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Aaron and Jasper are declining in popularity but Nigel is making a comeback of sorts
Hunter and Aurora have joined the top 100 names for baby boys and girls in England and Wales, according to official statistics.Oliver and Olivia remain the most popular names, positions they have held since 2013 and 2016 respectively.Two new entries into the top 100 boys' names in 2017 were Hunter and Ralph, while Aaron and Jasper fell out of the top 100. New entries for girls included Aurora, Orla, Edith, Bonnie, Lyla and Hallie.These replaced Lexi, Zoe, Maddison, Sarah, Felicity and Lydia.
Parents are still making plans for Nigel, with 11 baby boys given that name in 2017.The name was thought to be almost extinct after fewer than three babies were named Nigel the year before.It is the first time Hunter has been in the top 100 boys' names. Ralph was last in the top 100 in 1944.Results were based on names given from an analysis of 679,106 babies born in 2017, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
Top 10 baby names for boys and girls in England and Wales
Number of children given a particular spelling of a name:Boys
Oliver - 6,259
Harry - 5,031
George - 4,929
Noah - 4,273
Jack - 4,190
Jacob - 3,968
Leo - 3,781
Oscar - 3,739
Charlie - 3,724
Muhammad - 3,691
Olivia - 5,204
Amelia - 4,358
Isla - 3,373
Ava - 3,289
Emily - 3,121
Isabella - 2,627
Mia - 2,590
Poppy - 2,527
Ella - 2,452
Lily - 2,405
The ONS only provides figures when there were at least three babies given the same spelling of a name. It does not reveal names taken by only one or two babies to protect their privacy.Regionally, Olivia was the most popular girls' name throughout England and Wales, but Muhammad was more popular than Oliver in London, the West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber.Harry was the most popular boys' name in the North East.Olivia and Jack remain the most popular baby names in Scotland, according to data published in March, while Emily and James were revealed in August to be the most popular names in Northern Ireland.
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