Harry and Amelia were the most popular first names given to babies born in England and Wales in 2011, replacing Oliver and Olivia from 2010.
Amelia climbed four places to take Olivia’s crown as No. 1 girls’ name. Harry jumped two places to top spot in boys’ names, pushing Oliver into second place.
Major movers include Jacob, climbing five places from 12 to 7 to replace George in the boys’ top 10. Ava and Isabella replaced Evie and Chloe in the 10 most popular names for baby girls: both climbed two places from numbers 11 and 12 to numbers 9 and 10 respectively.
The top 10 names and changes in rank for boys and for girls in England and Wales are as follows:
Baby Names 2011 is published today by the Office for National Statistics. The bulletin shows new entries in the top 100 most popular girls’ names in 2011 including Bella at number 69, Willow at 75 and Elsie at 87.
There were new entries in the top 100 most popular boys’ names including Tommy at number 65, Blake at 79, and Frankie at 84.
In England, Harry was the most popular boys name in seven of the regions. Jack was the most popular in the North East, and Daniel the most popular in London. In Wales, Oliver was the most popular name for boys.
Lily was the most popular name for girls in four of the English regions and Wales. Olivia came top in two regions (North West and Yorkshire and The Humber), Amelia in two regions (East and West Midlands) and Isabella proved most popular in London.
The most popular names for boys and girls by region are as follows:
Read the full ONS Baby Names 2011 statistical bulletin.
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