National Records of Scotland

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Babies' First Names 2009

Babies' First Names 2009

Number of Forenames

Additional Names

The number of forenames given in 2009 is summarised in the chart below. Eighty-four per cent of boys and seventy-seven per cent of girls registered in 2009 have more than one forename.

Number of Forenames, Scotland 2009

Number of forenames, Scotland 2009 Chart

The following table shows the relative popularity of second names:

Most Popular Second Forenames, Scotland, 2009
 

Boys

 

Girls

Rank

Name

Count

 

Rank

Name

Count

1

James

2,031

 

1

Elizabeth

999

2

John

1,379

 

2

Louise

823

3

William

940

 

3

Rose

731

4

Alexander

867

 

4

Jane

574

5

David

804

 

5

Grace

534

6

Robert

716

 

6

Anne

499

7

Thomas

644

 

7

Margaret

492

8

Andrew

542

 

8

Ann

419

9

Michael

429

 

9

Mary

361

10

George

385

 

10

Catherine

348

11

Joseph

292

 

11

Marie

343

12

Peter

261

 

12

May

291

13

Scott

256

 

13

Helen

186

14

Paul

251

 

14

Sarah

185

15

Ian

205

 

15

Isabella

184

16

Patrick

198

 

16

Jean

174

17

Alan

188

 

17

Mae

157

18

Jack

187

 

18

Christina

145

19

Stephen

165

 

19

Maria

131

20

Stuart

159

 

20

Anna

121

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 2009 the top ten second names for boys and girls are the same as the previous four years with just a few minor changes in ranking.

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