Vital Statistics Outputs Branch
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Frequency of release: Annually
Geographical coverage: England and Wales
Geographical breakdown: Region
Presents statistics on the most popular names for baby boys and girls in England and Wales.
For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to baby name statistics, please see Quality and Methodology Information for Baby Names (182.1 Kb Pdf) and Births Metadata (439.7 Kb Pdf) .
There is a baby names comparison tool which has been developed by Anna Powell-Smith using ONS data, which allows you to analyse changing trends in names for boys and girls in England and Wales. The tool allows you to compare baby name rankings since 1996.
For data for other UK countries please see the latest baby name statistics for Northern Ireland and the latest baby name statistics for Scotland.
We welcome feedback on the content, format and relevance of this release.
The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
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