Baby names: Noah ends Oliver's eight-year run as top boy's name - The Evesham Observer

Baby names: Noah ends Oliver's eight-year run as top boy's name

Evesham Editorial 5th Oct, 2022   0

NOAH has become the most popular name for baby boys, replacing Oliver which held the top spot for eight years.

Official birth data for 2021 in England and Wales showed Olivia remained the most popular name for girls for the sixth year in a row.

New top 10 entries include Willow and Henry – kicking Jack out of the top 10 for the first time since 1996.

Big movers into the top 100 were Brody and Olive, rising 36 and 25 places respectively from 2020.

In all, 4,525 baby boys were named Noah last year moving it to the top spot, from fourth place in 2020, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows.

Meanwhile, the name Olivia was given to 3,649 baby girls. It has been the most popular girl’s name since 2016, according to the ONS.

Freya, Florence and Willow replaced Isabella, Rosie and Sophia in the top 10 names for girls. It is the first time since 1996 that Florence and Willow have appeared in the top 10.

Lara, Beatrice and Sara were new entries in the top 100 for girls.

In the boys’ list, Brody and Rupert made it into the top 100 names for the first time, along with Kai, Tobias, Nathan and Blake

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