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Additional names

Additional names

The number of forenames given in 2002 is summarised in the chart below. Eighty-four per cent of boys and seventy-six per cent of girls registered in 2002 have more than one forename.

Number of Forenames, Scotland 2002
Number of forenames, Scotland 2002

Top 20 boys' and girls' second names, Scotland, 2002

Boys

Girls

 

Name

Count

 

Name

Count

1

James

1,751

1

Louise

1,187

2

John

1,344

2

Elizabeth

987

3

William

886

3

Jane

656

4

Alexander

877

4

Anne

510

5

David

766

5

Margaret

509

6=

Thomas

683

6

Ann

472

6=

Robert

683

7

Mary

406

8

Andrew

581

8

Catherine

355

9

George

393

9

Rose

337

10

Michael

344

10

Marie

310

11

Joseph

285

11

Helen

217

12

Paul

244

12

Grace

196

13

Scott

234

13

Sarah

179

14

Peter

230

14

May

170

15

Patrick

221

15

Leigh

142

16

Ian

183

16

Jade

134

17

Stuart

181

17

Jean

125

18

Alan

172

18=

Frances

110

19

Daniel

170

18=

Claire

110

20

Charles

167

20

Alice

109

James, John, William and Alexander are more popular as second names than Jack is as a first name. The top 10 boys second names account for more than half of all second names.

Louise and Elizabeth, as second names, are both twice as popular as Chloe, the leading first name for girls. The top 20 girls' second names account for about half of all the second names used.

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