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Revealed: the most popular baby names in the UK right now

Jack has fallen out of the top ten boys’ names for the first time in decades

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Faima Bakar

Curious about all the mad things people are calling their offspring in 2022? Wondering if everyone’s calling their kids Timothée or Zendaya nowadays? Well, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has just revealed the country’s top ten boy and girl baby names from the past year – and now it’s over to you to pass judgment on their choices.

There are a few interesting insights in this year’s results. The age of parents apparently plays a big part of what names people go for (for example, younger parents are more likely to name their kid Tommy, older parents Thomas). And while Jack has dominated the charts for literal decades, the name finally seems to be falling out of favour, not appearing in the top ten at all for the first time. 

Muhammed remained the most popular boys’ name in four out of nine regions in England. There were some new entries in the top 100 too – including Lara, Beatrice and Sara for girls, and Blake, Brody, Kai, Rupert, Tobias and Nathan for boys.

Here are the top ten boys’ names of the past year, according to the ONS:

1. Noah (4,525)

2. Oliver (4,167)

3. George (4,141)

4. Arthur (3,766)

5. Muhammed (3,722)

6. Leo (3,465)

7. Harry (3,089)

8. Oscar (3,071)

9. Archie (2,928)

10. Henry (2,912)

And here are the top ten girls’ names:

1. Olivia (3,649)

2. Amelia (3,164)

3. Isla (2,683)

4. Ava (2,576)

5. Ivy (2,245)

6. Freya (2,187)

7. Lily (2,182)

8. Florence (2,180)

9. Mia (2,186)

10. Willow (2,067)

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