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The Most Popular Names in Scotland, 1998

The Most Popular Names in Scotland, 1998

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Forenames in 1998

The tables below give the top 100 boys' and girls' names in 1998

(a) alphabetically: and

(b) in order or popularity, with changes in position since 1997.

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Boys' Names

The top 10 boys names have all changed position with the exception of the most popular name, Ryan which has remained number one since 1994. Jack and Ross both move up one place to hold second and third position. There were two new names in the top ten in 1998: Cameron up from 14thto 5th and Callum up from 20th to 10th. Two names dropped out of the top ten: David down from 9th to 13th and Michael down from 10th to 16th. Outside the top ten the greatest changes were Ethan (up 37 places from 122nd to 85th), and George (down 20 from 76th to 95th).

Girls' Names

The most popular girl's in 1998 was Chloe (up from 3rd in 1997), Megan came second (up from 4th in 1997), and Rebecca third (down from 2nd in 1997).This year there were no new entries to the top ten. Katie (up 5 places from last year), Lucy and Courtney (both up 3 places from last year) showed the biggest rise of those in the top 20. Outside the top twenty the greatest changes were Isla (up 45 places from =115th to 70th) and Hayley (down 29 from 40th to 69th).

Notes

All births have, by law, to be registered, and the records sent in by local registrars to the Registrar General enable him to produce 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 the new babies registered in Scotland in 1998. But even the most popular names have quite a small 'market share'. Chloes and Ryans are only three per cent of the 27,700 girls and 29,400 boys born last year. Quite a lot of information is available about Scottish names. In 1990 the Registrar General published a small book entitled Personal Names in Scotland covering surnames as well as forenames and including comparisons going back to 1855. Since then the Registrar General's records have been augmented to include a computerised index to the Church of Scotland parish registers back to 1553. This enables customers to analyse the frequency of occurrence of Scottish forenames and surnames over four centuries.

Top 100 boys' and girls' names given in 1998 in Scotland, alphabetically listed

Position Boys Position Girls
32 Aaron 48 Abbie
26 Adam 97 Abby
41= Aidan 61= Abigail
92= Aiden 43= Aimee
72= Alan 95= Alana
28 Alexander 60= Alexandra
77= Alistair 79 Alice
8 Andrew 92= Alison
87= Angus 58= Amber
95= Anthony 5 Amy
39 Ben 36 Anna
68= Benjamin 74 Ashleigh
66 Blair 78 Ashley
80= Bradley 55 Beth
52 Brandon 40= Bethany
10 Callum 6 Caitlin
25 Calum 61= Caitlyn
5 Cameron 57 Cara
89= Charles 98= Carla
97= Charlie 80= Carly
24 Christopher 61 Catherine
75 Ciaran 77 Catriona
7 Connor 84 Chantelle
48 Conor 45 Charlotte
18 Craig 33 Chelsea
12 Daniel 1 Chloe
50 Darren 85= Ciara
13 David 40= Claire
54= Dean 15 Courtney
37 Declan 32 Danielle
87= Duncan 85 Demi
22 Dylan 22 Eilidh
85= Ethan 75= Elizabeth
33 Euan 82 Ellen
36 Ewan 58 Ellie
80= Finlay 19 Emily
34 Fraser 4 Emma
69 Gary 14 Erin
71 Gavin 75= Eve
96 George 65 Fiona
62= Grant 46 Gemma
61 Greg 51= Georgia
82= Gregor 10 Hannah
100 Hamish 69 Hayley
77 Harry 28 Heather
73 Iain 98= Hollie
92= Ian 23 Holly
2 Jack 53= Iona
97 Jacob 70 Isla
58 Jake 29 Jade
6 James 67= Jenna
21 Jamie 24 Jennifer
64 Jason 33 Jessica
76 Jay 56 Jodie
23 John 89 Jordan
54= Jonathan 80= Kaitlin
11 Jordan 100= Kaitlyn
54= Joseph 83 Katherine
59 Josh 100= Kathryn
46 Joshua 17 Katie
73= Kevin 40= Kayleigh
17 Kieran 66 Kelsey
19 Kyle 87= Kerry
47 Lee 71= Kimberley
4 Lewis 67= Kirsten
15 Liam 18 Kirsty
57 Luke 20 Laura
53 Marc 8 Lauren
29 Mark 73 Leah
67 Martin 39 Lisa
14 Matthew 21 Louise
99 Max 16 Lucy
16 Michael 2 Megan
77= Murray 94 Meghan
30 Nathan 49 Melissa
94 Neil 92= Mhairi
85= Nicholas 61= Molly
62= Owen 25= Morgan
35 Paul 31 Natalie
69= Peter 38 Natasha
44 Reece 47 Niamh
72 Rhys 43= Nicola
45 Robbie 12 Nicole
31 Robert 53= Olivia
91 Ronan 72 Paige
60 Rory 27 Rachael
3 Ross 7 Rachel
1 Ryan 3 Rebecca
65 Sam 87= Rebekah
51 Samuel 90= Rhiannon
9 Scott 35 Robyn
20 Sean 25= Samantha
49 Shaun 13 Sarah
41= Stephen 9 Shannon
43 Steven 95= Siobhan
89= Stewart 11 Sophie
40 Stuart 34 Stephanie
82= Taylor 51= Taylor
27 Thomas 90 Toni
38 William 50 Victoria
    37 Zoe

Top 100 boys' names given in 1998 in Scotland, with changes in popularity since 1997

Boys

  1998   1997-1998 1997  
Name Count Rank change Count Rank
Ryan 789 1 No change 793 1
Jack 703 2 +1 758 3
Ross 660 3 +1 700 4
Lewis 635 4 +4 566 8
Cameron 615 5 +9 524 14
James 614 6 -1 636 5
Connor 588 7 -1 588 6
Andrew 580 8 -6 759 2
Scott 545 9 -2 583 7
Callum 522 10 +10 419 20
Jordan 514 11 No change 552 11
Daniel 489 12 +1 544 13
David 482 13 -4 560 9
Matthew 480 14 +1 508 15
Liam 469 15 -3 549 12
Michael 465 16 -6 556 10
Kieran 455 17 -1 469 16
Craig 399 18 +3 417 21
Kyle 394 19 No change 421 19
Sean 378 20 +4 363 24
Jamie 376 21 -4 451 17
Dylan 359 22 +1 394 23
John 353 23 -1 395 22
Christopher 345 24 -6 438 18
Calum 336 25 +2 335 27
Adam 331 26 No change 347 26
Thomas 308 27 -2 348 25
Alexander 301 28 +3 286 31
Mark 281 29 -1 310 28
Nathan 279 30 +13 205 43
Robert 271 31 -2 297 29
Aaron 267 32 +2 258 34
Euan 260 33 +3 251 36
Fraser 243 34 -4 291 30
Paul 236 35 -2 266 33
Ewan 235 36 +12 173 48
Declan 224 37 -5 283 32
William 216 38 +1 228 39
Ben 210 39 +6 195 45
Stuart 206 40 -5 257 35
Aidan 193 41= No change 207 41
Stephen 193 41= +1 206 42
Steven 189 43 -6 243 37
Reece 187 44 +5 167 49
Robbie 179 45 +10 143 55
Joshua 178 46 No change 191 46
Lee 177 47 -7 226 40
Conor 167 48 -1 176 47
Shaun 162 49 -5 198 44
Darren 159 50 -12 231 38
Samuel 154 51 -1 159 50
Brandon 142 52 +1 149 53
Marc 139 53 +3 142 56
Dean 138 54= No change 148 54
Jonathan 138 54= -3 158 51
Joseph 138 54= -2 155 52
Luke 135 57 No change 139 57
Jake 129 58 +14 102 72=
Josh 128 59 +9 109 68
Rory 127 60 -2 138 58
Greg 126 61 -1 133 60=
Grant 125 62= -2 133 60=
Owen 125 62= +17 82 79
Jason 124 64 +1 128 65
Sam 113 65 -5 133 60=
Blair 110 66 -3 131 63
Martin 105 67 -1 117 66
Benjamin 104 68 +2 103 70=
Gary 101 69= -5 130 64
Peter 101 69= -10 134 59
Gavin 94 71 -2 106 69
Rhys 93 72 +2 97 74
Kevin 89 73= -3 103 70=
Iain 89 73= -6 115 67
Ciaran 88 75 +12 72 87=
Jay 86 76 +15 70 91
Alistair 85 77= +3 81 80
Harry 85 77= -2 94 75
Murray 85 77= +18 60 95=
Bradley 84 80= +2 77 82=
Finlay 84 80= +21 55 101
Alan 82 82= -6 86 76=
Gregor 82 82= -10 102 72=
Taylor 82 82= +8 71 90%
Ethan 80 85= +37 42 122=
Nicholas 80 85= -9 86 76=
Angus 77 87= -6 79 81
Duncan 77 87= -5 77 82=
Charles 76 89= +6 60 95=
Stewart 76 89= -4 75 85=
Ronan 72 91 +23 47 114=
Ian 69 92= No change 69 92=
Aiden 69 92= +24 45 116=
Neil 68 94 -7 72 87=
Anthony 12% 95= -10 75 85=
George 66 95= -20 86 76=
Charlie 62 97= +29 40 126
Jacob 62 97= +21 44 118=
Max 61 99 +6 52 105=
Hamish 60 100 +2 54 102=

Top 100 girls' names given in 1998 in Scotland, with changes in popularity since 1997

Girls

  1998   1997-1998 1997  
Name Count Rank change Count Rank
Chloe 950 1 +2 700 3
Megan 675 2 +2 641 4
Rebecca 628 3 -1 711 2
Emma 599 4 -3 752 1
Amy 584 5 +1 623 6
Caitlin 577 6 +2 545 8
Rachel 541 7 +2 518 9
Lauren 538 8 -3 630 5
Shannon 442 9 -2 551 7
Hannah 423 10 No change 480 10
Sophie 398 11 +1 430 12
Nicole 376 12 +1 377 13
Sarah 371 13 -2 470 11
Erin 359 14 No change 362 14
Courtney 315 15 +3 275 18
Lucy 302 16 +3 258 19
Katie 276 17 +5 252 22=
Kirsty 273 18 +2 257 20
Emily 270 19 -3 290 16
Laura 252 20 -5 347 15
Louise 246 21 +1 252 22=
Eilidh 242 22 +4 214 26
Holly 216 23 +4 211 27
Jennifer 207 24 -7 277 17
Morgan 196 25= +27 110 52=
Samantha 196 25= +3 208 28
Rachael 191 27 -2 221 25
Heather 190 28 -4 250 24
Jade 182 29 +5 176 34
Chelsea 181 30 +3 179 33
Natalie 176 31 +10 154 41=
Danielle 174 32 -11 256 21
Jessica 168 33 +4 160 37
Stephanie 167 34 -5 202 29
Robyn 163 35 No change 173 35
Anna 162 36 +7 151 43
Zoe 157 37 -1 162 36
Natasha 152 38 +6 147 44
Lisa 150 39 +2 154 41=
Bethany 147 40= +8 128 48=
Claire 147 40= -8 182 32
Kayleigh 147 40= -10 193 30
Aimee 142 43= +2 144 45
Nicola 142 43= -5 159 38=
Charlotte 137 45 +1 134 46
Gemma 134 46 -8 159 38=
Niamh 132 47 +17 91 64
Abbie 127 48 -1 132 47
Melissa 123 49 -18 189 31
Victoria 121 50 -2 128 48=
Georgia 120 51= +1 110 52=
Taylor 120 51= +3 108 54
Iona 119 53= +15 87 68=
Olivia 119 53= +10 93 63
Beth 118 55 -5 124 50
Jodie 116 56 -5 113 51
Cara 105 57 +2 97 59
Amber 101 58= +15 78 73
Ellie 101 58= No change 100 58
  100 60 +17 75 77=
Abigail 95 61= +4 90 65
Caitlyn 95 61= +25 64 86=
Catherine 95 61= +6 88 67
Molly 95 61= +5 89 66
Fiona 94 65 -8 101 57
Kelsey 92 66 +4 83 70
Jenna 90 67= -12 106 55
Kirsten 90 67= -11 104 56
Hayley 87 69 -29 156 40
Isla 81 70 +45 43 115=
Kimberley 78 71= -3 87 68=
Paige 78 71= +4 76 76
Leah 77 73 +1 77 74=
Ashleigh 76 74 -14 96 60
Elizabeth 73 75= -14 95 61=
Eve 73 75= +25 54 100
Catriona 71 77 +6 66 83=
Ashley 65 78 -17 95 61=
Alice 64 79 +1 69 80
Carly 63 80= +3 66 83=