Scotland’s most popular baby names revealed and neither Jamie nor Claire are among them

Olivia and Jack were the most popular names for babies born in Scotland this year, but despite the phenomenal global success of Outlander neither Jamie nor Claire were among the top favourites.

According to The National Records of Scotland (NRS) there were 26,408 boys and 24,489 girls registered in 2016.

For the first time Olivia replaced Emily to become the top girls’ name since figures started being compiled in 1974, and Jack was the most popular boys’ name for the ninth consecutive year.

Olivia just made it as the top girls’ name. A total of 492 baby girls were named Olivia while Emily came a close second at 490.

Olivia rose from third in 2015 to first in 2016, and Sophie was down from second to third, having been the top name from 2005 to 2013.

Isla remained fourth, Ava rose one place to fifth, and Amelia was up one place to sixth while Jessica fell two places to seventh and Ella and Lucy remained eighth and ninth. Charlotte, which jumped 11 places to 10th, was the only entrant to the girls’ Top Ten. Lily, down two places to joint 12th, was the only name to drop out.

Sophia, up three places to 16th, was the fastest climber within the girls’ Top 20.

In addition to Charlotte there were two more entrants to the girls’ Top 20. Aria, up 14 places to 11th, and Evie, up eight places to 18th.

For the boys it was Jack that remained the most popular boys’ name while James rose from third in 2015 to second in 2016, and Oliver was down from second to third.

Lewis remained in fourth place. Logan rose three places to fifth, Harry climbed 10 places to sixth, Noah jumped eight places to seventh, Leo rose five places to eighth, Charlie was down three places at ninth and Alexander fell from fifth to 10th.

Harry, Noah and Leo were the only entrants to the boys’ Top 10. Lucas, dropped four places to joint 11th and Harris fell four places to 13th while and Daniel fell eight places to 18th.

The fastest climbers within the boys’ Top 20 were Harry, Noah and Leo. Ethan was the only entrant to the Top 20, up six places to 17th.

Overall parents chose 3,132 different first forenames for boys and 4,137 different first forenames for girls.

In total, 2,072 boys and 2,671 girls were given first forenames that were unique. The numbers of different names, and of unique names, were well above the levels of 10, 20 or 40 years ago.

The top 50 boys’ first names accounted for 40 per cent of all those registered and the top 50 girls’ first names accounted for 38 per cent of registrations. Jack was the first name of only 1.8 per cent of boys, and Olivia was the first name of just 2 per cent of girls.

 

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