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UK vs US Popular Baby Names

UK vs US Popular Baby Names | Name News | Scoop.it
Emma and Noah vs Amelia and Oliver: Eleanor Nickerson s perceptive analysis of the Anglo-American divide.
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Jakub en Julia zijn de populairste Poolse namen in 2014 = Jakub and Julia were the top names in Poland in 2014

Jakub en Julia zijn de populairste Poolse namen in 2014 = Jakub and Julia were the top names in Poland in 2014 | Name News | Scoop.it
Net als in Nederland blijft de lijst met populairste Poolse namen al jaren zo goed als onveranderd. Jakub (Jacob) en Julia gaan aan kop.
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Just for fun, I thought I'd check how the top 50 Polish names are doing in England and Wales.  Their 2013 ranks are in brackets.  The usual caveats about ranks versus raw numbers apply.


As I was checking, various data-sorting possibilities occurred to me, like ranking the names in order of how much their usage/rank has increased since Poland and other central and eastern European countries joined the EU, making for easier migration to the UK.  For many of the names here, looking at the graphics on http://names.darkgreener.com, the rise has, unsurprisingly, been dramatic.  Several, including Jakub and Julia, rose steeply but are now on a gradual downwards trend.


  1. Julia (82)
  2. Maja (134)
  3. Zuzanna (180)
  4. Aleksandra (386)
  5. Natalia (146)
  6. Zofia (304)
  7. Wiktoria (406)
  8. Oliwia (280)
  9. Maria (83)
  10. Alicja (312)
  11. Lena (128)
  12. Amelia (1)
  13. Hanna (179)
  14. Gabriela (265)
  15. Anna (69)
  16. Karolina (554)
  17. Weronika (784)
  18. Antonina (684)
  19. Magdalena (925)
  20. Pola (593)
  21. Emilia (64)
  22. Martyna (593)
  23. Barbara (1291)
  24. Patrycja (959)
  25. Małgorzata (2887)
  26. Nikola (302)
  27. Marta (733)
  28. Nina (189)
  29. Katarzyna (1537)
  30. Helena (339)
  31. Dominika (802)
  32. Laura (146)
  33. Joanna (442)
  34. Agata (999)
  35. Kinga (1048)
  36. Paulina (813)
  37. Klaudia (784)
  38. Michalina (1360)
  39. Iga (1098)
  40. Milena (401)
  41. Jagoda (1148)
  42. Liliana (224)
  43. Matylda (882)
  44. Łucja (2460)
  45. Nadia (213)
  46. Daria (484)
  47. Izabela (659)
  48. Ewa (1956)
  49. Kamila (982)
  50. Blanka (1098)
Top 50 Poolse namen voor jongens
  1. Jakub (152)
  2. Jan (252)
  3. Mateusz (345)
  4. Bartek (2055)
  5. Kacper (168)
  6. Michał (451)
  7. Szymon (302)
  8. Antoni (261)
  9. Filip (135)
  10. Piotr (647)
  11. Aleksander (323)
  12. Maciej (730)
  13. Franciszek (434)
  14. Mikołaj (459)
  15. Adam (40)
  16. Stanisław (882)
  17. Wiktor (469)
  18. Wojciech (751)
  19. Krzysztof (1024)
  20. Igor (412)
  21. Maksymilian (363)
  22. Karol (837)
  23. Dawid (327)
  24. Tomasz (647)
  25. Patryk (314)
  26. Oskar (188)
  27. Paweł (1247)
  28. Dominik (226)
  29. Kamil (504)
  30. Ignacy (1920)
  31. Oliwier (402)
  32. Marcel (256)
  33. Hubert (546)
  34. Adrian (203)
  35. Julian (291)
  36. Sebastian (38)
  37. Tymon (655)
  38. Łukasz (1404)
  39. Krystian (655)
  40. Marcin (1617)
  41. Leon (75)
  42. Miłosz (837)
  43. Damian (306)
  44. Alan (185 - that's it!  That's an explanation for the seemingly inexplicable comeback of "dad name" Alan since, ah, round about 2004.)
  45. Tymoteusz (1294)
  46. Kajetan (1617)
  47. Grzegorz (2954)
  48. Ksawery (1294)
  49. Daniel (22)
  50. Rafał (2055)
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No, Muhammad Isn't the Top Baby Name In England. But...

No, Muhammad Isn't the Top Baby Name In England. But... | Name News | Scoop.it
The fact that Muhammad is even in the discussion of top names is remarkable, given that the Muslim community represents only one in ten births in the U.K. In centuries past, the names John and Mary alone would have dwarfed that entire Muslim baby population. But John and Mary no longer crack the top 100 in England. Only one English boy in a thousand is named John. Even the #1 boy's name accounts for only one boy in fifty.

Muhammad, in various spellings, is given to one in five Muslim boys in the UK. The "anchor names" of Islamic tradition continue to dominate, while the anchor names of Christian tradition are being abandoned on fashion grounds. It's telling that more English girls today receive the Arabic name Maryam than its English equivalent Mary.
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Most Popular British Names by Letter, 2013 – Baby Name Blog - Nameberry

Most Popular British Names by Letter, 2013 – Baby Name Blog - Nameberry | Name News | Scoop.it
Our British name expert Eleanor Nickerson looks across the UK to find the most popular names for girls and boys, letter by letter. Fascinating to see the regional differences among England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales! - baby names
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33 Hot British Girls' Names That Americans Haven't Discovered

33 Hot British Girls' Names That Americans Haven't Discovered | Name News | Scoop.it
Many name trends in the two countries are the same, but the points of difference make for a fashion opportunity for American baby namers. They're fresh-sounding ideas pre-vetted by thousands of other parents. What could be a more sincere recommendation than choosing the name for your own child?
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Engländer mögen George = The English like George, or Top names in England and Wales 2013

Engländer mögen George = The English like George, or Top names in England and Wales 2013 | Name News | Scoop.it
Die Neugeborenen in England und Wales haben im Jahrgang 2013 27.000 verschiedene Jungen- und 35.000 verschiedene Mädchennamen bekommen. Oliver und Amelia waren
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From a German point of view.

Anna Otto's comment, September 22, 2014 3:10 AM
Stunned to read in the comments that Germans think Poppy should be banned as a "Chantalmusname" or something, whatever that is. "Is this just a German thing?" they ponder. Um yeah.
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Well spotted, I didn't read that far. A name with Chantalismus is perceived as a bit anglicised/pop culture influenced/"tacky". I suppose Poppy might seem like that to a non-English-speaker (especially as I think flower names aren't much of a thing in Germany) but it does seem bizarre. It's such a pretty, symbolic, inoffensive name!
Anna Otto's comment, September 23, 2014 5:47 AM
Poor Poppy - it's such a lovely name!
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Hello Dolly!: A rising trend for 2013 - British Baby Names

Hello Dolly!: A rising trend for 2013 - British Baby Names | Name News | Scoop.it
Even though they didn't make the top 20 list of names which had moved up the most in 2013, one thing I particularly noticed about the recent England and Wales data release was the number of "Dol" names that had shot onto the scene. Forget Molly and Holly, Dolly is...
Clare's insight:

There's so much going on in the statistics.  I've never even thought of Dolcie before, but up she shoots.

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These weird-but-cool baby names that could be the next big thing

These weird-but-cool baby names that could be the next big thing | Name News | Scoop.it

" Only three babies in the UK [England and Wales] have been given these names so far - but hopefully, not for long. Buried within the most obscure depths of the ONS statistics are some true gems, which could prove the perfect inspiration if you're stuck in a naming rut."


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Go go go Godric, Orpheus, Ernestine, Annest, and all!


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Baby Names in England & Wales

Find the perfect name for your baby or spot naming trends - explore the names chosen for babies in England and Wales since 1996.
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I'm sure I've shared this tool before (England and Wales' answer to NameVoyager), but the 2013 data are on here already, so it now covers 19 years.  Well done, that Anna!

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Most popular baby names of 2013 revealed | News | First News

Most popular baby names of 2013 revealed | News | First News | Name News | Scoop.it
THERE are going to be a lot more Amelias and Olivers on school registers soon, as these were revealed to be the most popular names for babies in 2013. 
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Muhammad Is Now Britain's Most Popular Baby Boy Name

Muhammad Is Now Britain's Most Popular Baby Boy Name | Name News | Scoop.it
Britain's most popular baby boy name offers a revealing look into the UK's growing Muslim population.
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Revealed - the most popular names for babies in England at the moment

Revealed - the most popular names for babies in England at the moment | Name News | Scoop.it
In London, Muhammed is the most popular name - but for the rest of the country it's Amelia and Oliver. And naming a prince may be the 'kiss' of death' for most sought after monikers
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How popular is your name now? Find out with our cool gadget

How popular is your name now? Find out with our cool gadget | Name News | Scoop.it
Use our interactive gadget to see how popular your name is nowadays among new-born babies
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2013 Names for England and Wales

2013 Names for England and Wales | Name News | Scoop.it
At long last, the 2013 names for England and Wales are up and ready for perusing!

Grouped by spelling, here are the top 3000 for Boys and for Girls.
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2013 Preliminary Most Popular Girls' Names, England & Wales

Yes, I know it's almost 2015, and I'm just getting around to finishing the top names of 2013. Hey, Back In My Day (in the dark ages before the innernets), the most recent baby name popularity list I ever acquired was 5 years out of date! So here it is, grouped by spelling (only the most popular spelling is listed; more detailed list to come)
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Baby names survey 2014: Is Muhammad REALLY the most popular boy's name?

Baby names survey 2014: Is Muhammad REALLY the most popular boy's name? | Name News | Scoop.it
So what is REALLY the most popular baby name of all – when you combine its variants?
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A bit of quibbling over where to draw the line in lumping names together.  Spelling variants?  Diminutives?

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Most Popular British Girls' Names by Letter 2013 - British Baby Names

Most Popular British Girls' Names by Letter 2013 - British Baby Names | Name News | Scoop.it
Following on from yesterday's post of most popular boys' names by letter in Britain, here is the girls' equivalent. Even more so than the boys, this list shows a lot more regional variation: from Aoife in Northern Ireland, Nia in Wales or Violet in England and Wales.
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Most Popular British Boys' Names by Letter 2013 - British Baby Names

Most Popular British Boys' Names by Letter 2013 - British Baby Names | Name News | Scoop.it
Is Alfie the most popular A name in the UK? Actually, no. Scotland prefers perennial favourite Alexander, while Northern Ireland favours Biblical Adam. The table below is a breakdown of the most popular names by letter across the UK. Scotland and Northern Ireland release seperate statistics, while England and Wales...
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Bookies are taking bets on the name of Royal baby #2 - see how many newborns share your name with our interactive chart

Bookies are taking bets on the name of Royal baby #2 - see how many newborns share your name with our interactive chart | Name News | Scoop.it
William and Kate are expecting a little brother or sister for Prince George - see which names top the popularity charts
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#8

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Top baby names for West Berkshire revealed | NewburyToday.co.uk

Top baby names for West Berkshire revealed | NewburyToday.co.uk | Name News | Scoop.it
Oliver and Amelia were the most popular baby names for new parents in the south east including West Berkshire, according to figures released this month by the Office for National Statistics. There were 52,745 baby boys born in 2013 with Oliver named 1,133 times across the...
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Apart from #4 for both boys and girls, the West Berkshire top 5 is exactly like the England and Wales one.  Nice balanced people they are on the other side of the downs.

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What's in a name?

What's in a name? | Name News | Scoop.it
Statistics published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) have revealed some interesting data around the influences on choosing baby names.

In 2013, baby girls were more likely to have a...
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Hyphen Names 2013 - British Baby Names

Hyphen Names 2013 - British Baby Names | Name News | Scoop.it
It is widely known across the world that we Brits have gone gaga for hyphenated names, and its a trend that does not seem to be abating. Now that both Scotland, England and Wales have released their data for 2013, lets have a closer look at all their hyphenated names,...
Clare's insight:

Great analysis - I hadn't realised that England/Wales and Scotland were so different in their hyphenating habits.  I smiled at Argyll-Sutherland and Katie-Morag.


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How popular is your name today? Use our graphic to find out

How popular is your name today? Use our graphic to find out | Name News | Scoop.it
Oliver and Amelia were the most popular names for girls and boys born last year, but how many shared your name?
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PLAY: The name game - how many newborns share your name?

PLAY: The name game - how many newborns share your name? | Name News | Scoop.it
Use our unique gadget to find out how popular your name is over the past 15 years or so
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With .GIF maps for England and Wales - hurrah!

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Top baby names for 2013 revealed but what influences a name?

Top baby names for 2013 revealed but what influences a name? | Name News | Scoop.it
THE most popular baby names for 2013 in the UK have been revealed and the results have begged the question; what's in a name? Across the UK the top names for new babies in 2013 were announced as...
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