Baby Names: Oliver and Amelia most popular for the third year running

Oliver and Amelia were the most popular names given to babies in England and Wales in 2015. Oliver has been the most popular name for boys since 2013, while Amelia has held the top spot for girls since 2011.

Data released by the Office of National Statistics shows 6,941 boys were named Oliver last year, while 5,158 girls were called Amelia. Oliver was closely followed by Jack, Harry and George in the boys’ list and Olivia, Emily and Isla took the top spots behind Amelia for girls.

In London, Muhammad was the name most given to boys, but Amelia was still the top choice for girls.
Ella re-entered the top 10 for girls this year – it was last there in 2007 and Noah made it into the top 10 for boys for the first time, replacing James.

Four names broke into the top 100 for boys: Jaxon, Roman, Reggie and Carter. These replaced Owen, Robert, Joey and Finlay which were all in the top 100 in 2014. Jaxon was the highest climber, going up 35 places to number 80 in the list. Whilst Kian had the largest fall in popularity, going down 44 places to 98.

Six names made it into the top 100 list for girls: Penelope, Mila, Clara, Arabella, Maddison and Aria. These replaced Lydia, Faith, Mollie, Brooke, Isabel and Amy. Aria had the biggest rise, whilst Katie showed the largest fall since 2014, going down 22 places to number 99.

The annual lists are compiled from birth certificate date which showed there were 697,852 live births in England and Wales in 2015 and of them over 27,000 different boys’ names and 35,000 different girls’ names were registered.

52% of all boys born last year were called one of the top 100 names, compared to 43% of girls, but there were some more unusual choices. 17 boys and 15 girls were simply named ‘Baby’, whilst 36 girls were named ‘Star’, nine ‘Hero’ and five ‘Sunshine.’ There were 14 boys named ‘Ocean’, four ‘Victory’ and three ‘Rain.’

There aren’t any official rules on naming babies in England and Wales, aside from using a series of letters and avoiding anything that could be offensive, but there’s plenty of practical advice to be found:
• Think about possible nicknames and check these also work well with your surname.
• Work out what your baby’s initials will be and check these don’t spell out anything embarrassing.
• Say your chosen name out loud and make sure your child isn’t going to have to constantly tell people how to pronounce it – or spell it for that matter.
• Think about whether the name goes with those of any other children you have. Sam and Ella are great names but when put together they don’t sound quite so appealing!
• Make sure the name works for life – it may be a really cute name for a baby, but as a professional will your child thank you for your choice?
• Think about whether to involve others in your decision-making. It may seem a good idea at first, but remember it’s ultimately your decision.
This year’s official list comes out just days after new research was published, which found that almost a fifth of parents in the UK regret the names they chose for their child. The online poll carried out by Mumsnet found that although 18% of parents regretted their name choice only 2% actually changed it.

Top 100 Boy Names:
1 OLIVER
2 JACK
3 HARRY
4 GEORGE
5 JACOB
6 CHARLIE
7 NOAH
8 WILLIAM
9 THOMAS
10 OSCAR
11 JAMES
12 MUHAMMAD
13 HENRY
14 ALFIE
15 LEO
16 JOSHUA
17 FREDDIE
18 ETHAN
19 ARCHIE
20 ISAAC
21 JOSEPH
22 ALEXANDER
23 SAMUEL
24 DANIEL
25 LOGAN
26 EDWARD
27 LUCAS
28 MAX
29 MOHAMMED
30 BENJAMIN
31 MASON
32 HARRISON
33 THEO
34 JAKE
35 SEBASTIAN
36 FINLEY
37 ARTHUR
38 ADAM
38 DYLAN
40 RILEY
41 ZACHARY
42 TEDDY
43 DAVID
44 TOBY
45 THEODORE
46 ELIJAH
47 MATTHEW
48 JENSON
49 JAYDEN
50 HARVEY
51 REUBEN
52 HARLEY
53 LUCA
54 MICHAEL
55 HUGO
56 LEWIS
57 FRANKIE
58 LUKE
59 STANLEY
60 TOMMY
61 JUDE
62 BLAKE
63 LOUIE
64 NATHAN
65 GABRIEL
66 CHARLES
67 BOBBY
68 MOHAMMAD
69 RYAN
70 TYLER
71 ELLIOTT
72 ALBERT
73 ELLIOT
74 RORY
75 ALEX
76 FREDERICK
77 OLLIE
78 LOUIS
79 DEXTER
80 JAXON
81 LIAM
82 JACKSON
83 CALLUM
83 RONNIE
85 LEON
86 KAI
87 AARON
88 ROMAN
89 AUSTIN
90 ELLIS
91 JAMIE
91 REGGIE
93 SETH
94 CARTER
95 FELIX
96 IBRAHIM
97 SONNY
98 KIAN
99 CALEB
100 CONNOR

Top 100 Girl Names:
1 AMELIA
2 OLIVIA
3 EMILY
4 ISLA
5 AVA
6 ELLA
7 JESSICA
8 ISABELLA
9 MIA
10 POPPY
11 SOPHIE
12 SOPHIA
13 LILY
14 GRACE
15 EVIE
16 SCARLETT
17 RUBY
18 CHLOE
19 ISABELLE
20 DAISY
21 FREYA
22 PHOEBE
23 FLORENCE
24 ALICE
25 CHARLOTTE
26 SIENNA
27 MATILDA
28 EVELYN
29 EVA
30 MILLIE
31 SOFIA
32 LUCY
33 ELSIE
34 IMOGEN
35 LAYLA
36 ROSIE
37 MAYA
38 ESME
39 ELIZABETH
40 LOLA
41 WILLOW
42 IVY
43 ERIN
44 HOLLY
45 EMILIA
46 MOLLY
47 ELLIE
48 JASMINE
49 ELIZA
50 LILLY
51 ABIGAIL
52 GEORGIA
53 MAISIE
54 ELEANOR
55 HANNAH
56 HARRIET
57 AMBER
58 BELLA
58 THEA
60 ANNABELLE
60 EMMA
62 AMELIE
63 HARPER
64 GRACIE
65 ROSE
66 SUMMER
67 MARTHA
68 VIOLET
69 PENELOPE
70 ANNA
71 NANCY
72 ZARA
73 MARIA
74 DARCIE
75 MARYAM
76 MEGAN
77 DARCEY
78 LOTTIE
79 MILA
80 HEIDI
81 LEXI
82 LACEY
83 FRANCESCA
84 ROBYN
85 BETHANY
86 JULIA
87 SARA
88 AISHA
89 DARCY
89 ZOE
91 CLARA
92 VICTORIA
93 BEATRICE
94 HOLLIE
95 ARABELLA
96 SARAH
97 MADDISON
98 LEAH
99 KATIE
100 ARIA