National Records of Scotland

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Babies' First Names 2010

Babies' First Names 2010

Number of Forenames

Additional names

The number of forenames given in 2010 is summarised in the chart below. Eighty-four per cent of boys and seventy-seven per cent of girls registered in 2010 have more than one forename.

Number of Forenames, Scotland 2010 

Number of Forenames, Scotland 2010

The following table shows the relative popularity of second names:

Most popular second forenames, Scotland, 2010

Boys

 

Girls

 Rank

Name

Count

 

 Rank

Name

Count

1

James

2086

 

1

Elizabeth

893

2

John

1390

 

2

Louise

793

3

William

1030

 

3

Rose

774

4

Alexander

880

 

4

Grace

549

5

David

807

 

5

Jane

522

6

Robert

704

 

6

Anne

480

7

Thomas

677

 

7

Margaret

474

8

Andrew

556

 

8

Mary

382

9

Michael

409

 

9

Ann

364

10

George

406

 

10

Catherine

359

11

Joseph

317

 

11

May

294

12

Peter

237

 

12

Marie

293

13

Scott

235

 

13

Jean

203

14

Paul

206

 

14

Isabella

198

15

Ian

200

 

15

Helen

183

16

Jack

182

 

16

Sarah

170

17=

Daniel

181

 

17

Mae

151

17=

Patrick

181

 

18

Christina

139

19

Christopher

176

 

19

Lily

136

20

Alan

167

 

20

Maria

124

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 2010 the top ten second names for boys and girls are the same as the previous five years with just a few minor changes in ranking.

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