Fastest growing baby names in the South West revealed

Primrose, Margot and Ezra are the baby names seeing a boost in popularity in the South West.

In 2013, just four baby girls were given the name Primrose, but it was the pick of choice for 28 parents in 2015, a 600% rise.

Margot has grown from three in 2013 to 20 in 2015, while Ezra went from 12 to 63 and Harper from 22 to 100.

Thea has doubled in terms of popularity, from 59 babies in 2013 to 119 in 2015, while Teddy rose from 55 to 113 and Aria was up from 24 to 66.

Other names that appear to be growing in popularity in the region include Mikolaj, from four in 2013 to 18 in 2015, Jaxon, up from 10 to 40, and Ariana, more than tripling from 10 to 32.

The names seeing the biggest drops in popularity were Will, down from 14 in 2013 to less than three in 2015, Rylee, down from 13 to less than three, Morgan down from 12 to less than three, and Bartosz, Jorja and Kimberley, all down from 11 to less than three.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics cover all children born between 2013 and 2015 in England and Wales, where three or more children were given the name. The numbers of babies with each name is based on the exact spelling of the name given on the birth certificate.

In the South West, Amelia is on top for girls’ names for the fourth year in a row, while Oliver takes it’s third year as the most popular boys name.

Thomas and Alfie drop out of the top 10 for boys, replaced by George and Freddie. For girls, Ruby, Sophie and Grace all exit the top 10, replaced by Ella, Evie and Ava.

Amelia has been in the top spot across England and Wales since 2011 while Oliver has been in the top spot since 2013, with the names both retaining their top spots as the most popular first names given to babies born in 2015.

In England, Amelia was the most popular girls’ name and Oliver the most popular boys’ name in 7 out of the 9 regions.

Ella and Mia replaced Lily and Sophie in the top 10 girls’ names for England and Wales in 2015, compared with 2014.

Noah replaced James in the top 10 boys’ names for England and Wales in 2015, compared with 2014.

Elizabeth McLaren, Vital Statistics Outputs Branch, Office for National Statistics, said: “Amelia and Oliver remained the most popular names for baby girls and boys born in 2015, having held the top spot since 2011 and 2013 respectively.

“Ella re-entered the top 10 baby girls’ names in 2015 – Ella was last in the top 10 in 2007. Noah entered the top 10 baby boys’ names for the first time on record in 2015, following a gradual increase in popularity.”

There were 4 new entries in the top 100 most popular boys’ names in 2015 for England and Wales: Jaxon, Roman, Reggie and Carter.

These replaced Owen, Robert, Joey and Finlay which were in the top 100 in 2014. Within the boys’ top 100, Jaxon showed the largest rise, up 35 places to number 80. Kian, down 44 places to number 98, showed the largest fall.

There were 6 new entries in the top 100 most popular girls’ names in 2015: Penelope, Mila, Clara, Arabella, Maddison and Aria.

These replaced Lydia, Faith, Mollie, Brooke, Isabel and Amy. Within the girls’ top 100, Aria showed the largest rise, gaining 70 places to number 100. Katie, down 22 places to number 99, showed the largest fall.

In 2015, there were 697,852 live births in England and Wales, with over 27,000 different boys’ names and over 35,000 different girls’ names registered. The top 100 boys’ names accounted for 52% of all baby boys born in 2015, while the top 100 girls’ names accounted for 43% of all baby girls born in 2015.

Half of the 10 most popular boys’ names in 2015 were also in the top 10 in 2005: Oliver, Jack, Harry, William and Thomas.

When compared with 2005, the biggest increases in popularity for those names in the top 10 in 2015 were Oscar and Noah (up 45 and 44 places in the rankings respectively). The largest decrease in popularity since being in the top 10 in 2005 was Daniel, down 18 places in the rankings.

Of the 10 most popular girls’ names in 2015, there were 4 also in the top 10 in 2005: Olivia, Emily, Ella and Jessica.

Compared with 2005, the biggest increases in popularity for those names in the top 10 in 2015 were Isla and Ava (rising 121 and 77 places respectively in the rankings). The largest decrease in popularity since being in the top 10 in 2005 was Ellie (down 42 places in the rankings).

Top boys names for the South West

OLIVER

JACK

HARRY

CHARLIE

JACOB

GEORGE

OSCAR

HENRY

WILLIAM

FREDDIE

Top girls names for the South West

AMELIA

OLIVIA

EMILY

ISLA

POPPY

ELLA

EVIE

AVA

LILY

ISABELLA

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