Arthur and Albert among the comeback kids
Parents making similar choices in the boys’ world
Parents of baby boys seem to be happy to go with the current trend as there are surprisingly few changes among the most popular names over the past year. George was already in the top ten before Prince William and Kate gave their son the royal heritage name – one day he is due to become George VII – and since then he has made a modest rise of three places to number seven.
The current top ten order is Oliver, Jack, Harry, Jacob, Charlie, Thomas, George, Oscar, James and William with all of them featuring in Nameslink cards. Oscar and Noah (at number 11) have both risen by more than 50 places in ten years.
Of the various spellings of the favourite Muslim name, Muhammad has risen one place to 14 while Mohammed is down four at 27.
Freddie rose 15 places (up 76 over ten years) to clinch a slot in the top 20 this year with Victorian stalwarts Arthur and Albert both showing strong rises over the past decade. Both Theo and Theodore have enjoyed a surge in popularity with Teddy, Dexter and Joey the best performers over a ten year period.
Losing ground currently are Riley down 14 places over the year to 34, Tyler down ten to 47, Ryan down 18 to 69 and Jamie down 20 to 88.
John, who fell from the top 100 a few years ago may be making a comeback. He is currently one place off the pace at 101.