NEWS: Top baby names revealed

Olivia has replaced Amelia as the most popular baby girls’ name.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said Olivia had reclaimed the top spot it previously held between 2008 and 2010.

Parents continue to draw inspiration from celebrities and television shows, with Harper seeing the biggest rise in popularity for girls and Jaxon growing in popularity for boys.

Results were based on names given on birth certificates, the ONS said.

Oliver was still the most popular boys’ name across most of England and Wales, apart from in the North East where it was Harry, and in London and the West Midlands, where it was Muhammad.

Although Olivia was top overall for girls, Amelia was still most popular in Yorkshire and the Humber, the East Midlands, West Midlands and London.

The rise of the name Harper is likely due to the David and Victoria Beckham effect. The celebrity couple named their child Harper in 2011, when just 42 girls were given the name in England and Wales.

By 2016 it was the 44th most popular girls’ name, given to 1,256 babies.

Muhammad replaced William in the top 10 names for boys, while Poppy dropped out of the top 10 for girls, making way for Lily.

Some parents seem to have been inspired by the new Star Wars films.

Finn scraped into the top 100, a rise of 26 places, as 650 boys were given the name of John Boyega’s character in The Force Awakens.

Rey, the name of Daisy Ridley’s character, was the choice for 17 girls.

Jaxon is now the 51st most popular boys’ name, with 1,161 babies in 2016, rising 682 places in the past decade.

Arlo  was the biggest climber among boys in the past year, rising 53 places to number 49.

And Luna climbed 52 places to number 78 for girls.

Top 10 girls’ names in England and Wales
1. Olivia – 5,017
2. Amelia – 4,777
3. Emily – 3,551
4. Isla – 3,476
5. Ava – 3,285
6. Isabella – 2,729
7. Lily – 2,722
8. Jessica – 2,703
9. Ella – 2,702
10. Mia – 2,662
Top 10 boys’ names in England and Wales
1. Oliver – 6,623
2. Harry – 5,284
3. George – 5,263
4. Jack – 4,751
5. Jacob – 4,485
6. Noah – 4,305
7. Charlie – 4,190
8. Muhammad – 3,908
9. Thomas – 3,898
10. Oscar – 3,894


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