Most popular baby names of 2020 revealed

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The ONS has released the most popular baby names for boys and girls across the UK in 2020 with Oliver and Olivia coming out on top again.

Oliver remained the most popular name for boys in England and Wales for the eighth year in a row in 2020, while Olivia topped the girls’ list for the fifth year in succession, figures show.

Data from the Office for National Statistics parents aged 35 and over choose more traditional names, while younger parents opted for more modern and shortened names.

Ivy and Rosie have replaced Grace and Freya in the top 10 girls’ names, while in the boy’s list Archie has kicked out Charlie.

While Oliver was the top boy’s name for England and Wales, it was regionally more prominent in the North East.

Siân Bradford of the Vital Statistics Output Branch of the ONS has said; “Oliver and Olivia held onto the top spots as the most popular boys’ and girls’ names in 2020 but some interesting changes took place beneath them.

“We continue to see the age of mothers having an impact on the choice of baby name. Archie jumped into the top 10 boys’ names for the first time, driven by younger mothers as well as the obvious Royal link. While on the girls’ side Ivy rose to sixth place.

“Popular culture continues to provide inspiration for baby names, whether it’s characters in our favourite show or trending celebrities. Maeve and Otis, characters from the popular programme ‘Sex Education’, have seen a surge in popularity in 2020. While the name Margot has been rapidly climbing since actress Margot Robbie appeared in the popular film ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’.”

 

 

 

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