Popular Names

Alternatives to the Top 10

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We’re taking a break from our Offbeat Alphabet Series this week, and today we’re talking about alternative names. It’s always been that there are those who don’t care about using popular names, and those who look for alternative to the popular names they love. I know this because my blog traffic is mostly people looking for alternatives to Olivia. Consider it a dream come true to all you google searchers today, because I’m going to address just that. In fact, I decided to push the boat out and come up with a list of alternatives for every name in the 2013 England&Wales Top 10.

Now, I had plenty of ideas for every name, but then I took a step back and decided that I needed to rein myself in. In my mind, it’s not a simple case of swapping out a comfortable favourite with something no one has ever heard of, otherwise this list would look a lot different. Instead, I’ve decided to go for familiar names of a similar style, so my criteria was thus:

  • The name has not been in the Top 100 since 2010
  • The name was within the Top 500 in 2013
  • The name has risen consistently in the rankings since 2010 without stagnant or fall

So, in the end, I’m swapping out current favourites for what could be the incoming favourites of the next decade or so, which I think is more fitting than telling parents considering Jessica to instead use Cressida, a name only used 6 times in 2013. Despite this, the list of options was a fun one to compile, and it became more of a discussion piece than a list as I felt an explanation for each choice was warranted.

OLIVER -> BENEDICT

With Oliver, we’re looking for something charming, and a solid nickname option that’s also pretty popular as a standalone, like Olly. Originally I thought of Raphael, but his popularity is faltering. Then there’s Rupert, but he didn’t quite fit. In the end, I went with Benedict, where Ben once ranked as high as #34, but still is in the mix at #140.

The name Benedict could attribute some of his popularity to Benedict Cumberbatch. Indeed, up until 2010 the name was falling, down from a peak of#165 in 1999 to #449. However, the name has begun to regain ground, as in 2013 he was back up to #350 in 2013. The name comes from Latin and means blessed.

AMELIA -> ROSALIE

We’re looking for a 3-syllable flourishing name that features a ‘lee’ sound. For me, the minute I saw Rosalie, I couldn’t help but see her as ‘the one’. Like Mia for Amelia, the nickname Rosie is seeing increased use and ranks at #38.

The name Rosalie is, for all intents and purposes, an elaboration of Rose, but she’s a darn fine one at that. She’s rocketed up from #1171 in 2009 to #394 in 2013.

JACK -> TED

We’re looking for a one syllable nickname that stands well aside from his parent name. I had a hard time here deciding between Ralph, Ted and Frank. Ralph was ruled out because he has two valid pronunciations used widely in the UK and that made him a step away from the simple style we were looking for. Frank was ruled out for being not quite on trend, whereas Ted felt more current.

Ted is usually taken as a nickname for Theodore, but it is known for him to be used as a short form of longtime Top 100 name Edward. His brother Teddy broke into the Top 100 in 2013, whilst Ted rose from #278 to #179 between 2010 and 2013.

OLIVIA -> AURELIA

Olivia is similar to Amelia in a few ways, so the suggested names could cross over. We’re looking for a many syllables name, but not too many letters as with Anastasia. The finalists were Aurelia, Ariana and Elodie, with Aurelia winning out in the end for her similar sound and feel to Olivia.

The name Aurelia comes from Latin and means golden. Since 2010, the name Aurelia has risen from #567 to #327.

HARRY -> REGGIE

We’re looking for a nickname that could standalone. Lenny was a serious consideration, but his popularity didn’t quite qualify him. In the end, Reggie wins the acolade.

Reggie is a nickname for Reginald, a name that means advice and rule. He’s been on the rise for much of the last decade, rising 79 places since 2010 to #121.

EMILY -> MILA

This is another name like Amelia, that the minute I saw Mila, she felt right. She’s almost come out of nowhere in recent years, after ranking at #616 in 2010, she’s rocketed up to her current ranking of #124.

The name Mila is from the Slavic region originally, but she’s finding more and more fans in the English speaking world. The name contains the Slavic element mil, and means gracious/dear.

JACOB -> EZRA

We’re looking for a biblical choice here preferably, although Gethin was briefly considered. Jeremiah has the popularity, but seemed too long. On the flip side Malachi, Raphael, Levi and Isaiah all felt valid as alternatives, but didn’t have the popularity. I settled for Ezra in the end.

It is somewhat of a compromise choice, as Ezra dropped between 2010 and 2011, but has rocketed from #441 in 2011 to #295 in 2013. The name means help in Hebrew.

AVA -> ALBA

With Ava, the obvious choice was Ada, but I was more intrigued by the option of Alba.

Alba has a Latin origin and a Germanic one. In Latin, she derives from Albus, and thus means white/bright. In Germanic, she comes from the element alb, meaning elf.

CHARLIE -> ALBIE

Again I had two to decide between: Albie and Arlo. As Albie, like Charlie, is a nickname in origin, he gets the honour. It’s also worth noting that Charles was once popular before being overtaken by Charlie, and right now Albert is a Top 100 pick that could be overtaken by Albie in the coming years. We briefly mentioned the name Albie earlier on this week.

ISLA-> SKYLA

There were two good choices here: Iris and Skyla. The former seemed a good option, due to her similar length and starting letter. In the end, however, Skyla felt the better fit style-wise as Isla is Scottish in origins (from Islay, a Scottlish island in the Inner Hebrides) and Skyla relates somewhat to the Isle of Skye that lie off the coast of west Scotland, also in the Inner Hebrides.

As for popularity, a friend of mine became a Dad to a little Skyla last year. The name could be taken as a feminising of Skyler, itself a variant of Schuyler, a Dutch name meaning scholar. Since 2008, the name has been rocketing up from #639 to her 2013 ranking of #176.

THOMAS -> MAXWELL

Plenty of T- names were considered here – Tobias and Tristan, for example – but none adhered to the popularity rule. Tate does, but he seemed too short. I finally settled on Maxwell, who has a similar feel and an easy nickname of Max, as Thomas has Tom.

Maxwell is a Scottish surname that’s over time become used more frequently as a first name; the name means Mack’s stream. From a ranking of #145 in 2010 to #114 in 2013, there’s a very real possibility that Maxwell could enter the Top 100 in a year or twos time.

JESSICA -> ATHENA

She has a unique sound to her, so instead I looked for a name that was equally statement and of equal length. I considered Verity, but her popularity has been somewhat inconsistent. Then there’s Harmony, who was rising until she dropped off in 2013. Adelaide could maybe be a contender in a few years time, and Tabitha has been more plateau-ing than rising. In the end – and since I couldn’t nominate CressidaAthena felt the most fitting of all the names I went through.

Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare. In 2010 the name ranked at #583, and has risen since then to #437.

OSCAR -> RUFUS or RUPERT

I considered Rupert for Oliver, and in fact he could also be an alternative to Oscar. However, poor Rupert was sidelined once more in favour of Rufus, before I relented and let them share the honour.

Whilst the two names appear quite similar, they do not share origins. The name Rufus comes from the Romans, and means red-haired in Latin. The name has been on a steady rise in 1996, and is currently at #237. On the flipside, Rupert is an Old German form of Robert, which means bright fame. In 2010 the name ranked at #360, and has risen more than a few places since then to #213.

POPPY -> ROBYN

There were so many choices here for me to decide between. Penny is similar to Poppy, but I wanted a nature name – this also sidelined Bonnie and Luna. It came down between Robyn and Pearl, and my gut told me to go with Robyn. She was the same rank in 2010 and 2011, but I’m letting it slide because she’s works on all other levels for me.

Whilst Robyn is decidedly feminine, the name Robin is considered more unisex. Most would presume the name to come from the bird, but (s)he actually derives as a medieval nickname for Robert. The name was within the Top 100 in the 90s, but she has started to rise again after spending the majority of the turn of the century falling. Since 2010, she’s risen 54 places to #119, which means she may be poised for a triumphant return to the Top 100.

WILLIAM -> CASSIUS

With William, we’re looking for something a Prince could wear. Now, I had plenty ideas of old classics that could work here: Christopher, Tobias, Jonathan, Maximilian, Richard and even Montgomery. Sadly, they’ve all experienced either inconsistent popularity or continuous fall. In the end, I had to turn to more modern classics for inspiration. The choice was between Barnaby and Cassius, but with Barnaby spending as much time plateauing than rising, the honour falls to Cassius.

It seems a surprising choice, and I’ll openly admit that this name is one that I’ve loved for a very long time. However, it appears he is one the current crop of parents are loving too, as he was at #481 in 2010, and now at #363. The name, however, doesn’t have the most wonderful of meanings: he comes from Latin and potentially means empty/vain.

ISABELLA -> ARABELLA

Both Emmeline and Penelope were contenders with their ‘el’ sounds and 3-syllables, but they didn’t feel quite right. It seemed that, with Isabella, we’re looking for preferably a -bella name, and we have that with Arabella. However, an honourable mention should go to Mabel.

The name Arabella is another one we mentioned earlier on this week. She’s a medieval Scottish variant of Annabel, a name that means lovable. The name has risen form #228 in 2010 to her current ranking of #157.

JAMES -> MYLES

My first consideration with this name was Miles, but in the end Myles is the spelling I went with because he’s had a more consistent rise in popularity and is currently the more popular spelling (albeit only by 3 places).

The name comes from the Germanic name Milo, which was brought over to Britain by the Normans as Miles. The name could come from the Slavic element mil, which means gracious. Alternatively, he could come from the Latin word miles, which means soldier. The name currently ranks at #177, up from #210 in 2010.

SOPHIE -> THEA

Vivienne and Sylvie were options, but Thea shares Sophie’s Greek origins. She also has the girly sound that translates well into adulthood.

In Greek, the element theos means God(ess), which might put parents off. The name can either be pronounced with a silent h (like Tia), or not – I hear both used as frequently as the other. Theia is also the name of the Greek Titaness who is the mother of Selene, the goddess of the moon. Fittingly, her name is given to a proposed planet from the beginning of the solar system that was the size of Mars which collided with Earth to create the moon. Thea had a massive soar in rank between 2012 and 2013, going from #225 to #121.

GEORGE -> BEAU

I’m stepping away from the classics to go with Beau here. It may seem like a bit wildcard, but stay with me here. My thinking for this is both names have spellings that you wouldn’t think if you’d only heard them said, plus both are one-syllable. You also can’t really shorten them. I wasn’t so sure of the popularity, and briefly considered dropping Beau in favour of Lloyd or Noel, but I’m sticking to my guns instead.

The name Beau means handsome. The problem with Beau is from 2010 to 2013 he’s only risen 5 places from #180 to #175, so it’s not like he’s going anywhere fast.

MIA -> LYLA

Something that is short and could be a nickname for many popular names felt like the brief here. The name Annie was a choice, but I was looking for something more nouveau. Emmie could have worked, but she fell between 2012 and 2013. In the end, it came down to two: Zoya and Lyla.

The name Lyla comes from Layla and means night in Arabic. The name was basically nowhere in 2004 at #1715, before a dramatic surge to #303 in 2005. Now, the only thing I could find to explain this is that in 2005 the band Oasis released an album called Don’t Believe the Truth, for which the lead single was called Lyla, which was the UK number one single for a week in May 2005. She now ranks at #114.

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Some Popular A Names, Boys

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Yesterday we covered popular A names for girls, so today it’s the turn of the boys. The premise is the same: this is a list of boy names beginning with the letter A that have risen and are now within the Top 200 in England&Wales in 2013. Whilst there were 16 girls names, there are only 9 male names that qualified.

1. Arlo

Our highest riser started at #567 in 2008 and is now at #189 – that’s an impressive 378 places. Like Arthegal before him, this name likely came via The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser, which features the location of Arlo Hill. However, there are alternative suggestions that he originates from Charles, or even Carlo.

2. Albie

The new Alfie ? It’s an intriguing possibility as in the past 5 years the name has risen 202 places from #341 to #139. Since the name is originally a nickname for Albert (see below), he could follow him into the Top 100 in the near future.

3. Austin

The first of many names on this list that  is already in the Top 100. For Austin, he briefly entered the Top 100 in 2009 at #100, before dropping back out and not re-entering until 2013 at his current ranking of #94. Given his shaky popularity in recent years, this name could go either way. That said, in the five year difference we’re looking at, he rose 66 places from #160. Whilst the name looks modern, he’s actually a medieval contracted form of Augustine, which comes from the Roman name Augustus, a name that means great.

4. Arthur

This name is one that I’ve always liked in the back of my mind, and what’s not to love ? The Legend of Arthur is my second favourite folklore to come from this fair isle behind my local hero of Robin Hood, of course. The name is also our second name on the list to already rank inside the Top 100 at #43, and I was personally surprised to discover that Arthur’s current reign in the Top 100 only began in 2009, as his 2008 ranking was #101.

5. Ayaan

This name has risen 52 places, from #167 to #115. Ayaan is probably the first unfamiliar name on the list. He appears to be Arabic in origin, and appears as a word in the Koran, meaning good luck and destiny; the name is particularly used in the Somali community.

6. Alan

Probably the biggest surprise on this list is this name. After falling down to a low of #296 in 2003, he’s started to rise back up again and in the last few years has risen a total of 41 places from #226 to #185. The name likely originated from the Brittany region of the world and means little rock or handsome in Breton – this means he’s one of the many names that came to Britain in the Norman Conquest.

7. Albert

One of the new entries for the boys in the Top 100 in 2013, he has risen 18 places in the last five years from #117 to #99. The name became a mainstay amongst the British Royal Family thanks to Prince Albert – the current members of the senior royal family to bear the name are Prince Harry and Prince Andrew, both obviously as middle names. The name is Germanic in origin, coming from Adalbert, and means bright and noble.

8. Archie

The highest ranking name on the list is Archie at #16. In the past five years he’s risen only 15 places, from #31, but it’s worth noting that names tend to rise more slowly at the very top of the list due to the leap in number of births needed to go up a ranking. the name is a short form of Archibald, a name meaning genuine and bold.

9. Aiden (#104 to #92, 12 places)

It’s also worth noting that whilst this spelling has flourished – rising 12 places from #104 to #92 – alternative spelling Aidan has instead fallen 52 places to #143. An indication of Aiden’s future ? Perhaps. The name in the anglicised form of Aodhán, which comes from the Old Irish name Áed and means fire.

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Some Popular A Names, Girls

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A fortnight ago I spent the week looking at some less than popular A names. Therefore, as almost a follow up of sorts, I thought it might be worthwhile to take a look at the other end of the spectrum at some popular names beginning with the letter A, specifically those in the Top 200 in England&Wales in 2013. With that in mind I’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 A names who’ve risen the most in the rankings since 2008, and now lie within the Top 100.

In total there were 16 names that have risen in the past five years.

1. Amaya

From her 2008 ranking of #464 to her 2013 one of #198 (a rise of 266 places), Amaya is the highest climbing female A name within the Top 200. This name is a variant of Amaia, which means the end in Basque. Amaia is also the name of a mountain and village in the Basque region of Spain.

2. Anaya

It’s interesting to note that the second highest climbing name is only one letter different from the first. Anaya climbed 249 places from #404 to #155. As for her meaning, that’s less clear than Amaya. She is possibly a variant of the Biblical name Anaiah, which means God answers in Hebrew. I’ve also seen some give the name as being from Sanskrit and meaning complete freedom.

3. Ariana

This name rose 174 places from #360 to #186. She’s the Italian form of Ariadne, which comes from Greek means most holy.

4. Arabella

Between 2008 and 2013, this name rose 168 places from #325 to #157. Arabella is a medieval Scottish form of Annabel, a name that is a variant of Amabel, who means lovable.

5. Ayla

This name rose 157 places from #329 to #172 between 2008 and 2013. She has two different origins: she’s Turkish and means moonlight; she’s also a variant of the Hebrew name Elah, and means oak tree.

6. Amira

From #306 in 2008 to #198 in 2013, this means this name has risen 108 places in the last 5 years. Like Ayla, this name has two different origins. The first is that she’s the feminine form of Hebrew name Amir, which means treetop; the second is that she’s the feminine form of the Arabic name Amir, and means commander/prince(ss).

7. Aoife

From a ranking of #298 in 2008 to #192 in 2013, that’s a rise of 106 places. Aoife (pronounced EE-fa) is an Irish name meaning beauty. In Irish legend, Aoife was a warrior princess.

8. Autumn

The first name on the list to have climbed less than 100 places is Autumn, who rose 61 places from #258 to #197. This makes her the second most popular season name in England&Wales, after Summer who ranked at #48 in 2013, down from her peak at #23 in 2008. Whilst Spring does not rank, Winter does at #1018 for the girls and #4685 for the boys.

9. Aleena

This name climbed 55 places from #217 to #162. She could be one of two things: a variant of Alina, or a variant of Alena. The latter is simply of short form of names like Helena and Magdalena. As for Alina, she could also be a short form of names like Adelina and Carolina.

10. Annabelle

The only name on the list inside the Top 100, as she’s risen 51 places from #114 to #63. This is also the second entry on the list for the Amabel family of names, with the first being Arabella at #4.

The other six names are as follows: Alexis (#166 to #120, 46 places); Annie (#162 to #125, 37 places); Alexa (#184 to #162, 22 places); Alice (#46 to #27, 19 places); Ava (#21 to #4, 17 places); Aisha (#105 to #94, 11 places).

What I think is nice about this list is it gives an indication of names that could be on their way into the Top 100 (except for Annabelle, who already is). Whilst it’s unlikely that they’ll all make it into the Top 100,  it remains endlessly fascinating to me that the top 5 names are all from wildly different languages.

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The Top 100 Analysis

The Rising Names

 

New Entrants to the Top 10

There was only one new entrant to the Top 10 for the girls  this year, with Poppy racing up 6 places to #7, replacing the once-darling of the flower world: Lily, who falls to #12.

As for the boys, Oscar races into the Top 10 to sit at #7, whilst George sneaks back in at #10. They replace Alfie and Riley.

New Entrants to the Top 100

On the boys side there was the most amount of movement into and out of the Top 100. In all, 6 names are new on the boys side:

  • Teddy (now #86, up from #141, that’s a massive leap of 55 places)
  • Ibrahim (now #89, up from #107)
  • Ronnie (now #90, up from #105)
  • Felix (now #91, up from #114)
  • Austin (now #94, up from 108)
  • Albert (now #99, up from #109, which has made me very happy)

As for the girls, there were only 3 new entrants:

  • Victoria (now #88, up from #106)
  • Darcy (now #93, up from #107)
  • Beatrice (now #95, up from #114)

Big Jumps in the Top 100

With Teddy doing so well this year, it may not surprise you to hear that Theodore also made big leaps within the Top 100 after his first entrance last year at #97, jumping up about 20 places to #78. Other big rises for the boys are: Hugo; Reuben; Elijah; Oscar; and Blake, who all rose at least 10 places.

As for the girls, the highest rising name within the Top 100 was Elsie (for the second year rising) who rose about 20 places, also, to break the 50 mark at #47. Elsie first joined the Top 100 in 2011. Nature names fared well in the Top 100, with Willow (15 places), Violet, and Ivy (both 22 places, respectively) also being high risers.

The Falling Names

 

Exiters of the Top 100

And the names they’ve replaced are:

  • Rhys (#101)
  • Ellis (#103)
  • Kayden (#104)
  • Bailey (#113)
  • Taylor (#118)
  • Kyle (#120)

For the girls, this year Sara and Lydia shared the Top 100 spot, thus only two names fell out:

  • Caitlin (#114)
  • Keira (#110)

Big Falls in the Top 100

It may not surprise the British public to hear Cameron was one of the biggest fallers in 2013, falling 16 places to #93; at this rate, he may drop out altogether for the 2014 list. Other names falling far within the Top 100 are Callum, Liam, Tyler and Riley, all falling at least 10 places each.

For the girls, the big fallers were: Hollie (down 21 places to #75); Paige (down 18 places to #98); Madison (down 17 places to #92); and Amy (down 14 places to #76).

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The England&Wales Top 100 2013

A complete list of the Top 100 baby names used by parents in England&Wales in 2013. Names with a star next to them are new entrants.

Oh, and welcome back to the top Oliver.

1 AMELIA OLIVER
2 OLIVIA JACK
3 EMILY HARRY
4 AVA JACOB
5 ISLA CHARLIE
6 JESSICA THOMAS
7 POPPY OSCAR
8 ISABELLA WILLIAM
9 SOPHIE JAMES
10 MIA GEORGE
11 RUBY ALFIE
12 LILY JOSHUA
13 GRACE NOAH
14 EVIE ETHAN
15 SOPHIA MUHAMMAD
16 ELLA ARCHIE
17 SCARLETT LEO
18 CHLOE HENRY
19 ISABELLE JOSEPH
20 FREYA SAMUEL
21 CHARLOTTE RILEY
22 SIENNA DANIEL
23 DAISY MOHAMMED
24 PHOEBE ALEXANDER
25 MILLIE MAX
26 EVA LUCAS
27 ALICE MASON
28 LUCY LOGAN
29 FLORENCE ISAAC
30 SOFIA BENJAMIN
31 LAYLA DYLAN
32 LOLA JAKE
33 HOLLY EDWARD
34 IMOGEN FINLEY
35 MOLLY FREDDIE
36 MATILDA HARRISON
37 LILLY TYLER
38 ROSIE SEBASTIAN
39 ELIZABETH ZACHARY
40 ERIN ADAM
41 MAISIE THEO
42 LEXI JAYDEN
43 ELLIE ARTHUR
44 HANNAH TOBY
45 EVELYN LUKE
46 ABIGAIL LEWIS
47 ELSIE MATTHEW
48 SUMMER HARVEY
49 MEGAN HARLEY
50 JASMINE DAVID
51 MAYA RYAN
52 AMELIE TOMMY
53 LACEY MICHAEL
54 WILLOW REUBEN
55 EMMA NATHAN
56 BELLA BLAKE
57 ELEANOR MOHAMMAD
58 ESME JENSON
59 ELIZA BOBBY
60 GEORGIA LUCA
61 HARRIET CHARLES
62 GRACIE FRANKIE
63 ANNABELLE DEXTER
64 EMILIA KAI
65 AMBER ALEX
66 IVY CONNOR
67 BROOKE LIAM
68 ROSE JAMIE
69 ANNA ELIJAH
70 ZARA STANLEY
71 LEAH LOUIE
71 MOLLIE JUDE
73 MARTHA CALLUM
74 FAITH HUGO
75 HOLLIE LEON
76 AMY ELLIOT
77 BETHANY LOUIS
78 VIOLET THEODORE
79 KATIE GABRIEL
80 MARYAM OLLIE
81 FRANCESCA AARON
82 JULIA FREDERICK
83 MARIA EVAN
84 DARCEY ELLIOTT
85 ISABEL OWEN
86 TILLY TEDDY*
87 MADDISON FINLAY
88 VICTORIA* CALEB
89 ISOBEL IBRAHIM*
90 NIAMH RONNIE*
91 SKYE FELIX*
92 MADISON AIDEN
93 DARCY* CAMERON
94 AISHA AUSTIN*
95 BEATRICE* KIAN
96 SARAH RORY
97 ZOE SETH
98 PAIGE ROBERT
99 HEIDI ALBERT*
100 LYDIA SONNY
100 SARA
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5 Names With Potential To Join The Top 100

The 2013 data for England&Wales is due out on the 15th August, thus, I’ve been looking at the potential contenders for the Top 100. All these names are lurking just behind the 100 mark and most have experienced rapid rises in popularity in recent years, and we”l find out on Friday whether any have made it into the Top 100.

1. Seren

She has consistently ranking in the solo Welsh Top 100 for many years now (at #7 in 2012), and on the joint list she’s at #104 (rising from #127 in 2011). That means she could continue right into the Top 100 for the joint England&Wales list, for which she’ll be a most welcome addition. Seren means star in Welsh.

2. Olly

As Oliver has been a Top 10 mainstay for awhile now it seems only logical that the nation who loves nicknames would eventually come to use Olly in the masses. He’s been rapidly rising for the past 5 years and ranked at #122 in 2011, then #106 in 2012.

3. Alexis, g

For the past two years, Alexis has ranked at #101, meaning that she has just missed out for two years running now. All it takes is one last spur and she’ll finally crack the Top 100. The name Alexis is of Greek origins and means defender.

4. Ronnie

First derived as a nickname for the out-of-fashion Ronald (still, despite the Harry Potter exposure), the name Ronnie in the UK appears to be shaking off the Kray twins association (Ronnie and Reggie Kray were criminal gangsters in the East of London in the 1950s/1960s). He rose from #142 to #105 between 2011 and 2012.

5. Lottie

She jumped from #138 to #112 between 2011 and 2012. Lottie is a short form of Charlotte (#20), who is slowly slipping down the rankings (down from #5 in 2000), and she fits with the nickname-love trend that’s been ongoing for several years now.

 

Aside form the above five names, other names to watch for are Darcy / Darcie (#107/#122, respectively. Sister Darcey joined the Top 100 last year), Iris (#122), Annabel (#109), Albert (#109, I would be thrilled if this hits the Top 100), Jasper (#129),  and Felix (#114).

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The England&Wales 2012 Data

So the 2012 data was released this morning, and thus here is firstly a comparison about my predictions published last week, followed by the Top 100 in full:

The Top Names:

What I predicted:

Harry & Amelia

Who actually came out on top:

Harry & Amelia

Spot on with this one

Top 10 Changes:

What I predicted:

Lily will overtake Olivia

– Both are super popular, but the way Lily has been racing up the charts in the past few years she seems popular enough to take the #2 spot. It’s worth noting that she was individually the #1 name in Wales in 2011.

Riley will enter the boys Top 10

– From 2010 to 2011 the number of boys given the name Riley rose from 2690 to 4226, so suffice to say he’s hugely popular right now.

What actually happened:

Rather surprisingly, the name Lily dropped two spaces to #5, whilst Olivia remained at #2. The names Mia and Isla replacing Ruby and Grace.

I was however spot on in predicting the rise of Riley into the male Top 10, replacing Joshua.

Top 100 Drop outs:

What I predicted:

Caitlin, Tia, Lauren, Keira

Reece, Ben, Kyle, Bailey

Who actually dropped out:

Lexie, Lauren, Rebecca, Tia, Nicole, Kayla

The name Caitlin is clinging in the Top 100 at #97, and Keira fell to #92.

Reece, Joel, Hayden, John, Ashton, Jackson, Ben

The name Jackson was new to the Top 100 last year, and it’s interesting to note the fall of modern-day darlings Hayden, Reece and Ashton. The name Bailey remained in the Top 100 at #98.

Top 100 New Entrants:

What I predicted:

Darcey, Alexis, Lois, Sara, Violet

Seth, Sonny, Rory

Who actually entered:

Mollie, Ivy, Darcey, Tilly, Sara, Violet

Hugo, Sonny, Seth, Rory, Elliott, Theodore, Rory, Ellis

Truth be told, I went out on a limb with Sara since she has a mumma-vibe to her, so I’m delighted to have called her entry into the top 100.

With regards to Alexis and Lois, the former just missed out at #101 whilst Lois tumbled spectacularly to #128.

With the boys, I was certainly underestimating how much movement there was at the 100 mark.

The Top 100: (*indicates new entry)

 Top 100 Boys’ Names 2012

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  Top 100 Girls’ Names 2012

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HARRY
OLIVER
JACK
CHARLIE
JACOB
THOMAS
ALFIE
RILEY
WILLIAM
JAMES
JOSHUA
GEORGE
ETHAN
NOAH
SAMUEL
DANIEL
OSCAR
MAX
MUHAMMAD
LEO
TYLER
JOSEPH
ARCHIE
HENRY
LUCAS
MOHAMMED
ALEXANDER
DYLAN
LOGAN
ISAAC
MASON
BENJAMIN
JAKE
FINLEY
HARRISON
EDWARD
JAYDEN
FREDDIE
ADAM
ZACHARY
SEBASTIAN
RYAN
LEWIS
THEO
LUKE
HARLEY
MATTHEW
HARVEY
TOBY
LIAM
CALLUM
ARTHUR
MICHAEL
JENSON
TOMMY
NATHAN
BOBBY
CONNOR
DAVID
MOHAMMAD
LUCA
CHARLES
KAI
JAMIE
ALEX
BLAKE
FRANKIE
REUBEN
AARON
DEXTER
JUDE
LEON
OLLIE
STANLEY
ELLIOT
GABRIEL
CAMERON
OWEN
LOUIE
AIDEN
LOUIS
ELIJAH
FINLAY
RHYS
CALEB
EVAN
FREDERICK
HUGO
KIAN
SONNY
SETH
KAYDEN
TAYLOR
KYLE
ELLIOTT
ROBERT
THEODORE
BAILEY
RORY
ELLIS
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-4
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+51*
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+18*
+10*
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+12*
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+27*
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+11*
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AMELIA
OLIVIA
JESSICA
EMILY
LILY
AVA
MIA
ISLA
SOPHIE
ISABELLA
EVIE
RUBY
POPPY
GRACE
SOPHIA
CHLOE
ISABELLE
ELLA
FREYA
CHARLOTTE
SCARLETT
DAISY
LOLA
EVA
HOLLY
MILLIE
LUCY
PHOEBE
LAYLA
MAISIE
SIENNA
ALICE
LILLY
FLORENCE
ELLIE
ERIN
IMOGEN
ELIZABETH
MOLLY
SUMMER
MEGAN
HANNAH
SOFIA
ABIGAIL
JASMINE
LEXI
MATILDA
ROSIE
LACEY
EMMA
AMELIE
GRACIE
MAYA
HOLLIE
GEORGIA
EMILIA
EVELYN
BELLA
BROOKE
AMBER
ELIZA
AMY
ELEANOR
LEAH
ESME
KATIE
HARRIET
ANNA
WILLOW
ELSIE
ZARA
ANNABELLE
BETHANY
FAITH
MADISON
ISABEL
MARTHA
ROSE
JULIA
PAIGE
MARYAM
MADDISON
HEIDI
MOLLIE
NIAMH
SKYE
AISHA
IVY
DARCEY
FRANCESCA
ZOE
KEIRA
TILLY
MARIA
SARAH
LYDIA
CAITLIN
ISOBEL
SARA
VIOLET
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Also, I mentioned on Twitter that two personal favourites of mine hit the Top 100 this year, mega brownie points for whomever guesses which two correctly.

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Predictions For the 2012 Data

The 2012 data for England&Wales will be out on Monday, so it feels time to put together some of my predictions for how the new list will shake out when it hits the headlines next week. Rather frustratingly, I’ll be at work when the list is released at about 9:30am so my write up will likely have to wait until Monday night – boo!

The Top Names:

Harry & Amelia

– Both are popular enough to last another year at the top

Top 10 Changes:

Lily will overtake Olivia

– Both are super popular, but the way Lily has been racing up the charts in the past few years she seems popular enough to take the #2 spot. It’s worth noting that she was individually the #1 name in Wales in 2011.

Riley will enter the boys Top 10

– From 2010 to 2011 the number of boys given the name Riley rose from 2690 to 4226, so suffice to say he’s hugely popular right now.

Top 100 Drop Outs: 

Caitlin, Tia, Lauren, Keira

Reece, Ben, Kyle, Bailey

Top 100 New Entrants:

Darcey, Alexis, Lois, Sara, Violet

Seth, Sonny, Rory

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Friday Conundrum: Unisex Names

I despair

Unisex names are on the rise, and I’ve been on the receiving end of the issue myself.

Picture the scene:

There I was, innocently helping Santa give out presents to young children, and lo and behold a child with long blonde hair stepped forward, and told Santa that their name was Sam. It was by pure chance that Sam got the right gender present because I was at a loss. Yes, Sam is technically boys name, but it’s also a popular short form of Samantha, a girls name. Then along came another girl with shoulder length brown hair and the name Jimmy. I almost threw my hands up in despair.

Thus, I challenge you to my Friday conundrum, listed below are 14 names: 7 ranked higher for the girls in 2010 in England&Wales; and vice versa for the other 7. Can you guess correctly?

1. Ashley

2. Beaux

3. Bobbi

4. Brook

5. Harper

6. Laurie

7. London

8. Lou

9. Mackenzie

10. Morgan

11. Reese

12. Skyler

13. Storm

14. Tristyn

I’ll be honest, some surprised me when researching this post, and ye who cheat make bunnies cry.

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Data Equivalent

from wired.co.uk

Name data fascinates me, but what fascinates me more is when we compare data from one country to another. Since the US 2011 data is newly released, however, rather annoyingly the England&Wales 2011 data isn’t due for publication until August. That means that I was planning on simply comparing the American data to the Scottish set of 2011 data, but it’s not as thorough as I would’ve liked, i.e. only the Top 100 are available, so I ended up throwing the 2010 England&Wales data in there too because life is short:

1. To get to #1

USA

– required 20,153 (Jacob) and 21,695 (Sophia) uses

SCOTLAND

– required 588 (Jack) and 612 (Sophie) uses

– the American equivalent of Jack is Lawrence at #454 with 588 uses

– the American equivalent of Sophie is Kiera at #483 with 613 uses

ENGLAND&WALES

– required 8, 427 (Oliver) and 5,278 (Olivia) uses

– the American equivalent of Oliver is Isaiah at #43, with 8,411 uses

– the American equivalent of Olivia is Ashley at #42, with 5,368 uses

2. To get into the Top 100

USA

– required 3, 777 (Jaden) and 2,893 (Kaitlyn)

– the English/Welsh equivalent of Jaden is Samuel at #14 with 4,144 uses

– the English/Welsh equivalent of Kaitlyn is Maisie at #14 with 2,930 uses

– there were not enough Scottish uses to be able to draw up an equivalent

SCOTLAND

– required 61 (Ciaran) and 43 (Melissa, Laila and Ayla) uses

– the American equivalents of Ciaran include Elton, Gene and Regan

– the American equivalents of Melissa, Laila and Ayla include Britta, Larkin and Tova

ENGLAND&WALES

– required 668 (Bradley) and 584 (Maisy) uses

– the American equivalent of Bradley is Walker at #417, with 671 uses

– the American equivalent of Maisy is Lorelei at #499 with 584 uses

3. To get into the Top 250

USA

– required 1,376 (Amir) and 1,265 (Haylee) uses

– the English/Welsh equivalent of Amir is Zachary at #51 with 1,390 uses

– the English/Welsh equivalent of Haylee is Matilda at #53 with 1,273 uses

– there were not enough Scottish uses for there to be an equivalent

SCOTLAND

– only the top 100 is available

ENGLAND&WALES

– required 189 (Musa and Lloyd) and 202 (Syeda, Roxanne and Maisey) uses

– the American equivalent of Musa and Lloyd is Anton and Carsen at #1014

– the American equivalent of Syeda, Roxanne and Maisey is Annette, Brittney, Leena, Rhea and Stephany at #1183

4. To get into the Top 500

USA

– required 516 (Armani) and 583 (Francesca) uses

– the English/Welsh equivalent of Armani is Tristan at #121 with 517 uses

– the English/Welsh equivalent of Francesca is Alicia at #101 with 583 uses

– the Scottish equivalent of Armani is Lewis at #2 with 463 uses

– the Scottish equivalent of Francesca is Sophie at #1 with 612 uses

SCOTLAND

– see above

ENGLAND&WALES

– required 71 (e.g. Kit, Fred) and 81 (e.g. Fleur, Ada) uses

– the American equivalents of Kit and Fred include Jethro, Loki and Reggie

– the American equivalents of Fleur and Ada include Antoinette, Gladys and Lundyn (ouch!)

5. To get into the Top 1000

USA

– required 192 (Ethen) and 250 (Damaris) uses

– the English/Welsh equivalent of Ethen is Steven and Lincoln at #245 with 193 uses

– the England/Welsh equivalent of Damaris is Lacie at #203 with 252 uses

– the Scottish equivalent of Ethen is Andrew at #35 with 192 uses

– the Scottish equivalent of Damaris is Grace at #15 with 246 uses

SCOTLAND

– see above

ENGLAND&WALES

– required 28 (e.g. Fenton, Dara) and 34 (e.g. Karen, Kenzie) uses

– the American equivalents of Fenton and Dara include Djanjo, Neko and Thurston

– the American equivalents of Karen and Kenzie include Elva, Henrietta and Lavender

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