Favourite baby names by region 2015 revealed
We discover which names are most popular in each UK region
Regional baby name favourites
- The UK's favourite names by region
Did you know each UK region has their own favourite boys’ and girls’ names that buck baby name trends across the nation?
Isabella is favoured by new parents in the North West, South East, East and Yorkshire, whereas, Lily leads in Wales and the South West regions.
Baby girls called Evie are ones to watch in the West Midlands, compared to Daisy in the East Midlands.
Grace really is the ‘Angel of the North’ and is most popular with parents in the North East, meanwhile new mums and dads in Scotland like the name Lucy.
Maya is the much copied modern moniker for Londoners, while in Northern Ireland the more traditional choice of Anna is more popular than anywhere else in the UK.
Where baby boys’ names are concerned, Freddie bucks the nationwide name trends in North East, South West, East Midlands and in Yorkshire. Yet in the West Midlands, Archie is more popular and William reigns in Yorkshire.
Boys named Henry have the upper hand in the South East baby name charts and Thomas trends in the North West.
Leo is liked by London parents, whereas Lewis is leads the way in Scotland and new parents tend to opt for Theo in Wales.
Nationwide, the study of over 340,000 names unveiled Teddy, Arthur and Jackson as the highest climbing names for boys. For the girls, Florence, Nancy and Thea, are the ‘ones to watch’ in 2015 after rising in popularity the most in the past year.
The annual baby names report from Bounty also revealed Riley, Tyler, Lexi and Leah as the names that are fast falling from favour amongst parents in the UK.
Lisa Penney spokeswoman for Bounty.com, said “Celebrity name choices continue to influence parents’ choices, but the birth of royal baby Charlotte in May surprisingly did not increase the popularity of the name. Instead, Charlotte dropped two places this year. Although, even though she’s now four years old, the Beckhams’ daughter, Harper still continues to climb the ranks and now claims 51st place after first entering the Top 100 in 2014.
Nationwide, in the Top 100 Boys names chart for 2015 Jack was piped to the post in by Oliver who claimed the top spot. Charlie stole third place from Harry whilst Jacob held fast in position five. And in the Top 100 chart for girls names, Amelia, Olivia, Emily, Isla and Ava held onto the same top five places they had last year.
Lisa Penney continues: “Choosing your baby’s name is an important decision to get right, it has to be a name you love, work with your surname, but it has to be able to grow with your child. It’s important to remember that as quickly as a name may have risen to fame when you have your baby, it could easily fall out of favour just as quick.
"Parents wanting an unusual name should be mindful that names that seem uncommon can quickly trigger trends which result in them becoming common in the classroom. For example, the name Isla was the 4th most popular girls’ this year.
"Resurrecting a name from the brink of extinction, perhaps as tribute to a family member, is more likely to guarantee the uniqueness these days, but for most people their own parents’ names seem a little odd for a baby.Generally speaking, all babies grow up to make a name their own and wear it well no matter how unusual it may sound at first.”
National - Top boys' names 2015
1. Oliver ▲ 1
2. Jack ▼ 1
3. Charlie ▲ 1
4. Harry ▼ 1
5. Jacob no change
6. George ▲ 4
7. Noah no change
8. Alfie ▼ 2
9. Oscar ▼ 1
10. James ▼ 1
National - Top girls' names 2015 (and movement on 2014) (and movement on 2014)
1. Amelia no change
2. Olivia no change
3. Emily no change
4. Isla no change
5. Ava no change
6. Ella ▲ 10
7. Jessica ▲ 2
8. Mia ▲ 2
9. Sophia ▲ 2
10. Poppy ▼ 4
North west - boys' names 2015
North west - girls' names 2015
North east boys' names 2015
North east girls' names 2015
Discover the rest of the UK region's favourite names at Bounty.com