there is a huge variety British names to choose from when deciding what to name a baby. It is a moment full of happiness and emotion, so we strive to choose the right one. Some prefer more traditional, others more modern, short, long… there is something for every taste. And while it’s still unknown what drives parents to choose a particular name, there’s no denying it’s there trends. Every year, new names attract attention again and again Office for National Statistics (ONS for its acronym in English) has compiled the most popular boy and girl names for 2021 in England and Wales.
The most popular English boy names for 2021 in England and Wales
The most popular English girl names for 2021 in England and Wales
Noah and Olivia have discovered first in ranking of the most popular names in England and Wales. Noah dethroned Oliver who held the top spot for eight years. Olivia, on the other hand, holds her ground, managing to be the most popular name for the girls for the sixth year in a row.
Total, 4525 babies Boys were named after Noah last year, which took him to the top of the list for the first time from fourth place in 2020, according to ONS figures. In the meantime, the name Olivia was given 3649 girls.
At the regional level, on the other hand, Mohammed it turned out to be the most popular boy’s name in four regions. Olivia, on the other hand, has also taken the field by storm, being the most popular name in Wales and in all English regions except East Midlandswhere Amelia has taken the first position.
Which English baby names are on the list and which are excluded?
New entries in the top 10 include Willow on the girls’ list, appearing for the first time since 1996 alongside Florence. Henry found his place among the boys, knocking Jack out of the top 10 for the first time since 1996. Freya, Florence and Willow substituted of Isabella, Rosie and Sophia, previously in the top 10 of girls’ names.
The names that rose the most to the top 100 are Brodies and oliveswhich have risen 36 and 25 places respectively since 2020. Brody is actually listed for the first time among top 100 names, along with Rupert, Kai, Tobias, Nathan and Blake. On the other hand, Lara, Beatrice and Sarah are the new entries in the girls’ top 100.
Which names are in danger of extinction?
In contrast, among the least popular girls’ names in England and Wales are Glenda and Kerry, according to the ONS. Fewer than five girls have been given these names each year since 2018.
Clifford, Nigel and Norman they have also fallen out of favor, with 10 or fewer children bearing the name. Leslie is also among the least popular, with fewer than seven babies with the name each year as of 2018.
The power of the big screen
The name Luke is placed in position 28 of the most popular, with 1,807 babies with the name compared to 1,323 in 2020. This may have been encouraged by the success of movie Luka of Disney Pixar from 2021. Also the Disney film Paradise and the last dragonalso released last year, increased the name records they have duplicate per year until reaching 251 births.
The great influence of “celebrities”
Pop stars are also proving to be a factor in the rise of names. less common. In 2021, the number of baptized boys is 14 times more Ezra – singer George Ezra’s middle name – more than a decade ago. Similarly, 885 girls were called Mabel, possibly by the Finders Keepers singer. Similarly, the popularity of Bowie and Ziggy continued to grow after the death of the legendary David Bowieaka Ziggy Stardust, .
Second daughter of the Duke of Sussex, Lilibethborn last year, appears to have increased the registration to eight more Lilibets, compared to fewer than three in each of the previous seven years.
On the other hand, Kardashianscould have inspired the rise of the name a saint, the son of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, with 59 babies named after the five in 2015 when he was born. There were also three babies registered as northsix boys registered as Salmo and four girls named Chicago, the names of three other Kardashian children.