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Girls' Names - Commentary

Girls' Names - Commentary

20 December 2006

For the second year, Sophie is the most popular girls’ name for new babies. Emma remains in second place whilst Erin and Katie climb to third and fourth places respectively. The only new entrant to the top ten is Olivia (up 3 places to 9th) replacing Rebecca (down 3 places to 12th).  Grace (up 14 places to 14th), Isla (up 6 places to joint 19th) and Sarah (up 3 places to joint 19th) all climb into the top twenty.

Names making significant advances in the top 50 are Ava (up 24 places to 28th) continuing last year’s climb, Lily (up 10 places to 48th), Jessica (up 6 places to 13th), Isla (up 6 places to 19th) and Iona (up 5 places to 49th).

Zara (up 36 places to 59th), Evie (up 18 places to 65th), Georgia (up 22 places to 71st), Poppy (up 35 places to 74th), Hayley (up 19 places to 77th), Mya (up 28 places to 81st), Jasmine (up 18 places to 85th) and Isabella (up 28 places to 87th) are major movers in the top 100. Kelsey (up 40 places to 78th), Caitlyn (up 49 places to 87th) and Alexandra (up 17 places to 92nd) also make significant advances after dropping out of the top 100 last year. 

The biggest drop in the top 50 was Eve (down 15 places to 42nd). Fallers from the top 50 were Shannon (down 10 places to 51st), Beth (down 2 places to 52nd), Bethany (down 6 places to 55th) and Kirsty (down 11 places to 57th).  In the lower reaches of the top 100 there were large drops for Kaitlyn (down 27 places to 100th), Alisha (down 20 places to 93rd) and Demi (down 16 places to 87th).

Amelia, Elise, Elle, Natalie, Alex, Alice, Rachael, Ciara and Carla have all dropped out of the top 100. 

By early-December 2006, over 25,300 girls had been registered, with over 3,500 different names being used. The top 50 girls' names accounted for 45 per cent of the registrations, and over 2,200 girls in Scotland were given unique (for 2006) first names. The Full list of first forenames given, Scotland, 2006 can be downloaded on this website.

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