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New Top Baby Names in England and Wales

September 21, 2018 Eleanor Nickerson

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 .   Top 100 Girls’ Names 2017
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OLIVER 
HARRY 
GEORGE 
NOAH 
JACK 
JACOB 
LEO 
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CHARLIE 
MUHAMMAD 
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ALFIE 
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THOMAS 
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THEO 
ALEXANDER 
EDWARD 
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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 
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RALPH 
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OLIVIA 
AMELIA 
ISLA 
AVA 
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ISABELLA 
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POPPY 
ELLA 
LILY 
SOPHIA 
CHARLOTTE 
GRACE 
EVIE 
JESSICA 
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DAISY 
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PHOEBE 
EVELYN 
SIENNA 
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WILLOW 
MATILDA 
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SOFIA 
CHLOE 
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HARPER 
ROSIE 
EMILIA 
MILLIE 
LAYLA 
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ESME 
LOLA 
ELIZABETH 
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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 
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HALLIE 
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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.

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Elea

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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