The most popular baby names across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire


The most popular baby names for the last year across Nottinghamshire have been revealed.

While Olivia and Oliver continue to be top picks for parents across the UK, many are taking inspiration from the royals when it comes to baby names.

The boys and girls number one names remain unchanged for the fifth year.

Oliver has been the top name for boys in England and Wales since 2013, and Olivia has been number one for girls since 2016, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Names with a royal connection remained popular, especially for boys, with Archie reaching the top 10, George sticking in second place, and William and Harry still in the top 20.

However, not all parents pick the most on trend names – so what were the top picks in your area?

Amelia was the top name for baby girls in Nottingham, while Muhammad was the top boys’ name.

What are the most popular names in Nottinghamshire?

Ashfield: Ivy, Willow, Oliver

Bassetlaw: Freya, Willow, Alfie, Harry

Broxtowe: Olivia, Harry

Gedling: Olivia, Theodore

Mansfield: Mia, Olivia, Charlie, Noah

Newark and Sherwood: Olivia, George

Rushcliffe: Sophie, Oliver

Nottingham: Amelia, Muhammad

Siân Bradford, Vital Statistics Outputs Branch, Office for National Statistics said: “Oliver and Olivia held onto the top spots as the most popular boys’ and girls’ names in 2020 but some interesting changes took place beneath them.

“We continue to see the age of mothers having an impact on the choice of baby name. Archie jumped into the top 10 boys’ names for the first time, driven by younger mothers as well as the obvious Royal link. While on the girls’ side Ivy rose to sixth place.

“Popular culture continues to provide inspiration for baby names, whether it’s characters in our favourite show or trending celebrities. Maeve and Otis, characters from the popular programme ‘Sex Education’, have seen a surge in popularity in 2020. While the name Margot has been rapidly climbing since actress Margot Robbie appeared in the popular film ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’.”

Since 2010, Ivy has risen 221 places to become the sixth most popular girls name in England and Wales in 2020.

Ivy and Rosie entered the top 10 for the first time, replacing Grace and Freya.

Arthur and Noah have seen an increase in popularity over the last two decades both rising over 200 places in the ranks to the boys’ top five in 2019 and 2017 respectively.

In 2020, Archie entered the top 10 for the first-time replacing Charlie. This is the first time Charlie has not been in the top 10 since 2005.

And the largest movers in 2020 into the top 100 boys’ names in England and Wales were Milo (80th) and Otis (96th), both rising 28 places since 2019.

Maeve has risen 124 places since 2019 and was the largest new entry into the top 100 girls’ names (94th) in England and Wales for 2020.

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