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Baby names: Jack and Emily top Scottish list again

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Media captionThe births of 25,970 boys and 24,490 girls were registered in the period covered by the figures

Jack and Emily were once again the most popular baby names in Scotland in 2015.

National Records of Scotland (NRS) figures show that Jack and Emily were the top names for the last eight and two years respectively.

Leo, Brodie, Harrison, Georgie and Rosie all climbed 2015's list.

Leo climbed 11 places in the boys' list to 13th, Brodie moved up 12 to 31st, and Harrison was up 13 to 35th. Among girls, Georgia climbed 12 places to 27th, and Rosie was up 15 to 35th.

The births of 25,970 boys and 24,490 girls were registered in the period covered by the figures.

This year, the number of unique names chosen by parents were "well above" the levels of 10, 20 or 40 years ago, according to NRS.

1,977 boys and 2,714 girls were given first forenames that were unique this year.

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Top ten: boys

  • Oliver rose from fourth to become the second most popular boys' name, with James falling one place to third and Lewis down one place in fourth.
  • Alexander climbed five places to fifth.
  • The rest of the boys' top ten was Charlie (up two places to sixth), Logan (down two places to seventh), Lucas (up one place to eighth), Harris (up three places to ninth) and three names which together were joint 10th: Jacob (up nine places), Finlay (up five places) and Daniel (down four places).
  • Noah (down seven places to 14th) dropped out of the top ten.
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Top ten: girls

  • The top four girls' names were in exactly the same order as in 2014 - Sophie was again the second most popular (having been top from 2005 to 2013), Olivia was third and Isla was fourth.
  • Ava rose one place to fifth, and Jessica fell one place to sixth. Amelia remained in seventh place.
  • Ella rose three places to eighth. Lucy (down one place to ninth) and Lily (down one place to 10th) made up the rest of the girls' top ten.
  • Ella was the only entrant to the girls' top ten; Elllie (down four places to 14th) was the only name to drop out of it.

Jack was the top boys' first forename in 15 council areas, Oliver was top in six areas, James was top in four, and Finlay and Noah were each top in two areas.

Emily was the most popular girls' first forename in nine council areas, Sophie was top in seven and Isla was top in five. Amelia was top in four areas, and Ava, Lily and Olivia were each top in two areas.

Several other names were top (or joint top) in one council area, including Muhammad which was the most popular boys' name in Glasgow - for a third year.

Where have all the Johns gone?

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The annual list of baby names reveals that John has slipped further down the top 100. It was consistently the second most popular name throughout the 1970s, but in 2015 it ranked 59th.

In numbers, here is its fall from popularity.

  • 1974 - 1,528 (2nd)
  • 1988 - 924 (6th)
  • 1998 - 353 (23rd)
  • 2015 - 112 (59th)

However, while it has faded away as a first name, in 2015 it was the second most popular middle name with 1,204 mentions.

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