The list of the most popular baby names for England and Wales in 2011 were released this week and for the first time Harry is the most used for boys and, again for the first time, it is Amelia at the top for girls. Each has made the top 10 many times.
The two replaced as leaders names which go well together and had been tops previous, Oliver and Olivia. Olivia, finishing in second in 2011, had been the top baby girl name since 2008 while Oliver, also finishing in second in 2011, had been the top baby name for boys since 2009.
2011 Baby Names in England and Wales
England and Wales are not rash baby-namers as dramatic changes to the top ten are unheard of and changes for each sex take place over many years. The top four baby names for boys, for example, have remained the same the past 4 years, though their order has altered.
The 2011 top ten names for baby girls in England and Wales, in order, were: Amelia, Olivia, Lily, Jessica, Emily, Sophie, Ruby, Grace, Ava and Isabella. For boys the top ten names were: Harry, Oliver, Jack, Alfie, Charlie, Thomas, Jacob, James, Joshua and William.
There were 7, 523 boys born in England and Wales in 2011 named Harry, while for baby girls that year 5,054 baby Amelias were born. In the U.S. for 2011 neither Harry nor Amelia appeared in the top ten lists. There the top names were Jacob and Sophia.