Boys, Girls

These are officially the most popular boys and girls baby names in Birmingham

Muhammad and Amelia are the most popular baby names in Birmingham, new figures have revealed.

For the first time, the Office for National Statistics have released figures on the top boys’ and girls’ names at a local level.

They have revealed that 423 baby boys in Birmingham were named Muhammad in 2017, while 99 girls were called Amelia – making them the most popular baby names in our city.

Two other variations on the Arabic name – Mohammed and Mohammad – also made it into the top 10 boys’ names in Birmingham.

Also popular were Adam, Oliver, Noah, Ibrahim and George, which made up the rest of the top names.

For girls’, the other most popular names were Olivia, Ava, Maryam, Aisha, Sophia, Sienna and Isla, all of which saw more than 40 babies given the name.

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Across England and Wales, Olivia and Oliver remain the most popular baby names.

With 5,204 baby girls being given the first name Olivia in 2017, it remained the most popular for the second year in a row, having knocked Amelia off the top spot last year.

Meanwhile, Oliver has been the most popular first name given to baby boys since 2013, according to today’s figures from the ONS.

Poppy replaced Jessica in the top 10 girls’ names across England and Wales last year, compared with 2016.

Thomas fell out of favour for boys’ names, dropping out of the top 10, while Leo shot up the ranks from 13th place to 7th place in 2017.

For the first time, the ONS have also released local figures on the most popular boys’ and girls’ names – you can use their explorable maps to find the data for your area.

‘Fascinating changes’

Nick Stripe, Head of Life Events, Office for National Statistics said: “Although Oliver and Olivia remained the most popular baby names in 2017, some fascinating changes took place beneath them.

“Leo entered the boys top 10 for the first time, whilst Hunter rocketed into the top 100, also for the first time, reaching number 78.

“Sarah, the most popular name for baby girls throughout much of the 1970s and 1980s, dropped out of the top 100 for the first time since our records began in 1904.

“Brand new entries into the top 100 for girls include the names Aurora and Hallie.”

Also making it into the top 100 most popular boys’ name this year was Ralph, although it came in at number 98.

Ralph and Hunter replaced Aaron and Jasper, which were in the top 100 in 2016.

As well as Sarah, Aurora and Hallie, which made it into the top 100 most popular girls’ names for the very first time, 2017 also saw Orla, Edith, Bonnie and Lyla make it onto the list.

They replaced Lexi, Zoe, Maddison, Sarah, Felicity and Lydia, who were all in to top 100 the year before.

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When compared with 2007, the names with the greatest increase in popularity in the top 10 in 2017 were Noah, Leo and Oscar (up 46, 36 and 33 places in the rankings respectively).

The largest decrease was for Daniel, down 26 places in the rankings since being in the top 10 in 2007.

Of the 10 most popular girls’ names in 2017, there were four that were also in the top 10 in 2007; Olivia, Emily, and Lily and Amelia.

Compared with 2007, the biggest increases in popularity for those names in the top 10 in 2016 were Isla and Ava (up 62 and 34 places in the rankings respectively).

The largest decrease in popularity since being in the top 10 in 2007 was for Ruby (down 28 rank places).

Source

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/officially-most-popular-boys-girls-15189933

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