Most popular baby names in 2011 are Harry and Amelia

 
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Harry and Amelia were the most popular first names given to babies born in England and Wales in 2011, according to the Office for National Statistics.

They replaced the previous year's most popular names of Oliver and Olivia.

Jacob replaced George in the top 10 most popular boys' names, while Ava and Isabella replaced Evie and Chloe in the top 10 for girls.

In Wales, Oliver was the most popular name for boys, while Lily replaced Ruby as the most popular for girls.

The five new entries for boys in the top 100 are Tommy, Blake, Frankie, Elijah and Jackson.

For girls, Bella, Willow, Elsie, Kayla, Francesca and Lydia all break into the top 100.

Most popular boys' names

According to the ONS there were 723,913 live births in England and Wales in 2011, with more than 28,000 different boys' names and some 35,000 different girls' names registered.

The top 10 names account for 14% of all names in 2011.

Harry was the most popular name for boys in seven of the regions in England including the North West, East and West Midlands and the South East.

Most popular girls' names

Jack was the most popular in the North East and Daniel the most popular in London.

Among baby girls, Lily was the most popular name in five regions including the North East, South West and Wales, Olivia in two regions - North West and Yorkshire and The Humber - Amelia in East and West Midlands, and Isabella proving the most popular in London.

Five of the top 10 most popular boys' names in 2011 were also in the top 10 in 2001 - Jack, Joshua, Thomas, James and Harry.

When compared with 2001, the biggest increases in popularity for those names in the top 10 in 2011 were Alfie (up 50 to number four), Charlie (up 27 to number five), and Jacob (up 21 to number seven) when compared with 2001.

Matthew (down 34 to number 43) and Lewis (down 29 to number 39) have fallen the furthest since 2001.

Within the top 100 names, Kayden (up 1,041 to number 94), Ollie (up 409 to number 73), Ashton (up 346 to number 87) and Dexter (up 338 to number 78) were the highest climbers between 2001 and 2011.

Among the most popular names for baby girls, four names appear in the top 10 in both 2001 and 2011 - Olivia, Jessica, Emily and Sophie.

Of the names in the top 10 in 2011, Ava (up 196 to number nine), Ruby (up 60 to number seven), and Isabella (up 44 to number 10) were the highest climbing new entries when compared with 2001, while Lauren (down 78 to number 85) and Hannah (down 33 to number 41) have fallen the furthest since 2001.

Within the top 100 names, Lexi (up 1,475 to number 45), Lexie (up 1,285 to number 74), Amelie (up 711 to number 54), Bella (up 641 to 69), Elsie (up 540 to number 87), Sienna (up 413 to number 36) and Lacey (up 359 to number 40) were the highest climbers between 2001 and 2011.

The most popular baby names in Scotland are published by the National Records of Scotland. The most popular baby boys' name there in 2011 was Jack, and for the seventh year, Sophie was the most popular name for new baby girls.

In Northern Ireland, where the baby names are published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, Jack and Sophie were also the most popular names for babies in 2011.

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    Comment number 139.

    I help to transcribe parish records from 1800-1880 and there were only 3 or 4names for boys and girls (David, Ann, Elizabeth, Mary, John, Thomas). It will be easier to trace ancestors in the future if there is more variety among names and because there are many unusual names. I have a gg grandfather called John Davies and there were hundreds of them born in the same year & place. Nightmare!

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    Comment number 123.

    My eyesight isn't what it was but those once familiar names John, Peter, Stephen/Steven, Ann/Anne, Mary and Susan seem to be missing from the cloud. Their time will come around again no doubt. Don't think anyone 20 years ago could have forecast the re-emergence of Ava, Daisy, Lily, George, Harry and Oliver. It's a funny old world, fashion

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    Comment number 84.

    In 1975 when we called our daughter Hannah it was a most unusual name for a girl. We chose Elizabeth as her second name so that she would have more than a sporting chance in the playground when she played 'Grandmother's Footsteps' where children can progress towards the goal when letters in their name are called out! She tells me as an adult she likes her name , what more could we ask?

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    Comment number 47.

    20 years ago we named our daughter Evie - we wanted her to be called Evie not Evelyn, Eve Eva etc so we named her that - and at the time we knew of no other children with that name - lo and behold the very next day a girl born in the same hospital was named Evie - had they overheard us I always wonder?

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    Comment number 46.

    My parents called my brother Toby (NOT Tobias) they didnt' want names that can be shortened, and with a surname like Horsman its easy to take the micky. I love seeing how names come around, Harry is possibly from Harry Potter - people having kids now are quite likely the ones who grew up with the books, or prince harry who is quite yummy now... Names come from anywhere or anything :)

 

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