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Video Summary: The Most Popular Baby Names, 2011

Released: 13 August 2012

Transcript – 2011 Baby Names

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This is a short video about the most popular names given to babies born in England and Wales in two-thousand-and-eleven.

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One of the biggest decisions any parent faces is what to name their baby boy or girl. Many influences may contribute to this decision; including the names of older family members; what celebrities call their own children; and fictional characters from books and films. These influences may make certain names more popular than others.

Using the information provided at birth registration, which includes all live births occurring in England and Wales, The Office for National Statistics uses spellings given on birth certificates to produce lists of the most popular names given to babies.

In two-thousand-and-eleven, the number of live births in England and Wales approached seven-hundred-and-twenty-four-thousand – slightly short of three-hundred-and-seventy-one-thousand baby boys and just under three-hundred-and-fifty-three-thousand baby girls.

In two-thousand-and-eleven, the most popular baby names were Harry and Amelia…

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In the top ten, for boys, Harry was followed by Oliver; Jack; Alfie; Charlie; Thomas; Jacob; James; Joshua; and William.

For girls, Amelia was followed by Olivia; Lily; Jessica; Emily; Sophie; Ruby; Grace; Ava; and Isabella.

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Appearing on the screen are the one-hundred most popular baby names given in two-thousand-and-eleven. For boys, dropping out of the top one-hundred were Aidan; Bradley; Sam; Brandon; and Kieran, with Tommy; Blake; Frankie; Elijah; and Jackson entering. Within this list, Jenson showed the largest rise from the previous year, gaining twenty-nine places.

For baby girls, Maisy; Tilly; Aimee; Lilly; Alexandra; and Laila fell from the top one-hundred, and were replaced by Bella; Willow; Elsie; Kayla; Francesca; and Lydia, with Eliza the highest climber, moving up thirty-one places from the previous year.

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Seasonal variation exists for baby name popularity during two-thousand-and-eleven. To illustrate, for girls, Olivia was most popular during four of the twelve months, with Lily most popular for three months, and Amelia for five. More interestingly, Holly was the second most popular girl’s name in December, but much less picked in July, and the name ‘Summer’ lost its appeal in the Winter months in comparison to in August. This suggests that time of year has a certain degree of influence in naming a newborn baby.

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You can find more detail on baby names, including the baby names comparison tool, which displays change in popularity over time, at

A short video which highlights the most popular names given to babies born in England and Wales, for 2011.

Stories include the top ten baby boy's and girl's names, highest climbers within the top 100 names, and changing popularity throughout 2011.

Source: Office for National Statistics

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