2013 Baby Name Popularity: Latest reports from Scotland and more
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Though we here in the U.S. have to wait until May for our official 2013 popularity lists to be revealed, some other countries manage to get their reports ready even before the year ends. As these listings start to trickle in, I thought I’d fill you in on what we’ve received so far.
The most complete story to have come in is from Scotland, where the top names are Jack—for the sixth consecutive year–and Sophie, for the ninth. And if you think that Yanks are the only parents into unusual names, Scottish mums and dads chose about 7,400 different first names for their babies, with nearly 4,800 of them unique.
Some of the standouts among girls on the rise: Millie, Poppy, Georgia, Alice, Esme, Mila and Phoebe. In the blue column, those climbing up include Logan, Lucas, Leo, Kai, Oscar, Brodie, Harrison, Murray, Callan, Hamish, Harvey and Struan.
The two principal cities of Scotland have quite different results, reflecting the differences in their demographics. In Edinburgh, the capital and second largest city, heading the list for boys is Alexander—described by an official as “a good Scottish name,” adding that “the odds now of Scotland becoming independent will shorten dramatically as a result of more children being called Alexander.”(Ah, the power of names!) Olivia was the top girl name in Edinburgh, followed by Isla and Sophie.
On the other hand, in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, Muhammad was the favorite names for boys, followed by James and Lewis. For girls, it was Sophie, Olivia, Emily and Isla. (Sophie definitely tops American fave Sophia across the UK.)
Scotland is also one of the few countries to calculate middle name statistics, and here we see that a huge proportion consist of tradition classics. For girls, Rose, Elizabeth, Grace, Louise, Margaret, Jane, Ann/Anne, May, Catherine and Mary, for boys James, John, William, Alexander, David, Robert, Thomas, Andrew, George, Michael and Joseph.
Here, Jack and Grace topped the charts, the unstoppable Jack having held that position for ten years in a row, while Grace jumped from third position to first, replacing last year’s Sophie. The Number 2 boys’ name, James held that place for the third year running.
Top 10 for girls: Grace, Emily, Sophie, Ella, Lucy, Sophia, Aoife (the only exclusively Irish name on the list), Jessica, Amelia and Anna. Among the next ten, Ella and Anna have significantly increased in popularity. In addition, Ava andf Ruby were new entries to the Top 20, while Elsie rose sixty places and Robyn—a name we never see—advanced 45 spots.
For the Northern Irish boys, the Top 10 names were: Jack, James, Charlie, Daniel, Harry, Noah, Ethan, Matthew, Jacob, and Thomas—so not very dissimilar to names in other English- speaking countries. Moving up and approaching the Top 10: Luke, while big climbers further down were Jackson and Theo.
On this side of the Atlantic, we have so far only the Canadian province of Ontario, where Olivia continues her six-year reign, and Liam is Number 1 for the second year. Following them are Ethan, Jacob, Lucas and Benjamin; and Emma, Sophia, Ava and Emily.
The bare facts:
Stay tuned for more!
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on December 24th, 2013 at 7:57 am
I have always loved the name Eve and all its international variations – including those that boggle the mind of most non-Irish, even if I am more partial to the ‘Evelyn’ spelling than its other friends throughout Celtica.
Now, on a completely different subject… maybe I’m missing something, but, how is India small?
on December 24th, 2013 at 9:13 am
Just to let you know. Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, not Glasgow.
on December 24th, 2013 at 9:18 am
This is a great post! I always love how quickly the Scottish lists come out.
on December 24th, 2013 at 9:18 am
Always love the scottish, irish, and british choices!
on December 24th, 2013 at 9:25 am
While Glasgow is slightly larger than Edinburgh in population in Scotland, Edinburgh is definitely the physical and cultural capital of Scotland. I currently live in the next biggest city, Aberdeen, in Scotland. It is an international city due to the oil and gas business. Most of the children in my circle are named popular names from their own country. Sofia, Maria, Sara from Italy; Lucie, Laura, Chloe from France; and Sophie, Olivia, and Emma from the Scottish natives. So basically all the names here sound very similar (to living in America as well) despite having so many different countries represented. The most interesting name that I have heard so far that’s popular here is Eilidh. A Gaelic name pronounced ay-lee.
on December 24th, 2013 at 9:33 am
Another note. When I asked my friends why/how they chose their children’s names (oddly almost all f them have girls for some odd reason), they wanted names that reflected the country they came from that they liked, but would also “fit-in” in the international community.
on December 24th, 2013 at 1:33 pm
Links, please? It would be nice to read the sources themselves. Thanks!
on December 24th, 2013 at 3:21 pm
The local newspaper (the post gazette southwestern PA) released the top 10 names for both boys and girls for 2013.
10. Emma/Madeleine (tie)
It is interesting some of the names that made the top ten in my area.
on December 24th, 2013 at 4:36 pm
I’m surprised to see Emily/Emma/Ella still ranking so high, even in other countries. I thought that trend was done a few years ago. Or maybe it’s just still in the transitioning out phase. Either way, I do love a good portion of these names but I’m not sure how willing I’d be to use them since they’re clearly so popular. I’m glad to see Theo is rising. I’m really beginning to love that name.
on December 26th, 2013 at 2:51 pm
Flanders top 10 (Dutch speaking part of Belgium):
Lucas was also number 1 last year, but Vince is up from number 6. Finn (11), Leon (12) and Alexander (15) are new to the top 10. For the girls Marie takes over from Emma. Ella (11) and Mila (15) are the newcomers to the top 10. I expect Ella to jump over Emma in the coming year.
on December 29th, 2013 at 7:55 am
on December 29th, 2013 at 5:57 pm
Top 20 from the Netherlands until the 3rd quarter of the year 2013
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