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Boys' Names - Commentary

Boys' Names - Commentary

23 December 2005 

In the Top 20 Boys' and Girls' Names 2005 and Detailed Tables, Lewis is the most popular boys’ name for new babies for the third year. Jack remains in second place whilst Callum climbs seven places to third.  Daniel (up 2 places to 9) and Matthew (up 2 places to 10) are new entrants in the top 10, replacing Liam (down 4 places to 11) and Ben (down 4 places to 12). There are three new entrants to the top 20, Alexander (up 8 places to 17),  Thomas (up 2 places to 19) and Aiden (up 9 places to 20).

Names making significant advances in the top 50 include Calum (up 11 places to 35) and Ewan (up 11 places to 39).  Jake (up 11 places to 45) and Charlie (up 10 places to 49) are new entrants in the top 50. Lower down the top 100 Leo (up 18 places to 63) continues last year’s climb and Angus (up 13 places to 66), Gregor (up 14 places to 70), Finn (up 13 places to 75) and Cole (up 23 places to 76) also make advances. New names reaching the top 100 include Noah (up 43 places to 84), Lennon (up 24 places to 88), Harvey (up 18 places to 91) and Corey (up 26 to 97).  Mohammed (up 25 places to 84) and George (up 9 places to 97) have re-entered the top 100 after falling to 109 and 106 respectively last year. 

There have been notable reductions in popularity for Keiran (down 14 places to 37) and Ciaran down 10 places to 68). Lower down the order, Jordan and Shaun (down 29 and 20 places respectively to joint 92) have also dropped significantly. Names dropping out of the top 100 are Jonathan, Jason, Hamish, Patrick, Dean, Alex and Marc.

By mid-December 2005, around 26,400 boys had been registered, with over 2,400 different first names being used. The top 50 names accounted for 53 per cent of the total.  Over 1500 boys were given unique (for 2005) first names. Table 4, the full list of first names given, 2005 can be downloaded on this website.

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