Most Popular Baby Names Revealed In ONS List

Amy Packham

The most popular baby names in 2017 have been revealed by the Office for National Statistics.

Oliver remained the most popular name given to boys in England and Wales in 2017, a position held since 2013. And similarly, Olivia remained the most popular name given to girls, a position held since 2016.

Regionally, Olivia was the most popular name for baby girls throughout England and in Wales, but for baby boys Oliver was beaten by Muhammad in London, the West Midlands, and Yorkshire and The Humber, with Harry the most popular name in the North East.

“Although Oliver and Olivia remained the most popular baby names in 2017, some fascinating changes took place beneath them,” said Nick Stripe, from the Office for National Statistics. “Leo entered the boys’ top 10 for the first time, whilst Hunter rocketed into the top 100, also for the first time, reaching number 78. 

“Sarah, the most popular name for baby girls throughout much of the 1970s and 1980s, dropped out of the top 100 for the first time since our records began in 1904. Brand new entries for girls include the names Aurora and Hallie.” 

For the top 10 boys’ names, Harry and George have remained in second and third places respectively since 2016. For girls, Amelia remained in second place and Isla moved up to third place.

Poppy replaced Jessica in the top 10 for girls, whilst Aurora, Orla, Edith, Bonnie, Lyla and Hallie replaced Lexi, Zoe, Maddison, Sarah, Felicity and Lydia in the top 100 in 2017.

In 2017, there were 679,106 live births in England and Wales.

Top 10 boys’ names in 2017:

1. Oliver

2. Harry

3. George

4. Noah

5. Jack

6. Jacob

7. Leo

8. Oscar

9. Charlie

10. Muhammad.

Top 10 girls’ names in 2017:

1. Olivia

2. Amelia

3. Isla

4. Ava

5. Emily

6. Isabella

7. Mia

8. Poppy

9. Ella

10. Lily

To see the full data of the top baby names used last year, visit the ONS website

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