National Records of Scotland

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Additional Names

Additional Names

Number of forenames

The number of forenames given in 2005 is summarised in the chart below. Eighty-four per cent of boys and seventy-six per cent of girls registered in 2005 have more than one forename.

Number of Forenames, Scotland, 2005

Most popular second forenames, Scotland, 2005

Boys

Girls

 

Name

Count

 

Name   

Count

1

James

1925

1

Elizabeth

987

2

John

1415

2

Louise

978

3

William

997

3

Jane

662

4

Alexander

889

4

Anne

515

5

David

787

5

Margaret

511

6

Robert

720

6

Rose

425

7

Thomas

666

7

Mary

409

8

Andrew

558

8

Anne

400

9

Michael

397

9

Catherine

373

10

George

390

10

Grace

313

11

Joseph

303

11

Marie

308

12

Scott

289

12

May

211

13

Peter

248

13

Sarah

195

14

Patrick

230

14

Helen

191

15

Paul

223

15

Jean

188

16

Ian

204

16

Leigh

130

17

Alan

197

17

Christina

127

18

Christopher

173

18

Isabella

126

19

Daniel

171

19

Nicole

125

20

Edward

161

20

Kate

115

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, and Elizabeth and Louise being consistently popular.

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