US vs UK Baby Names 2016

Aiden & Avery v Archie & Annabel

By Eleanor Nickerson

With the 2016 England and Wales data fresh off the press, it’s always interesting to have a look at how this data compares to that of our American cousins.

US vs UK 2016

Though we share many many names in common thanks to our common language and celebrity/media influences, it’s the names that divide us that offer the most fascinating insight.

When first glancing at the two lists, some differences are immediately apparent:

Gender-divide
Ashley, Avery, Brooklyn, Charlie, Emerson, Finley, Frankie, Harley, Jamie, Mackenzie/Mckenzie, Marley, Morgan, Quinn, Reagan, Riley and Taylor are all more popular for girls than boys in the US, but in England and Wales all are more commonly used for boys than girls.

Cultural influences
Many Spanish names are happily seated in the American rankings, while the England & Wales ranks showcase Muslim and Polish names.

Name endings
One thing that stands out in the England & Wales ranks is the number of names (for either gender) that end in ie/y. For girls there are 112 names in the E&W Top 500 compared with 86 in the US. For boys, 75 end in ie/y in the E&W top 500 compared with 29 in the US top 500.
In the US ranks, it’s the names that end in -yn/-ynn for girls (32 in the US top 500 compared with 5 in E&W top 500) and to a lesser extent –on for boys (57 in the US top 500 and 32 in E&W)

Names in the 2016 US Top 100 only:

Boys Girls
16 AIDEN* 57 CAMERON 79 COOPER
23 OWEN* 58 JEREMIAH 80 GAVIN
28 JOHN 59 MATEO 81 CARSON
30 ANTHONY 59 ADRIAN 82 JAXSON*
33 WYATT 61 HUDSON 84 JASON
34 ANDREW 62 ROBERT 86 CHASE
36 CHRISTOPHER 63 NICHOLAS 87 PARKER
37 GRAYSON 64 BRAYDEN 88 XAVIER
39 JULIAN 65 NOLAN 89 KEVIN
42 LEVI 66 EASTON 92 AYDEN
45 HUNTER 67 JORDAN 92 ELIAS
46 CHRISTIAN 68 COLTON 94 BRYSON
47 ISAIAH 69 EVAN* 95 LEONARDO
50 LINCOLN 70 ANGEL 96 GREYSON
52 ELI* 71 ASHER 97 SAWYER
53 LANDON 72 DOMINIC 99 BRANDON
54 CONNOR* 76 JACE 100 BENTLEY
55 JOSIAH 77 JOSE    
55 JONATHAN 78 IAN    
15 MADISON 50 ALEXA 75 NEVAEH
16 AVERY 52 HAZEL 79 QUINN
22 RILEY 53 AALIYAH 81 PEYTON
25 AUBREY 54 ARIANA 82 MELANIE
26 ZOEY 55 CAROLINE 83 KYLIE
28 LILLIAN 58 GENESIS 84 AUBREE
29 ADDISON 59 KENNEDY 85 MACKENZIE
31 NATALIE 59 SADIE 86 KINSLEY
32 CAMILA 61 GABRIELLA 87 CORA
34 BROOKLYN 62 MADELYN 89 TAYLOR
36 NORA 63 ADELINE 90 KATHERINE
38 SAVANNAH 65 AUTUMN 91 MADELINE
39 AUDREY 66 AURORA* 92 GIANNA
40 CLAIRE 67 PIPER 92 ELIANA
42 SKYLAR 68 HAILEY 94 ELENA
44 SAMANTHA 69 ARIANNA 95 VIVIAN
45 STELLA 70 KAYLEE 97 REAGAN
46 PAISLEY 72 SERENITY 98 BRIANNA
49 ALLISON 74 NAOMI 100 FAITH*

* Aiden, Owen, Eli, Connor, Evan, Jaxson, Aurora and Faith rank in the individual top 100 for Wales, which suggests that Welsh parents are more attuned to American tastes than English parents.

 

Names in the 2016 E&W Top 100 only:

Boys Girls
2 HARRY  47 LOUIE  73 BLAKE 
3 GEORGE  48 REUBEN  74 ELLIOTT 
7 CHARLIE  49 ARLO  75 LEWIS 
8 MUHAMMAD  50 HUGO  76 FREDERICK 
10 OSCAR  52 LUCA  80 RORY 
14 ALFIE  54 HARVEY  83 DEXTER 
17 FREDDIE  55 HARLEY  84 ALEX 
18 ARCHIE  55 REGGIE  87 KAI 
23 EDWARD  57 TOMMY  88 ALBIE 
25 MAX  58 JENSON  89 ELLIS 
29 THEO  62 JUDE  90 BOBBY 
30 ARTHUR  63 FRANKIE  92 LEON 
31 MOHAMMED  64 ALBERT  94 JESSE 
32 HARRISON  65 STANLEY  96 IBRAHIM 
35 FINLEY  66 ELLIOT  98 JASPER 
40 RILEY  68 MOHAMMAD  99 FELIX 
41 TEDDY  69 OLLIE  100 FINN 
45 JAKE  70 RONNIE     
46 TOBY  71 LOUIS     
4 ISLA  42 LOLA  72 LOTTIE 
8 JESSICA  45 ELIZA  74 SUMMER 
13 POPPY  46 ERIN  75 MARTHA 
14 SOPHIE  49 HARRIET  76 HEIDI 
16 EVIE  50 THEA  77 GRACIE 
19 FREYA  51 MAISIE  79 MARYAM 
20 FLORENCE  52 HOLLY  80 BEATRICE 
21 ISABELLE  54 GEORGIA  82 DARCEY 
22 DAISY  55 AMBER  83 MEGAN 
24 PHOEBE  55 MOLLY  84 IRIS 
25 MATILDA  59 JASMINE  85 LEXI 
28 SIENNA  59 LILLY  86 ROBYN 
31 ELSIE  61 ANNABELLE  87 AISHA 
33 IVY  62 ROSE  89 FRANCESCA 
34 MILLIE  64 AMELIE  90 SARA 
35 ESME  68 ZARA  94 ARABELLA 
36 ROSIE  69 MARIA  95 MADDISON 
37 IMOGEN  70 NANCY  97 FELICITY 
41 EMILIA  71 DARCIE  98 DARCY 

It is interesting to note that 8 names in the Top 20 for boys in England and Wales do not feature at all in the US Top 100, but for the US, only one name in the top 20 (Aiden) does not appear at all in the E&W top 100. For girls, there are 6 names in the E&W top 20 compared with 2 in the US top 20. I’m not sure what conclusions we can draw from this, but it is a striking contrast.

Looking at just the Top 100 is illuminating, but it doesn’t paint a full picture. Leonardo, for example, is #95 in the US and #132 in E&W while Annabel is #61 in E&W and #105 in the US, which is hardly disparate use.

For a starker contrast, the following is a list of names which appear in the top 200 in the US but are outside of the top 500 in E&W – and vice versa.

Names in the 2016 US Top 200 / outside E&W top 500:

Boys Girls
53 LANDON 132 KINGSTON 188 BRYAN
64 BRAYDEN 134 JESUS 191 AVERY
65 NOLAN 136 EMMETT 193 AUGUST
66 EASTON 138 JAYCE 196 COLIN
68 COLTON 139 MAVERICK 197 WAYLON
70 ANGEL 140 BENNETT 200 KADEN
77 JOSE 141 GIOVANNI    
78 IAN 143 MADDOX    
80 GAVIN 146 BRYCE    
94 BRYSON 149 RYKER    
96 GREYSON 152 KING    
97 SAWYER 155 BRANTLEY    
114 EVERETT 162 MIGUEL    
117 WESLEY 171 GRANT    
119 SILAS 173 TUCKER    
120 WESTON 178 GAEL    
122 JUAN 179 GRAHAM    
124 CAMDEN 181 ALEJANDRO    
126 BRAXTON 184 JEREMY    
128 JAMESON 185 ZAYDEN    
130 CARLOS 186 KARTER    
16 AVERY 105 RYLEE 160 VALERIE
26 ZOEY 108 HADLEY 161 EMERSON
29 ADDISON 116 BAILEY 162 JULIANA
32 CAMILA 118 XIMENA 165 MAKAYLA
40 CLAIRE 121 BRIELLE 167 MARIAH
49 ALLISON 124 ADALYNN 170 RYLEIGH
55 CAROLINE 128 ANDREA 171 ADALINE
58 GENESIS 130 EMERY 175 ANGELINA
59 KENNEDY 131 LONDON 177 REESE
62 MADELYN 132 KIMBERLY 180 LONDYN
63 ADELINE 133 MORGAN 182 PAYTON
68 HAILEY 137 TRINITY 184 ALAINA
70 KAYLEE 140 ARIEL 185 CHARLIE
72 SERENITY 141 ADALYN 189 FINLEY
85 MACKENZIE 146 JORDYN 193 KENDALL
86 KINSLEY 147 JOCELYN 194 DANIELA
92 GIANNA 150 TEAGAN 196 ADELYN
95 VIVIAN 151 VALERIA 198 BROOKLYNN
97 REAGAN 156 MCKENZIE 199 JULIETTE
98 BRIANNA 158 RAELYNN 200 JULIANNA
101 ASHLEY 159 LEILANI    

Names in bold are outside of the top 2000 in E&W.

 

Names in the 2016 E&W Top 200 / outside US top 500:

Boys Girls
2 HARRY  88 ALBIE  162 ABDULLAH 
14 ALFIE  90 BOBBY  165 ZAC 
17 FREDDIE  102 JAMIE  168 FLYNN 
18 ARCHIE  108 YUSUF  171 AHMED 
31 MOHAMMED  110 CALLUM  172 YAHYA 
41 TEDDY  111 ALFRED  173 REX 
46 TOBY  112 RALPH  175 RAYAN 
47 LOUIE  116 SONNY  183 WILFRED 
48 REUBEN  122 AYAAN  184 VINNIE 
55 HARLEY  127 BILLY  186 EESA 
55 REGGIE  130 FINLAY  186 SAM 
57 TOMMY  131 JOEY  188 MARLEY 
58 JENSON  134 OAKLEY  191 OLLY 
63 FRANKIE  136 RUPERT  191 SYED 
65 STANLEY  137 MUSA  193 HAMZA 
69 OLLIE  143 BAILEY  198 ROBIN 
70 RONNIE  155 FILIP     
75 LEWIS  158 JAKUB     
76 FREDERICK  160 TED     
13 POPPY  109 NIAMH  154 BETSY 
20 FLORENCE  114 BONNIE  154 ZAHRA 
35 ESME  115 ESMAE  158 ANNABEL 
36 ROSIE  115 HOLLIE  159 INAAYA 
37 IMOGEN  118 LARA  166 ELODIE 
49 HARRIET  125 MOLLIE  168 BEATRIX 
51 MAISIE  127 PIPPA  171 ZUZANNA 
52 HOLLY  132 FRANKIE  178 KHADIJA 
64 AMELIE  135 EDIE  178 PENNY 
70 NANCY  136 ISOBEL  183 MAJA 
71 DARCIE  137 ZAINAB  185 ALISHA 
72 LOTTIE  140 TILLY  186 AOIFE 
75 MARTHA  141 HANNA  188 GEORGINA 
79 MARYAM  143 CONNIE  189 ROSA 
80 BEATRICE  144 HALLIE  192 LOIS 
86 ROBYN  145 SEREN  195 ALIZA 
87 AISHA  147 MARNIE  198 ALEENA 
98 DARCY  148 LILLIE  198 LIBBY 
107 ORLA  152 SKYLA     

Names in bold are outside of the Top 2000 in the US.

So a boy called Jenson is more likely to be British; a boy called Jameson is probably American. But we can always rely on Jackson to unite us.

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maggiemary Says:

September 26th, 2017 at 9:45 am

Owen is a Welsh name, so no surprise it’s Top 100 in Wales!

maimouse Says:

September 26th, 2017 at 11:49 am

I loved this article!
To no surprise, I’m generally more a fan of the British names.

JH Says:

September 26th, 2017 at 4:23 pm

@maimouse, I agree. I have a Leo, Frederick, and Maximilian. They’re all in the British top 150, but Frederick and Maximilian are #514 and #432, respectively, on the American list.

paulapuddephatt Says:

September 27th, 2017 at 3:58 am

I’m in England, and mainly, prefer to US top 10, but I adore Jessica, Thomas and Oscar, from our list. I love both Oliver and Olivia, but find myself feeling kind of irritated to see both as number one names, at the same time. Octavia is by far my favourite feminine “O” name, as it’s stunning, in my opinion.

paulapuddephatt Says:

September 27th, 2017 at 3:59 am

*prefer the, not prefer to

Baby Name News from All Over – Baby Name Blog – Nameberry Says:

September 27th, 2017 at 11:10 pm

[…] What do all of those boys’ names have in common? They’re considerably more popular in the UK than in the US – you’ll find them and much more in Eleanor Nickerson’s comparison of name data in the two countries. […]

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