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New Top British Baby Names

August 29, 2019 Eleanor Nickerson

By Eleanor Nickerson

The top British baby names for 2018 are hot off the press from the Office of National Statistics.

Once again, Oliver was top in England and Wales, for the sixth year, and Olivia remained the top name for girls for the third year in a row.

New (or back) into the Top 100 are Grayson, Jasper, Rowan, Tobias, Sonny and Dominic for boys; Ada, Delilah, Ayla, Zoe, Margot and Felicity for girls. Of these, Grayson, Rowan, Tobias, Delilah, Ayla and Margot have never ranked in the Top 100 before, and Ada has not ranked since 1924.

Margot and Grayson were the highest rising names overall in 2018’s Top 100.

Other notable risers already within the Top 100 include HunterEzra, Finn, Jesse for boys and MilaHallie, Bonnie and Summer for girls.

Top 100 British Baby Names in 2018

(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 2018

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  Top 100 Girls’ Names 2018

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OLIVER
GEORGE
HARRY
NOAH
JACK
LEO
ARTHUR
MUHAMMAD
OSCAR
CHARLIE
JACOB
THOMAS
HENRY
WILLIAM
ALFIE
ARCHIE
JOSHUA
FREDDIE
THEO
ISAAC
JAMES
ALEXANDER
LOGAN
EDWARD
ETHAN
LUCAS
JOSEPH
SEBASTIAN
THEODORE
FINLEY
MAX
MOHAMMED
SAMUEL
HARRISON
BENJAMIN
ARLO
DANIEL
ADAM
TEDDY
MASON
ELIJAH
REUBEN
DYLAN
HUNTER
REGGIE
JAXON
RORY
LOUIE
DAVID
TOMMY
LUCA
ALBIE
HUGO
ZACHARY
ALBERT
JUDE
TOBY
RILEY
EZRA
CARTER
GABRIEL
ROMAN
FRANKIE
HARLEY
FREDERICK
RONNIE
JAKE
ELLIOT
LOUIS
JENSON
MOHAMMAD
STANLEY
BOBBY
MICHAEL
JESSE
FINN
JAYDEN
HARVEY
CALEB
JACKSON
CHARLES
MATTHEW
GRAYSON
BLAKE
LIAM
ELLIOTT
ELLIS
RALPH
JASPER
ROWAN
ALEX
RYAN
FELIX
LUKE
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LEON
TOBIAS
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DOMINIC
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OLIVIA
AMELIA
AVA
ISLA
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MIA
ISABELLA
SOPHIA
ELLA
GRACE
POPPY
CHARLOTTE
LILY
IVY
FLORENCE
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SOPHIE
FREYA
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WILLOW
PHOEBE
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SIENNA
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JESSICA
ROSIE
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DAISY
SOFIA
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MATILDA
RUBY
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EMILIA
SCARLETT
CHLOE
MAYA
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MILLIE
IMOGEN
ARIA
LUNA
LAYLA
HARRIET
MAISIE
ELIZABETH
PENELOPE
MILA
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ELEANOR
LOLA
VIOLET
BELLA
ROSE
EMMA
HOLLY
MOLLY
THEA
ELLIE
LUCY
HANNAH
LOTTIE
NANCY
ADA
MARIA
LILLY
ZARA
AURORA
AMBER
GEORGIA
ROBYN
GRACIE
SUMMER
JASMINE
ANNABELLE
ABIGAIL
DARCIE
HALLIE
AMELIE
BONNIE
IRIS
MARYAM
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HEIDI
ORLA
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England and Wales Individually:

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 HunterEzraMargot and Delilah.
In Wales, it was ChesterCooperAda, Cora and Mabli. Chester is probably the standout of this bunch, as it has not yet broken into the top 100 in England.

Hottest Names Below the Top 100:

The following ten names below the Top 100 for each gender increased the most by birth count in 2018.

Hottest Boy Names

  1. Chester #112 (up from #195)
  2. Rupert #107 (up from #127)
  3. Brody #116 (up from #151)
  4. Hudson #114  (up from #135)
  5. Oakley #120  (up from #142)
  6. River #181  (up from #195)
  7. Myles #141 (up from #173)
  8. Ruben #132 (up from #159)
  9. Remy #232  (up from #326)
  10. Leonardo #119 (up from #136)

Hottest Girl Names

  1. Mabel #106 (up from #162)
  2. River #187 (up from #298)
  3. Ottilie #164 (up from #226)
  4. Olive #120 (up from #151)
  5. Ophelia #161 (up from #195)
  6. Cora #158 (up from #209)
  7. Alayna #204 (up from #288)
  8. Maia #176 (up from #224)
  9. Ayda #239 (up from #362)
  10. Effie #236 (up from #350)

Eleanor Nickerson is the creator of the name blog British Baby Names and has been a guest writer for Nameberry since 2011. Her posts include British name trendsroyal names and Celtic favorites including Welsh and Cornish gems. When she isn’t writing about names, EleanorElea” is a schoolteacher living in the center of England. You can follow her blog on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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