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New Top Baby Names in England and Wales

New Top Baby Names in England and Wales

By Eleanor Nickerson, British Baby Names

Today, the top baby names for England and Wales in 2017 have been released by the Office of National Statistics (yes, we get ours pretty late on, sadly).

And once again Oliver was top for English name for boys, for the fifth year, and Olivia remained as the top English name for girls for the second year in a row.

The new additions to the top 100 are Hunter and Ralph for boys; Aurora, Orla, Edith, Bonnie, Lyla and Hallie for girls.

Other notable risers already within the top 100 include Albie, Rory, Bobby, Carter and LunaAria, Arabella and Harper.

Hallie and Hunter were the highest rising names overall in 2017’s top 100.

(If you’re reading this list on mobile, you may have to use the horizontal view to see the girls’ names.)

  Top 100 Boys’ Names 2017

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  Top 100 Girls’ Names 2017

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OLIVER

HARRY

GEORGE

NOAH

JACK

JACOB

LEO

OSCAR

CHARLIE

MUHAMMAD

WILLIAM

ALFIE

HENRY

THOMAS

JOSHUA

FREDDIE

JAMES

ARCHIE

ARTHUR

LOGAN

THEO

ALEXANDER

EDWARD

ISAAC

LUCAS

ETHAN

MAX

JOSEPH

SAMUEL

MOHAMMED

FINLEY

DANIEL

BENJAMIN

HARRISON

SEBASTIAN

ADAM

MASON

THEODORE

TEDDY

DYLAN

ELIJAH

ARLO

RILEY

DAVID

ZACHARY

LOUIE

TOBY

HUGO

REUBEN

JUDE

REGGIE

JAXON

HARLEY

RORY

LUCA

JAKE

ALBIE

JENSON

ALBERT

FRANKIE

TOMMY

CARTER

RONNIE

GABRIEL

BOBBY

HARVEY

MATTHEW

MICHAEL

ELLIOT

STANLEY

JAYDEN

FREDERICK

CHARLES

JACKSON

ROMAN

LUKE

CALEB

HUNTER

MOHAMMAD

ELLIOTT

EZRA

LOUIS

RYAN

BLAKE

LEWIS

DEXTER

OLLIE

NATHAN

ELLIS

JESSE

LIAM

ALEX

KAI

IBRAHIM

TYLER

FINN

AUSTIN

LEON

RALPH

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OLIVIA

AMELIA

ISLA

AVA

EMILY

ISABELLA

MIA

POPPY

ELLA

LILY

SOPHIA

CHARLOTTE

GRACE

EVIE

JESSICA

SOPHIE

ALICE

DAISY

FLORENCE

FREYA

PHOEBE

EVELYN

SIENNA

ISABELLE

IVY

WILLOW

MATILDA

ELSIE

RUBY

SCARLETT

SOFIA

CHLOE

EVA

HARPER

ROSIE

EMILIA

MILLIE

LAYLA

IMOGEN

MAYA

ELIZA

ESME

LOLA

ELIZABETH

ERIN

MAISIE

ARIA

LUNA

LUCY

ELLIE

HARRIET

EMMA

THEA

ELEANOR

PENELOPE

HOLLY

HANNAH

MOLLY

BELLA

ROSE

AMBER

VIOLET

GEORGIA

LILLY

JASMINE

DARCIE

NANCY

ANNABELLE

LOTTIE

ZARA

MARIA

AMELIE

ABIGAIL

MILA

ANNA

MARTHA

GRACIE

MARYAM

ROBYN

AURORA

IRIS

SARA

ARABELLA

BEATRICE

HEIDI

SUMMER

CLARA

ORLA

FRANCESCA

AISHA

JULIA

DARCEY

EDITH

VICTORIA

BONNIE

LYLA

DARCY

HALLIE

LEAH

MEGAN

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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.

The highest rising names in England alone were Hunter, Albie, Luna and Aurora.In Wales it was Gruffydd, Hugo, Nansi and Elin.

Names in Top 100 of Wales but not England:

HarriOsian, Evan, Elis, Jac, Rhys, Rowan, Tomos, Cai, Morgan, Eli, Ioan, Macsen, Owen, Connor, Hari, Hudson, Cole, Gruffydd, Lincoln, Parker, Seth, Sonny, Jaxson, Tobias

Ffion, Seren, Megan, Mali, Hallie, Alys, Nia, Lexi, Cadi, Eira, Lowri, Efa, Madison, Elin, Maddison, Nansi, Ariana, Eleri, Gwen, Mollie, Brooke, Lili, Faith, Lacey

Names in top 100 of England but not Wales:

Mohammed, Albert, Ronnie, Gabriel, Bobby, Matthew, Michael, Stanley, Frederick, Charles, Mohammad, Louis, Nathan, Liam, Ibrahim, Kai, Ralph, Felix, Leon

Emma, Annabelle, Maria, Amelie, Abigail, Anna, Maryam, Iris, Sara, Heidi, Arabella, Beatrice, Orla, Clara, Francesca, Aisha, Julia, Victoria, Edith, Lyla, Sarah, Leah, Felivity

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

About the Author

Eleanor Nickerson

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.