This bulletin lists the 100 most-popular first names for males and females born in England and Wales in 2014. It also compares them with the ranks in 2004 and 2013. This bulletin examines the differences in rankings between England, Wales, and the regions. It also considers the seasonality of the names.
Statistics on baby names are based on final birth records and include all live births in England and Wales during 2014.
This is the first year that 2014 has seen an annual statistic on baby names in England
Top 100 baby names for boys and girls in England and Wales, 2014
In 2014, there were three new entries to the Top 100 Most Popular Boys’ Names:
Ellis is number 94 (up 9 spots from 103)
Joey at number97 (up five places from 102)
Jackson is now number 100 (up 6 spots from 106)
They replaced Evan (103), Aiden (103), or Cameron (123) who fell out of the top 100.
Kian, who rose 41 places to number 54, was the highest climber within the top 100. Teddy (20 places higher to 66), Theodore (19 places higher to 59), Elijah (16 places to 53), Albert (15 places to 84), Elijah (15 places to 53), Freddie (15 places to 20), and Albert (15 places to 84), were all high climbers in the top 100.
They replaced Niamh (103), Paige (104) and Skye (109), Skye (109), Tilly (1110), Isobel (1111), and Maddison (equal 117) which were all dropped out of the top 100. 2013 saw Lydia and Sara share the number 100 ranking. In 2014, 6 names were added to the top 100 while 7 others left.
Aisha climbed 18 places to number76, the highest increase within the top 100. Elsie, Heidi, and Evelyn rose 15 places to 32, and 84, respectively, and Evelyn rose 14 places to 31, and Eliza and Georgia, Ivy, and Darcey rose 12 places to 22.214.171.124 respectively.
There are many reasons why black boy names have become more popular over the years. Names of celebrities or famous people can influence the popularity of baby names. It can also be affected by other factors, such as the religious, cultural, and/or ethnic identity of parents, or the names of friends, family, or fictional characters. There are many baby names. There were 695,233 live births ( ONS 2014), with more than 27,000 boys’ names and 35,000 girls’ names. Only 12% of all names were represented by the top 10 names in 2014.
The changes between 2004 and 2014.
Five of the 10 most-loved boys’ names for 2014 were also among the top 10 in 2004: Oliver Jack, Thomas, James, and William.
The biggest rises in popularity in 2014 for names in the top 10 were Oscar (up 51 spots to number 8), Jacob (19 places to 4), and Charlie and George (10 places to 5/7 respectively). There were three main declines in popularity in 2004’s top 10, Daniel and Benjamin, respectively. They dropped 19 and 28 places to 24 and 28, respectively. Samuel fell 15 places to 21, Joshua was down 11 places to 13, Joshua was down 13 places and Joseph was down 9 places.
Dexter (335 places higher to number 73), Joey (281 places to number 97), Teddy (229 places to 65), Ollie (181 places to 74), and Austin (164 places to 99) were the top boys’ names in 2014.
Four of the 10 most loved names for girls in 2014 were also among the top 10, including Emily, Jessica, Sophie, and Sophie.
The top 10 names in the top 10 for 2014 saw the greatest popularity increases compared to 2004. Ava (up 147 spots to 6), Isabella (up 27 positions to 7), Poppy (40% to 5) as well as Isabella (27% to 7). There were three main declines in popularity in 2004’s top 10, Katie (down 68 spots to number 77), Megan (down 55 places to 65), Ellie (41-43), and Lucy (3-33) respectively.
Amelia and Oliver were both the most popular names for 11 of the 12 months of 2014. Jack was the most-loved boy’s name in January, and Olivia in May.
The second spot was split between Jack (8 months), Harry (3 months), and Oliver (1 month) for boys, Olivia (11 months), and Amelia (1 month) for girls. 14 names for boys and 16 names for girls reached the top 10 in 2014’s Top 10.
Holly (number 39) was the fifth most-loved name for girls in December (number 23 January). It fell to number 70 in June. Summer (number 56 in the annual rankings), reached number 25 in June but dropped to number 105 by December.
Variations by country
There are similarities between the top ten most popular names in England for 2014 and Wales. The top 10 most popular names in England and Wales for 2014 have five common names for boys, while the top 10 for girls have seven.
Oliver is the most preferred name for boys born to women who are usually from England or Wales. Five names are in the top ten for Wales, but not for England.
Noah (number 11 England)
Alfie (number 13 in England)
Leo (16th in England)
Logan (number 24 England)
Dylan (number 36) in England
Amelia is the most preferred name for girls who were born to women who are usually from England or Wales. Three names are in the top ten for Wales, but not for England.
Mia (number 13 England)
Evie (number 14 in England)
Ruby (number 15 England)
Oliver, a regional variation of Oliver, was the most preferred name for boys in seven of the nine regions of England. Jack was most popular in London, while Muhammad was most popular in North East.
Amelia was the most loved name among baby girls in 8 regions, while Olivia was most popular in South East.