Most, and least, popular baby names of the year revealed

Statistics that have been gathered by the most popular baby name website in the UK has revealed that Eva and Ethan were the top names for newborn babies in 2012 and this years list is very much dominated by traditional and old fashioned names.

The survey, carried out by babynames.co.uk discovered that for boys the most popular choices with parents were still the likes of Oliver, Jack and Charlie while the ever popular Alice, Ella and Amelia dominated the girls list. Next year, however, watch out for whatever name Wills and Kate choose for their baby to shoot up the list, if it isn’t there already as there is expected to be a rush to register this name in the second half of 2013.

BabyNames.co.uk Chief Editor Siobhan Thomas said: “Since 2011, vintage names such as Eve, Ava, Benjamin, Max, Harry and Poppy have been on the rise and this is set to continue in 2013. However, we think that this will be the ‘last wave’ for this trend, and old fashioned names may fall out of favour”. The bottom end of the list sees the recent rush for unusual names finally coming to an end, with the likes of Gracie-Mai, Charlee, Truman and Trent falling out of fashion.

“We’re also seeing fewer hyphenated names this year,” said Siobhan, “and there are far fewer names involving strange spellings with apostrophes all over the place. We’re sure school teachers and exasperated relatives will be heaving sighs of relief at that news.” “The trend for unisex names like Stacey and Jordan also seems to have disappeared in the last year. It looks like traditional names for boys and girls are here to stay.”

Top twenty on the BabyNames.co.uk website for 2012

Ethan

Eva

Leo

Dylan

Jacob

Oliver

Noah

Ella

Alfie

Amelia

Mia

Isla

Max

Charlie

Alice

Joshua

Jack

Oscar

Isabella

Imogen

Least popular names on Babynames.co.uk for 2012

Gracie-Mai

May

Filip

Sheikh

Fatma

Davinia

Adem

Safah

Truman

Keely

Fujiko

Aniya

Malak

Alexi

Adnan

Miller

Charlee

Trent

Siya

Lizzie