Top UK Baby Names- The Official ONS List

August 12, 2013

Most popular UK baby names for 2012

What were the top UK baby names?

What were the top UK baby names and the most popular boys and girls baby names in 2012?

The Office of National Statistics has just released the top 100 figures for last year. The most popular names were

  • Harry for boys,
  • Amelia for girls (maintaining the top spots from 2011).
  • Mia and Isla replaced Ruby and Grace in the top 10 most popular names for baby girls.

Pointers For Naming Your Baby…

Top baby names 2012 UK

Having had a 2012 baby, I was really interested to see the new stats. Luckily the name Eliza was still outside the top 50 in 2012. There’s a whole other post to be written on how we picked her name – there were many vetoes – but like a lot of parents-to-be we wanted to avoid anything that was top-end-of-the-list popular, and looked for names that were different but not completely weird, could be easily shortened, would suit both a baby and an adult, were classic yet current and not something that would date quickly. But it all changes so fast. Naming is such a personal choice, isn’t it?

You can see the full list of 2012 names here, including the top 100, location split and full lists of top UK baby names.

I spent a lot of time looking at the 2011 stats when I was pregnant, mostly looking for names to avoid (the most interesting bit of this list is always right down at the other end of the scale – where you can see names which were only given a few times. Often there’s some krazily kreative spelling, due to US reality TV stars, no doubt).

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What do you think of the 2012 baby names list, any surprises?


4 Comments

  • shirley

    August 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    No guessing what 2013 top boys name will be…George or Louie

  • liveotherwise

    August 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I’ve got a 2012 baby, but like his brother and sisters, his name is nowhere near the top 50 – I’m not sure it even shows on the charts at all. And that’s the way I like it! Visiting via #mntbc

  • Emily

    September 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Can you see the full list of names on the ONS link? I can only find the top 100 names. Have I missed it? I want to see the end of the list!

    1. gillian

      September 8, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      You have to download the full data set as a spreadsheet and then go through it there – let me know if you can’t find it and I’ll dig it out! Worth it though xx

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