Muhammad and Amelia prove most pop­u­lar names in city

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

MUHAMMAD and Amelia are the most pop­u­lar baby names in Birm­ing­ham, ac­cord­ing to the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics.

It re­vealed that 423 baby boys in Birm­ing­ham were named Muhammad in 2017, while 99 girls were called Amelia – mak­ing them the most pop­u­lar baby names in our city. Two other vari­a­tions on the Ara­bic name – Mo­hammed and Mo­ham­mad – also made it into the top 10 boys’ names in Birm­ing­ham.

Also pop­u­lar were Adam, Oliver, Noah, Ibrahim and Ge­orge, which made up the rest of the top names.

For girls, the other most pop­u­lar names were Olivia, Ava, Maryam, Aisha, Sophia, Si­enna and Isla.

Across Eng­land and Wales, Olivia and Oliver re­main the most pop­u­lar baby names. With 5,204 baby girls be­ing given the first name Olivia in 2017, it re­mained the most pop­u­lar for the sec­ond year in a row, hav­ing knocked Amelia off the top spot last year.

Mean­while, Oliver has been the most pop­u­lar first name given to baby boys since 2013, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from the ONS.

Poppy re­placed Jes­sica in the top 10 girls’ names across Eng­land and Wales last year, com­pared with 2016. Thomas fell out of favour for boys’ names, drop­ping out of the top 10, while Leo shot up the ranks from 13th place to 7th place in 2017.

Nick Stripe, Head of Life Events at the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics, said: “Although Oliver and Olivia re­mained the most pop­u­lar baby names in 2017, some fas­ci­nat­ing changes took place be­neath them.

“Leo en­tered the boys top 10 for the first time, whilst Hunter rock­eted into the top 100, also for the first time, reach­ing num­ber 78. Sarah, the most pop­u­lar name for baby girls through­out much of the 1970s and 1980s, dropped out of the top 100 for the first time since our records be­gan in 1904.

“Brand new en­tries into the top 100 for girls in­clude the names Aurora and Hal­lie.”

Also mak­ing it into the top 100 most pop­u­lar boys’ name this year was Ralph at num­ber 98.

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