Olivias and Muham­mads rule the roost

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - What’son - by QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@reach­plc.com Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

CHOOS­ING what to name your name your baby can take months to fig­ure out.

Your baby’s name is what will make its first im­pres­sion in life and will most prob­a­bly stay with it for the rest of its time on earth, but some­times where you live might be a fac­tor in what you choose to name your child.

The most pop­u­lar baby names in Eng­land and Wales in 2017 were Oliver and Olivia.

How­ever, the lat­est fig­ures from the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics show that the most pop­u­lar names change by area. For ex­am­ple, the most com­mon baby name for boys in Lon­don is Muham­mad.

So what are the most com­mon baby names where you live in west Lon­don?

Brent chose to be dif­fer­ent in 2017 with how it names its ba­bies. The most pop­u­lar boys name was David, with 47 ba­bies born to Brent moth­ers with the name. Although tra­di­tional, David came 44th in the coun­try over­all.

Maya was the most pop­u­lar girls name, with 24 moth­ers nam­ing their baby daugh­ters Maya. The name came 40th out of a pos­si­ble 7,058 names ranked.

Adam was the most pop­u­lar name in Eal­ing, with 42 boys given the name in 2017.

Na­tion­ally, 1,788 ba­bies were called Adam, mak­ing it 36th on the list of boy’s names.

For girls, Amelia was the most com­mon, with 27 Eal­ing ba­bies bear­ing the name. Amelia is the sec­ond most pop­u­lar girl’s name in the UK, with 4,358 born in 2017.

With 25 baby boys bear­ing the name in Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham, Alexan­der topped the list in 2017. The name was cho­sen for 2,524 ba­bies across Eng­land and Wales.

Mean­while, 16 baby girls born be­tween Jan­uary 1 and De­cem­ber 31 2017 have the name Sophia. Sophia landed just out­side the top 10 girl’s names na­tion­wide, com­ing in at 11th place.

Har­row par­ents favoured the name David for their sons, with 48 Davids born in 2017 to Har­row mums. Although neigh­bour­ing Brent and Har­row chose David as their favourite, na­tion­ally it ranked 44th.

For their daugh­ters, Har­row chose Sofia as their favourite girl’s name, with 34 Sofias born that year. Dis­tinct from Sophia, which came 11th, Sofia is a less com­mon spelling, com­ing in at 33rd na­tion­ally.

The most com­mon first name for baby boys in Hilling­don is Muham­mad, with 33 born in Hilling­don

in 2017. It was the most com­mon boys name in Lon­don.

For girls, there were 25 Olivias born in Hilling­don, top­ping the list as the most com­mon name. Olivia has been the na­tion’s favourite girl’s name since 2016.

Houn­slow also chose Muham­mad as their most pop­u­lar boy’s name, choos­ing to name 29 boys Muham­mad in 2017. Muham­mad has ac­tu­ally come down two places since 2016, but is up 28

places against its rank­ing a decade be­fore.

For girls born in Houn­slow in 2017, Olivia was again the most com­mon, with 22 born in Houn­slow that year. Olivia was third most pop­u­lar na­tion­ally in 2007. The top spot in Kens­ing­ton

and Chelsea for boys is oc­cu­pied by three names. All be­ing used 13 times each in 2017 by moth­ers from the Royal bor­ough, James, Noah and Alexan­der shared num­ber one.

Of these, Noah is the only name in the top 10 na­tion­ally, hav­ing climbed 46 places from its 2007 rank­ing to 4th place

For girls, it was much more straight­for­ward, with Is­abella win­ning out­right among K&C mums, who named 14 girls Is­abella last year. Na­tion­ally, Is­abella stayed in sixth place this year and was used 2,627 times.

For West­min­ster mums, no baby name for boys was more pop­u­lar than Alexan­der, which was cho­sen 24 times in 2017. The name ac­tu­ally slipped one place to 22nd most pop­u­lar in the lat­est ta­bles na­tion­ally.

Prov­ing that spelling can also be re­gional, West­min­ster’s top girls name is Sophia, with 18, much like Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham.

How­ever, in outer Lon­don, Har­row prefers the spelling Sofia, which was its most com­mon girl’s name.


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