My previous post on Posh Name in Britain looked at the names most typically associated with the upper class. Uncommon they may be, but if you are to find them anywhere, it’s among England‘s elite. In this second part, I have been busily crunching data to find the names which as most popular among the upper class.
To try to ascertain which are the most popular names among the British upper classes (in England particularly), I have looked to birth announcements in The Times and The Telegraph – two newspapers which are favoured by the elite to announce family births.
I have collected and analysed all the birth announcements made in The Times in 1984 and 1994, and all the birth announcements made in The Telegraph in 2004 and 2014, directly comparing them with the national statistics in those years for England and Wales.
With different spellings combined (e.g. Katherine and Catherine), here are the top 10 for The Times/The Telegraph in 1984, 1994, 2004 and 2014 and the corresponding ranks nationally in England and Wales.
When we look further down the rankings, it is interesting to see how many names in the Times/Telegraph were trendsetters. The likes of Henry, Harry, Hugo, Toby, Sebastian, Frederick, Harriet, Olivia, Amelia, Sophia and Francesca were all in top 50 for Times announcements in 1984 but not at all in the England and Wales top 100 that year. The same can be said for Rory, Archie, Oscar, Isabel/Isabella, Beatrice, Eliza, Matilda and Florence in 1994.
All, years later, moved up into the top 100 nationally.
Below is a breakdown of all the names which appeared in the top 50 in The Times in 1984 and 1994 and The Telegraph in 2004 and 2014 but did not appear in the England and Wales top 100 in those corresponding years.
The names which are starred entered the top 100 nationally at a later date hinting at “filtering down from the top” trend setting.
|Annabel*||1984, 1994, 2004||Madeleine||1994||Alfred*||2014||John||2014|
|Arabella*||1984, 1994, 2014||Margot||2014||Angus||1994, 2004||Julian||1984|
|Beatrice*||1994, 2004, 2014||Martha*||2004||Archie*||1994||Kit||2004|
|Beatrix||2014||Matilda*||1994, 2004||Arthur*||2004||Maximilian||1994, 2004, 2014|
|Camilla||1984, 1994, 2014||Ottilie||2014||Barnaby||2004, 2014||Miles||2004, 2014|
|Flora||1994, 2004, 2014||Rose*||1994||Felix*||2004, 2014||Peter||2004, 2014|
|Helena||1994||Sophia*||1984, 1994||Francis||1984||Rory*||1994, 2004|
|Henrietta||1984, 2014||Tabitha||2004||Frederick *||1984, 1994, 2004||Rufus||2014|
|India||1994, 2004||Guy||1984, 1994, 2004||Sebastian*||1984, 1994|
|Isabella*||1994||Hector||1994, 2014||Tobias||2004, 2014|
|Katherine||2004||Hugh||1994, 2004, 2014||Wilbur||2014|
|Lara||2014||Hugo*||1984, 1994, 2004||Wilfred||2004, 2014|