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British Popularity List 2013: Oliver and Amelia on top

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By Eleanor Nickerson, British Baby Names

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:

1 OLIVER 1 AMELIA
2 JACK 2 OLIVIA
3 HARRY 3 EMILY
4 JACOB 4 AVA
5 CHARLIE 5 ISLA
6 THOMAS 6 JESSICA
7 OSCAR 7 POPPY
8 WILLIAM 8 ISABELLA
9 JAMES 9 SOPHIE
10 GEORGE 10 MIA
11 ALFIE 11 RUBY
12 JOSHUA 12 LILY
13 NOAH 13 GRACE
14 ETHAN 14 EVIE
15 MUHAMMAD 15 SOPHIA
16 ARCHIE 16 ELLA
17 LEO 17 SCARLETT
18 HENRY 18 CHLOE
19 JOSEPH 19 ISABELLE
20 SAMUEL 20 FREYA
21 RILEY 21 CHARLOTTE
22 DANIEL 22 SIENNA
23 MOHAMMED 23 DAISY
24 ALEXANDER 24 PHOEBE
25 MAX 25 MILLIE
26 LUCAS 26 EVA
27 MASON 27 ALICE
28 LOGAN 28 LUCY
29 ISAAC 29 FLORENCE
30 BENJAMIN 30 SOFIA

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. 

Graphic thanks to The Office of National Statistics

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Eleanor Nickerson, better known to Nameberry message board visitors as Elea, is a primary school teacher living in Coventry, England and author of the blog British Baby Names.
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