In 2014, there were 695,233 live births in England and Wales (ONS, 2014), with over 27,000 different boys’ names and over 35,000 different girls’ names registered.
There were 6 new entries in the top 100 most popular girls’ babies names in 2014:
Aisha showed the largest rise within the top 100, gaining 18 places to number 76. Elsie and Heidi (up 15 places to 32 and 84 respectively), Evelyn (up 14 places to 31), and Eliza, Georgia, Ivy and Darcey (up 12 places to 47, 48, 54 and 72 respectively) were also high climbers within the top 100.
Lexi (down 22 places to number 64), Megan (down 16 places to 65), Hannah, Lacey and Julia (down 15 places to 59, 68 and 97 respectively) and Faith (down 14 places to 88) showed the largest falls within the top 100.
There were 3 new entries in the top 100 most popular boys’ babies names in 2014:
Kian showed the largest rise within the top 100, gaining 41 places to reach number 54. Teddy (up 20 places to 66), Theodore (up 19 places to 59), Elijah (up 16 places to 53), Albert (up 15 places to 84) and Freddie (up 15 places to 20) were also high climbers within the top 100.
Jamie (down 20 places to number 88), Ryan (down 18 places to 69), Riley (down 14 places to 35), Kai and Connor (down 13 places to 77 and 79 respectively) and Bobby and Finlay (down 12 places to 71 and 99 respectively) showed the largest falls within the top 100.
There are a number of possible reasons why the popularity of babies names change over time. The popularity of baby name can be influenced by names of famous figures or current celebrities and what they name their own babies. However, it can also be influenced by other factors such as the religious, cultural and/or ethnic identities of parents or the names of family, friends or fictional characters. As such, there is a great diversity of baby names.
Top 10 baby names 2014
The top 10 names account for 12% of all names in 2014.
Oliver and Amelia were the most popular first names given to babies born in England and Wales in 2014. Amelia has been in the top spot since 2011 while Oliver has been in top spot since 2013.
In England, Amelia was the most popular girls’ name in 8 out of the 9 regions and Oliver was the most popular boys’ name in 7 out of the 9 regions.
In Wales, Oliver remained the most popular boys’ name, while Amelia has been the most popular girls’ name since 2012.
Lily replaced Mia in the top 10 most popular girls’ names for England and Wales, climbing from number 12 to 9.
Jack remains the most popular first forename for baby boys, for a seventh
consecutive year. James is again in second place; Lewis and Oliver remain third and fourth respectively.
Emily has risen from third to replace Sophie as the most popular first forename for baby girls. Sophie (which had been the top girls’ name for the previous nine years) falls to second place, and Olivia (which had been second) is now third. Isla remains in fourth place.
In total, 3,220 different boys’ first forenames and 4,208 different girls’ first
forenames were registered in the first eleven months of the year.
Jack was the first forename of only 2.0 per cent of the boys, and Emily was the first forename of just 2.1 per cent of the girls.
The top 50 boys’ names accounted for 41 per cent of all boys’ first forenames registered, and the top 50 girls' names accounted for 39 per cent of the girls' registrations.
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Jack was the most popular first name given to baby boys in Northern Ireland in 2014. Jack has been the most popular for boys consecutively since 2003. James remained the second most popular boy’s name in 2014 for the fourth year running, while Daniel climbed from fifth in 2013 to third in 2014. Thomas was a new entry into the boy’s top 10 in 2014, replacing Matthew.
Emily was the most popular girl’s name registered in 2014. Grace fell from joint first place in 2013 to second place, while Sophie remained in third place in 2014. Olivia and Eva increased in popularity to enter the girl’s top 10, replacing Aoife and Jessica.
More detail here: Baby Names Bulletin 2014
Passport Service announces most popular baby names in 2014.
Emily and Jack remain the most popular names on passport applications for infants in Ireland, according to the Passport Service of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Welcoming the new passport holders, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, said:
“Of the 53,046 passports issued to children under the age of three, 574 went to Jacks and 456 to Emilys. Amelia and Lily entered the top ten names for girls, and while I was disappointed to see Charlie drop two places, I am pleased that it remains in the top ten for boys.
“The names reflect the continued popularity of traditional Irish names, such as Aoife and Oisín, and the vibrant multiculturalism in today’s Ireland, with Zuzanna and Kacper the highest new entries.
“I would like to take this opportunity to remind Irish people to check the validity of their passports and those of their families, and to perhaps renew now, ahead of the summer rush. Last year, almost 630,000 passports we issued, a quarter of which were issued in May and June.”