Oliver and Olivia are the most popular baby names in England and Wales again.
However the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that since Dua Lipa achieved her first UK number one single, the number of babies with the name Dua had doubled in 2019 compared with the two years prior.
Star Wars’ Kylo Ren also had influence with a rise in babies named Kylo last year, according to the latest data.
But not all parents are following the same trend as there are regional disparities.
While Oliver was the top boys’ name in England and Wales overall, it was only top in the East Midlands, the East of England, the South West and Wales.
Olivia fared better – the most popular girls’ name across all regions in England and Wales except for the West Midlands and London, where Amelia was the most popular name.
Muhammad remained in top spot in the North West, Yorkshire and The Humber, the West Midlands, and London while Harry and Arthur were the most popular boys’ names in the North East and South East respectively.
Of all the Arthurs born in England and Wales, a fifth were born in the South East.
However, top boys’ names, by local authority, were more likely to be from the overall top 10 than girls’ names.
In 2019, 20 percent of local authorities had a top boys’ name that was not in the top 10 for England and Wales, down from 21 pc in 2018.
For girls, 31 percent of local authorities had a top name that was not in the top 10 in England and Wales, up from 25 pc in 2018.
The highest proportion of boys given the same name in any given area remained in Pendle where 13 pc of boys born were named Muhammad, up from 10 pc in 2018. Muhammad was the seventh most popular boys’ name in England and Wales overall.
The local authority with the highest proportion of girls given the same name changed from Craven (Olivia 4 pc), in 2018, to South Norfolk in 2019 where 4 pc of girls born were named Isla. Isla was the third most popular name in England and Wales.
Oliver has been the top name for boys in England and Wales since 2013, and Olivia has been number one for girls since 2016.
David Corps, Vital Statistics Outputs Branch, Office for National Statistics, said: “Oliver and Olivia continued their reign as the top boys’ and girls’ names in 2019, but analysis shows choices in baby names can differ depending on the mother’s age.
“We found younger mothers opted for more modern girls’ names like Harper, which has seen a rise since the Beckhams named their daughter so in 2011, and shortened boys’ names like Freddie. In contrast, older mothers chose more traditional names such as Jack and Charlotte.
“Popular culture continues to influence the baby names landscape. Following Dua Lipa’s first UK number one single in 2017, the number of girls named Dua has doubled from 63 to 126 in 2019.”
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