England and Wales: the most popular names in 2006

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Find out which names are top of the chart in the most recent report by the office of National Statistics, based on the number of registrations of birth…

Name trends for Girls

Olivia was the most popular name, knocking Jessica off its 2005 number one spot. Grace was in second place, finally making it into the top five. Ruby made the biggest leap, making it to number four from its previous ranking of fifteenth in 2005. Emily held on to its top five position, coming in at number five. Three newcomers, Imogen, Sophia and Anna made it into the top fifty, with other big climbers being Evie (up eight places), Freya (up eight places, Poppy (up nine places) and Jasmine (up ten places). Floral names continued to be popular, with Lily, Daisy and Poppy all featuring in the top thirty. Names that fell out of the top fifty were Libby, Aimee and Niamh.  In Wales, Megan continued to be the most popular name for girls.

Name trends for Boys

There was no change in the number one spot, which was once again held by Jack, but Joshua moved down to number three being replaced by Thomas in the second position. Oliver moved up one place to fourth position, while Harry moved up three places to the fifth rank. Newcomers to the top fifty were: Muhammad, climbing 12 places (to join Mohammed also in the top 50), Oscar, up seven places, Lucas up by ten places and Rhys, also moving up ten ranks. Other risers in the top 50 were Harrison, Alfie, Cameron and Henry. Names that moved out of the top fifty were Louis, Brandon, Toby, Kieran and Charles.  In Wales, Jack replaced Joshua as the number one name for boys.

Top names for Girls and Boys in 2006

 Rank Girl Boy
1 Olivia Jack
2 Grace Thomas
3 Jessica Joshua
4 Ruby Oliver
5 Emily Harry
6 Sophie James
7 Chloe William
8 Lucy Samuel
9 Lilly Daniel
10 Ellie Charlie
11 Ella Benjamin
12 Charlotte Joseph
13 Katie Callum
14 Mia George
15 Hannah Jake
16 Amelia Alfie
17 Megan Luke
18 Amy Matthew
19 Isabella Ethan
20 Millie Lewis
21 Evie Jacob
22 Abigail Mohammed
23 Freya Dylan
24 Molly Alexander
25 Daisy Ryan
26 Holly Adam
27 Emma Tyler
28 Erin Harvey
29 Isabelle Max
30 Poppy Cameron
31 Jasmine Liam
32 Leah Jamie
33 Keira Leo
34 Phoebe Owen
35 Caitlin Connor
36 Rebecca Harrison
37 Georgia Nathan
38 Lauren Ben
39 Madison Henry
40 Amber Archie
41 Elizabeth Edward
42 Eleanor Michael
43 Bethany Aaron
44 Isabel Muhammed
45 Paige Kyle
46 Scarlett Noah
47 Alice Oscar
48 Imogen Lucas
49 Sophia Rhys
50 Anna Bradley
51 Lola Charles
52 Libby Toby
53 Maisie Louis
54 Isobel Brandon
55 Brooke Isaac
56 Alisha Reece
57 Tia Kieran
58 Sarah Alex
59 Summer Finlay
60 Gracie Finley
61 Faith Mason
62 Courtney Kai
63 Niamh Logan
64 Ava Riley
65 Eve Freddie
66 Aimee David
67 Maddison Harley
68 Rosie Jayden
69 Matilda Mohammad
70 Sienna Kian
71 Shannon Bailey
72 Lilly Sam
73 Madeleine Joel
74 Zoe Leon
75 Nicole John
76 Eva Robert
77 Skye Ellis
78 Amelie Joe
79 Abbie Luca
80 Harriet Billy
81 Maya Corey
82 Zara Ashton
83 Rachel Evan
84 Francesca Taylor
85 Lydia Christopher
86 Alicia Aidan
87 Hollie Elliot
88 Sofia Hayden
89 Alexandra Morgan
90 Layla Jay
91 Natasha Dominic
92 Mollie Theo
93 Morgan Zachary
94 Isla Sean
95 Demi Sebastian
96 Laura Reuben
97 Lara Andrew
98 Tilly Gabriel
99 Martha Frederick
100 Eloise Ewan

Source: General Register Office for England and Wales

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