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What names are common?

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Yardley42 Wed 05-Oct-16 16:28:48

As in frequent!

I know someone who named her daughter Ava and then changed it when there were 4 in her nursery. Changed it to Ada which is much nicer anyway imho! I can understand that as there are a couple thousand Avas every year. But I also know two little Elodies and two baby Marnies - only a couple hundred of them each year.

So how many babies do there have to be with a certain name for it to become common enough that you'd have others in your class? What names do you hear all the time at the moment? Are there any names that you've heard given to several babies within a couple years? The most recent baby of my acquaintance is a Cicely - no others so far!

Pipilangstrumpf Wed 05-Oct-16 16:50:28

Have a look at this he ONS list of most popular names published annually by the Government.

Pipilangstrumpf Wed 05-Oct-16 16:51:59

If you choose a name outside the top 100 or 250 then you'll have a higher chance of not sharing your name with several others.

0pti0na1 Wed 05-Oct-16 19:48:48

From what I remember, even the top boys name is given to around 1 per cent of boys, and the same for the most popular girls name. So on average, if there are 30 in a class, 15 boys and 15 girls, you'd need over 6 classes to include just one boy with the top boys name, and one girl with the top girls name. Of course, "on average" doesn't guarantee there won't be 10 people all with the same name, but the chances are there won't be.

BoboBunnyH0p Wed 05-Oct-16 22:38:54

My DD name was just in the top 50 when we named her and didn't know a person called it, so I was surprised when she started school and there are two others with the name in her year.

KingJoffreysRestingCuntface Wed 05-Oct-16 22:41:36

Amelia. Every other girl is called Amelia.

Middle names are always Rose or Mai.

livinglooney8 Wed 05-Oct-16 22:49:30

Isabella/Isabel etc.


OhTheRoses Wed 05-Oct-16 22:52:21

At Dd's school there were three Alice's and three Imogen's. Out of 18 girls. Neither name was or is common. They are rising 19 now.

BSkyB Wed 05-Oct-16 22:54:07

Depends where you are in the country. There's much greater variety in London for example because of the huge mixture of nationalities. I hardly know any girls with top 10 names and have literally never met an Oliver or a Jack. Oscars, Sebastians and Theos are ten a penny though.

Tanfastic Wed 05-Oct-16 22:54:39

Lots of Ella's, Evie's and Eva's in my 8 yr old's year.

Sophronia Wed 05-Oct-16 22:56:16



Giratina Wed 05-Oct-16 22:59:12

I've never met a Sebastian. Bloody hundreds of Jaydens and Caydens though.

OhTheRoses Wed 05-Oct-16 23:04:00

I know Sebastians. But no Jaydens.

KERALA1 Wed 05-Oct-16 23:04:30

All variants of eve. Amazed to see a poster on another thread describing Evelyn as an "unusual" name!

pieceofpurplesky Wed 05-Oct-16 23:05:57

There were 4 Sams and 3 Bens in my ds's class at primary (28 pupils and only 11 boys!)

chinlo Wed 05-Oct-16 23:08:45

From what I remember, even the top boys name is given to around 1 per cent of boys, and the same for the most popular girls name

It's actually around 1% of babies born that year. So it's more like 2% of boys/girls respectively.

Still, 1 in 50 even for the number one most popular name in the country, is not really that much. I think people get too hung up on the popularity stuff.

PaperdollCartoon Wed 05-Oct-16 23:12:09

As a PP said, it really depends where you are in the country, some names will be more popular in some places than others.

KERALA1 Wed 05-Oct-16 23:28:48

As someone with a popular name myself we went to some effort to avoid that for our kids. Personally do see it as an issue and would put me off a name (and did - nearly called dd1 Olivia luckily realised at last minute so glad I did at first baby class there were 3...)

OhTheRoses Wed 05-Oct-16 23:35:00

But I had a great aunt Evelyn. She's be about 100 now. Her name was not that popular or common then. She was known as Evie

9troubledwaters Wed 05-Oct-16 23:41:36

Dd name is in the above list, I didn't consider popularity at the time I just liked it but now I see it panned on here a fair bit. No others in her year of 60 though.
I wish now id given her a more 'classic' name like Elizabeth or Charlotte - to me they are timeless.
Ben, Sam, Tom & James seem timeless imo too.

KERALA1 Wed 05-Oct-16 23:54:49

Yes my granny was Lilian - lily. That generations names are the super popular names now.

Loafingaround Thu 06-Oct-16 07:20:19

Ella and Imogen.

Charlie and Max. All everywhere.

Ihearthickson Thu 06-Oct-16 07:25:41



AuntieStella Thu 06-Oct-16 07:30:24

Remember that the ONS list (published in August) tells you how often names were bestowed the previous year. So it's always a bit out of date.

tighterthanscrooge Thu 06-Oct-16 07:58:06

Both my DDs have unusual old fashioned names. I love the old names!
Round here it's


Also a few new names I've recently come across for girls are

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