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Breaking News: Top 100 British Names in 2014

Amelia and Oliver #1 names in England and Wales in 2014

By Eleanor Nickerson, British Baby Names

It’s official! (At last!) The #names in 2014 for England and Wales were Amelia and Oliver.
Amelia managed to maintain its #1 spot for the fourth year running, and Oliver for the second year.

Overall, the Top 10 a pretty conservative, barely moving, especially for the boys.

New to the Top 100 are Ellis, Joey, Jackson, Thea, Darcie, Lottie, Harper, Nancy and Robyn.
These replaced Evan, Aiden, Cameron, Niamh, Paige, Skye, Tilly, Isobel, Maddison and Madison which fell out of the top 100.

Kian showed the largest rise within the top 100 for boys while Teddy, Theodore, Elijah, Albert and Freddie were also high climbers within the top 100. For girls, Aisha showed the largest rise within the top 100. Elsie and Heidi, Evelyn, Eliza, Georgia, Ivy and Darcey were also high climbers within the top 100.

The Top 100 in England and Wales 2014:

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OLIVER 
JACK 
HARRY 
JACOB 
CHARLIE 
THOMAS 
GEORGE 
OSCAR 
JAMES 
WILLIAM 
NOAH 
ALFIE 
JOSHUA 
MUHAMMAD 
HENRY 
LEO 
ARCHIE 
ETHAN 
JOSEPH 
FREDDIE 
SAMUEL 
ALEXANDER 
LOGAN 
DANIEL 
ISAAC 
MAX 
MOHAMMED 
BENJAMIN 
MASON 
LUCAS 
EDWARD 
HARRISON 
JAKE 
DYLAN 
RILEY 
FINLEY 
THEO 
SEBASTIAN 
ADAM 
ZACHARY 
ARTHUR 
TOBY 
JAYDEN 
LUKE 
HARLEY 
LEWIS 
TYLER 
HARVEY 
MATTHEW 
DAVID 
REUBEN 
MICHAEL 
ELIJAH 
KIAN 
TOMMY 
MOHAMMAD 
BLAKE 
LUCA 
THEODORE 
STANLEY 
JENSON 
NATHAN 
CHARLES 
FRANKIE 
JUDE 
TEDDY 
LOUIE 
LOUIS 
RYAN 
HUGO 
BOBBY 
ELLIOTT 
DEXTER 
OLLIE 
ALEX 
LIAM 
KAI 
GABRIEL 
CONNOR 
AARON 
FREDERICK 
CALLUM 
ELLIOT 
ALBERT 
LEON 
RONNIE 
RORY 
JAMIE 
AUSTIN 
SETH 
IBRAHIM 
OWEN 
CALEB 
ELLIS 
SONNY 
ROBERT 
JOEY 
FELIX 
FINLAY 
JACKSON
+3
-1
-2
+2
-1
-1
+1
+3
+1
-1
-4
+15
-1
+2
+5
-2
+4
-1
-4
+2
-2
-4
+2
+4
-1
-3
-14
-2
+4
+1
-1
+2
+2
-1
+1
+4
-10
-2
+3
+1
+16
+41
-3
+1
-1
+2
+19
+10
-3
-7
-2
-2
+7
+20
+4
+9
-18
+4
-12
+12
-10
+6
-10
-9
-13
+1
-13
+1
+1
-9
-7
+15
-10
+4
+9
-20
+5
+7
-2
-7
-5
+9*
+5
+2
+5*
-7
-12
+6*
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AMELIA 
OLIVIA 
ISLA 
EMILY 
POPPY 
AVA 
ISABELLA 
JESSICA 
LILY 
SOPHIE 
GRACE 
SOPHIA 
MIA 
EVIE 
RUBY 
ELLA 
SCARLETT 
ISABELLE 
CHLOE 
SIENNA 
FREYA 
PHOEBE 
CHARLOTTE 
DAISY 
ALICE 
FLORENCE 
EVA 
SOFIA 
MILLIE 
LUCY 
EVELYN 
ELSIE 
ROSIE 
IMOGEN 
LOLA 
MATILDA 
ELIZABETH 
LAYLA 
HOLLY 
LILLY 
MOLLY 
ERIN 
ELLIE 
MAISIE 
MAYA 
ABIGAIL 
ELIZA 
GEORGIA 
JASMINE 
ESME 
WILLOW 
BELLA 
ANNABELLE 
IVY 
AMBER 
EMILIA 
EMMA 
SUMMER 
HANNAH 
ELEANOR 
HARRIET 
ROSE 
AMELIE 
LEXI 
MEGAN 
GRACIE 
ZARA 
LACEY 
MARTHA 
ANNA 
VIOLET 
DARCEY 
MARIA 
MARYAM 
BROOKE 
AISHA 
KATIE 
LEAH 
THEA 
DARCIE 
HOLLIE 
AMY 
MOLLIE 
HEIDI 
LOTTIE 
BETHANY 
FRANCESCA 
FAITH 
HARPER 
NANCY 
BEATRICE 
ISABEL 
DARCY 
LYDIA 
SARAH 
SARA 
JULIA 
VICTORIA 
ZOE 
ROBYN
+2
-1
+2
-2
+1
-2
+3
-1
+2
+3
-3
-4
+1
-1
+2
-1
+2
-2
-1
+2
+3
-1
+2
-4
-2
+14
+15
+5
-3
+2
-7
-6
-3
-6
-2
-3
+6
+12
+12
+1
+8
+3
+4
+10
+12
+10
+8
-2
-10
-15
-3
+6
-11
-22
-16
-4
+3
-15
+4
-1
+7
+12
+10
+6
-8
+18
+2
-7
+42*
+23*
-6
-6
-12
+15
+20*
-9
-6
-14
+71*
+21*
+4
-7
+6
+1
+4
-15
-10
-2
+19*
 * A new entry to the Top 100.

The difference between the separate England Top 100 and Wales Top 100 is also worth noting.

In Wales, Cody (61), Carter (61), Eli (71), Rowan (74), Macsen (78), Ifan (86), Cole (88) and Jesse (98) for boys and Lois (69), Nevaeh (82), Mila (85), Eleri (96) and Elsa (99) for girls all rose in the Welsh top 100, but sit below it in England.

On the other hand, England‘s top 100 boasts Stanley (60), Jude (63), Teddy (66), Hugo (70), Albert (82), Ronnie (85) and Sonny (95) for boys and Harriet (61), Zara (65), Violet (71), Maryam (73), Aisha (75), Nancy (90) and Penelope (100) for girls. These all moved up in England‘s top 100, but remain below the top 100 in Wales.

 

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16 Responses to “Breaking News: Top 100 British Names in 2014”

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eoxima Says:

August 17th, 2015 at 9:07 am

I’m glad you’ve done this! I always struggle to find the latest top 100 for England (and Wales, in this case). I’m surprised to see Nancy and Robyn in the top 100. I’ve always liked Nancy but I didn’t see either of these ever being back in the top 100, especially Robyn as Nancy is a classic. I’m also really surprised to see Aiden, Paige and Isobel leave the top 100! I know loads of Paiges!

Not at all surprised to see Amelia and Oliver as #1. They’re both beautiful names but they’re typical names seen in England, and I think the nickname options make it favourable (Mia/Amy/Millie/Lia etc for Amelia and Ollie/Olly/Oli for Oliver).

SimoneKadele Says:

August 17th, 2015 at 9:38 am

I have to say— British people seem to have much better (or at least generally traditional) name taste than us Americans. I don’t really like Oliver, but Amelia is a nice name!

cgwaltney Says:

August 17th, 2015 at 9:43 am

Britain never fails to disappoint when it comes to baby naming. Such classy choices!

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maggiemary Says:

August 17th, 2015 at 1:59 pm

I think the alignment of change in position column (on the girl’s side) is out of sync, as Sarah went up one place, it didn’t fall 10 places!

ElsaAnne Says:

August 17th, 2015 at 3:49 pm

So many of my favourites are rising, which is sad, but also shows the great name taste out there!

augusta_lee Says:

August 17th, 2015 at 4:23 pm

Combining all spellings of Darcy, I wouldn’t be surprised if she was the real #1 — which is, itself, quite surprising! When and why did Darcy get so popular?! I would love to see a Nameberry blog post on this!

Another big difference from the US top 100: very few boy’s names on the girl’s side. If only that were true across the water as well…

I see quite a few of my all-time favorites on this list — Thea’s appearance was quite unexpected! I know she’s rising in the US as well, and for once, I’m actually glad that a loved name is getting more popular. Thea is too chic and rare to become trendy (knock on wood).

Of course I love the handsome classics (some popular here, too): Oliver, Jack, Charles/Charlie, Thomas, Oscar, James, William, Henry, Leo, Mohammed, Benjamin, Theo/Theodore, Sebastian, Arthur, Toby, Hugo, Elliott, Gabriel, Rory. I think Harrison, Finley, Lewis/Louis/Louie, Harvey, Reuben, Dexter, Kai, Callum, Jamie, Ellis (on the right gender!), and Felix could become modern classics — dashing names with weight and history, with a twist of something special. I do prefer Albie to Alfie, and Archer to Archie. And speaking of Albie: whither Albie? What a fabulous, forgotten name! I’d love to see a Berry blog on Albie, too.

As for girls, I of course adore Thea. And as with the boys, it’s always good to see classic names standing strong, especially those that have become rare in the US: Phoebe, Charlotte, Grace, Ruby, Alice, Florence, Millie, Eva, Lucy, Evelyn, Elsie, Imogen, Matilda (another personal Top 10 favorite), Maisie, Eliza, Georgia, Ivy (love!), Eleanor, Harriet, Rose, Violet, Martha, Francesca, Beatrice, Lydia, Julia. Modern classics include Isla, Poppy, Scarlett, Daisy, Lola, Esme (adore!), Willow, Amelie, Maryam, Aisha (beautiful), and Heidi. Holly, Molly, and Jasmine are names I quite like, but seem to be in style limbo, both there and here. It’s shocking to see Elizabeth rank so low — and Nancy so high!

One Brit trend I can’t get behind: the nickname-name. Charlie higher than Charles?! Theo higher than Theodore?! Put a full name on the birth certificate, please!

OpheliaFlora Says:

August 17th, 2015 at 8:54 pm

I suppose the + and – numbers are in comparison with last year’s list but they seem to be a bit off. Elliott, for example, rose 12 spots (now the most popular spelling) while Elliot (this spelling) dropped 7 spots. Hugo also rose 4 spots and not 6, other than that, I really like this list.

kyemsma Says:

August 18th, 2015 at 3:55 am

I find it very interesting that Emily is #4 in the UK, but Emma is #57. Any thoughts?

mistletoenargle Says:

August 18th, 2015 at 7:08 am

I love the England and Wales Top 100 way more than the US Top 100…so many prettier, classier names.

lemon Says:

August 18th, 2015 at 7:47 am

So many loves on this list, what a good one!

For boys, my favorites are James, Toby, Liam, Leon, and Ellis – and probably a few more I forgot. Far fewer surname and occupational names (although I do love these, especially my top boy name: Archer) than the U.S., making Blake and Jenson in particularly stand out as offbeat to me. I don’t personally love the nickname trend for boys (Archie, Charlie), but it’s not so bad.

For girls, too many to even list! Poppy, Thea, Freya, Phoebe, Ivy, Eliza, Charlotte, all so lovely. I agree that Emily higher than Emma is a bit strange to me, although Emily is every bit as classic and considering the other “older” names on this list, maybe the UK trends that way? By older, I slightly reference what feel a bit outdated by my US standards: Jessica, Bethany (where is that coming from in the UK?!), even Maya, and absolutely Robyn and Nancy. Interesting additions, there.

Mischa Says:

August 18th, 2015 at 12:39 pm

@augusta_lee – I have a suspicion that the Darcy/Darcie/Darcey phenomenon is due to ex-ballerina Darcey Bussell. She’s been a judge on “Strictly Come Dancing” show for years now. Just a guess.

JH Says:

August 18th, 2015 at 5:49 pm

Love that Frederick & Freddie are on the list but that they aren’t in the U.S. It’s my youngest’s name but it really isn’t popular here….its in the high 400’s.

I agree with @augusta_lee, I’m surprised the nicknames are higher than the full names, including Freddie vs Frederick. Most people will assume that Freddie is really Frederick, Theo is actually Theodore, etc.

JH Says:

August 18th, 2015 at 5:51 pm

Love that Frederick & Freddie are on the list but that they aren’t in the U.S. It’s my youngest’s name but it really isn’t popular here….it’s in the high 400’s.

I agree with @augusta_lee, I’m surprised the nicknames are higher than the full names, including Freddie vs Frederick. Most people will assume that Freddie is really Frederick, Theo is actually Theodore, etc.

flowercait Says:

August 19th, 2015 at 4:32 pm

I don’t understand why this is titled top 100 BRITISH names when it only includes names from England and Wales, meaning that two countries aren’t involved (Scotland and Northern Ireland)

So really it should just be Top 100 English and Welsh names.

anyagreenwich Says:

August 23rd, 2015 at 7:52 pm

Isabella is down 2, but Isabelle is up 2. Interesting.

I’m a little sad that Amy, Martha and Zara are on this list. All are names I love, and have been hoping they don’t get too popular. 😉

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