Top-10 Boys and Girls Names for 2013 in the United Kingdom

Here’s a list of the top-10 boys’ and girls’ names for 2013 in the U.K. (Source: babynames.co.uk.) Because there is no official source of U.S. baby name popularity data for the year 2013, I have added 2012 Social Security Administration popularity data (in parentheses) for each of the U.K. top-10 names to give you a rough idea how the top-10 U.K. boys’ and girls’ names rank in the U.S.

Boys’ Names:  Four of the U.K. top-10 names also rank among the U.S. top 10: Noah, Jacob, Ethan and William. Three of the U.K. top-ten names rank below the U.S. top 10 but higher than 100: Oliver, Isaac and Jack. And three of the U.K. top-10 names rank below the U.S. top 100: Oscar, Dylan and Harry. (And after all the fuss, did you notice that George (which was among the U.K. top-10 list before Prince George was born, has fallen off that list. For what it’s worth, George didn’t even make the U.S. top 100.)

Girls’ Names: Three of the U.K. top-10 names also rank among the U.S. top 10: Ava, Olivia and Mia. Three of the U.K. top-10 names rank below the U.S. top 10 but higher than 100: Grace, Amelia and Ella. And Four of the U.K. top-10 names rank below the U.S. top 100: Freya, Isla, Eva and Alice. (I’d wager that one reason Isla is relatively unpopular in the U.S. is that most Americans may not know how to pronounce it: EE-lah? I-lah? or ISS-lah.)

Boys’ Names                          Girls’Names

1. Noah (#4 in U.S.)                      1. Ava (#5 in U.S.)

2. Oscar (not in U.S. top-100)    2. Freya (not in U.S. top 100)

3. Oliver (#73 in U.S.)                   3. Isla (not in U.S. top 100)

4. Jacob; (#1 in U.S.)                     4. Grace (#21 in U.S.)

5. Isaac (#30 in U.S.)                     5. Amelia (#23 in U.S.)

6. Dylan (not in U.S. top-100)     6. Ella (#12 in U.S.)

7. Ethan (#3 in U.S.)                      7. Eva (not in U.S. top 100)

8. William (#5 in U.S.)                  8. Olivia (#4 in U.S.)

9. Harry (not in U.S. top 100       9. Alice (not in U.S. top 100)

10. Jack (#46 in U.S.)                     10. Mia (#8 in U.S.)

http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/tips-on-picking-the-best-baby-names-1-6346600

2 thoughts on “Top-10 Boys and Girls Names for 2013 in the United Kingdom

  1. Laura,thanks so much for your feedback. In the same way that you didn’t “get” Freya (a popular Scandinavian name), I’m fairly sure there will be people on this side of the Atlantic who are unfamiliar with Isla and wonder how to pronounce it. They might guess it’s pronounced ISS-lah. I put a lot of time and energy into writing and researching new posts. It’s a great pleasure when someone tells me they enjoy one. Thanks for making my day.

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