Category: British name popularity

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Hot off the press!  The breaking news of the Top 100 British baby names!

By Eleanor Nickerson

After making us wait an agonising extra three weeks this year, The Office of National Statistics has finally released the top baby names for England and Wales in 2015.

Once again — unsurprisingly — Amelia and Oliver reign supreme. This is Amelia‘s fifth and Oliver‘s third year in the number one spot.

The Top 10 itself hasn’t changed much, although George, Noah, Ella and Mia have shown quite significant rises.

The new additions to the top 100 show the influence of celebrity and media influence: Jaxon, Roman, ReggieCarter for boys and Penelope, Mila, Clara, Arabella, Maddison and Aria for girls.

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UK vs US Popular Baby Names

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Anglo-American baby names

By Eleanor Nickerson, British Baby Names

Britain and America: two countries sharing, yet divided by, a common language.

As both a Brit and a name lover, the release of the US statistics is always fascinating for me.
On your top 10 are names of interest which are having a direct influence on British names. There are names which have had their day in the UK and are now swiftly declining, and, of course, there are names which are very similar in both countries.

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This week, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel considers the subject of naming style as reflected in current newsy choices

Baby name style is a highly personal thing, and I’m always surprised by the names on birth announcements. Sure, I can guess with sometimes frightening accuracy what parents will have shortlisted for baby #2 or #3, but they’ve already showed their hand by then. Until they’ve hinted at what they’re thinking of for their firstborn, baby name style is surprisingly tough to guess.

Over the summer, I met three siblings, all living in the same area, each with a daughter about the same age. The three girls’ names could have easily belonged to sisters, even triplets: Annabelle, Georgia, and Phoebe. The women of the family clearly share the same general style – so much that I’d guess there must have been some consternation when they found out they were all expecting daughters within the same year.

For every situation where two former roommates both want to use Ethan James for their sons, there are plenty of cases where, no matter how much sisters or friends have in common, name style is simply not one of them. You roll your eyes when your BFF suggests Kestrel, only to hear your sis describe Eleanor as too old-fashioned.

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