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England & Wales Baby Names 2018

Posted 29 August 2019

The Office for National Statistics  has released baby names data for 2018 for England & Wales. Data is available for names with a count of three or more.

Female Names

The two most popular girls’ names are unchanged from 2017, with Olivia topping the chart and Amelia in second place. Ava moves up one place to third, jumping ahead of Isla who drops to fourth. Emily is unchanged in fifth. Mia climbs one place to sixth, changing places with Isabella who drops to seventh. Sophia is a new entry in the top ten, moving up three places to eighth. Ella remains in ninth. Grace is another new entry in the top ten, climbing three places to tenth. Poppy and Lily drop out of the top ten.

New entries in the top 100 names include Ada (up 49 places to 65th), Delilah (up 38 places to 90th), Ayla (up 11 places to 95th) and Margot (up 57 places to 99th).

Names dropping out of the top 100 include Julia (down 20 places to 111th), Darcey (down 24 places to 116th), Megan (down 26 places to 126th) and Leah (down 37 places to 136th).

Male Names

For the sixth year in a row Oliver is the most popular boys’ name. George moves up one place to second, ahead of Harry who drops to third. Noah is unchanged in fourth and Jack remains in fifth. Leo moves up one place to sixth. Arthur is a new entry in the top ten, moving up 12 places to seventh. Muhammad climbs two places to eighth. Oscar drops one place to ninth and Charlie also falls one place to tenth. Jacob drops out of the top ten.

New entries in the top 100 names include Grayson (up 26 places to 83rd), Jasper (up 13 places to joint 89th), Rowan (up 14 places to joint 89th), Sonny (up 15 places to 99th) and Dominic (up 15 places to 100th).

Names falling out of the top 100 include Nathan (down 14 places to 102nd), Lewis (down 19 places to 104th), Tyler (down 13 places to 108th) and Austin (down 12 places to 109th).

Visit the name popularity tables page to view the tables in full, and to view tables for other years.

Data UpdatesUnited KingdomAda, Amelia, Arthur, Austin, Ava, Ayla, Charlie, Darcey, Deliliah, Dominic, Ella, Emily, George, Grace, Grayson, Harry, Isabella, Isla, Jack, Jacob, Jasper, Julia, Leah, Leo, Lewis, Lily, Margot, Megan, Mia, Muhammad, Nathan, Noah, Oliver, Olivia, Oscar, Poppy, Rowan, Sonny, Sophia, Tyler

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