Registrar General for Scotland announces most popular names for 2010
Jack and Sophie were the most popular baby names in 2010, the Registrar General for Scotland announced today.
New data released by the General Register Office for Scotland shows Jack remains the top boys’ name with Lewis in second place – both for a third consecutive year.
Between them, Jack and Lewis have been the top two boys’ names for the past twelve consecutive years. Jack has been number one (with Lewis second) in eight of those years and Lewis has been top (with Jack second) for the other four.
James and Logan stay in third and fourth places respectively and Daniel climbs one place to fifth.
For the sixth year in a row, Sophie is the most popular girls’ name with Olivia climbing one place to second. Ava fell one place to third while Emily stayed at fourth for a second year and Isla climbed six places to fifth.
Big climbers in the 2010 baby name charts include Noah and Riley (up 27 and 18 places respectively to joint 41st) and Ollie (up 90 places to 85th) for boys, and Lacey (up 55 places to 53rd), Lilly (up 33 places to 70th), Alicia (up 99 places to 81st), and Nieve (up 55 places to 95th) for girls.
The top 50 boys’ names accounted for 46 per cent of all those registered and the top 50 girls' names accounted for 42 per cent of the registrations.
Duncan Macniven, Registrar General for Scotland, said:
“As always, the list of Scotland’s favourite baby names is very interesting. Around 27,800 boys and 27,000 girls names have been registered in 2010. More than 7,000 different names were chosen this year and around 1,900 boys and 2,700 girls were given unique (for 2010) names.
“Jack remains the most popular name for boys for the third year in a row. Oliver and Jamie are new entrants to the top 10 and Ethan and Harry join the top 20. Noah, Riley, Cole, Jacob and Fraser are new entrants in the top 50 this year.
“Some boys’ names have become less popular, with Kenzie, Gregor and Hamish among those to have dropped down the list.
“For girls, Sophie is top for a sixth year and Olivia climbs one place to second place. Isla, Lily and Ellie join the top 10 and Mia and Freya are new entrants in the top 20. Maisie, Sophia, Poppy and Layla are new entrants in the top 50.
“Morgan, Madison, Kirsty and Miley were among those less popular than last year.”
The list of top 20 Boys’ and Girls’ names and detailed tables (including the top 100 names and top 10 for each Council area) can be found in the full publication Babies' First Names 2010, available on this website.