2012’s top baby names for England and Wales

Which classic UK baby names were most popular in the year 2012?


Each year, the ONS (Official of National Statistics) reveals the name choices most commonly used by parents.


For 2012, these 20 names rose to the top to become the most popular baby name picks over the past 365 days…

2012’s top 10 boys names

  • Harry
  • Oliver 
  • Jack 
  • Charlie 
  • Jacob
  • Thomas 
  • Alfie 
  • Riley 
  • William 
  • James

2012’s top 10 girls names

  • Amelia 
  • Olivia
  • Jessica
  • Emily 
  • Lily 
  • Ava 
  • Mia 
  • Isla 
  • Sophie 
  • Isabella

2012 name trends

Girls names ending in ‘a’ and ‘y’ dominate the top choices for baby girls, though we’re not surprised to see that Harry and Amelia are still the reigning champs of English/Welsh baby name choices.

Interesting to see that Riley and Ava, which have a bit of an American feel, stay strong in the top 10, too.

Some really pretty choices here, we’d say, overall ?

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