Scotland is very thorough when it comes to baby names. Its government publishes information on popular names, unique names, and even middle names.
Technically, though, the term seems to be “second forenames” — so here are the top “second forenames” in Scotland for 2007:
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Here’s a short analysis of the names, courtesy of the Registrar General for Scotland:
It is clear that second names are more “traditional”, reflecting the names of previous generations in many cases. There are few changes in the lists of second names from year to year, with James and John, and Elizabeth and Louise being consistently popular. In 2007 the top ten second names for boys and girls are the same as last year with just a few minor changes in ranking.
Overall, 83% of the boys and 76% of the girls born in Scotland this past year were given at least one middle name, and 18% of boys and 13% of girls were given more than one.