The most popular baby names in England and Wales were announced last week.
According to the Office for National Statistics, the region’s top names were Harry for boys and Amelia for girls.
Here are the top 20 girl names and top 20 boy names of 2012:
Top Girl Names
Top Boy Names
1. Amelia 2. Olivia 3. Jessica 4. Emily 5. Lily 6. Ava 7. Mia 8. Isla 9. Sophie 10. Isabella 11. Evie 12. Ruby 13. Poppy 14. Grace 15. Sophia 16. Chloe 17. Isabelle 18. Ella 19. Freya 20. Charlotte
1. Harry 2. Oliver 3. Jack 4. Charlie 5. Jacob 6. Thomas 7. Alfie 8. Riley 9. William 10. James 11. Joshua 12. George 13. Ethan 14. Noah 15. Samuel 16. Daniel 17. Oscar 18. Max 19. Muhammad 20. Leo
The England-only top 20 included all of the above except for Archie (not Leo) on the boys’ side.
The Wales-only top 20 included Dylan, Mason, Logan, Tyler and Isaac (not Samuel, Daniel, Oscar, Max or Muhammad) for boys and Seren, Megan, Ffion and Layla (not Isla, Chloe, Freya or Charlotte) for girls.
Newbies to the England and Wales top 100 are…
Hugo, Sonny, Seth, Elliott, Theodore, Rory and Ellis for boys. (Out are Joel, Hayden, John, Ashton, Jackson, Ben and Reece.)
Mollie, Ivy, Darcey, Tilly, Sara and Violet for girls. (Out are Lexie, Lauren, Rebecca, Tia, Nicola and Kayla.)
Here’s a selection of names from the other end of the list (each given to 10 babies or fewer):
Two of these, Hannah and Ava, happen to be very popular for baby girls at the moment.
Need two names? You could consider a pair of names that become a palindrome when written side-by-side (i.e., names that are anagrams of one another):
Aidan & Nadia
Aileen & Neelia
Alan & Nala
Allan & Nalla
Allen & Nella
Amin & Nima
Ariel & Leira
Arik & Kira
Aron & Nora
Avram & Marva
Axel & Lexa
Aydan & Nadya
Ari & Ira
Cam & Mac
Eliah & Haile
Eliam & Maile
Ellen & Nelle
Etan & Nate
Flor & Rolf
Gem & Meg
Iris & Siri
Leon & Noel
Linus & Sunil
Miles & Selim
Nazar & Razan
Nero & Oren
It’s also possible to come up with your own palindromic pairs by flipping traditional names to create brand new names. For instance, I’ve seem James, Kevin, Manuel and Ramon flipped to become Semaj, Nivek, Leunam and Nomar.