lectures help me alot .
    Thanks very much
    Best regard

  6. Thank you very much.

  7. Seth Kwabena Asare Okrah says:

    Useful tips and keep up with thw good work Liz

  8. Taranjit Singh says:

    Thank You so much Liz. Your tips, videos and other material are really worth. Keep doing this good work.

  9. Nitish Sharma says:

    Thanks a lot liz

  10. Ranjit Singh says:

    Hi Liz.

    I don’t see you applying dots after names abbrevation or titles, for example Mrs. Smith is shown as Mrs Smith.
    Similary Dr.Davis is shown as Dr Davis
    is it correct to add dots to the titles?

  11. Thank you so much I always study from your lessons thank you sooooooooo much you are great teacher . By the way, you have very beautiful smile.

    Thanks My God keep you .

  12. Omar Camacho says:

    Thanks for your lessons. These are very helpful to improve the basic skills.


  13. your guidance and support is excellent.
    Thanks a lot!

  14. Zeeshan Haider says:

    Hi Liz!

    Simon OR Simmon ??? which spelling is correct??

  15. David D. Seyaker says:

    Your God will continue his blessings in your life. Your website is helping students who have no means of purchasing books and online materials. Thank you so much.

    Best regards,


  16. Thank you very much Liz, your blog is a haven for us students who really want to ace ielts. I am extremely joyful that i found this.

  17. Ghayyoor Usman says:

    You are such a wonderful person!

  18. Hi there!

    I always forget to write capital letters with some places or other words that needed to write as a capital letter.In this case,do you recommend me to use all capital letters in my listening paper?As I have actually never tried or heard people using all capital letters on their listening paper,so I am a bit afraid of that.My test will be on next week.

    Thank you

    • Hello Liz!

      Is me again.I have got some more questions to ask.If I wrote all my answers in capital letters,how about in Roman numbers or some kind of multiple choice questions?I mean if the Roman numbers and multiple choice questions on the question paper are like i,ii,iii…and a,b,c,d,e…In this case,should I still answer those questions in capital letters or I need to follow the question paper and write lower cases?

      Likewise,I would also like to ask if I am unsure of a singular word or plural work,can I write for example like shoe(s)?Is that correct?One more question,when I hear a time for instance half past three in the afternoon,which form should I write?I mean is 3:00p.m. correct?As I have seen some answers like 3.00pm.I am actually not quite sure which is correct because I usually use the form like 3:00p.m.

      Could you please give me some advice?

      Thank you

  19. Hello there,
    I hear same prononciation in the name Jeff and Geoff…how to find out the difference

  20. Mohammad Zakaria says:

    Hi Liz thanks in advance.
    The listening instruction is ONE WORD ANDIOR A NUMBER

    I put the answer “two-directions” but in cambridge 7 shows “2 directions”.

    Is my answer correct?
    If not, why?

  21. Hi Liz,

    It’s very helpful
    Is the spell of ‘Jonathon’ right?
    I think it’s “Jonathan” with A

  22. Hi Liz,

    Thanks for the helpful list.

    I would like to ask you about Writing answer NAME in the answer sheet
    For example:
    Can I write MATTHEW : MATT


  23. Oh!! mam

    It is so helpful to me.

    Is it possible to you to post the common cities name for IELTS?

    It’s may be also useful to us.


  24. Hello Liz,

    Thanks for the audio, very useful indeed. By the way, I don’t know why, but Jonathan (with an A) seems more familiar somehow…Is it pronounced the same as Jonathon?

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