Graphic: What’s in a baby name? Top choices revealed

Top baby names Top baby names

Polly Grice polly.grice@archant.co.uk
Saturday, August 16, 2014
12:36 PM

Jack was the most popular boy’s name for babies born in the East in 2013, while Amelia was the top choice for girls.

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Case study: Adam Gretton

We have to make many choices in life, but picking a baby’s name is one of the toughest.

For months my wife and I debated hundreds of names, which were ditched because we both could not agree on a boy and girl’s name we both liked.

After choosing not to know the sex of our baby, it was a big relief when we were told our firstborn was a boy because we were still undecided on a girl’s name when my wife went into labour 18 months ago.

I’m not entirely sure how we came to choose Oscar. However, it was a name we both liked immediately, despite my mother-in-law saying it was “too urban”.

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Traditional names like Harry, Thomas and Oscar also featured in the region’s top ten for boys and Isla, Ava and Lily took top places for girls.

The lists were compiled by the Office for National Statistics, and released yesterday, as part of its annual survey of names.

Case study: Donna-Louise Bishop

From a young age I already had the names of my future children etched in my mind – James for a boy, Carrie for a girl.

But when I became pregnant with our first, my husband Ben had other ideas and many weird and wonderful combinations were thrown around.

I wanted something traditional and not used too much, but Ben wanted something quirky. Together we decided on Lex or Scarlett – as in Luther and O’Hara – and with the gender of our little bundle of joy a secret we were excited.

Then the oddest thing happened. I was rushed into theatre to have an emergency c-section and had to wait more than 40 minutes to hold our baby boy. That’s a long time to think about a name, and Ben knew even before I said anything that our son would be called Adam.

Amelia also took top spot nationally, while the most popular boy’s name across the country was Oliver.

Sarah Redshaw, managing editor of BabyCentre said: “Unlike nearly every other region in the UK, the most popular baby name for boys in East Anglia ws Jack.

“Whilst there is a slight difference, East Anglian parents are clearly just as keen to name their newborns something traditional and well-known as the rest of the country, especially when it comes to boys.

“For girls, parents are a little more adventurous, though the top ten do continue to be full of very feminine and conventional names like Lily and Sophie.”

Although George was in the top ten nationally for the first half of the year, it dropped off after the royal birth in July.

“Parents see royal names as classic and timeless so are often a popular choice and whilst George held steady last year, we know from members of the BabyCentre community it has fallen in popularity and I think it will drop considerably in 2014,” said Ms Redshaw.

Plenty of Game of Thrones fans seemingly also became parents last year, there were six Tyrions, 11 Theons, three Sandors and five Sansas - all characters from the television series.

Ms Redshaw said: “Inspiration for your baby’s name can come from anywhere, and shows like Downton Abbey and even Breaking Bad are making an impact.

“BabyCentre has seen that the name Daisy is on the up, as is Violet.

“In terms of what this year holds, I could imagine that Piper might be on the rise, following the popularity of TV hit Orange is the New Black, and we’ve already seen an increase in the name Elsa, one of the lead characters in Disney’s recent release Frozen.”

There were some names that didn’t make the cut this year, Rhys, Kayden, Bailey and Kyle all dropped out of the top 100 to make room for ‘vintage’ names like Teddy and Albert, while Theodore climbed 19 places to reach number 78.

Victoria, Darcy and Beatrice also made an appearance in the top 100 this year replacing Kiera and Caitlin which dropped off the bottom of the list.

For the second year running, Elsie had the largest rise, moving 23 places to rank in at number 47 after climbing 17 places in 2012.

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