These were the most popular baby names for 2017… so did yours make the list?
CHOOSING a name for your baby is one of the hardest decisions as a parent, particularly when you have different preferences.
To give you some inspiration, the most popular baby names of 2017 have been revealed, so where does your baby rank?
Numerous trends emerged last year, including a rise in old-fashioned monikers, as well as some more unusual options inspired by TV shows such as Game Of Thrones.
The Office of National Statistics revealed that for girls, Olivia was the number one most popular name in the England and Wales, followed by Amelia, Isla and Ava.
Meanwhile for boys, Oliver was the most popular choice, with Harry and George also making the top three.
Olivia and Oliver were also top the year before, meaning their popularity hasn’t waned.
TOP 50 BABY NAMES FOR GIRLS IN 2017
Oliver has been the top choice since 2013, and Olivia overtook Amelia in 2016.
The statistics were found from first names as they appear on birth certificates.
New entries into the top 100 in 2017 include Hunter and Ralph replacing Aaron and Jasper, which featured in the 2016 list.
And for girls, Aurora, Orla, Edith, Bonnie, Lyla and Hallie replaced Lexi, Zoe, Maddison, Sarah, Felicity and Lydia.
Lily rose to replace Poppy in the top ten girls’ names for England and Wales in 2017, and Leo replaced Thomas in the top 10 for boys’ names.
TOP 50 BABY NAMES FOR BOYS IN 2017
Influences such as Game Of Thrones clearly had effect on parents, as there were 343 Aryas in 2017, up from 302 in 2016.
Nick Stripe, a statistician at the Office for National Statistics says: “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.”
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