ONS releases most popular baby names of 2014

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  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 19 August 2015
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Oliver and Amelia were the most popular baby names in England and Wales in 2014 for the second year running.

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Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that 6,649 baby boys were named Oliver, while 5,327 girls were called Amelia. Amelia has been in the top spot since 2011 while Oliver has been the most popular choice since 2013 when it knocked Harry, the top boys’ name in 2011 and 2012, down the list.

In a geographical analysis, Amelia was the most popular girls’ name in 8 out of the 9 English regions and Oliver was the most popular boys’ name in 7 out of the 9 regions, while Muhammad headed the London list.

Spelling variations of the same name are counted separately in the data from the ONS. When considering name variations in the top 100, the Muslim name Mohammed totals 7,240, compared with Oliver at 6,649.

Jack, Harry and Jacob were the runners-up among the most popular boys' names, with Olivia, Isla and Emily for girls. New entrants to the top 100 included Robyn, Nancy and Lottie for girls and Jackson, Joey and Ellis for boys.

The data also reflected the impact of popular culture; characters from TV show Game of Thrones have been inspiring some parents, with babies named Arya, Khaleesi and Tyrion, while Downton Abbey is thought to be behind the rising popularity of the classic girls names Edith, Violet and Rose.

Emily and Jack topped baby name tables in both Scotland and Northern Ireland earlier this year.

There is a baby names comparison tool which has been developed by Anna Powell-Smith using ONS data, which enables users to analyse changing trends in names for boys and girls in England and Wales. The tool allows you to compare baby name rankings since 1996.

For data for other UK countries please see the latest baby name statistics for Northern Ireland and the latest baby name statistics for Scotland.

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