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Babies' First Names 2010

Babies' First Names 2010

Boys’ Names - Commentary

Jack has stayed in first place as the most popular boys’ name for new babies. Lewis,  James and Logan remain in second, third and fourth places respectively. Oliver (up 16 places to 8th) and Jamie (up 2 places to 10th) are new entrants to the top 10. Ethan (up 9 places to 13th) and Harry (up 11 places to 19th) are the only other new entrants in the top 20. Between them, Jack and Lewis have been the top two boys’ names for the past twelve consecutive years. Jack has been number one (with Lewis second) in eight of those years, with Lewis top (and Jack second) for the other four.

Noah and Riley (up 27 and 18 places respectively to joint 41st), Cole (up 17 places to 45th), Jacob (both up 16 places to joint 46th) and Fraser (up 6 places to 48th) are new entrants in the top 50. Other names making significant advances in the top 50 include Alfie (up 8 places to 27th), Kai (up 14 places to 31st), Luke (up 10 places to 36th) and Rory (up 7 places to 37th). Lower down the top 100, Mason (up 21 places to 54th), Robbie (up 14 places to 61st) and Murray (up 15 places to 66th) also make advances. New names reaching the top 100 include Ollie (up 90 places to 85th) and Kaiden (up 11 places to 91st).

There have been reductions in popularity for Owen (down 22 places to 55th), Aidan (down 20 places to 71st), Kenzie (down 15 places to 89th). Names dropping out of the top 100 are Paul, Brandon, Hamish, Gregor, Harvey and Isaac.

By the end of November 2010, nearly 28,000 boys had been registered, with almost 3,000 different first names being used. The top 50 names accounted for 46 per cent of the total. Nearly 1,900 boys were given unique (for 2010) first names.

A full list of all first names registered in 2010 may be downloaded from the List of Detailed Tables page on this website.

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