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There’s a new update for the most popular baby names

Boys names are getting increasingly biblical.

By Amy Lewis, 05 September 2016
There’s a new update for the most popular baby names

If you’re struggling to find a baby name that you really love, you’ve come to the right place.

With recent news that nearly a fifth of parents regret their chosen baby name, these top 10 lists might be a good place to start

Earlier this year Nameberry, an online guide to baby names, released their official top 100 list of the most popular baby names for 2016. But now, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has just released a brand new update.

Having counted up the most popular names given to babies throughout 2015, ONS has revealed that biblical name Noah has entered the top ranks for the first time on record, replacing James, while Oliver remains at number one having first taken the top spot back in 2013.

Joining Jacob in the top 10 and with Ezra, Elijah, Levi and Isaac all growing in popularity too, Noah proves that the trend for biblical boys' names is still going strong.

Girls names, on the other hand, have remained somewhat steady, with Amelia (which has been the most popular girls' name since 2011) and Olivia still ranking top.

Emily has taken the spot of Charlotte, however, suggesting that Royal influence may be waning, while Ella and Mia have replaced Lily and Sophie.

With recent news that nearly a fifth of parents grow to regret the name they’ve chosen for their child, these top 10 lists might be a good place to start to avoid the same naming dilemmas.

Top 10 names for boys

  • Oliver 6,941
  • Jack 5,371
  • Harry 5,308
  • George 4,869
  • Jacob 4,850
  • Charlie 4,831
  • Noah 4,148
  • William 4,083
  • Thomas 4,075
  • Oscar 4,060

 

Top 10 names for girls

  • Amelia 5,158
  • Olivia 4,853
  • Emily 3,893
  • Isla 3,474
  • Ava 3,414
  • Ella 3,028
  • Jessica 2,937
  • Isabella 2,876
  • Mia 2,842
  • Poppy 2,816

 

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