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Popular Forenames – Babies' First Names 2008

Popular Forenames – Babies' First Names 2008

Number of Forenames

Additional Forenames

The number of forenames given in 2008 is summarised in the chart below. Eighty-three per cent of boys and seventy-six per cent of girls registered in 2008 have more than one forename.

The following table shows the relative popularity of second names:

Most Popular Second Forenames, Scotland, 2008

Boys

 

Girls

Rank

Name

Count

 

Rank

Name

Count

1

James

2119

 

1

Elizabeth

1045

2

John

1425

 

2

Louise

908

3

William

983

 

3

Rose

628

4

David

865

 

4

Jane

557

5

Alexander

864

 

5

Grace

542

6

Robert

733

 

6

Margaret

530

7

Thomas

721

 

7

Anne

522

8

Andrew

542

 

8

Ann

442

9

George

398

 

9

Mary

392

10

Michael

358

 

10

Catherine

355

11

Joseph

269

 

11

Marie

337

12

Scott

247

 

12

May

254

13

Paul

246

 

13

Jean

229

14

Peter

245

 

14

Helen

204

15

Patrick

212

 

15

Sarah

174

16

Alan

203

 

16

Isabella

173

17

Jack

195

 

17

Anna

128

18=

Daniel

188

 

18

Christina

122

18=

Ian

188

 

19

Olivia

120

20

Stuart

177

 

20

Leigh

114

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. In 2007 the top ten second names for boys and girls are the same as last year with just a few minor changes in ranking.

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