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Top Baby Names Revealed
South Lanarkshire is ahead of the trend and moving away from national favourites Jack and Emily. Oliver and Olivia were the most popular first names for babies in South Lanarkshire whose births were registered in 2015. They took the two top spots from last year’s winners Jack and Emily – although those still remained the most popular for tots across the whole of Scotland.
A total of 39 boys were called Oliver in South Lanarkshire and 34 girls were named Olivia.
The top ten names for boys in South Lanarkshire were: Oliver (39); Lewis (30); Jack (28); Harris (27); James (26); Callum (25); Mason (23); Daniel (21); Harry (20); and Leo (20).
And the top ten names for girls in South Lanarkshire were: Olivia (34); Emily (33); Ava (28); Lucy (28); Sophie (27); Aria (21); Chloe (21); Ella (21); Grace (17); and Lily (17).
Dr Julia Cresswell, author of the Chambers Dictionary of First Names, admitted she was “mystified” as to why Oliver should be so popular.
She said: “I can’t think of many really famous people in the last few years who would have inspired Oliver. Oliver is in fact a Viking name, originally being Olaf, but it became popular in France because of the epic The Song of Roland in which a character called Olivier was Roland’s advisor.
“It became popular in England after Oliver Cromwell, but with his fall it sharply fell out of favour, only to be revived by Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.
“It’s popular throughout the UK and maybe people go for it ‘as a safe bet’ in that it’s not particularly unusual.”
In North Lanarkshire, the top ten names for boys were: Jack (37); Jacob (29); Logan (29); James (24); Harris (23); Callum (21); Noah (21); Leo (20); Lewis (20); and Oliver (20).
And the top names for girls in North Lanarkshire were: Olivia (43); Emily (36); Sophie (36); Ava (31); Sophia (26); Amelia (25); Freya (24); Ella (23); Hannah (23); and Jessica (23).
Nationally, Jack was the top boys’ name for an eighth consecutive year, and Emily was the top girls’ name for the second year running.
Oliver rose from fourth to become the second most popular boys’ name, with James falling one place to third and Lewis down one place in fourth. Alexander climbed five places to fifth. The rest of the boys’ top ten was Charlie (up two places to sixth), Logan (down two places to seventh), Lucas (up one to eighth), Harris (up three to ninth) and three names which together were joint tenth: Jacob (up nine); Finlay (up five places) and Daniel (down four places). Harris, Jacob and Finlay were all entrants to the boys’ Top Ten; Noah (down seven places to fourteenth) dropped out of it.
The top four girls’ names were in exactly the same order as in 2014. Sophie was again the second most popular (having been top from 2005 to 2013), Olivia was third and Isla was fourth. Ava rose one place to fifth, and Jessica fell one place to sixth. Amelia remained in seventh place. Ella rose three places to eighth. Lucy (down one to ninth) and Lily (down one to tenth) made up the rest of the girls’ top ten. Ella was the only entrant to the girls’ top ten; Ellie (down four to fourteenth) was the only name to drop out of it.