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Babies' First Names 2010

Babies' First Names 2010

Girls’ Names - Commentary

For the sixth year in a row, Sophie is the most popular girls’ name for new babies. Olivia climbs one place to second place whilst Ava falls one place to third. There is one new entrant to the top ten – Isla (up 6 places to 5th). There are two new entrants in the top twenty - Mia (up 3 places to 18th) and Freya (up 5 places to 19th).

Maisie (up 23 places to 36th), Sophia (up 13 places to 42nd), Lexi (up 21 places to 46th) and Poppy (up 13 places to 47th) and Layla (up 10 places to 50th) are new entrants in the top 50 whilst Eilidh (up 9 places to 21st) and Kayla (up 9 places to 28th) also make significant advances.

Isabella (up 23 places to 51st) and Lucie (up 19 places to 66th) are among the climbers within the top 100 whilst Lacey (up 55 places to 53rd), Lilly (up 33 places to 70th) Alicia (up 99 places to 81st), Naomi  and Alice (up 45 and 39 places respectively to joint 82nd) and Nieve (up 55 places to 95th) are among the new entrants.

Fallers within the top 50 include Sarah (down 16 places to 47th) and Lauren (down 6 places to 40th). Further down the top 100 Madison (down 21 places to 72nd), Morgan (down 27 places to 82nd) Melissa (down 17 places to 97th) were also less popular than last year.

Hayley, Jasmine, Kirsty, Libby and Miley (a big climber last year) are among those dropping out of the top 100 in 2010. 

By the end of November 2010, nearly 27,000 girls had been registered, with more than 4,000 different names being used. The top 50 girls' names accounted for 42 per cent of the registrations, and nearly 2,700 girls in Scotland 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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