Most popular baby names of the last year – as traditional names lose favour


Influenced by popular culture and tradition, the annual list of the most popular baby names compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) makes for interesting reading

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There used to be a time when it seemed every classroom at every school had at least one Charlie in it, but it seems that may not be the case now.

Traditional baby names are falling out of popularity it seems – according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Earlier this year, the body released its annual figures on the most popular baby names in England and Wales for 2020, and it made for illuminating reading.

It may also be a touch sad for the older generation – especially anyone called Keith, Colin, Keith, Graham and Christine and Jane, with fewer than 30 parents registering children with that name in 2020.

But there are some names that remain resoundingly popular such as Amelia and Isla, while Jack and James are firm favourites for newborn boys

The top choice for new parents didn’t change this year – with Olivia and Oliver number one in England and Wales for the eighth year in a row.

But the data shows age influences choice, with mum’s aged 35-years-and-over choosing more traditional names, while younger mum often opts for more modern and shortened names.

And parents are often influenced by popular culture – with shows such as Sex Education influencing choices.

Cheeky sitcom Sex Education has influenced parents
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The top 10 list slightly changed from the year before, with Grace and Freya being knocked out in favour of Ivy and Rosie.

Following the birth of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan’s son, Archie, his name soared 10 places from 19th to ninth.

Meanwhile, Charlie was knocked out of the top 10 for boys and slipped to 12th, marking the first time it wasn’t in the top 10 since 2005.

Meghan and Harry with their son Archie, whose name increased in popularity
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Milo and Otis, jumped up by a whopping 20 places – potentially influenced by the hit Netflix show.

Sian Bradford from the ONS said: “Oliver and Olivia held on to the top spots as the most popular boys’ and girls’ names in 2020 but some interesting changes took place beneath them.

“We continue to see the age of mothers having an impact on the choice of baby name.

“Archie jumped into the top 10 boys’ names for the first time, driven by younger mothers as well as the obvious royal link, while on the girls’ side, Ivy rose to sixth place.

ONS data has revealed the most popular choices of the year
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“Popular culture continues to provide inspiration for baby names, whether it’s characters in our favourite show or trending celebrities.

“Maeve and Otis, characters from the popular programme Sex Education, have seen a surge in popularity in 2020, while the name Margot has been rapidly climbing since actress Margot Robbie appeared in the popular film The Wolf Of Wall Street.”

Top 50 girls’ names in England and Wales

1. OLIVIA
2. AMELIA
3. ISLA
4. AVA
5. MIA
6. IVY
7. LILY
8. ISABELLA
9. ROSIE
10. SOPHIA
11. GRACE
12. FREYA
13. WILLOW
14. FLORENCE
15. EMILY
16. SHE
17. POPPY
18. EVIE
19. ELSIE
20. CHARLOTTE
21. EVELYN
22. SIENNA
23. SOFIA
24. DAISY
25. PHOEBE
26. SOPHIE
27. ALICE
28. HARPER
29. MATILDA
30. RUBY
31. EMILIA
32. MAYA
33. MILLIE
34. ISABELLE
35. EVA
36. LUNA
37. JESSICA
38. ADA
39. ARIA
40. ARABELLA
41. MAISIE
42. ESME
43. ELIZA
44. PENELOPE
45. BONNIE
46. CHLOE
47. THOUSAND
48. VIOLET
49. HALLIE
50. SCARLETT

Top 50 boys’ names in England and Wales

1. OLIVER
2. GEORGE
3. ARTHUR
4. NOAH
5. MUHAMMAD
6. LEO
7. OSCAR
8. HARRY
9. ARCHIE
10. JACK
11. HENRY
12. CHARLIE
13. FREDDIE
14. THEODORE
15. THOMAS
16. FINLEY
17. FOLLOW
18. ALFIE
19. JACOB
20. WILLIAM
21. ISAAC
22. TOMMY
23. JOSHUA
24. JAMES
25. LUCAS
26. ALEXANDER
27. ARLO
28. ROMAN
29. EDWARD
30. ELIJAH
31. TEDDY
32. MOHAMMED
33. MAX
34. ADAM
35. ALBIE
36. ETHAN
37. LOGAN
38. JOSEPH
39. SEBASTIAN
40. BENJAMIN
41. HARRISON
42. MASON
43. RORY
44. REUBEN
45. LUCA
46. LOUIE
47. SAMUEL
48. REGGIE
49. JAXON
50. DANIEL

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