Influenced by popular culture and tradition, the annual list of the most popular baby names compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is interesting read.
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There was a time when it seemed like every class in every school had at least one Charlie, but it seems that may not be the case now.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), traditional baby names are losing popularity, it seems.
Earlier this year, the organization released its annual figures on the most popular baby names in England and Wales for 2020, and it provided some insightful reading.
It can be a bit sad for the older generation too – especially for everyone named Keith, Colin, Keith, Graham and Christine and Jane, with less than 30 parents registering children with that name in 2020.
But some names remain very popular, like Amelia and Isla, while Jack and James are newborn favorites.
The top pick for new parents hasn’t changed this year – with Olivia and Oliver number one in England and Wales for the eighth year in a row.
But data shows age influences choice, with moms aged 35 and over choosing more traditional names, while young moms often opt for more modern and abbreviated names.
And parents are often influenced by popular culture – with shows like Sex Education influencing choices.
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The Top 10 list changed slightly from the previous year, with Grace and Freya being eliminated in favor of Ivy and Rosie.
After the birth of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan’s son Archie, his name climbed 10 places from 19th to ninth.
Meanwhile, Charlie was knocked out of the top 10 for boys and slipped to 12th place, marking the first time he hasn’t been in the top 10 since 2005.
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Milo and Otis, jumped 20 spots – potentially influenced by the hit Netflix show.
ONS’s Sian Bradford said: “Oliver and Olivia have retained the top spots as the most popular boy and girl names in 2020, but some interesting changes have taken place below them.
“We continue to see the age of mothers having an impact on the choice of baby name.
“Archie jumped into the top 10 for boy names for the first time, led by younger mothers as well as the obvious royal connection, while on the girls’ side Ivy rose to sixth.
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“Popular culture continues to be a source of inspiration for baby names, whether they are characters from our favorite show or fashionable celebrities.
“Maeve and Otis, characters from the popular Sex Education program, saw their popularity rise in 2020, while Margot’s name has risen rapidly since actress Margot Robbie appeared in the popular movie The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Top 50 female first names in England and Wales
Top 50 male names in England and Wales
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