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Popular British Names: The Fastest-Rising Names in the UK

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The following is a guest post by Luke Eales from BabyNames.co.uk, one of the UK’s leading baby names websites. Established in 2007, the BabyNames.co.uk helps parents on the path to finding the perfect baby name.

Having read Nameberry’s recent article on popular baby names 2010, I was inspired to run some analysis of my own – this time with a UK slant.

So in a similar way to what Nameberry did, I delved into our site usage data. I brought up a list of the names receiving the most searches this year so far, and compared the numbers against the same period last year. I then sorted the names to see which had the greatest proportional increase in searches. The result is two lists – the UK’s fastest rising boys and girls names of 2010 so far.

girls

1. FLORENCE
2. LUCIE
3. LACEY
4. ESME
5. ELENA
6. LUCIA
7. BEATRICE
8. VIOLET
9. INDIA
10. FRANKIE

11. MAI
12. EDIE
13. LAILA
14. PENELOPE
15. ELSIE
16. MAISIE
17. LOTTIE
18. DARCIE
19. PENNY
20. POPPY
21. SADIE
22. MAISY
23. TALLULAH
24. IVY
25. CARYS
26. LEXI
27. ANYA
28. SIENNA
29. SAVANNAH
30. ANNABEL
31. WILLOW
32. BETTY
33. MACEY
34. EMILIA
35. ISLA
36. DARCEY
37. GRACIE
38. OLIVE
39. MACY
40. JEMIMA
41. ARABELLA
42. CALLIE
43. LYRA
44. ISABELLA
45. JESSIE
46. RAE
47. TALIA
48. HARRIET
49. OLIVIA
50. SCARLETT

boys

1. OLLIE
2. JENSON
3. ELI
4. JESSE
5. COLE
6. JUDE
7. JACOB
8. LEIGHTON
9. ALISTAIR
10. OLIVER
11. BRADLEY
12. TOBIAS
13. JUSTIN
14. FINN
15. DARCY
16. CODY
17. ROWAN
18. NOAH
19. JACKSON
20. FREDDIE
21. MASON
22. ZACHARY
23. ELLIS
24. KELSEY
25. ZACH
26. TOBY
27. ARTHUR
28. LLOYD
29. ANGUS
30. HENRY
31. ROBBIE
32. ALBERT
33. MILO
34. TOM
35. STANLEY
36. LOUIS
37. LEWIS
38. KANE
39. HUGO
40. LEVI
41. CONNOR
42. FRANK
43. FRANCES
44. ISSAC
45. LEO
46. ELLIOTT
47. TROY
48. BRODIE
49. JONAH
50. LOUIS

There are a number of pop culture influences in this list – Jenson Button (that’s him in the picture) is an English Formula 1 racing driver who won the recent championships, and Ollie is the name of a very popular contestant on X Factor, the UK’s equivalent of American Idol.

Additionally, “Florence and the Machine” is a band who have grown hugely in the past year, and “Frankie” is a popular singer from girl group “The Saturdays”.

Some related names appeared on both lists – Darcy, Darcey and Darcie proved trendy, as did Frankie, Frank and Frances.

I’d be interested to hear what Nameberry readers think about baby names in the UK – are we at the mercy of US trends, or could you guys learn something from us Brits when it comes to naming ideas?

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