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Girls' Names - Commentary

Girls' Names - Commentary

23 December 2005

In the Top 20 Boys' and Girls' Names 2005 and Detailed Tables Sophie has become the most popular girls' name for new babies.  Emma falls to second place while Ellie and Amy remain in third and fourth places respectively.  The only new entrant to the top ten is Rebecca (up 2 places to 9) replacing Hannah (down 1 place to 11).

The most significant climber in the top 50 is Ruby (up 70 places to 43).  Other names making significant advances are Kayla (up 28 places to 47), Paige (up 17 places to 44), Eva (up 15 places to 34), Skye (up 15 places to 42) and Bethany (up 14 places to 49).

Amelia (up 24 places to 87), Alyssa (up 42 places to 98) and Alisha (up 31 places to 73) are the major movers into the top 100.  Hayley (up 26 places to 96) has re-entered the top 100 after falling to 122 last year.  Daisy (up 26 places to 73), Madison (up 24 places to 62), Orla (up 22 places to 77), and Ava (up 20 places to 52) also make significant advances within the top 100.

Significant fallers from the top 50 were Abby (down 28 places to 65), Courtney (down 23 places to 67), Taylor (down 20 places to 67) Jenna (down 16 places to 65), and Louise (down 14 places to 55).  In the lower reaches of the top 100 there were large drops for Jodie (down 49 places to 98), Alex (down 22 places to 90) and Elle (down 21 places to 96).

Charlie, Danielle, Alexandra, Kelsey, Stephanie, Chelsea, Caitlyn and Abbi have all dropped out of the top 100.

By mid-December 2005, around 24,700 girls had been registered, with over 3,400 different names being used. The top 50 girls' names accounted for 45 per cent of the registrations, and just over 2,200 girls in Scotland were given unique (for 2005) first names. Table 4- Full list of first forenames given, Scotland, 2005 listing all first names registered in 2005 may be downloaded on this website.

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