Boys, Girls

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?

The most popular baby names of 2017 have been released, and Olivia and Oliver ranked highest

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.


  1. Olivia
  2. Amelia
  3. Isla
  4. Ava
  5. Emily
  6. Isabella
  7. Mia
  8. Poppy
  9. Ella
  10. Lily
  11. Sophia
  12. Charlotte
  13. Grace
  14. Evie
  15. Jessica
  16. Sophie
  17. Alice
  18. Daisy
  19. Florence
  20. Freya
  21. Phoebe
  22. Evelyn
  23. Sienna
  24. Isabelle
  25. Ivy
  26. Willow
  27. Matilda
  28. Elsie
  29. Ruby
  30. Scarlett
  31. Sofia
  32. Chloe
  33. Eva
  34. Harper
  35. Rosie
  36. Emilia
  37. Millie
  38. Layla
  39. Imogen
  40. Maya
  41. Eliza
  42. Esme
  43. Lola
  44. Elizabeth
  45. Erin
  46. Maisie
  47. Aria
  48. Luna
  49. Lucy
  50. Ellie

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.


  1. Oliver
  2. Harry
  3. George
  4. Noah
  5. Jack
  6. Jacob
  7. Leo
  8. Oscar
  9. Charlie
  10. Muhammad
  11. William
  12. Alfie
  13. Henry
  14. Thomas
  15. Joshua
  16. Freddie
  17. James
  18. Archie
  19. Arthur
  20. Logan
  21. Theo
  22. Alexander
  23. Edward
  24. Isaac
  25. Lucas
  26. Ethan
  27. Max
  28. Joseph
  29. Samuel
  30. Mohammed
  31. Finley
  32. Daniel
  33. Benjamin
  34. Harrison
  35. Sebastian
  36. Adam
  37. Mason
  38. Theodore
  39. Teddy
  40. Dylan
  41. Elijah
  42. Arlo
  43. Riley
  44. David
  45. Zachary
  46. Louie
  47. Toby
  48. Hugo
  49. Reuben
  50. Jude

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.

George was the third most popular name for boys in 2017, no doubt thanks to the adorable royal tot
There were 343 Aryas in 2017, up from 302 in 2016, which isn’t a surprise given the popularity of Game of Thrones

“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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