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Video: Rapidly Rising Boys' Names

Video: Rapidly Rising Boys' Names | Name News | Scoop.it
In this video, I'm taking a look at ten boys' names below the top 100 in England and Wales which are on a steep incline in popularity. Could any of these be future top tens? Names discussed in the video: Arlo - #102 Albie – #107 Eli – #11
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Ones to watch when the 2016 stats come out!

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Regional Favourites for Girls 2015

Regional Favourites for Girls 2015 | Name News | Scoop.it
If you named your daughter Eloise in 2015, chances are you live in the south of England according to newly released data from the Office for National Statistics. The data release lists all the names given to three or more babies ranked according to popularity solely within the nin
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Wow, here are some exciting stats to get stuck into - great analysis by Elea. Looking forward to the boys' version!

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Top 100 Most Popular British Boy Names of 2016 - Baby Names

Top 100 Most Popular British Boy Names of 2016 - Baby Names | Name News | Scoop.it
Since every one seems to love our word clouds so much, here is another one! This time, we are going to do a 2016 review and showcase what the top 100 most popular British boy names were, courtesy of data from the Office of National Statistics. (As always, click the picture for a bigger version!)
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This seems to be an admirable show of European solidarity...or possibly Britain on a bid for world domination.

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2015 names from England and Wales

2015 names from England and Wales | Name News | Scoop.it
Here are the preliminary results of the top names from England and Wales for 2015, organized by spelling (note: hyphenated names are counted separately, e.g., Lily-Rose, Lily and Rose are all counted separately)-- only the most popular spelling is on this list (full lists to come!):
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British vs. American, Part 1 (2015)

Yay, stats! The British ONS recently released their name lists from 2015, so it's comparison time!
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U.S. vs. England and Wales, Full List (Girls)

U.S. vs. England and Wales, Full List (Girls) | Name News | Scoop.it
As promised in my analysis, here is the full list of girls' names that were in the top 1000 only in the U.S. or only in the combined England/Wales top 1000!  Unlike with my other posts, I won't color-code this one; I don't think anyone can stand reading long lists written in magenta.  Either way,…
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The Well-Informed Namer: making this list, so we don't have to: we just get to sit back and enjoy it.

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U.S. vs. England/Wales (Girls’ Names)

U.S. vs. England/Wales (Girls’ Names) | Name News | Scoop.it
So, with the help of spreadsheets, I’ve been sorting out the names that were only in the top 1000 of either the U.S. or England/Wales.  Here are my observations on women’s names:
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A great comparison! I'm looking forward to reading about the boys.

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Nomes mais populares em Inglaterra & Gales,
em 2015: Amelia & Oliver

Nomes mais populares em Inglaterra & Gales, <br/>em 2015: Amelia & Oliver | Name News | Scoop.it
Nomes mais escolhidos em Inglaterra e Gales, ao longo do ano de 2015.
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England and Wales: the view from Portugal.

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The highest rising names in England and Wales, 2015

The highest rising names in England and Wales, 2015 | Name News | Scoop.it
We know by now that Oliver and Amelia kept their places in the number one spots, and which names moved up into the top 100. But which names made the most significant jumps upwards, and are these just flashes in the pan, or ones to watch for the future
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Popular Baby Names in England and Wales, 2015

Popular Baby Names in England and Wales, 2015 | Name News | Scoop.it
Amelia and Oliver were the most popular baby names in England and Wales in 2015.
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Check out Nancy's select lists of rare names and Welsh names, too.

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Amelia and Oliver most popular baby names for third year in a row

Amelia and Oliver most popular baby names for third year in a row | Name News | Scoop.it
Ella and Mia also made the top 10 for girls in 2015 for England and Wales while Noah kicked James out of the top 10 for boys
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American, 'Gangster' And 'Ladylike' Baby Names See Surge In Popularity

American, 'Gangster' And 'Ladylike' Baby Names See Surge In Popularity | Name News | Scoop.it
Jaxon and Maddison are becoming more popular choices.
Clare's insight:

One to read critically. It's not really accurate to say that Maddison is "gaining traction" - it's re-entered the top 100, but before that it had been there since 2004 and has generally been falling in popularity. And is Thunderbirds really the main influence behind Penelope's rise?

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British Baby Names: Top Names in England and Wales 2015

British Baby Names: Top Names in England and Wales 2015 | Name News | Scoop.it
Hot off the press!  The breaking news of the Top 100 British baby names! By Eleanor Nickerson After making us wait an agonising extra three weeks this year, The Office of National Statistics has finally released the top baby names for England an
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Regional Favourites for Boys 2015

Regional Favourites for Boys 2015 | Name News | Scoop.it
If you named your son Alfred in 2015, chances are you live in the south of England, according to newly released data from the Office for National Statistics, but if you named your son Lincoln, you most likely live up north. The data release lists all the names give
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Top 100 Most Popular British Girl Names of 2016 - Baby Names

Top 100 Most Popular British Girl Names of 2016 - Baby Names | Name News | Scoop.it
And here are the top 100 most popular British girl names of 2016, with data from the Office of National Statistics! (Please click the picture for a bigger version!)
Clare's insight:

I am highly suspicious of this "data". The ONS has released data for 2015, not 2016: we'll have to wait until next summer for that. Even then, the data are for England and Wales, not "Britain". Plus, that wordcloud is Europe. Tagxedo does a perfectly decent British Isles-shaped wordcloud. Sorry to be a grumpy sod.

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Combined spellings top 100 in 2015

Combined spellings top 100 in 2015 | Name News | Scoop.it
For the forth 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 sixth time in the last seven years for the boys, followed by Oliver though the gap ha
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Hurrah, great to see this list! I know it's not always an easy task to decide which spellings to combine (or not), but it's so interesting to see the stats.

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British vs. American, Part 2 (2015)

Oh, I am nervous. Here are the most popular American names that were not used at all in England & Wales last year.
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I love these comparisons!

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US vs UK Baby Names: Vive la difference!

US vs UK Baby Names: Vive la difference! | Name News | Scoop.it
Once again, British name expert Elea presents her annual analysis of how the American and England-Wales popularity lists compare and contrast.
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Top baby names: is yours on the up or on the way out?

Top baby names: is yours on the up or on the way out? | Name News | Scoop.it
Find out how your name fared in 2015’s list of most popular baby names in England and Wales – and how famous names did
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Quickly search for a name's rank - good if you don't want to open the spreadsheet and prefer a simple table to the wonderful graphs at http://names.darkgreener.com/ 

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The most popular names of 2015

The most popular names of 2015 | Name News | Scoop.it
The Office for National Statistics has released a list of the most popular names of 2015, based on the exact spelling of the names.

The data shows that on-trend American names are increasingly popular over here – Jaxon, Carter and Maddison were all new entries to the top 100 last year.

Game of Thrones also continues to influence parents.
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Did the England and Wales stats only come out 2 weeks ago? It seems like an age since then. Here's a little recap.

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Sunday Summary: 37/2016 - Appellation Mountain

Sunday Summary: 37/2016 - Appellation Mountain | Name News | Scoop.it
On Saturday afternoon, we made the trek to the local American Girl store. My daughter and my nephew both picked out Bitty Babies, which look something like newborns. My daughter carefully planned her doll choice, as well as the name: Hazel, chosen after listing possible names on her whiteboard and leading a discussion with her other dozen …
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England's Hottest Baby Names, Starring Fashionable Prince George

England's Hottest Baby Names, Starring Fashionable Prince George | Name News | Scoop.it
The newly released baby name statistics for England and Wales show Oliver and Amelia reigning for the third straight year. The new top names (with last year's rank in parentheses):

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All parents should beware 'creative' baby names - just ask my son

All parents should beware 'creative' baby names - just ask my son | Name News | Scoop.it
“I’ve mostly really liked my name, but at university, I’d meet people at parties, and they didn’t believe it was my real name. I’ve sometimes had to show them my cash-card to prove it.” 
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Really good name stories from two generations.

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Oliver and Amelia most popular baby names for the third year running

Oliver and Amelia most popular baby names for the third year running | Name News | Scoop.it
Oliver and Amelia remained the most popular baby names in 2015 in all regions of England except London and the West Midlands where Muhammad was the top name.
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Name Spotlight: Nellie

Name Spotlight: Nellie | Name News | Scoop.it
The next two names that I will shine a spotlight on are one of the many names that have made great strides in the Top 500 in England and Wales in 2015. What used to be popular long ago in North America and elsewhere in the English-speaking world is now on the rise again. MEANING…
Clare's insight:

Well spotted, that is a big leap! Nelly has climbed a lot too, and Nell and Nelle just a little bit. I wonder if it's at all connected to the rise of Penelope.

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