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Olivia and Oliver hold firm at the top

Oliver and Olivia have held their places at the top of the list of popular names for new babies. In charts that showed little change from the last three years, Arthur moved up to number 7 as he continued a rapid rise that began in 2007. The figures from the Office for National Statistics show that Arthur is in the top ten for the first time since the 1920s.

With Ada moving steadily up the girls’ chart to number 65, the ONS has suggested that the television series Peaky Blinders may be an influence as two prominent characters are called Ada and Arthur.

As for royal influences, it’s too early for Meghan and Harry’s Archie to show any impact in the stats although at 16 he’s doing fine without royal help. The future king George moved up to 2, pushing Harry down a place. Kate and William’s choice of Louis for their second son may account for his rise of 11 places to 69 although his sister Charlotte’s name remained unchanged at 12.

Generally, 2018 threw up few surprises compared with the previous year although for girls Ivy moved up to 23 while there were strong showings for Mila, Aurora, Summer, Hallie, Bonnie, Delilah and Margot.

Trending names for boys include Hunter, up 34 places to 44, Ezra, Jesse, Finn and Grayson while Jasper and Dominic are making a modest comeback. Muhammad rose two places to number 8 and would be the most popular name in England and Wales if the various spellings of the name were added together.

Top ten names

1 Oliver                                               1 Olivia

2 George (+1)                                    2 Amelia

3 Harry (-1)                                       3 Ava (+1)

4 Noah                                               4 Isla (-1)

5 Jack                                                 5 Emily

6 Leo (+1)                                          6 Mia (+1)

7 Arthur (+12)                                   7 Isabella (-1)

8 Muhammad (+2)                           8 Sophia (+3)

9 Oscar (-1)                                         9 Ella

10 Charlie (-1)                                     10 Grace (+3)


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