Top Baby Names: England and Wales, 2016

Oliver, Olivia, Harry & Harriet

By Eleanor Nickerson

The top baby names for England and Wales in 2016 have been released by the Office of National Statistics, with the big news Olivia’s rise to claim the Number 1 spot for girls.

And once again Oliver was top for boys, for the fourth year, while reigning queen Amelia was ousted from her throne of five years by Olivia.

The Top 10 itself hasn’t changed much, although Lily has replaced Poppy and Muhammad replaced William.

The new additions to the top 100 are Albie, Arlo, Ezra, Finn, Jasper and Jesse for boys; Felicity, Iris, Luna and Lydia for girls.

Other notable risers within the top 100 include ReggieJackson, Louie, Caleb, Ronnie, AriaHarper and Beatrice.

The royal Cambridge children also prove to have been inspirational with both George and Charlotte rising in popularity. (If you’re reading this list on mobile, you may have to use the horizontal view to see the girls’ names.)

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HARRY
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JACK
JACOB
NOAH
CHARLIE
MUHAMMAD
THOMAS
OSCAR
WILLIAM
JAMES
LEO
ALFIE
HENRY
JOSHUA
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ARCHIE
ETHAN
ISAAC
ALEXANDER
JOSEPH
EDWARD
SAMUEL
MAX
LOGAN
LUCAS
DANIEL
THEO
ARTHUR
MOHAMMED
HARRISON
BENJAMIN
MASON
FINLEY
SEBASTIAN
ADAM
DYLAN
ZACHARY
RILEY
TEDDY
THEODORE
DAVID
ELIJAH
JAKE
TOBY
LOUIE
REUBEN
ARLO
HUGO
JAXON
LUCA
MATTHEW
HARVEY
HARLEY
REGGIE
TOMMY
JENSON
LUKE
MICHAEL
JAYDEN
JUDE
FRANKIE
ALBERT
STANLEY
ELLIOT
GABRIEL
MOHAMMAD
OLLIE
RONNIE
LOUIS
CHARLES
BLAKE
ELLIOTT
LEWIS
FREDERICK
NATHAN
TYLER
JACKSON
RORY
RYAN
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AUSTIN
CALEB
KAI
ALBIE
ELLIS
BOBBY
EZRA
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AARON
IBRAHIM
LIAM
JASPER
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AMELIA
EMILY
ISLA
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JESSICA
ELLA
MIA
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CHARLOTTE
POPPY
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SIENNA
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ELSIE
WILLOW
IVY
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ROSIE
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ELIZABETH
MAYA
LAYLA
EMILIA
LOLA
LUCY
HARPER
ELIZA
ERIN
ELEANOR
ELLIE
HARRIET
THEA
MAISIE
HOLLY
EMMA
GEORGIA
AMBER
MOLLY
HANNAH
ABIGAIL
JASMINE
LILLY
ANNABELLE
ROSE
PENELOPE
AMELIE
VIOLET
BELLA
ARIA
ZARA
MARIA
NANCY
DARCIE
LOTTIE
ANNA
SUMMER
MARTHA
HEIDI
GRACIE
LUNA
MARYAM
BEATRICE
MILA
DARCEY
MEGAN
IRIS
LEXI
ROBYN
AISHA
CLARA
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SARA
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This represents both England and Wales combined. When we look at just the individual ranks for England or Wales, there are some interesting differences.

Names in Top 100 of Wales but not England:

Harri, Osian, Tomos, Rhys, Jac, Eli, Evan, Morgan, Cai, Owen, Elis, Ioan, Rowan, Macsen, Gethin, Tobias, Sonny, Connor, Aiden, Zac, Finn, Seth, Jaxson, Cole, Jonah

Seren, Ffion, Alys, Mali, Aurora, Eira, Maddison, Hallie, Mya, Cadi, Nia, Hollie, Lowri, Cerys, Lacey, Lillie, Carys, Brooke, Esmae, Marnie, Mollie, Paige, Skyla, Autumn, Faith

Names in top 100 of England but not Wales:

Hugo, Reggie, Michael, Jude, Albert, Stanley, Gabriel, Mohammad, Ronnie, Charles, Frederick, Nathan, Rory, Kai, Albie, Bobby, Ibrahim, Aaron, Liam, Jasper, Felix, Jamie

Eleanor, Emma, Zara, Maria, Heidi, Maryam, Beatrice, Darcey, Iris, Aisha, Francesca, Sara, Clara, Victoria, Julia, Zoe, Sarah, Arabella, Edith, Felicity, Leah, Bethany, Darcy

For a full break down of the individual top 100 ranks, plus the combined top 1000, see this post at British Baby Names.

And stay tuned for Elea‘s forthcoming comparisons of the British and American popularity lists, coming soon!

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Susette Says:

September 22nd, 2017 at 11:24 am

Brits maintain their classiness in naming their children. Too bad, though, that the misspelled Jaxon gained 29 points. Please Brits, don’t follow the Ugly Americans in this feeble-minded trend.

JH Says:

September 22nd, 2017 at 10:32 pm

I find it kind of funny that my three sons’ names are all in the English top 150 (I looked at the full list), but on the American list, only one is in the top 100. The other two are in the 400’s and 500’s.

Cherilyn Says:

September 23rd, 2017 at 12:59 am

That’s not very nice Susette. Do agree though about the name, it is spelled pretty badly.

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