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What are the most popular names for babies in West Norfolk?


By Lynn News Reporter


Olivia and Oliver have become the new most popular names for babies born in West Norfolk.

ONS figures show that 13 newborns were given the name Olivia last year – making it an even more popular girl’s name than previous top ranker Daisy.

Meanwhile, 18 boys were called Oliver in 2018 – four fewer than Alfie the year before.

The character of Arthur Shelby (Paul Anderson) in TV’s Peaky Blinders may have contributed to a surge in popularity for it as a baby’s name
The character of Arthur Shelby (Paul Anderson) in TV’s Peaky Blinders may have contributed to a surge in popularity for it as a baby’s name

The 610 babies who were called Oliver across the East of England meant it was also the most popular boys’ name throughout the region, beating George and Harry to top spot.

Olivia was the top East of England girls’ name – 527 newborns were handed the moniker, pushing it to the top of the list, ahead of Amelia and Ava.

The top girls’ names across the East of England in 2018 were:

1) Olivia: 527. 2) Amelia: 477, 3) Ava: 365, 4) Isla: 363, 5) Mia: 327, 6) Emily: 304, 7) Florence: 283, 8) Isabella: 280, 9) Sophia: 278, 10) Grace: 265

The top boys’ names across the East of England in 2018 were:

1) Oliver: 610, 2) George: 601, 3) Harry: 562, 4) Arthur: 480, 5) Jack: 473, 6) Henry: 441, 7) Leo: 410, 8) Noah: 406, 9) Oscar: 398, 10) William: 389

What name would you choose for your baby?
What name would you choose for your baby?

Nationally, Oliver also remained the most popular name for boys in England and Wales for the sixth year in a row, ahead of George and Harry.

Olivia topped the girls’ list for the third year in succession, with Amelia and Ava in second and third respectively. Ada, Delilah, Ayla, Zoe, Margot and Felicity entered the top 100 names.

Arthur was the only new entry in the top 10 names for boys in 2018, in seventh, moving Jacob down to 11th. Sophia and Grace, at eighth and 10th respectively, replaced Poppy and Lily in the top 10 names for girls.

Nick Stripe, from the ONS, said: “Arthur surged into the top 10 boys’ names for the first time since the 1920s, and Ada jumped into the girls’ top 100 for the first time in a century too, both perhaps inspired by characters in the BBC TV drama Peaky Blinders.”

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