The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released the top 100 boys’ and girls’ baby names in 2012, including comparisons with rankings from 2011 and over the last 10 years.
Harry and Amelia have remained the most popular baby names among babies born in 2012 in England and Wales overall.
However, there are quite a few variations across the UK as preferred baby names in Scotland and Northern Ireland are quite different.
Amelia ranks eighth and fourth in Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively, and Harry comes in at ninth and fourth.
Top boys’ names
There are seven new entries for the top 100 names for boys in England and Wales. These were Hugo, Sonny, Seth, Elliot, Theodore, Rory and Ellis, and they replaced more traditional names such as John and Ben, which are no longer in the top 100.
In Scotland and Northern Ireland, the top name is Jack. But rising in popularity in Scotland is Rhys, Joseph and Leon, which are all now included in the top 50, and in Northern Ireland, Bobby has risen the fastest, jumping up 65 places to number 59.
George, the name chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this year for their son, has remained in 12th place in England and Wales.
Top girls’ names
In England and Wales, there were six new entries to the top 100 girls’ names: Molly, Ivy, Darcy, Tilly, Sara and Violet.
Over the last 10 years, four of the top 10 names for girls have remained in the top 10. These were Olivia, Jessica, Emily and Sophie.
In Northern Ireland, Sophie has been the favourite name in both 2011 and 2012, and in Scotland it has been top for the last eight years. In Northern Ireland, Amelia has risen 29 places to take fourth place, so not far behind England and Wales.
If you’re considering different names in anticipation of the arrival of your baby, don’t forget to make sure you also have all your other big decisions during pregnancy sorted. Our step-by-step guide to pregnancy is a helpful round up of the things you need to be thinking about, and the best times to carry out these tasks during your pregnancy.