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Most popular baby names of 2020 revealed

Written by on 18th October 2021

The most popular baby names in England and Wales in 2020 have been revealed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Data from the agency released on Monday shows the top boys and girls names last year.
Oliver remained the most popular name for boys in England and Wales for the eighth year in a row.
Meanwhile, Olivia topped the girls’ list for the fifth year.

The figures also show that Archie replaced Charlie in the top 10 names for boys and for girls, Ivy and Rosie replaced Grace and Freya in the top 10.
Parents aged 35 and over continued to choose more traditional names, while younger parents opted for more modern and shortened names, the ONS said.
In total, 4,225 baby boys were named Oliver in 2020, down from 4,932 the previous year, while a total of 3,640 newborn girls were named Olivia, down from 4,082.
The name of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie, moved up the boys’ list from 19th to ninth, with 2,944 babies named Archie in 2020, up from 2,544 in 2019, and the first time Archie has made the top 10.

It is the first time Charlie has not been in the top 10 since 2005, slipping to 12th place with a total of 2,810 babies named Charlie in 2020, down from 3,355 in 2019.
Despite Oliver being the top boy’s name for England and Wales, regionally it was only top in the North East.
Muhammad was top in four regions of England and Arthur in three regions.

In Wales, Noah was the top boy’s name but only the fourth most popular name in England and Wales combined.
In 2020, 24.5% of local authorities had at least one top boy’s name that was not in the top 10 for England and Wales.
The lowest ranking top name for a local authority was Jac, which ranked 420th in England and Wales but was the top name for Ceredigion.

Sian Bradford, of the ONS, said: “Oliver and Olivia held on to 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.”

Here are the top 100 most popular names for baby boys in England and Wales in 2020, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The number next to each name is the total live births registered during the calendar year.

The number in brackets is the change in ranking from 2019.

1 Oliver 4,225 (0)

2 George 4,100 (0)

3 Arthur 4,052 (+1)

4 Noah 4,042 (-1)

5 Muhammad 3,710 (+2)

6 Leo 3,314 (0)

7 Oscar 3,268 (+3)

8 Harry 3,209 (-3)

9 Archie 2,944 (+10)

10 Jack 2,900 (-2)

11 Henry 2,868 (+1)

12 Charlie 2,810 (-3)

13 Freddie 2,797 (+1)

14 Theodore 2,737 (+4)

15 Thomas 2,646 (-2)

16 Finley 2,613 (+11)

17 Theo 2,598 (-1)

18 Alfie 2,414 (-3)

19 Jacob 2,327 (-8)

20 William 2,215 (-3)

21 Isaac 2,074 (+2)

22 Tommy 2,013 (+4)

23 Joshua 1,989 (-3)

24 James 1,977 (-2)

25 Lucas 1,946 (0)

26 Alexander 1,909 (-5)

27 Arlo 1,908 (+7)

28 Roman 1,776 (+31)

29 Edward 1,751 (-5)

30 Elijah 1,668 (+8)

31 Teddy 1,627 (+1)

32 Mohammed 1,615 (-1)

33 Max 1,585 (-5)

34 Adam 1,476 (+5)

35 Albie 1,473 (+10)

36 Ethan 1,454 (-6)

37 Logan 1,449 (-8)

38 Joseph 1,437 (-4)

39 Sebastian 1,435 (-5)

40 Benjamin 1,426 (-7)

41 Harrison 1,401 (-4)

42 Mason 1,370 (+1)

43 Rory 1,344 (+3)

44 Reuben 1,339 (0)

45 Luca 1,323 (+4)

46 Louie 1,292 (-4)

47 Samuel 1,261 (-6)

48 Reggie 1,237 (+3)

49 Jaxon 1,208 (-2)

50 Daniel 1,203 (-10)

51 Hugo 1,196 (-3)

52 Louis 1,186 (+1)

53 Jude 1,175 (+4)

54 Ronnie 1,172 (+10)

55 Dylan 1,168 (-1)

56 Zachary 1,155 (-6)

57 Albert 1,148 (-2)

58 Hunter 1,114 (-6)

59 Ezra 1,105 (+1)

60 David 1,047 (-4)

61 Frankie 1,010 (-3)

62 Toby 980 (-1)

63 Frederick 952 (+2)

64 Carter 940 (-1)

65 Gabriel 888 (+1)

66 Grayson 884 (+6)

67 Riley 842 (-5)

68 Jesse 841 (+1)

69 Hudson 812 (+23)

70 Bobby 790 (-2)

71 Rowan 774 (+11)

72 Jenson 760 (+3)

73 Finn 757 (+13)

74 Michael 751 (-4)

75 Mohammad 751 (-1)

76 Stanley 751 (-7)

77 Felix 749 (+11)

78 Jasper 727 (+6)

79 Liam 721 (-5)

80 Milo 720 (+28)

81 Sonny 699 (+22)

82 Oakley 697 (+16)

83 Elliot 693 (-12)

84 Chester 691 (+6)

85 Caleb 665 (+4)

86 Harvey 662 (-8)

87 Elliott 647 (-4)

88 Charles 646 (-2)

89 Ellis 642 (-13)

90 Jackson 639 (+1)

91 Alfred 635 (+6)

92 Ollie 633 (-7)

93 Leon 620 (0)

94 Yusuf 620 (+12)

95 Ralph 615 (-14)

96 Otis 612 (+28)

97 Harley 594 (-20)

98 Ibrahim 591 (-4)

99 Jayden 591 (-19)

100 Myles 591 (+25)

Here are the top 100 most popular names for baby girls in England and Wales in 2020, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The number next to each name is the total live births registered during the calendar year.

The number in brackets is the change in ranking from 2019.

1. Olivia 3,640 (0)

2. Amelia 3,319 (0)

3. Isla 2,749 (0)

4. Ava 2,679 (0)

5. Mia 2,303 (0)

6. Ivy 2,166 (+6)

7. Lily 2,150 (+2)

8. Isabella 2,052 (-2)

9. Rosie 2,035 (+5)

10. Sophia 2,028 (-3)

11. Grace 2,010 (-3)

12. Freya 1,982 (-2)

13. Willow 1,982 (+7)

14. Florence 1,963 (+1)

15. Emily 1,896 (-4)

16. Ella 1,887 (-3)

17. Poppy 1,838 (0)

18. Evie 1,793 (-3)

19. Elsie 1,772 (+2)

20. Charlotte 1,732 (-2)

21. Evelyn 1,709 (-1)

22. Sienna 1,638 (+2)

23. Sofia 1,623 (+3)

24. Daisy 1,571 (+7)

25. Phoebe 1,543 (-3)

26. Sophie 1,525 (-3)

27. Alice 1,432 (-2)

28. Harper 1,415 (+1)

29. Matilda 1,401 (+1)

30. Ruby 1,359 (-3)

31. Emilia 1,353 (+1)

32. Maya 1,331 (+2)

33. Millie 1,319 (+4)

34. Isabelle 1,317 (-6)

35. Eva 1,263 (0)

36. Luna 1,216 (0)

37. Jessica 1,156 (-4)

38. Ada 1,140 (+9)

39. Aria 1,108 (+3)

40. Arabella 1,095 (+31)

41. Maisie 1,094 (-1)

42. Esme 1,055 (+1)

43. Eliza 1,052 (-5)

44. Penelope 1,020 (-3)

45. Bonnie 1,015 (+17)

46. Chloe 980 (-7)

47. Mila 973 (+3)

48. Violet 962 (+3)

49. Hallie 954 (+9)

50. Scarlett 942 (-6)

51. Layla 939 (-3)

52. Imogen 932 (-7)

53. Eleanor 900 (-1)

54. Molly 890 (+3)

55. Harriet 882 (-6)

56. Elizabeth 866 (-1)

57. Thea 858 (-11)

58. Erin 851 (-4)

59. Lottie 830 (+8)

60. Emma 816 (-1)

61. Rose 803 (-5)

62. Delilah 801 (+14)

63. Bella 792 (-10)

64. Aurora 781 (+6)

65. Lola 778 (-5)

66. Nancy 777 (-2)

67. Ellie 772 (-4)

68. Mabel 768 (+30)

69. Lucy 755 (-8)

70. Ayla 744 (+14)

71. Maria 744 (-1)

72. Orla 733 (+6)

73. Zara 712 (-7)

74. Robyn 710 (-9)

75. Hannah 708 (-7)

76. Gracie 706 (-2)

77. Iris 703 (+4)

78. Jasmine 678 (-5)

79. Darcie 656 (-2)

80. Margot 652 (+14)

81. Holly 646 (-9)

82. Amelie 632 (-2)

83. Amber 626 (-4)

84. Georgia 608 (-9)

85. Edith 599 (+4)

86. Maryam 592 (-2)

87. Abigail 586 (-4)

88. Myla 581 (+13)

89. Anna 574 (-7)

90. Clara 570 (+1)

91. Lilly 565 (-5)

92. Lyra 559 (+58)

93. Summer 553 (-1)

94. Maeve 547 (+124)

95. Heidi 542 (-2)

96. Elodie 527 (+16)

97. Lyla 517 (+1)

98. Eden 514 (+13)

99. Olive 510 (+10)

100. Aisha 508 (+2)

Via Independant Radio News/Sky News for GTFM