Baby names in England and Wales 2020 - data released


20 October 2021
The most popular first names for baby boys and girls in 2020 using birth registration data have been released by the Office For National Statistics.

The results, taking from England and Wales birth records in 2020, reveal a trend for names inspired by new arrivals in the UK royal family, as well as evidence of inspiration from popular culture.

Top baby names of 2020

Oliver and Olivia remained the most popular names for boys and girls in England and Wales in 2020 for the fifth consecutive year, with Ivy and Rosie replacing Grace and Freya in the top 10 girls’ names, and Archie replacing Charlie in the top 10 boys’ names.

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Siân Bradford, Vital Statistics Outputs Branch, Office for National Statistics, said: "Oliver and Olivia held onto the top spots as the most popular boys’ and girls’ names in 2020 but some interesting changes took place beneath them. We continue to see the age of mothers having an impact on the choice of baby name. Archie jumped into the top 10 boys’ names for the first time, driven by younger mothers as well as the obvious Royal link. While on the girls’ side Ivy rose to sixth place. 

“Popular culture continues to provide inspiration for baby names, whether it’s characters in our favourite show or trending celebrities. Maeve and Otis, characters from the popular programme Sex Education, have seen a surge in popularity in 2020. While the name Margot has been rapidly climbing since actress Margot Robbie appeared in the popular film The Wolf of Wall Street."

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Baby names by age of mother

In 2020, the trends seen in 2019 continued when the choice of name tended to differ between older and younger mothers.

For girls, mothers aged 35 years and over continued to choose more traditional names, while younger mothers opted for more modern names.

The trend continued with boys’ names where younger mothers chose less traditional or shortened versions of traditional names.

Report and graphic courtesy Office for National Statistics.

(Image by Tú Nguyễn from Pixabay)