Most Popular Baby Names

most popular baby names

Most Popular Baby Names

If you’re wondering what to name your baby, and want some ideas from the official top 100 baby names, then you’re in the right place. In the list of the most popular baby names, you’ll find everything from traditional names like Thomas, Emily and Elizabeth to more unusual names like Aurora, Kai and Albie.

Naming your baby is a very personal thing, and whether you want something more unusual or traditional, seeing what names are popular is a good place to start.

If you need more help finding the perfect baby name, try our baby name generator before heading over to our baby names forum to put your choices to the Mumsnet jury – with over 600,000 views per month, you certainly won’t be lacking in opinion.

You can also see the top baby names in Ireland and most popular choices in Scotland.

To help you out with your decision, we’ve listed the 100 most popular baby names for boys and girls in England and Wales below – taken from the most recent set of ONS data released in 2018. The statistics for the previous year are always released by September, so the most popular baby names for 2019 will be released by September 2020.

If you’re after a brief snapshot to start with, here are the 20 most popular baby names in the UK.

Top 10 boy names

1. Oliver
2. George
3. Harry
4. Noah
5. Jack
6. Leo
7. Arthur
8. Muhammad
9. Oscar
10. Charlie

Top 10 girl names

1. Olivia
2. Amelia
3. Ava
4. Isla
5. Emily
6. Mia
7. Isabella
8. Sophia
9. Ella
10. Grace

It’s worth noting that while Olivia is unanimously the most popular name for girls throughout England and Wales, the most popular boys’ name did vary regionally. Oliver was outranked by Muhammad in four of the nine English regions (North West, Yorkshire and The Humber, West Midlands and London), and by Harry in the North East.

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Baby name trends – which names are new to the list?

Oliver remains the most popular name for baby boys in England and Wales, a position held every year since 2013. Harry and George are still in second and third place (as they have been since 2016) but, this time, they swap positions with George pipping Harry to the second position post.

As for popular girls’ names, Olivia remains the most popular first name, a position held since 2016. Amelia remains in second place but, this time, Ava has overtaken Isla for the third position spot.

For first-ever entry into the top 100, we have Grayson, Rowan and Tobias for boys’ names and Delilah, Ayla and Margot making debut appearances for the girls. Ada also returned to the list for the first time since 1924.

Nick Stripe, Head of Life Events, Office for National Statistics commented:

“There are the first signs that Oliver’s six-year reign as the number one name for boys is under threat. Arthur surged into the top 10 boys’ names for the first time since the 1920s, and Ada jumped into the girls’ top 100 for the first time in a century too, both perhaps inspired by characters in BBC drama Peaky Blinders.

Most Popular Baby Names
Most Popular Baby Names

“On the flip side, the growth in the use of technology assistants in our homes may help to explain why the number of baby girls named Alexa has more than halved compared with 2017. Communicating with young children can be hard enough at the best of times.”

Top 100 boy names

1. Oliver
2. George
3. Harry
4. Noah
5. Jack
6. Leo
7. Arthur
8. Muhammad
9. Oscar
10. Charlie
11. Jacob
12. Thomas
13. Henry
14. William
15. Alfie
16. Archie
17. Joshua
18. Freddie
19. Theo
20. Isaac
21. James
22. Alexander
23. Logan
24. Edward
25. Ethan
26. Lucas
27. Joseph
28. Sebastian
29. Theodore
30. Finley
31. Max
32. Mohammed
33. Samuel
34. Harrison
35. Benjamin
36. Arlo
37. Daniel
38. Adam
39. Teddy
40. Mason
41. Elijah
42. Reuben
43. Dylan
44. Hunter
45. Reggie
46. Jaxon
47. Rory
48. Louie
49. David
50. Tommy

Arthur surged into the top 10 boys’ names for the first time since the 1920s, perhaps inspired by the character in BBC drama Peaky Blinders

51. Luca
52. Albie
53. Hugo
54. Zachary
55. Albert
56. Jude
57. Toby
58. Riley
59. Ezra
60. Carter
61. Gabriel
62. Roman
63. Frankie
64. Harley
65. Frederick
66. Ronnie
67. Jake
68. Elliot
69. Louis
70. Jenson
71. Mohammad
72. Stanley
73. Bobby
74. Michael
75. Jesse
76. Finn
77. Jayden
78. Harvey
79. Caleb
80. Jackson
81. Charles
82. Matthew
83. Grayson
84. Blake
85. Liam
86. Elliott
87. Ellis
88. Ralph
89. Jasper
90. Rowan
91. Alex
92. Ryan
93. Felix
94. Luke
95. Dexter
96. Ollie
97. Leon
98. Tobias
99. Sonny
100= Dominic
100= Kai

Top 100 girl names

1. Olivia
2. Amelia
3. Ava
4. Isla
5. Emily
6. Mia
7. Isabella
8. Sophia
9. Ella
10. Grace
11. Poppy
12. Charlotte
13. Lily
14. Ivy
15. Florence
16. Evie
17. Sophie
18. Freya
19. Evelyn
20. Willow
21. Phoebe
22. Elsie
23. Sienna
24. Alice
25. Jessica
26. Rosie
27. Harper
28. Daisy
29. Sofia
30. Isabelle
31. Matilda
32. Ruby
33. Eva
34. Emilia
35. Scarlett
36. Chloe
37. Maya
38. Esme
39. Eliza
40. Millie
41. Imogen
42. Aria
43. Luna
44. Layla
45. Harriet
46. Maisie
47. Elizabeth
48. Penelope
49. Mila
50. Erin

The growth in the use of technology assistants in our homes may help to explain why the number of baby girls named Alexa has more than halved compared with 2017

51. Eleanor
52. Lola
53. Violet
54. Bella
55. Rose
56. Emma
57. Holly
58. Molly
59. Thea
60. Ellie
61. Lucy
62. Hannah
63. Lottie
64. Nancy
65. Ada
66. Maria
67. Lilly
68. Zara
69. Aurora
70. Amber
71. Georgia
72. Robyn
73. Gracie
74. Summer
75. Jasmine
76. Annabelle
77. Abigail
78. Darcie
79. Hallie
80. Amelie
81. Bonnie
82. Iris
83. Maryam
84. Beatrice
85. Anna
86. Heidi
87. Orla
88. Arabella
89. Clara
90. Delilah
91. Edith
92. Aisha
93. Francesca
94. Martha
95. Ayla
96. Zoe
97. Lyla
98. Sara
99. Margot
100. Felicity

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