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Top 10 baby names in the 2019 Census Rehearsal local authorities, 2018

Top 10 baby names in the 2019 Census Rehearsal local authorities, 2018 | Name News | Scoop.it
Last October, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) carried out a census rehearsal in preparation for the next census in 2021. The census rehearsal took place in four local authority areas across England and Wales. These were: Carlisle (North East England) Ceredigion (Mid-Wales) Hackney (London) Tower Hamlets (London) Hidde
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This is such an interesting find! I spent a long time looking at these lists, they really capture the diversity of the different communities.

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The Top 50 Names in England and Wales in 1700

The Top 50 Names in England and Wales in 1700 | Name News | Scoop.it
1700 - William III (famously known as William of Orange) is on the throne. This year, William Congreve's comedy The Way of the World is first performed in London and an English translation of the novel Don Quixote is first published. Below are the top 50 first names fo
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Most popular baby names revealed | News

Most popular baby names revealed | News | Name News | Scoop.it
Noah and Olivia were the most popular in Carmarthenshire, whilst Pembrokeshire chose Logan and Amelia. Efa and Hari were most popular in Gwynedd.

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Top 200 Most Popular Names in England and Wales in 1840 - Part 1

Top 200 Most Popular Names in England and Wales in 1840 - Part 1 | Name News | Scoop.it
Below are the compiled rankings for the most popular births in England and Wales in 1840 from the England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915. As the birth index runs from 1838, this is the last rankings of the series. You can see the complete set from 1840-1900 here
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Baby names by region, 2016, England and Wales - Office for National Statistics

Top names by region of usual residence of mother, 2016, England and Wales.

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YES!! I'm off to look at spreadsheets, send a search party if I'm not back by teatime...

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Top 10 Baby Names of Various English-Speaking Countries (2016)

Top 10 Baby Names of Various English-Speaking Countries (2016) | Name News | Scoop.it
Today the Office of National Statistics released the most popular baby names of England and Wales in 2016!  Here's the combined top 10 for girls: Olivia (+1 rank change); replaced Amelia as #1 Amelia (-1 rank change) Emily (0 rank change) Isla (0) Ava (0) Isabella (+2) Lily (new; +6).  Lily expelled Poppy from the…
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Baby names in England and Wales: 2016 - Office for National Statistics

Most popular first names for baby boys and girls, from all live births.

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Olivia and Oliver are #1...and more!

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How a Welsh rugby disaster led to the most bizarre baby name ever

How a Welsh rugby disaster led to the most bizarre baby name ever | Name News | Scoop.it
“The boy’s name on his birth certificate is Wales Manu Samoa 9-34 Moamoa Gale, taking in the names of two teams, the scoreline and the location of the game.”

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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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ONS Releases Data About Birthdays - Baby Names

ONS Releases Data About Birthdays - Baby Names | Name News | Scoop.it
How popular is your birthday? The Office of National Statistics (ONS) released data on birthdays around England and Wales and created a helpful interactive graphic so you can find out how popular your birthday is! According to the data, September 26 is the most popular birthday over the last 20 years, and 8 of the… Read More
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Ok, this isn't really about names, but it's interesting! I know late September/October was the peak time for birhts, but I didn't know about other peaks and troughs.

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Nearly a fifth of parents regret baby name - survey - BBC News

Nearly a fifth of parents regret baby name - survey - BBC News | Name News | Scoop.it
Almost a fifth of parents in the UK regret the name they chose for their child, a survey suggests.
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Names in the News: Evie Megan, Chloe, Thatcher

Names in the News: Evie Megan, Chloe, Thatcher | Name News | Scoop.it
Three recent baby name stories out of England:
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Ah, evidence that in England, the name Thatcher is still very tied to Margaret.

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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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New Sortable, Searchable USA/England Name Stats

New Sortable, Searchable USA/England Name Stats | Name News | Scoop.it
Come play! The Namerology popularity chart is now updated with current stats for every baby name used in measurable numbers in the USA or England/Wales last year. That’s a total of 36,460 different names to dig into. You can search and sort names by letter sequences, popularity range, and popularity …
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I hadn't check this tool out till now, but it's great to be able to compare the countries at a glance.

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Five Name Friday: Girl Name that Works in Welsh & Persian –

Five Name Friday: Girl Name that Works in Welsh & Persian – | Name News | Scoop.it
“I need girl names that bridge from Wales to Iran! I prefer longer names, but for the name to be pronounced in both languages please avoid the sounds ‘th’/’dd’ in Wels…
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Ooh this is a juicy one! Better get my thinking cap on...

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Revealed: the most popular baby names in Powys

Revealed: the most popular baby names in Powys | Name News | Scoop.it
The most popular baby names in Powys last year were George and Jack for boys and Freya and Olivia for girls, according to the Office of National…
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The Top Welsh Names in Wales

The Top Welsh Names in Wales | Name News | Scoop.it
The most popular Welsh names in Wales are Seren and Dylan, but what other native-grown names can we find in their Top 500 that we might want to steal for ourselves?
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I fflipping love Welsh names. Great post by Elea.

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The most popular baby names in Wales in 2017 revealed

The most popular baby names in Wales in 2017 revealed | Name News | Scoop.it
Top of the list for boys are Oliver, Jacob and George, while Olivia, Amelia and Ava top the chart for the girls, figures released by Bounty show.

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Top 100 Most Popular Names in England and Wales 2016

Top 100 Most Popular Names in England and Wales 2016 | Name News | Scoop.it
The #1 names in 2016 were Olivia and Oliver! Olivia managed to topple Amelia off the top spot after five years while Oliver remains #1 for the fourth year running. New to the top 100 are Albie, Arlo, Ezra, Finn, Jasper, Jesse, Felicity, Iris, Luna and Lydia. These replace
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The 1995 British Macaula/ey Spike

The 1995 British Macaula/ey Spike | Name News | Scoop.it
When Culkin arrived at the international big screen when he starred as the main character in the film, Home Alone, in late 1990, the usage of the name in Britain picked up. But there's a big spike that occurred in 1995. I originally planned to release this blog post back in May but had decided put…
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Top 200 Most Popular Names in England and Wales in 1850

Top 200 Most Popular Names in England and Wales in 1850 | Name News | Scoop.it
Below are the compiled rankings for the most popular births in England and Wales in 1850 from the England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915. Disclaimer: It should be noted that the data is not without its flaws. Births were originally recorded by a registrar (in their own handwriting
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Great research by Elea! The names get quite exotic further down the list, and as she says, it's also interesting to see which Victorian favourites aren't there yet.

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The baby names seeing a popularity boost in Wales

The baby names seeing a popularity boost in Wales | Name News | Scoop.it
The baby names going up in popularity

Boys

Teddy
Idris
Jax
Jaxon
Ezra
Girls

Arya
Florence
Harper
Thea
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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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Finds from 1873

Finds from 1873 | Name News | Scoop.it
1873 was the year of the first FA Cup final, the publication of George Eliot's novel Middlemarch, and a reported meteor hitting a wall in Banbury. Below is a selection of names from the GRO Birth Records for England and Wales in 1873. All are first names and middl
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1873 does not disappoint. In this year the world welcomed Ignatius Columbus Taliesin, Zethri Zebina, Innocent Jane, Sensitive Eleanor, and many more.

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Powys mum banned from naming daughter Cyanide by court - BBC News

Powys mum banned from naming daughter Cyanide by court - BBC News | Name News | Scoop.it
A mother is banned from naming her baby daughter Cyanide after the poison which Adolf Hitler took before shooting himself.
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