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
6. ALFIE–the name of a perpetually popular BBC TV character
*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:
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:
Those new to the Top 100 in 2008 following substantial leaps:
And, once again, to complete the picture, here are the top names on neighboring lists:
For the full list of the British/Wales top 100, go to: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=15282