National Records of Scotland

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Babies' First Names 2009

Babies' First Names 2009


  • By law, all births have to be registered, and the records sent in by local registrars to the National Records of Scotland. These records allow the production of tables showing the most popular first forenames, not just for a section of the population or those announced in a particular newspaper, but for all new babies born in Scotland.
  • All of the information for 2009 contained in these tables is provisional. It is based on most births registered up to the end of November 2009. The information for 2008 contained in this paper is for the full year, and therefore varies from that contained in last year's paper.
  • The rankings were based on the first forename recorded on the birth register.
  • Different spellings, e.g. Stephen, Steven, were counted separately.
  • Accents were ignored.

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