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Most popular babies’ names in 2017

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the most popular names last year were:

For Boys (28,222 different names)

  1. Oliver – for the fifth year running
  2. Harry – for second year in a row
  3. George – for second year in a row
  4. Noah
  5. Jack
  6. Jacob
  7. Leo – new entry in the top ten
  8. Oscar
  9. Charlie
  10. Muhammed – top name in London, West Midlands and Yorkshire

Least popular boys’ names were Ajax, Reese, and Ripley (only 3 of each)

For Girls (35,475 different names)

  1. Olivia
  2. Amelia
  3. Isla
  4. Ava
  5. Emily
  6. Isabella
  7. Mia
  8. Poppy – has replaced Jessica in top 10
  9. Ella
  10. Lily

Other new girls’ names in the top 100 include Aurora, Orla, Edith, Bonnie, Lyla, and Hallie.

Least popular girls’ names include October, Success and Zamora.

And Sarah has dropped out of the top 100 for the first time in over a hundred years!

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Top names for children in 2015


Child_YawningIt seems 20% of parents regret the name they have given their child. According to Mumsnet because it’s too common.

Not sure whether as in too many other kids with same name or just not posh enough.

Anyway the Office of National statistics has revealed its latest list of the most popular names. Bear in mind that it treats variations in spelling as a different name otherwise Mohammed and its variations would be the top boys’ name.

So the most popular boys’ name for the third year running is Oliver. Noah has surged into the top 10, presumably because of various actors and fictional characters rather than a biblical influence as its been the most popular name in America for the last 3 years.

Names like Mason and Logan are in the top 50 while Teddy, Jason, and Roman are the highest climbers.

P1000490There is a bit of a comeback trend…

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Sick of modern kids’ names?

childcare_walking_line_1600_wht_5665If like me you despair at some of the children’s names you hear at school or in the supermarket – not just the celebrity wannabe names but the made-up or hyphenated ones – then go to Iceland.

That’s the country, not Kerry Katona’s former employer. The land of fire and ice. Think hot water geysers, pure drinking water, the Blue Lagoon, Bjork, and volcanoes.

In Iceland most of the 270,000 population don’t have a family name. Children have a given name followed by their father’s name with sson or dottir added to it. So Thor has a son called Jon Thorsson and if he has a daughter Frida she’s called Frida Thorsdottir (daughter of Thor).

Simple? It means phone books list people by their first name and because there are no surnames as such they don’t use Mr or Mrs and just call people by their first names. And that’s where it gets interesting.

First names that have not been previously used in Iceland must be approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee before being used. The criterion for acceptance of names is whether or not they can be easily incorporated into the Icelandic language. First, they must contain only letters found in the Icelandic alphabet and second, they must fit the rules of grammar for the Icelandic language.

So the case recently reported in The Times about the “girl with no name” came about because the parents called her Blaer (which means light breeze in Icelandic) and this name wasn’t in the list of 1,853 approved girls’ names (boys have 1,712 to choose from).

The priest who baptised the baby made a mistake not realising that Blaer is a boy’s name and only takes the masculine article in grammar.  Her parents appealed to the naming panel but lost so the child has been referred to in official records and at school simply as Stuka (the girl).

The rules also mean you can’t have names beginning with C, Q, W, or Z, as these letters aren’t in the Icelandic alphabet. Perhaps surprisingly Elvis was allowed on appeal  because it fitted the language guidelines. Blaer’s mother Bjork Eidsdottir has taken the case to Iceland’s main court which will decide by the end of this month. If she loses there she says she is prepared to go to the European Court of Human Rights.

We might have gone to war with Iceland over cod and their investment banks but I’m with them on this!

Update 1 February 2013: Reykjavik’s District Court has overturned earlier decision and allowed her to use that name. It’s not known if government will appeal.