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Yesterday we took a look at the long-delayed UK Office for National Statistics’ list of most popular girls’ names in England and Wales for 2008–and now it’s the boys’ turn.  We see many similar patterns across the gender divide, though perhaps even more names in the boy’ column that are less familiar in the US.

The top ten names are:

1. JACK–#1 for the 13th consecutive year

2. OLIVER*

3. THOMAS

4. HARRY– relecting the popularity of both the younger prince + Harry Potter

5. JOSHUA

6. ALFIE–the name of a perpetually popular BBC TV character

7. CHARLIE

8. DANIEL

9. JAMES

10. WILLIAM

*Note must be made though, that the ONS, like our Social Security Administration, ranks each spelling of a name separately, and if all the spellings of the name Mohammed were totalled, that name would rank in second place, reflecting Britain‘s growing ethnic diversity.

As with their sisters, there are a number of male baby names in the UK top 100 that don’t even appear in the US top 1000 at all.  These include:

ALFIE
ARCHIE
HARVEY
THEO
FREDDIE
LOUIE
EWAN
ZAK

Here again, an astonishing number of nickname names–60%! — a couple of which it’s difficult to imagine catching a Virgin trans-Atlantic flight and landing over here–certainly true in the case of Louie.  Another that pops out is Harvey, an upscale Brit favorite rarely considered in the US (except, of course, by some bold nameberryites).

There are some other top English boys’ names that rank much higher up–the followng  are not even in the Top 500 in the US–though some have the potential of catching on:

HARRY
LEWIS
CALLUM
FINLEY
RHYS
TOBY
BEN
LEON–popular all over Europe
HARLEY
KIAN
KIERAN
BAILEY (now used more for girls in the US)
REUBEN
ELLIS
BILLY

Those new to the Top 100 in 2008 following substantial  leaps:

KIAN — up 436 places
RILEY — up 306 places
JAYDEN — up 281 places (and proving that the cultural exchange works both ways)
ASHTON — up 264
LOGAN — up 195
THEO — up 172
LUCA — up 135
BLAKE — up 105

And, once again, to complete the picture, here are the top names on neighboring lists:

SCOTLAND

JACK
LEWIS
DANIEL
LIAM
JAMES

NORTHERN IRELAND

JACK
MATTHEW
DANIEL
JAMES
RYAN

For the full list of the British/Wales top 100, go to: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=15282

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