Survey reveals what parents are naming their children – with a little bit of help from Glee and Twilight!
While UK parents prefer to name their baby girls Olivia and their sons Oliver, American parents are naming their little boys and girls Aiden and Sophia, according to a recent baby names survey.
Knocking Isabella off the top spot, the name Sophia has soared in popularity for girls, whereas Aiden remains the popular choice for boys’ name for the sixth year in a row. New to the favourites are Abigail and Liam, who both shot into the top 10 alongside traditional names like Emma, Chloe and Lily.
However, you’ll also notice that film plays a part in what parents name their children. Aiden was a popular character in Sex and the City, Isabella (Bella) is the name of the leading lady in the Twilight Saga and Jacob (which came in as number 2) is also the name of a character from the vampire film. Names such as Quinn and Finn have risen in popularity, which happen to be the characters from Glee, and old fashioned moniker Betty has also risen in popularity since the US programme Mad Men hit our screens.
Despite it being our predicted top baby name of 2011, Kate dropped 56 places and left the top 100 USA baby names list!
If you’re struggling to find inspiration for your baby’s name, check out our baby names finder for ideas or some handy tips on how to choose the perfect name for your baby.
It wasn’t just baby names that hit the headlines today. Research from findmypast.co.uk found that there are at least 50 women in the UK called Mary who’ve married a man with the surname Christmas! They also found a Hazel Nut, Mona Lott and Kerry Oakey too.
1 Sophia 2 Isabella3 Olivia4 Emma 5 Chloe 6 Ava7 Lily 8 Madison 9 Addison 10 Abigail 11 Madelyn 12 Emily13 Zoe 14 Hailey15 Riley16 Ella17 Mia18 Kaitlyn19 Kaylee20 Peyton21 Layla22 Avery23 Hannah24 Mackenzie25 Elizabeth26 Kylie 27 Sarah28 Anna29 Grace30 Brooklyn31 Natalie 32 Alyssa33 Alexis34 Aubrey 35 Samantha36 Isabelle37 Arianna38 Charlotte39 Makayla40 Claire41 Lillian42 Gabriella43 Lyla44 Amelia45 Sophie46 Aaliyah47 Taylor48 Audrey49 Bella50 Leah 51 Allison52 Sydney 53 Alana54 Maya55 Keira 56 Lucy 57 Kayla 58 Lauren 59 Savannah 60 Brianna61 Ellie 62 Reagan 63 Evelyn 64 Carly65 Julia 66 Bailey 67 Jordyn 68 Victoria69 Annabelle70 Cadence71 Katherine 72 Stella73 Molly 74 Kennedy 75 Jasmine 76 Gianna 77 Abby78 Makenna 79 Morgan 80 Caroline 81 Maria 82 Brooke 83 Nora84 Alexa 85 Camryn 86 Paige87 Eva88 Scarlett 89 Adriana 90 Juliana91 Ashlyn 92 Megan 93 Kendall 94 Harper 95 Jada96 Violet 97 Alexandra 98 Gracie 99 Nevaeh 100 Sadie.
1 Aiden2 Jacob 3 Jackson
5 Jayden 6 Noah7 Logan 8 Caden 9 Lucas 10 Liam11 Mason12 Caleb 13 Jack, 14 Brayden15 Connor16 Ryan17 Matthew18 Michael19 Alexander20 Landon21 Nicholas22 Nathan23 Dylan24 Evan25 Benjamin26 Andrew27 Joshua28 Luke29 Gabriel30 William31 James32 Elijah33 Owen34 Tyler35 Gavin36 Carter37 Cameron38 Daniel39 Zachary40 Christian41 Joseph42 Wyatt43 Anthony44 Samuel45 Chase46 Max47 Isaac48 Christopher49 John50 Eli51 Austin52 Colton53 Hunter
54 Tristan55 Jonathan56 David
57 Alex58 Colin, 59 Dominic, 60 Cooper, 61 Henry, 62 Carson 63 Isaiah 64 Charlie 65 Julian 66 Grayson 67 Cole, 68 Oliver, 69 Jordan 70 Thomas 71 Sean 72 Brody 73 Adam 74 Levi 75 Aaron 76 Parker 77 Sebastian78 Xavier79 Ian80 Miles 81 Blake, 82 Jake 83 Riley 84 Jason85 Nathaniel86 Adrian87 Brandon 88 Justin89 Nolan 90 Jeremiah 91 Hayden92 Devin 93 Brady94 Robert, 95 Josiah96 Hudson97 Ryder 98 Bryce 99 Micah100 Sam
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