Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

5/1/2005

Leo and Keira hit top 100

Leo and Keira have made big jumps into the top 100 babies’ names list, according to official figures published today by the Registrar General for Scotland.

In the boys’ names list, Lewis has retained the top position for the second year, with Jack in second and James continuing to climb the top five (up 1 place to 3rd).

Sophie has moved up from fourth place to second place and Hannah is the only new entrant in the top ten in the girls’ names list.

BOYS’ NAMES

Liam (up 8 places to 6th) has returned to the top ten after falling last year from 7th to 14th.

Names making significant advances in the top 50 are Aiden (up 25 places to 32nd) and Sam (up 24 places to 34th). The biggest jump into the top 100 has been Leo (up 39 places to 83rd).

MacKenzie (up 35 places to 93rd), Archie (up 22 places to 81st) and Harris (up 5 places to 98th) have also made advances into the top 100.

Charles and Joe have both re-entered the top 100 (joint 90th) after falling to 105 and 108 respectively last year.

After entering the top five last year, Kyle has fallen 4 places to 9th; and Matthew (down 2 places to 11th) and Adam (down 4 places to 14th) have both dropped out of the top ten.

Elsewhere, there have been notable reductions in popularity for John (down 13 places to 37th) and Craig (down 8 places to 49th). Michael (down 6 places to 28th) and David (down 5 places to 26th) have also dropped significantly.

Names dropping out of the top 100 are Duncan, George, Mohammed, Marcus, Mitchell, Grant, Anthony and Greg.

By mid-December 2004, over 26,200 boys had been registered, with over 2,200 different first names being used. The top 50 names accounted for 55 per cent of the total. Over 1400 boys were given unique (for 2004) first names.

GIRLS’ NAMES

Emma has also retained its position as the most popular girl’s name for new babies. The top five names are the same as in 2003, but Sophie has moved up from 4th to 2nd place. The only new entrant to the top ten is Hannah (up 1 place to 10th) replacing Rachel (down 5 places from 7th to 12th).

The most significant climber in the top 50 is Keira, (up 79 places to 32nd). Other significant climbers are Millie (up 26 places to 42nd) and Amber (up 13 places to 45th).

Leah, Zoe, Isla and Brooke all move up 10 places, to 19th, 27th, 30th and 39th places respectively. Abi (up 168 places to 87th), Madison (up 65 places to 85th), and Evie (up 51 places to 94th) are the major movers into the top 100. Alice (up 17 places to 87th) has re-entered the top 100 after falling to 104th last year.

There were no major fallers in the top 50 but in the lower reaches of the top 100 there were large drops for Kate (down 29 places to 94th), Bethany (down 24 places to 65th), Stephanie (down 24 places to 93rd), Georgia (down 23 places to 79th), Jennifer (down 22 places to 52nd), Ciara (down 22 places to 74th) and Carly (down 20 places to 94th).

Hayley, Rhiannon, Claire, Jade, Catherine, Orla, Katherine and Alicia have all dropped out of the top 100. Sinead fell 80 places to 172nd after climbing 69 places the previous year.

By mid-December 2003, more than 24,600 girls had been registered, with over 3,200 different names being used. The top 50 girls’ names accounted for 48 per cent of the registrations, and just over 2,000 girls in Scotland were given unique (for 2004) names.

CHANGING TRENDS IN NAMING BABIES

For both boys and girls, the range of names used has been consistently widening over the last 100 years. Parents are increasingly selecting names which are different. The top ten names have been chosen for a decreasing proportion of babies:

Boys (%) Girls (%)

1900 68.4 58.1

1950 53.3 36.3

1975 32.6 20.2

2000 21.7 20.4

2004 19.3 18.7

REGIONAL VARIATIONS

Lewis was top boys’ name in 11 council areas, whilst Jack was top in 7 areas.

Emma was the most popular girls’ name in 10 council areas, whilst Ellie was top in 8 areas.

ENGLAND AND WALES

An analysis by the Office for National Statistics covering England and Wales has shown that Jack and Emily were the most popular names there in 2004. Further details can be found on the ONS website: www.statistics.gov.uk

The most popular names in Northern Ireland were Jack and Katie. Further details may be found at www.nisra.gov.uk

Source-Scottish Executive

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