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Most Popular British Names by Letter, 2013

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By Eleanor Nickerson, British Baby Names Are Amelia and Alfie the most popular British A names? You would be forgiven for thinking so, but the answer depends on where you live. Scots would say it’s Ava and Alexander, while Northern Ireland would quote Aoife and Adam. Though we are all held together by common trends, each part of the UK has its own regional favourites. Sophie, for example, holds sway as the most popular S girls’ name in most of Britain except Wales, where Seren is favourite. Northern Ireland likes Finn better than Finley, and Scotland prefers Brodie to Benjamin. The table below is a breakdown of the most popular names by letter across the UK:

   England & Wales          Scotland    Northern Ireland    Wales (separate)
  Alfie (#11) Amelia (#1) Alexander (#7) Ava (#6) Adam (#12) Aoife (#7) Alfie (#5) Amelia (#1)
 B  Benjamin (#30) Bella (#56) Brodie (#47) Brooke (#33) Ben (#32) Bella (#50) Benjamin (#42) Brooke (#4)
 C Charlie (#5) Chloe (#18) Charlie (#9) Chloe (#12) Charlie (#3) Chloe (#18) Charlie (#4) Chloe (#29)
 D  Daniel (#22) Daisy (#23) Daniel (#5) Daisy (#38) Daniel (#5) Darcy (#83) Dylan (#10) Daisy (#19)
 E  Ethan (#14) Emily (#3) Ethan (#12) Emily (#3) Ethan (#8) Emily (#1) Ethan (#16) Emily (#5)
 F  Finley (#34) Freya (#20) Finlay (#16) Freya (#18) Finn (#39) Freya (#35) Finley (#24) Freya (#22)
 G  George (#10) Grace (#13) George (#84) Grace (#18) George (#68) Grace (#1) George (#19) Grace (#25)
 H  Harry (#3) Holly (#33) Harry (#10) Holly (#21) Harry (#4) Hannah (#22) Harry (#7) Holly (#44)
 I  Isaac (#29) Isla (#5) Isaac (#80) Isla (#4) Isaac (#37) Isla (#27) Isaac (#35) Isla (#9)
 J  Jack (#2) Jessica (#6) Jack (#1) Jessica (#7) Jack (#1) Jessica (#9) Jack (#3) Jessica (#20)
 K  Kai (#64) Katie (#79) Kai (#28) Katie (#28) Kai (#83) Katie (#12) Kai (#62) Katie (#84)
 L  Leo (#17) Lily (#12) Lewis (#3) Lucy (#5) Luke (#19) Lucy (#6) Logan (#13) Lily (#13)
 M Muhammad (#15) Mia (#10) Mason (#11) Millie (#10) Matthew (#7) Mia (#16) Mason (#10) Mia (#8)
 N  Noah (#13) Niamh (#90) Noah (#13) Niamh (#42) Noah (#6) Niamh (#25) Noah (#6) Nia (#65)
 O  Oliver (#1) Olivia (#2) Oliver (#4) Olivia (#2) Oliver (#10) Olivia (#15) Oliver (#1) Olivia (#2)
 P  Patrick (#126) Poppy (#7) Patrick (#126) Poppy (#26) Patrick (#30) Poppy (#37)  – Poppy (#8)
 Q  Quinn (#366) Quinn (#460) Quinn (#240) Quinn (#460) Quinn (#303) –
 R  Riley (#21) Ruby (#11) Riley (#15) Ruby (#24) Ryan (#13) Ruby (#20) Riley (#8) Ruby (#4)
 S  Samuel (#20) Sophie (#9) Samuel (#46) Sophie (#1) Sean (#26) Sophie (#3) Samuel (#22) Seren (#10)
 T  Thomas (#6) Tilly (#86) Thomas (#21) Taylor (#100) Thomas (#11) Tilly (#112) Thomas (#14) Thea (#88)
 U  Umar (#268) Una (#900) Uilleam (#687) Una (#663) Ultan (#271) Una (#284)
 V  Vincent (#163) Violet (#78) Vincent (#335) Victoria (#102) Vincent (#271) Victoria (#135)
 W  William (#8) Willow (#54) William (#39) Willow (#79) William (#36) Willow (#103) William (#8) Willow (#49)
 X  Xavier (#172) Xanthe (#802) Xavier (#207) Xin (#663) Xavier (#343)
 Y  Yusuf (#118) Yasmin (#201) Yusuf (#357) Yasmin (#267) Yusuf (#398) Yasmin (#284)
 Z  Zachary (#39) Zara (#70) Zac (#87) Zoe (#51) Zach (#71) Zara (#45) Zachary (#50)

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Eleanor Nickerson, better known to Nameberry message board visitors as Elea, is a primary school teacher living in Coventry, England and author of the blog British Baby Names.
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kyemsma Says:

October 31st, 2014 at 4:07 am

Very interesting statistics! I think some of these would make fantastic sibsets, even though they do start with the same letter:

George & Grace
Ethan & Emily
Leo & Lily
Samuel & Sophie

indiefendi Says:

October 31st, 2014 at 12:13 pm

I’m surprised Kai is so popular in the UK! 😀 I love it!

Sorceress Says:

November 1st, 2014 at 2:51 am

Love this chart!

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