Common Girl’s Names: Pronunciation

Below is a list of common girl’s name in England with an audio as well so you can hear the pronunciation of the name. It is important to learn common names in English for your IELTS listening test. IELTS frequently ask you to listen for personal information such as a name in section 1. You can also listen to boys’ names or watch a video to practice listening for names.

Mistake: Please notice that there is a mistake with the pronunciation of Scarlett in the audio. The audio actually says “Charlotte”. Sorry about that.

Girls Names




  1. Hello Liz,

    Here you have mentioned Sarah with a ‘h’ but in the Listening exercise, you have mentioned Sara. How do we know which one is it?

  2. Sanusi Ibrahim says

    I can’t deny the fact I was initially very skeptical about IELTS and have no idea of where to start with, but thank God a friend sent me your Web and I found it very very useful. Thanks ma for your efforts towards helping humanity in achieving the goal.

  3. Is spelling Emilia wrong as you have mentioned it as Amilia, also is jackqueline is a wrong spelling?

    • The pronunciation of Emilia is correct. The first sound is a schwa. Look up schwa online and learn about it – it is an important sound in English.

  4. Housam Douma says

    I hope to learn everything from you

  5. Hi Liz,
    I appreciate your great effort to educate us.I’d like to know more about the names that you wrote with one or two variations, such as Elizabeth/Liz/Ella. What does that mean? A person with 1-2 names options?

  6. Good job Liz

  7. Hi Liz,

    I have always seen the name as Rachel, should I learn that in Britain is Rachael?

    Thank you!

  8. Hi Liz,
    You are a great teacher !! Please tell difference between the name Scarlett and Charlotte . Both names have been pronounced same in the file. How to identify which spelling to be used.

  9. Thank you. I start to study IELTS test by myself. And your blog is really helpful. Apeciated it. Cheers.

  10. Wao! I love u so much. You are a great teacher.
    I think you have alleid my anxiety towards this so called ielts exams.
    Thanks so much and God bless you amen!

  11. Its started now..Thank you

  12. There is no sound for this audio

  13. Mam,
    Can we use Jacky as Jackie
    Lucy as Lucie and zoe as zoey?

  14. Dear Liz,
    I am a teacher of English in a school in Russia. Your lessons are very helpful. God bless you!

  15. Nisha kawang says

    hello mam,
    here, rachael sounds like richael. is it correct?

  16. Cristiana says

    I agree with Sanone. In the audio I can hear the ‘sh’ sound even for Skarlett…
    Anyways I would thank you for all the tips, I personally find your website very helpful! I’m doing the exam and I hope obtain the score I need to have. Many thanks you’re a very good teacher.

  17. Narayan Pokhrel says

    Dear Liz.
    First of all, I would like to appreciate to your helpful hands.Your helpful tips and lessons are certainly praiseworthy and supports to hasten the progress that I am experiencing.
    My query…
    Here,I have confusion in writing the spelling of the two English names for Girls:Scarlett and Charlotte.Both names pronounce in the same way and how can we identify whether it is former or later.Will it be right if we write the either spelling?
    Thank you.

  18. Hello, Liz, Thank you for essential practises, how can we download girls and boys name’s audios?

    • Unfortunately I don’t have audios for download at present. Hopefully in the future I can organise it.
      All the best

  19. Hi Liz,

    Correct me if I’m wrong . I found ” Charlie ” in both ( girls and boys ) list.


  20. Hi Liz,

    Scarlett and charlotte has same pronunciation. Or i am not able to identify the subtle difference in them?

  21. Liz,
    Can I ask a question? Shouldn’t it be Jacqueline, rather than Jacqueline?


  22. thank you very much, that was a great help!
    what about other common names, such as name of UK cities or ….

  23. Nuraddin says

    Hi,Liz. Thank you for helping. Does somebody have the common male names?

    Thanks in advance

    • I don’t understand the question. They are common names which means they are the name most people have.
      All the best

  24. Hi Liz, Thank you for putting this up.

    Charlotte and Scarlett sounded the same, how do we differentiate these?

    • Charlotte is pronounced with “Sh” at the start whereas Scarlet is pronounced with “Sk” at the start.

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