Baby names: Hunter and Aurora join top 100

Baby names: Hunter and Aurora join top 100
No Welsh baby names in top 10 across Wales
Data released by the Office for National Statistics shows that Olivia has held on to the top spot for girls since last year, while Oliver has been the favourite choice for newborn boys since 2013.

For girls, Olivia is closely followed again by Amelia – which has been the second placed favourite name since last year. The third most popular name for a girl is Isla, which has increased in popularity, having been ranked fourth for 2016.

Olivia, Amelia, Isla, Ava and Emily were the top five names for girls in 2017, while Oliver, Harry, George, Noah and Jack were the most popular names for boys

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The top three for boys has stayed the same since last year, with Harry the second most popular and George, third.

Getty ImagesDaniela Jovanovska-Hristovska While the most favoured names have stayed relatively similar since last year, there were some new monikers which entered the top 10 in 2017. For girls, Poppy is now a top 10 choice which baby name expert SJ Ljungstrom from Channel Mum says is reflective of developing trends.

“Still growing for girls is the botanicals theme. Poppy is up five places into the top ten, while Daisy, Ivy, Willow and Iris are all big climbers too [in the top 100].”

For boys, Leo has entered the top 10 for the first time, replacing Thomas, which Ljungstrom says could be a reflection of a change in the way some modern parents are choosing to name boys.

“For boys, millennial parents are leading the way with the soft macho phenomenon,” she says. “Instead of traditional short, sharp masculine names like Jake and Tyler which have plunged in popularity, the Soft Macho trend is seeing manly but gentle names including Hunter, Leo and Ralph all picked hundreds of times last year.”

Getty ImagesPeopleImages Advertisement – Continue Reading Below New female names which have made it into the top 100 include Aurora, Orla, Edith, Bonnie, Lyla and Hallie.

Nick Stripe from the ONS says it it the changes out of the top 10 that reveal the most insight about changing trends and themes for babies names.

“Although Oliver and Olivia remained the most popular baby names in 2017, some fascinating changes took place beneath them. 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,” he said.

While “heavenly” names like Aurora have increased, Ljungstrom has also noticed some declining trends, like royal names, in last years results.

“Surprisingly, Megan is down a whopping 17 places, although that may reverse in next years charts that show babies being born this year,” she notes. “Zara has dropped two places, Elizabeth slides six and Victoria is down by one. So its left to the boys as Harry is holding up in second place alongside William who is a non-mover at number 11.”

Getty ImagesChris Jackson The ONS only counts names which have been used (and spelled the same) three times when compiling their data. According to the results, there were over 63,000 unique baby names registered in 2017.

While Olivia was the most popular name across the regions in England and Wales, there was some discrepancy when it came to the most popular boys names, depending on where they were born. Muhammad was the most popular name in London, the West Midlands and Yorkshire and The Humber while Harry was ranked the most popular in the North East.

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