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Changing trends in naming babies

Changing trends in naming babies

For both boys and girls, the range of names used has been consistently widening over the last 100 years. Parents are increasingly selecting names which are different. The following table illustrates this trend.

Top Ten Names as a Percentage
of All Names, Selected Years, Scotland

 

Boys

Girls

1900

68.4

58.1

1950

53.3

36.3

1975

32.6

20.2

2000

21.7

20.4

2003

19.8

17.7

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