Most popular baby names in Wales over past year ranked

The top baby names for the last year in Wales have been announced.

Oliver remained the most popular name for boys in Wales in 2019 and Olivia once again topped the list for girls.

They are also the most popular names in England and Wales combined with Oliver at the top of this poll for the seventh year in a row and Olivia topping the girls’ list for the fourth year in succession in England and Wales, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

In 2019 Freya and Lily entered the combined England and Wales top 10 replacing Ella and Emily. This is the first time Freya has been in the top 10 most popular girls’ names while it is the first time Emily has not been in the top 10 for England and Wales since 1984. Margaret and Mary were the only girls’ names to have featured in the top 10 for a longer period of time than Emily.

1. Olivia

2. Amelia

3. Isla

4. Ava

5. Freya

6. Willow

7. Mia

8. Ella

9. Rosie

10. Elsie

In contrast to the top 10 girls’ names there were no new entries in the top 10 boys’ names across England and Wales. Arthur continued its recent rise, now at its highest position since records began in 1904 as the fourth most popular boys’ name in the combined ranking some 11 years since returning to the top 100.

1. Oliver

2. Noah

3. Charlie

4. Jacob

5. Theo

6. George

7. Leo

8. Arthur

9. Oscar

10. Alfie

David Corps, of the vital statistics outputs branch at the ONS, said: “Oliver and Olivia continued their reign as the top boys’ and girls’ names in 2019 but analysis shows choices in baby names can differ depending on the mother’s age.

“We found younger mothers opted for more modern girls’ names like Harper, which has seen a rise since the Beckhams named their daughter so in 2011, and shortened boys’ names like Freddie. In contrast older mothers chose more traditional names such as Jack and Charlotte.

“Popular culture continues to influence the baby names landscape. Following Dua Lipa’s first UK number one single in 2017 the number of girls named Dua has doubled from 63 to 126 in 2019.”

In 2019 in England and Wales the names Alfred, Chester, Hudson, Ibrahim, and Oakley entered the top 100 for boys. They replaced Alex, Dexter, Dominic, Kai, Sonny, and Tobias. This is the first time Alfred has been in the top 100 since 1944.

Within the top 100 boys’ names Tommy increased in the rankings the most (24 places) to become the 26th most popular boys’ name while Matthew decreased the most by 17 places. Matthew is now the 99th most popular name for boys and it looks like the name may soon fall out the top 100 for the first time since 1954.

There were only two entrants into the top 100 girls’ names with Mabel and Lara replacing Aisha and Francesca. This is the first time Mabel has been in the top 100 since 1924.

Hallie increased the most within the top 100 girls’ names in 2019, rising 21 places to become the 58th most popular girls’ name in England and Wales. In 1999 there were just three girls named Hallie compared with 910 in 2019. Although Lily entered the top 10 the alternative spelling of Lilly decreased the most within the top 100 girls’ names by 19 places to become the 86th most popular girls’ name

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