According to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the most popular baby names in England and Wales last year were (again)
Amelia and Oliver.
Here are the top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:
Girl Names Boy Names 1. Amelia, 5,158 baby girls 2. Olivia, 4,853 3. Emily, 3,893 4. Isla, 3,474 5. Ava, 3,414 6. Ella, 3,028 7. Jessica, 2,937 8. Isabella, 2,876 9. Mia, 2,842 10. Poppy, 2,816 1. Oliver, 6,941 baby boys 2. Jack, 5,371 3. Harry, 5,308 4. George, 4,869 5. Jacob, 4,850 6. Charlie, 4,831 7. Noah, 4,148 8. William, 4,083 9. Thomas, 4,075 10. Oscar, 4,066
In the girls’ top 10, Ella and Mia replaced Lily (now 13th) and Sophie (now 11th).
In the boys’ top 10, Noah (the
top name in the U.S. right now) replaced James (11th).
In the girls’ top 100, Penelope, Mila, Clara, Arabella, Maddison and Aria replaced Lydia (now 103rd), Faith (104th), Mollie (105th), Brooke (107th), Isabel (110th) and Amy (117th).
In the boys’ top 100, Jaxon, Roman, Reggie and Carter replaced Owen (now 101st), Robert (105th), Joey (117th) and Finlay (123rd).
Here are some of last year’s rare baby names, each given to either 3, 4 or 5 babies:
Rare Girl Names Rare Boy Names Aarzoo, Autumn-Lily, Boglarka, Comfort, Edna, Enxi, Euphemia, Flourish, Fozia, Gabia, Jupiter, Lady, Lleucu, Llio, Merveille, Nectaria, Pebbles, Peony, Prisca, Purity, Quorra, Reisel, Sloka, Tuba, Venice, Vimbainashe, Ylva Alffi, Bam, Bright, Crimea, Cuthbert, Efezino, Elimelech, Fyfe, Ghyll, Gryff, James-Dean, Jamesdean, Kushagra, Ignatius, Marmaduke, Math, Mio, Osagie, Otso, Pip, Przemyslaw, Sherlock, Swayley, Ringo, Testimony, Thierno, Zephyrus
(Crimea is intriguing, isn’t it? It was used as a baby name in the 1850s, during the Crimean War, but this is the first time I’ve seen it on a modern name list.)
And what about Welsh names?
Welsh Girl Names Welsh Boy Names
Seren (“star”) ranks 17th in Wales Ffion (“foxglove”), 20th
Carys (“love”), 72nd
Eira (“snow”), 92nd
Dylan ranks 13th in Wales
Rhys, 34th Evan, 37th
Gethin (“swarthy”), 88th Iestyn, 88th
Finally, if you’d like to go back another year, here are the
England and Wales rankings for 2014.
Baby names in England and Wales: 2015