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Additional names

Additional names

The number of forenames given in 2003 is summarised in the chart below. Eighty-four per cent of boys and seventy-six per cent of girls registered in 2003 have more than one forename.

The number of forenames given in 2003

The following table shows the relative popularity of second names:

Most popular second forenames, Scotland, 2003

Boys

Girls

 

Name

Count

 

Name

Count

1

James

1,759

1

Louise

1,063

2

John

1,343

2

Elizabeth

963

3

William

939

3

Jane

652

4

Alexander

852

4

Margaret

555

5

David

789

5

Anne

519

6

Robert

683

6

Ann

413

7

Thomas

647

7

Mary

411

8

Andrew

554

8

Rose

346

9

Michael

372

9

Marie

330

10

George

358

10

Catherine

306

11

Joseph

262

11

Grace

219

12

Peter

259

12

Helen

217

13

Scott

239

13

Sarah

190

14

Patrick

216

14

May

188

15

Paul

213

15

Jean

162

16

Ian

185

16

Alexandra

127

17

Alan

175

17

Frances

120

18

Edward

166

18

Christina

119

19

Stuart

152

19

Nicole

118

20

Charles

152

20

Leigh

110

It is clear that second names are more "traditional", reflecting the names of previous generations in many cases. There are few changes in the lists of second names from year to year, with James and John, Louise and Elizabeth being consistently popular.

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