Top baby names in England and Wales - most popular 100 names for 2016 revealed

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20 September 2017
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The 100 most popular baby names in England and Wales for 2016 have been released by the Office for National Statistics.

The 100 most popular baby names in England and Wales for 2016 have been released by the Office for National Statistics. Explore how you're related to someone with our relationship calculator.

The annual bulletin shows the most popular first names chosen for babies born in England and Wales during 2016. Of the babies born in 2016, 13% of boys and 10% of girls were given a first name featuring in the top 10 names for the year.

  •  Olivia replaced Amelia as the most popular name for girls.  Amelia has been the top name since 2011, when it took over from Olivia, the most popular name between 2008 and 2010. Amelia remained the most popular name in four English regions, with Olivia top in the remaining five, and in Wales
  • Oliver remains the most popular name for boys for the fourth year in a row. It was the top name in six English regions and in Wales
  • Muhammad was the most popular name in London and the West Midlands, and Harry in the North East in 2016
  • Lily replaced Poppy in the top 10 girls’ names in 2016, compared with 2015 and Muhammad replaced William in the top 10 boys’ names
Nick Stripe of the Office for National Statistics said: 'With over 696,000 babies born in England and Wales in 2016, and nearly 64,000 different names chosen for them, it's interesting how relatively stable the top 10 names have been over recent years. Olivia replaced Amelia as the most popular name for girls in 2016, returning to the top position it previously held between 2008 and 2010.
 
"Oliver remained the most popular name for baby boys born in 2016, having held the top spot since 2013. It is as you move down the rankings you begin to notice social and cultural changes being reflected in name choices. Harper was the girls’ name in the top 100 in 2016 with the biggest rise in popularity over the previous 10 years, whilst for boys it was Jaxon."
 
Find more facts and figures about life in England and Wales on the Office for National Statistics website.
 
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