Jack still most popular boys name and Britney on the wane
The list of the year’s most popular baby names is out and it seems the tide has turned, as more unusual names take a back seat and traditional names come to the forefront.
Jack was still top of the most popular names for boys with the Office of National Statistics reporting 6,772 boys named Jack in England and Wales this year, compared to 6,928 in 2006.
The most popular girl’s name of 2007 was Grace. New entries in the top 50 girls were Ava and Summer, whilst Jayden and Finley appeared on the boys list.
Overall however, the list of the top tens names showed, despite the influx of more unusual and newly-created names, the old favourites just don’t go out of fashion. For both girls and boys, most of the top ten names have stayed in the top ten. Ruby, Olivia and Jessica follow behind Grace. In the boys list Thomas, Oliver and Harry hit the top five of boys names.
Bottom of the list were gems such as Diezel, Dior, Chanell, Cleopatra, Queen and Genesis.
Celebrity names have increased or decreased in popularity, depending on the status of their celebrity namesakes. For instance, Leona has jumped 236 places after Leona Lewis’s X Factor victory. Whilst Britney has dropped 550 places, following the singer’s bitter divorce battle and dispute over custody of her children this year.