What Were 2016’s Most Popular Baby Names?
Olivia has reclaimed the top spot as the most popular name given to girls in England and Wales, according to new figures. Data released by the Office for National Statistics revealed Olivia was the most popular name for baby girls in five out of the nine English regions. It replaced Amelia, which had occupied the number one position for the last five years.
For the fourth year in a row, Oliver was the top name for baby boys in 2016. There was some change in the top 10 though, as Muhammad replaced William in the latest ranking. In the girls top 10 list, Poppy dropped out – making way for Lily.
A statistician from the ONS said the latest findings highlight how stable names have been in recent years, although there are some .
“With over 696,000 babies born in England and Wales in 2016, and nearly 64,000 different names chosen for them, it’s interesting how relatively stable the top 10 names have been over recent years,” Nick Stripe commented.
“It is as you move down the rankings that you begin to notice social and cultural changes being reflected in name choices. Harper was the girls’ name in the top 100 in 2016 with the biggest rise in popularity over the previous 10 years, whilst for boys it was Jaxon.”
There were six new entries into the top 100 most popular boys’ names in England and Wales last year: Albie, Arlo, Ezra, Finn, Jasper and Jesse. These replaced Callum, Connor, Jamie, Kian, Seth and Sonny. For the girls, the four new entries were Felicity, Iris, Luna and Lydia replacing Bethany, Hollie, Katie and Lacey.
Arlo also climbed the most places among boys in the past year, rising 53 places to the number 49 spot, while Luna climbed 52 places to number 78 for girls. And following the births of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children, royal names are still proving popular, with George in third place for boys and Charlotte in 12th place for girls.
See the top 10 girls’ names in England and Wales below:
And the top 10 boys’ names: