It’s official! The number 1 names in 2013 for England and Wales were Amelia, for the third year running, and Oliver, last at #1 in 2010. Steep climbers Ava and Isla both made it to the Top 5 and Oscar and Poppy were in the Top 10 for the first time.
According to a study on baby name trends by the Office of National Statistics , the Prince George Effect on names has been so far overrated — though the names of royals Harry, William, and George all now rank in the Top 10 for boys.
Here is a list of the Top 30 names:
New to the Top 100 for the first time are Teddy (86), Ibrahim (89), Ronnie (90), Felix (91) and Albert (99) for boys and Darcy (93) and Beatrice (95) for girls. Austin (92) and Victoria (88) also returned back into the Top 100 having fallen out of it previously. The biggest movers and shakers within the Top 100 for girls were Elsie (47), up 23 places, and the botanical Ivy (66), Violet (78), both up 22 places, and Willow (54), up 15 places. For boys, Theodore (78), up 19 places, Reuben (54) and Hugo (74), both up 14 places, and Elijah (69), up 13 places, made the largest gains.
The “Prince George Effect”: George did move up two places overall in 2013, breaking back into the top 10 since it was last at #9 in 2010. However, looking at the breakdown by month, George was most popular from February to July (it peaked at #5 in April) but actually fell out of the top 10 after Prince George‘s birth, showing a decline in popularity.