Overview:

  • we took responsibility for producing baby name statistics for England and Wales in 2009

  • figures are derived from names recorded when a birth is registered

  • statistics do not include births to women who gave birth abroad, or to women whose usual residence is outside England and Wales

  • a time series of baby names back to 1996 is available, providing counts and ranks of names as well as the top 10 names by month of birth

  • prior to 1996, the top 100 rankings were produced by the General Register Office (GRO) at 10 year intervals from 1904 to 1994

Baby names statistics present data on the first names of live born babies in England and Wales. These statistics include the top 100 names (for both England and Wales separately), the top 10 names by month of birth and the top 10 names by mother’s region of usual residence.

Statistics are derived from final annual births registration data and represent all live births occurring in England and Wales in the specific calendar year. The statistics are based on the exact spelling of the name given on the birth certificate. The compilation of these statistics has been automated as much as possible.

Baby names for Scotland and Northern Ireland are published by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).

An interactive data visualisation tool, produced by an external web developer, enables users to visually compare changes in the popularity of different names since 1996.

The primary users of the data are parents and soon-to-be parents, register offices and the media. Baby name websites and those who manufacture and sell named items, such as souvenir mugs, also make use of the data.

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