National Records of Scotland

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Additional Names

Additional Names

20 December 2006

Number of forenames

The number of forenames given in 2006 is summarised in the chart below.  Eighty-three per cent of boys and seventy-six per cent of girls registered in 2006 have more than one forename.

The following table shows the relative popularity of second names:

Most popular second forenames, Scotland, 2006

   Boys

 

        Girls   

 Rank

Name

Count

 

 Rank

Name

Count

1

James

1865

 

1

Elizabeth

1010

2

John

1357

 

2

Louise

932

3

William

950

 

3

Jane

590

4

Alexander

881

 

4

Margaret

516

5

David

818

 

5

Rose

479

6

Robert

719

 

6

Anne

465

7

Thomas

689

 

7

Ann

402

8

Andrew

557

 

8

Grace

383

9

Michael

400

 

9

Mary

368

10

George

365

 

10

Catherine

324

11

Joseph

266

 

11

Marie

317

12

Scott

252

 

12

May

244

13

Paul

249

 

13

Sarah

220

14

Peter

248

 

14

Jean

198

15

Ian

214

 

15

Helen

188

16

Patrick

203

 

16

Isabella

155

17

Alan

189

 

17

Christina

136

18

Christopher

170

 

18

Nicole

125

19

Edward

169

 

19

Leigh

124

20

Stuart

166

 

20=

Alice

108

 

 

 

 

20=

Frances

108

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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