When it comes to baby names, we have one rule: each to their own. Every child and family is unique, so we should all be choosing the name we WANT to go for, regardless of what anyone else may think.
That said, our interest is always piqued when the most popular names of the moment are revealed.
With that in mind, we were very intrigued this morning, when the Office for National Statistics in the UK released the top 10 most popular names for boys and girls in 2016.
Top of the pops were Olivia, for the girls; and Oliver, for the boys. The second and third spots were taken up by Amelia and Emily, and Harry and George, respectively.
Here are the full top 10 lists:
|1. Olivia||1. Oliver|
|2. Amelia||2. Harry|
|3. Emily||3. George|
|4. Isla||4. Jack|
|5. Ava||5. Jacob|
|6. Isabella||6. Noah|
|7. Lily||7. Charlie|
|8. Jessica||8. Muhammad|
|9. Ella||9. Thomas|
|10. Mia||10. Oscar|
It certainly seems that the royals are setting the trends right now, with two princely monikers making the cut!
Parents are clearly opting for more traditional names, with both lists including some gorgeous classics – Ava, Charlie, Lily and Jack are among our favourites.
Commenting on the latest statistics, ONS statistician Nick Stripe said: “It is as you move down the rankings that you begin to notice social and cultural changes being reflected in name choices.
“Harper was the girls’ name in the top 100 in 2016 with the biggest rise in popularity over the previous 10 years, whilst for boys it was Jaxon.”
What are your thoughts, mums? Are you inspired to borrow one of these monikers for your little one? Let us know!