The most popular names in Scotland 2004
5th January 2005
LEO AND KEIRA HIT TOP 100
Leo and Keira have made big jumps into the top 100 babies’ names list, according to official figures
published today by the Registrar General for Scotland.
In the boys’ names list, Lewis has retained the top position for the second year, with Jack in second and James continuing to climb the top five (up 1 place to 3rd).
Sophie has moved up from fourth place to second place and Hannah is the only new entrant in the top ten in the girls’ names list.
Liam (up 8 places to 6th) has returned to the top ten after falling last year from 7th to 14th.
Names making significant advances in the top 50 are Aiden (up 25 places to 32nd) and Sam (up 24 places to 34th). The biggest jump into the top 100 has been Leo (up 39 places to 83rd). MacKenzie (up 35 places to 93rd), Archie (up 22 places to 81st) and Harris (up 5 places to 98th) have also made advances into the top 100. Charles and Joe have both re-entered the top 100 (joint 90th) after falling to 105 and 108 respectively last year.
After entering the top five last year, Kyle has fallen 4 places to 9th; and Matthew (down 2 places to 11th) and Adam (down 4 places to 14th) have both dropped out of the top ten. Elsewhere, there have been notable reductions in popularity for John (down 13 places to 37th) and Craig (down 8 places to 49th). Michael (down 6 places to 28th) and David (down 5 places to 26th) have also dropped significantly.
Names dropping out of the top 100 are Duncan, George, Mohammed, Marcus, Mitchell, Grant, Anthony and Greg.
By mid-December 2004, over 26,200 boys had been registered, with over 2,200 different first names being used. The top 50 names accounted for 55 per cent of the total. Over 1400 boys were given unique (for 2004) first names.
Emma has also retained its position as the most popular girl’s name for new babies. The top five names are the same as in 2003, but Sophie has moved up from 4th to 2nd place. The only new entrant to the top ten is Hannah (up 1 place to 10th) replacing Rachel (down 5 places from 7th to 12th).
The most significant climber in the top 50 is Keira, (up 79 places to 32nd). Other significant climbers are Millie (up 26 places to 42nd) and Amber (up 13 places to 45th). Leah, Zoe, Isla and Brooke all move up 10 places, to 19th, 27th, 30th and 39th places respectively. Abi (up 168 places to 87th), Madison (up 65 places to 85th), and Evie (up 51 places to 94th) are the major movers into the top 100. Alice (up 17 places to 87th) has re-entered the top 100 after falling to 104th last year.
There were no major fallers in the top 50 but in the lower reaches of the top 100 there were large drops for Kate (down 29 places to 94th), Bethany (down 24 places to 65th), Stephanie (down 24 places to 93rd), Georgia (down 23 places to 79th), Jennifer (down 22 places to 52nd), Ciara (down 22 places to 74th) and Carly (down 20 places to 94th).
Hayley, Rhiannon, Claire, Jade, Catherine, Orla, Katherine and Alicia have all dropped out of the top 100. Sinead fell 80 places to 172nd after climbing 69 places the previous year.
By mid-December 2003, more than 24,600 girls had been registered, with over 3,200 different names being used. The top 50 girls' names accounted for 48 per cent of the registrations, and just over 2,000 girls in Scotland were given unique (for 2004) names.
CHANGING TRENDS IN NAMING BABIES
For both boys and girls, the range of names used has been consistently widening over the last 100 years. Parents are increasingly selecting names which are different. The top ten names have been chosen for a decreasing proportion of babies:
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Another aspect of the changing range of names is an increasing variation in spelling. If combined, Callum/Calum and Abbi/Abbie/Abby/Abi would both move up to 3rd place in their respective lists.
It is clear that second names are more “traditional”, reflecting the names of previous generations in many cases. There are few changes in the lists of second names from year to year, with James and John, and Louise and Elizabeth being consistently popular.
Lewis was top boys’ name in 11 council areas, whilst Jack was top in 7 areas.
Emma was the most popular girls’ name in 10 council areas, whilst Ellie was top in 8 areas.
ENGLAND AND WALES
An analysis by the Office for National Statistics covering England and Wales has shown that Jack and Emily were the most popular names there in 2004. Further details can be found on the ONS website: www.statistics.gov.uk
The most popular names in Northern Ireland were Jack and Katie. Further details may be found at www.nisra.gov.uk
NOTES TO NEWS EDITORS
1. Tables available on the GROS website www.gro-scotland.gov.uk give the top 100 boys’ and girls’ birth names in 2004.
- in order of popularity
- in alphabetic order
- second names in order of popularity
- also available for downloading is a file containing the top ten boys’ and girls’ names for each of the 32 Scottish local authority areas.
3. An Occasional Paper on Surnames in Scotland
was published on the General Register Office for Scotland website early in 2003.
4. The Registrar General's registration records, which date back to 1855, have been augmented to include a computerised index to the Church of Scotland parish registers back to 1553. This has enabled customers to analyse the frequency of occurrence of Scottish forenames and surnames over four centuries. For further information on the availability of data please contact GROS Statistics Customer Services using our Contact Form
5. All births have, by law, to be registered, and the records sent in by local registrars to the General Register Office for Scotland. This allows the production of tables showing the most popular first forenames, not just for a section of the population or those announced in a particular newspaper, but for all new babies born in Scotland.
6. All the information for 2004 contained in these tables is provisional. It is based on births registered up to mid-December 2004. The information for 2003 contained in this paper is for the full year, and therefore varies from that contained in last year's paper.
7. The rankings were based on the first forename recorded on the birth register.
8. Different spellings, e.g. Stephen, Steven, were counted separately. Accents were ignored.