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Amelia knocks Olivia off top spot of favourite baby names

Yahoo Lifestyle
13 August 2012

Amelia and Harry were the top baby names in 2011, knocking Olivia and Oliver off the top spots, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Amelia was up four places from 2010 to reach the number one spot, and Harry was up two places to top the boys’ list, too – perhaps inspired by our favourite prince?

Ava and Isabella were new entries in the Top 10 girls’ names at 9 and 10 respectively. They pushed Evie and Chloe out of the Top 10 this year.

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Jacob was a new entry at number 7 in the Top 10 baby boys’ names – knocking George out of the Top 10.

Last year’s number one baby names, Olivia and Oliver, dropped to number 2 in their respective lists.

Lily was the third most popular baby girls’ name – though it was number one in the Welsh baby names list – and Jack took the bronze medal in the baby boys’ list.

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Girls names

In the Top 100 list, Bella, Willow, Elsie, Kayla, Francesca and Lydia were all new entries for the girls.

While Maisy, Tillie, Aimee, Libby, Alexandra and Laila all fell from the Top 100 this year.

Eliza was the highest climber in the girls’ list - it moved up from number 93 to number 62. Evelyn, Sofia and Harriet were all high climbers as well.

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Caitlin dropped the most down the list – from number 66 in 2010 to number 86 last year. Katie, Keira, Tia and Lauren also dropped in popularity.

Boys names

There were five new entries in the boys Top 100 baby names list – Tommy, Blake, Frankie, Elijah and Jackson.

But Aidan, Bradley, Sam, Brandon and Keiran weren’t so popular – they dropped from the Top 100 altogether. We wonder if Bradley might see a resurgence this year though.

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The biggest climber in the boys’ list was Jenson – perhaps inspired by our nation’s love of F1. It climbed 29 places up to number 67. Dexter, Arthur and Riley were also big climbers in the boys’ list.

Ben, Kyle, Cameron, Reece, Lewis and Owen dropped the most in popularity in 2011.


The popularity of certain baby names changed throughout the year.

Holly was the 2nd most popular girls’ name in December, but it fell to number 21 in January and dropped to number 26 on average.

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And the girls’ name Summer featured in the top 20 in August – but fell to number 71 in December.

In Wales, the top baby name for girls was Lily – it was only 3rd place in England. This moved Amelia - the number one baby name in England - into second place.

Oliver was the number one boys’ name in England in 2010, but dropped to second place this year. Not in Wales though – Oliver topped the list of boys names.

Full list of top 10 girls and boys names


1)    Amelia
2)    Olivia
3)    Lily
4)    Jessica
5)    Emily
6)    Sophie
7)    Ruby
8)    Grace
9)    Ava
10)  Isabella


1)    Harry
2)    Oliver
3)    Jack
4)    Alfie
5)    Charlie
6)    Thomas
7)    Jacob
8)    James
9)    Joshua
10)   William

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