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Top Names: England and Wales

Top Names: England and Wales | Name News | Scoop.it
I forgot to post the top Boys' Names for England and Wales, 2014 (the 2015 names don't appear to be out yet).
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I KNOW. It's got to the point where I'm checking the Office for National Statistics website at least once a day in hope of a release date.

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30 British Baby Names From Across the Pond

30 British Baby Names From Across the Pond | Name News | Scoop.it
MooseRoots compiled the latest data from the Office of National Statistics in the U.K. to find the top 30 most popular baby names in England and Wales in 2014.
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Upswing Boys' Names in England & Wales: 2014

Upswing Boys' Names in England & Wales: 2014 | Name News | Scoop.it
Which names are set to be top 20 hits? What up-and-coming names are the next big thing? In this post I will be examining boys' names in England and Wales which, up until 2014 (the last point of data), have been continually rising in usage. First let's look at the...
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UK 2014 Girls' List

UK 2014 Girls' List | Name News | Scoop.it
At long last, the popularity list for England and Wales for 2014 is here, arranged by spelling! 2014 Girls' Names: England and Wales
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Baby Names as American as the Letter Y

Baby Names as American as the Letter Y | Name News | Scoop.it
When I set out to find popular American names that are nonexistent in England, 12 of the top 15 results contained a letter Y -- including the All-American name Londyn.

Y is just one of the themes in the exclusively American baby name styles below. Each name listed ranks among America's top thousand names for boys or girls, yet is statistically nonexistent in England and Wales.
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THE TOP NAMES IN ENGLAND AND WALES - YouTube

I break down the top names from England and Wales for 2014. You can watch my video for the top names for the United States for 2014 here: https://www.youtube...
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Combined spellings ranking in 2014

Combined spellings ranking in 2014 | Name News | Scoop.it
For the third year running Amelia, bolstered by homonym Emilia, took the number one spot in 2014 when spellings are combined, followed again by Lily. Muhammad claimed the top spot again for fifth time in the last six years for the boys, followed by Oliver. This is not surprising, given...
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I can't stop looking at these lists.  I'm glad Elea put in all that work!

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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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Speaking of which, this wonderful site - which is my go-to tool for quick data - has now been updated for 2014.

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Popular Baby Names in England and Wales, 2014

Amelia and Oliver were the most popular baby names in England and Wales in 2014.
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See all posts about the E&W statistics

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Sunday Summary: Welcome, Owliver! - Appellation Mountain

Sunday Summary: Welcome, Owliver! - Appellation Mountain | Name News | Scoop.it
Talking about all things British baby names, pronunciation challenges, kids named Khaleesi in Belgium, and boats called Betty in Boston. Happy Sunday!
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Hats off to Abby's son - it's the perfect name for an owl.


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The Top British Baby Names List: Our Favorite Picks! | In Name Only

The Top British Baby Names List: Our Favorite Picks! | In Name Only | Name News | Scoop.it
Here are some of my favorites from across the pond that haven’t quite become as popular here in the U.S.
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15 British Baby Names That Just Don't Exist in America

15 British Baby Names That Just Don't Exist in America | Name News | Scoop.it
The U.K. and the U.S.A. share a language, and so they share baby names. Mostly. There are limits to the linguistic likeness. Just as you'll never find an American driving a lorry or changing a nappy, you'll never meet an American baby named Huw.
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That first paragraph had me baffled for a few seconds: "What do you mean, Americans don't change nappies?!"  D'oh.


I'm not surprised by most of these names, but I hadn't realised there were so few Fleurs across the pond.

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The highest rising names in England and Wales, 2014

The highest rising names in England and Wales, 2014 | Name News | Scoop.it
Which names made the biggest leap in usage from 2013 to 2014 in England and Wales? The highest rising name for girls in 2014 was Ferne, the spelling which reflects that of Ferne McCann who joined the cast of The Only Way is Essex in 2013. Though Ferne is the...
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Roses and Cellar Doors: International Names, Part 3a--English, Boys

There are 8 separate lists: U.S., England & Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Canada, Australia, & New Zealand. From there I pulled out the names that appear on all Top 100 lists (yes, I was limited to Top 100s, as a few countries only published that much), and it's about what you'd expect:
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Upswing Girls' Names in England & Wales: 2014

Upswing Girls' Names in England & Wales: 2014 | Name News | Scoop.it
Will Isla be the next #1 name? Surely Florence isn't far from the top 10? In this post I will be examining girls' names in England and Wales which, up until 2014 (the last point of data), have been continually rising in usage. First let's look at the names within...
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Fasctinating - I could look at these graphs for hours.

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British gems

These are names given to three children in England & Wales in 2015   Boys Albin, Archimedes & Aurelius Bart, Bastien & Beaumont Colm, Conlan & Cove Dash, Daxton & Diggory Edric, Elmer & Enver Ferris Gonzalo Harrington & Hendrik Madoc, Mitch & Moss Nicodemus Rune ****************** Girls Amabel, Arlette & Audra Bette Domino Elvira Finola,…
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REVEALED: Most popular baby names 1904-2014

REVEALED: Most popular baby names 1904-2014 | Name News | Scoop.it
The most popular baby names in England and Wales have changed substantially over the decades. Data from the Office For National Statistics reveals the most popular baby names every decade since 1904...
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Kent and Sussex: we're a little bit late to the statistics party.

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Girls called Jack and boys named Sue

Girls called Jack and boys named Sue | Name News | Scoop.it
It's official: the most popular British girls' names of 2014 were Amelia, Olivia, Isla, Emily, Ava, Poppy, Isabella, Jessica, Lily and Sophie. For boys, the top ten names were Oliver, Jack, Harry, ...
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A good long article from about gender differences in naming from a (mainly) British perspective.

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Buried Treasures on the British List

Buried Treasures on the British List | Name News | Scoop.it
Fenna – An increasingly popular name in the Netherlands, Fenna is a Dutch/Frisian appellation originating from the Germanic ele
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Treasures indeed.  I'd spotted some of them (may have done a text search for that glorious "ld" combination, which led me to discover Eseld, Selda and Milda), but others I had no idea were there - like Atarah and Rune.

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Roses and Cellar Doors: British vs. American, Part 2 (2014)

Time for the next part of my comparison: the "most American" names.
(come on America; don't embarrass me!)
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I think Shanamah is right about some of the more "American" names, like Gavin and Claire, being a generation out of date here, whereas they're still fresh for new children in the US.  It was also a good idea to show the names given to a similar percentage of babies in both countries - interesting to see where our tastes converge.


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The latest must-have baby accessory: a hyphen

The latest must-have baby accessory: a hyphen | Name News | Scoop.it
Explosion in double-barrelled first names as one in six choices for baby girls now involves hyphenation
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Roses and Cellar Doors: British vs. American, Part 1 (2014)

First up--the "most British" names! Here are the most popular names used in England & Wales that didn't appear at all on the full SSA lists:
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I'm enjoying looking through these lists.  They've thrown up a few names that I hadn't noticed before (like Neive), and I like how the data narrows down to show names with different levels of overlap with the US.


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Good name posts and beautiful Name products

Good name posts and beautiful Name products | Name News | Scoop.it
I loved both of these recent posts on the Baby Name Wizard site: Are Presidential Candidates Running Away From Their Own Names? (It's all about nicknames! I was most intrigued by Rafael Edward "Ted...
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Oliver and Amelia are top baby names in England and Wales again

Oliver and Amelia are top baby names in England and Wales again | Name News | Scoop.it
George moves up three places on the boys’ list, perhaps due to the royal baby, with Poppy, Lily and Isla all growing in popularity as names for girls
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