Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Baby Names, England and Wales, 2014

On Monday the (UK) Office of National Statistics released the 2014 list of the most popular English and Welsh baby names. Oliver and Amelia were the most popular first names given to babies born in England and Wales in 2014. Amelia has been in the top spot since 2011 while Oliver has been in top spot since 2013.

Lily replaced Mia in the top 10 most popular girls’ names for England and Wales, climbing from number 12 to 9.

Table 1: Top 10 baby names, boys and girls, 2014

England and Wales

BoysGirls
RankNameCountChange in rank since 2013RankNameCountChange in rank since 2013
1Oliver6,6491Amelia5,327
2Jack5,8042Olivia4,724
3Harry5,3793Isla4,012+2
4Jacob5,0504Emily3,991-1
5Charlie4,6425Poppy3,273+2
6Thomas4,4056Ava3,171-2
7George4,320+37Isabella3,022+1
8Oscar4,269-18Jessica2,995-2
9James4,1679Lily2,965+3
10William4,134-210Sophie2,905-


The top 10 names only account for 12% of all names in 2014 when over 27,000 different boys’ names and over 35,000 different girls’ names were registered.

Of note for Canadians, in the top 100 of girl's names Harper comes in at number 89 (up 71 places from 160)!

Here's a list of popular names from the 1930s.

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