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Babies' First Names 2009

Babies' First Names 2009

Girls' Names - Commentary

For the fifth year, Sophie is the most popular girls’ name for new babies. Olivia climbs one place to second place whilst Ava climbs four places to third. There is one new entrant to the top ten – Amy (up 4 places to 9th). There are two new entrants in the top twenty - Lily (up 7 places to 16th) and Mia (up 6 places to 20th).

Evie (up 12 places to 39th), Amelia (up 10 places to 43rd), Daisy (up 13 places to 46th) and Madison (up 5 places to 50th) are new entrants in the top 50 whilst Millie (up 8 places to 21st), Megan (up 8 places to 22nd) and Charlotte (up 14 places to 28th) also make significant advances.

Maisie (up 23 places to 58th) Poppy (up 13 places to 60th) and Kayleigh (up 20 places to 71st) are among the climbers within the top 100 whilst Lexie (up 31 places to 74th), Alexandra (up 58 places to 80th) and Lucie and Miley (up 57 and 190 places respectively to joint 95th) are among the new entrants. Layla (up 56 places to 61st) and Jasmine (up 41 places to 64th) also make significant advances after dropping out of the top 100 last year. 

Fallers within the top 50 include Rebecca (down 14 places to 33rd) and Caitlin (down 11 places to 48th). Further down the top 100 Iona (down 15 places to 69th), Robyn (down 18 places to 75th) and Cerys (down 24 places to 86th) were also less popular than last year.

Gemma, Abi, Heather, Lara and Nieve are among those dropping out of the top 100. 

By the end of November 2009, more than 26,600 girls had been registered, with nearly 4,000 different names being used. The top 50 girls' names accounted for 43 per cent of the registrations, and almost 2,600 girls in Scotland were given unique (for 2009) first names.

A full list of all first names registered in 2009 may be downloaded from the List of Detailed Tables page on this website.

 

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