Top 10 Baby Names of Various English-Speaking Countries (2016)

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Today the Office of National Statistics released the most popular baby names of England and Wales in 2016!  Here’s the combined top 10 for girls:

  1. Olivia (+1 rank change); replaced Amelia as #1
  2. Amelia (-1 rank change)
  3. Emily (0 rank change)
  4. Isla (0)
  5. Ava (0)
  6. Isabella (+2)
  7. Lily (new; +6).  Lily expelled Poppy from the top 10…who knew Highlander jokes could apply to flower names?
  8. Jessica (-1)
  9. Ella (-3)
  10. Mia (-1).

And the combined top 10 for boys:

  1. Oliver (0)
  2. Harry (+1)
  3. George (+1)
  4. Jack (-2)
  5. Jacob (0)
  6. Noah (+1)
  7. Charlie (-1)
  8. Muhammad (+4; new).  Replaces William
  9. Thomas (0)
  10. Oscar (0)

The ONS also releases separate English and Welsh top 100 lists.  

Here’s the top 10 for England:

Girls:

  1. Olivia (+1)
  2. Amelia (-1)
  3. Emily (0)
  4. Isla (0)
  5. Ava (0)
  6. Jessica (0)
  7. Isabella (+1)
  8. Lily (+5; new); replaces Poppy
  9. Ella (-2)
  10. Mia (0)

Boys:

  1. Oliver (0)
  2. George (+2)
  3. Harry (+1)
  4. Jack (-2)
  5. Jacob (+1)
  6. Noah (+2)
  7. Charlie (-2)
  8. Muhammad (+4; new); replaces William
  9. Thomas (-2)
  10. Oscar (0)

And for Wales:

Girls:

  1. Olivia (+1)
  2. Amelia (-1)
  3. Ella (+3)
  4. Ava (-1)
  5. Isla (-1)
  6. Emily (-1)
  7. Evie (+4)
  8. Mia (-1)
  9. Lily (0)
  10. Isabelle (+8); replaces Isabella.  An equal number of girls were named Sophia and Isabelle in 2016, but Isabelle lands herself in the top 10 through alphabetic seniority.

Boys:

  1. Oliver (0)
  2. Jacob (0)
  3. Noah (+2)
  4. Jack (0)
  5. Oscar (+2)
  6. Harry (+3)
  7. Charlie (-4)
  8. Alfie (-2)
  9. George (0)
  10. William (-2)

Scotland and Northern Ireland release their own lists at different points in the year despite belonging to the United Kingdom.

Scotland’s Top 10:

Girls:

  1. Olivia (+2)
  2. Emily (-1)
  3. Sophie (-1)
  4. Isla (0)
  5. Ava (+1)
  6. Amelia (+1)
  7. Jessica (-2)
  8. Ella (0)
  9. Lucy (0)
  10. Charlotte (+11; new); replaces Lily

Boys:

  1. Jack (0)
  2. James (+1)
  3. Oliver (-1)
  4. Lewis (0)
  5. Noah (+10; new)
  6. Logan (+2)
  7. Harry (+9; new)
  8. Alexander (-3)
  9. Leo (+4; new)
  10. Charlie (-4)

Noah, Harry, and Leo replaced Lucas, Harris, and Daniel.

Northern Ireland’s Top 10:

  1. Emily (0)
  2. Grace (+1)
  3. Olivia (+2)
  4. Anna (+2)
  5. Sophie (-1)
  6. Lily (+9; new)
  7. Amelia (0)
  8. Ella (-6)
  9. Ava (+1)
  10. Sophia (+2; new); replaces Aoife

Boys:

  1. James (+1)
  2. Jack (-1)
  3. Oliver (+3)
  4. Charlie (-1)
  5. Noah (-2)
  6. Harry (+2)
  7. Jacob (+5; new)
  8. Daniel (-3)
  9. Matthew (-2)
  10. Alfie (+3; new).

Jacob and Alfie replaced Thomas and Jake

Now let’s step outside the U.K. and look at the Republic of Ireland’s Top 10 Baby Names for 2016. 

Girls:

  1. Emily (0)
  2. Grace (+6)
  3. Ava (0)
  4. Lucy (+4)
  5. Sophie (-1)
  6. Amelia (0)
  7. Emma (-5)
  8. Mia (+2)
  9. Hannah (+3; new)
  10. Lily (+1; new)

Hannah and Lily replaced Chloe and Ella.

Boys:

  1. James (+1)
  2. Jack (-1)
  3. Conor (+1)
  4. Daniel (0)
  5. Sean (0)
  6. Noah (+1)
  7. Adam (-1)
  8. Oisin (+4; new); replaces Charlie
  9. Michael (-1)
  10. Luke (0)

New Zealand also has a list.

Girls:

  1. Olivia (0)
  2. Charlotte (0)
  3. Isla (+4)
  4. Harper (+1)
  5. Ella (+1)
  6. Amelia (+3)
  7. Emily (-2)
  8. Mia (0)
  9. Sophie (-5)
  10. Ava (+5; new); replaces Isabella

Boys:

  1. Oliver (0)
  2. Jack (0)
  3. William (0)
  4. Mason (+2)
  5. James (-1)
  6. Hunter (+1)
  7. Noah (+4; new)
  8. Lucas (+6; new)
  9. Leo (+15; new)
  10. Max (+3; new)

Noah, Lucas, Leo, and Max replaced Jacob, Liam, Charlie, and Benjamin

Unfortunately, neither Canada nor Australia have official national lists.  Individual provinces produce their data every year, but I don’t think they all do.  That said, we can always make comparisons with the U.S. list! 

U.S. Top 10:

Girls:

  1. Emma (0)
  2. Olivia (0)
  3. Ava (+1)
  4. Sophia (-1)
  5. Isabella (0)
  6. Mia (0)
  7. Charlotte (+2)
  8. Abigail (-1)
  9. Emily (-1)
  10. Harper (0)

Boys:

  1. Noah (0)
  2. Liam (0)
  3. William (+2)
  4. Mason (-1)
  5. James (+2)
  6. Benjamin (+4)
  7. Jacob (-3)
  8. Michael (+1)
  9. Elijah (+2; new); replaces Alexander
  10. Ethan (-4)

Thoughts?  It’s always interesting to see which names are especially popular in some places compared to others. 

Sources / Where you can find the data:

 

 

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