18 December 2019

Top Scottish Baby Names for 2019

National Records of Scotland is out with the provisional list of top choices for baby names for 2019 — up until 2 December.

The main points are:

Jack remained the most popular first forename for baby boys, for a twelfth
consecutive year. Oliver and James remained in second and third places,
respectively. Charlie climbed seven places to fourth.

The rest of the boys’ Top Ten were Harris (up three places to fifth), Noah (up three
places to sixth), Lewis (down one place to seventh), Leo (down three places to
eighth), Rory (up one place to ninth) and Alfie (up six places to tenth). Charlie and
Alfie were the only entrants to the boys’ Top Ten; Alexander (down four places to
eleventh) and Logan (down nine places to thirteenth) dropped out of it.

The fastest climbers within the boys’ Top Twenty were Charlie, Alfie and Max (up
six places to twelfth). There were two entrants to the boys’ Top Twenty: Theo (up
eleven places to sixteenth) and Brodie (up seven places to eighteenth).

Olivia was the top girls’ name for the fourth year running. Emily, Isla and Sophie
remained in second, third and fourth places, respectively.

The rest of the girls’ Top Ten were Ella (up one place to fifth), Amelia (down one
place) and Ava (up one place) both joint sixth, Grace (remained eighth), Freya (up
four places to ninth) and Charlotte (up one place to tenth). Freya and Charlotte
were the only entrants to the girls’ Top Ten; Aria (down three places to twelfth) and
Jessica (down three places to thirteenth) dropped out of it.

Freya and Ellie (up seven places to eleventh) were the fastest climbers within the
girls’ Top Twenty. There were two entrants to the girls’ Top Twenty: Rosie (up
seven places to nineteenth) and Millie (up one place to twentieth).

Other big climbers within the 2019 baby name Top Fifty charts included (for boys)
Arthur (up 20 places to 26th) and (for girls) Willow (up 10 places to 24th) and
Daisy (up 11 places to 38th). Particularly fast-rising entrants to the Top Fifties were
(for boys) George (up 13 places to joint 40th), Tommy (up 41 places to 48th) and
Andrew (up 13 places to joint 49th) and (for girls) Gracie (up 22 places to joint
39th), Hallie (up 15 places to 44th) and Ayla (up 19 places to joint 47th).

The births of 23,955 boys and 22,568 girls were registered in the period covered by
these figures. In total, 3,370 different boys’ first forenames and 4,095 different girls’
first forenames were recorded; and 2,138 boys and 2,668 girls were given names
that were unique (within the period, for that sex). The number of different names per
100 babies and the fraction with unique names were well above the levels of 10
and, much more so, 40 years ago. For example, the proportion of boys with unique
first forenames was greater this year (8.9 per cent in the period covered by these
figures) than in the whole of 2009 (6.7 per cent) or 1979 (2.3 per cent).

Jack was the first forename of only 1.8 per cent of the boys, and Olivia was the first
forename of just 1.6 per cent of the girls. Of all the boys’ births that were registered,
38 per cent had a first forename that was in their Top Fifty, and 36 per cent of all
girls had a Top Fifty first forename.

Find the detailed analysis from National Records of Scotland at https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files//statistics/babies-names/19/babies-first-names-19-pub.pdf

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