England and Wales: the most popular names in 2006

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

 RankGirlBoy
1OliviaJack
2GraceThomas
3JessicaJoshua
4RubyOliver
5EmilyHarry
6SophieJames
7ChloeWilliam
8LucySamuel
9LillyDaniel
10EllieCharlie
11EllaBenjamin
12CharlotteJoseph
13KatieCallum
14MiaGeorge
15HannahJake
16AmeliaAlfie
17MeganLuke
18AmyMatthew
19IsabellaEthan
20MillieLewis
21EvieJacob
22AbigailMohammed
23FreyaDylan
24MollyAlexander
25DaisyRyan
26HollyAdam
27EmmaTyler
28ErinHarvey
29IsabelleMax
30PoppyCameron
31JasmineLiam
32LeahJamie
33KeiraLeo
34PhoebeOwen
35CaitlinConnor
36RebeccaHarrison
37GeorgiaNathan
38LaurenBen
39MadisonHenry
40AmberArchie
41ElizabethEdward
42EleanorMichael
43BethanyAaron
44IsabelMuhammed
45PaigeKyle
46ScarlettNoah
47AliceOscar
48ImogenLucas
49SophiaRhys
50AnnaBradley
51LolaCharles
52LibbyToby
53MaisieLouis
54IsobelBrandon
55BrookeIsaac
56AlishaReece
57TiaKieran
58SarahAlex
59SummerFinlay
60GracieFinley
61FaithMason
62CourtneyKai
63NiamhLogan
64AvaRiley
65EveFreddie
66AimeeDavid
67MaddisonHarley
68RosieJayden
69MatildaMohammad
70SiennaKian
71ShannonBailey
72LillySam
73MadeleineJoel
74ZoeLeon
75NicoleJohn
76EvaRobert
77SkyeEllis
78AmelieJoe
79AbbieLuca
80HarrietBilly
81MayaCorey
82ZaraAshton
83RachelEvan
84FrancescaTaylor
85LydiaChristopher
86AliciaAidan
87HollieElliot
88SofiaHayden
89AlexandraMorgan
90LaylaJay
91NatashaDominic
92MollieTheo
93MorganZachary
94IslaSean
95DemiSebastian
96LauraReuben
97LaraAndrew
98TillyGabriel
99MarthaFrederick
100EloiseEwan

Source: General Register Office for England and Wales

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