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Popular Forenames – Babies' First Names 2008

Popular Forenames – Babies' First Names 2008

Boys Names - Commentary

After dropping to second place last year, Jack has returned to number one, replacing Lewis as the most popular boys’ name for new babies. Lewis falls to second place whilst Daniel climbs four places to third.  There is one new entrant to the top 20 - Aaron (up 7 places to 14th).  Between them, Jack and Lewis have been the top two boys’ names for the past ten consecutive years. Jack has been number one (with Lewis second) in six of those years with Lewis top (and Jack second) for the other four.

Jayden (up 26 places to 26th), Max (up 26 places to 32nd) and Lucas (up 17 places to 36th) are new entrants in the top 50. Other names making significant advances in the top 50 include Oliver (up 16 places to 24th) and Jay (up 15 places to 34th). Lower down the top 100, Riley (up 34 places to 64th), Alex (up 19 places to joint 67th) and Declan (up 10 places to joint 67th) also make advances. New names reaching the top 100 include Kayden (up 46 places to joint 82nd), Muhammad (up 27 places to joint 82nd), Brodie (up 14 places to 88th), Oscar (up 24 places to 92nd) and Peter (up 18 places to 100th).  Corey (up 23 places to 78th) has re-entered the top 100 after falling to 101st last year. 

There have been reductions in popularity for John (down 10 places to 41st), Kieran (down 12 places to joint 47th), Ross (down 20 places to 47th) and Fraser (down 12 places to 49th). Names dropping out of the top 100 are Lennon, George, Shaun, and Stuart.

By the end of November 2008, around 28,100 boys had been registered, with over 2,900 different first names being used. The top 50 names accounted for 47 per cent of the total. Over 1800 boys were given unique (for 2008) first names.

A full list of first forenames given, Scotland, 2008 may be downloaded from our website.

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