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Vital Events - Births

Births data can also be found in our Quarterly, Preliminary Annual, Weekly and Monthly Data and Vital Events Reference Tables publications in the General Publications section.

The Vital Events Reference Tables include the following statistics about births, (some tables are for the latest year, others provide time-series):

  • numbers and rates (per 1,000 population), for Scotland, Local Authority and NHS Board areas - Tables 1.1 to 1.3
  • numbers by the age-group of the mother, for Scotland - Table 3.1
  • crude birth rate, gross reproduction rate, net reproduction rate, general fertility rate and total fertility rate, for Scotland - Table 3.4
  • various fertility rates by the age (or the age-group) of the mother, for Scotland - Tables 3.5 to 3.7
  • numbers by the country of birth of the mother, for Scotland - Table 3.13
  • numbers by the age of mother, for Scotland, Local Authority and NHS Board areas - Table 3.14
  • fertility rates by the age-group of the mother for Local Authority and NHS Board areas - Table 3.16

Births - Background Information

Popular Names
This section contains the current Babies' First Names publication. You can also find previous years publications plus historical data on surnames in Scotland and the 100 most common surnames

Birth Time Series data
This page contains datasets in Excel format that may be particularly useful for users who would like the same data for a series of different years rather than just for one year. 

Re-registrations of births are not included in any of the statistics of births. A separate table giving the number of births which were re-registered in each year from 1935 is available from the Birth Time Series data page.

Birth statistics available from other web sites 
This page will direct you to some other official web sites which have statistics on births, including some figures for areas within Scotland and for other parts of the UK.


Please contact our Statistics Customer Services if you need any further information.

Page last updated: 1 April 2014

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