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Muhammed is UK's Most Popular Baby Boy's Name of 2019

Top names for British-born babies this year so far are revealed

 on 25th June 2019 @ 7.00pm
muhammed has retained the top spot for most popular baby boy s name in the uk © press
Muhammed has retained the top spot for most popular baby boy's name in the UK

Muhammed is the most popular name for baby boys born in the UK this year, according to a British parenting organization.

Baby Centre has revealed the top 20 most popular girls' and boys' names for British-born babies.

The results have revealed that some classic names are making a comeback, with David soaring 15 places to number 60.

None have done enough to topple the most popular girl and boy names, however, as Olivia and Muhammad hold onto the top spots.

Monikers that were popular in the Eighties are enjoying a surge in popularity, parenting experts have revealed.  

Meanwhile, Emma has also climbed the chart - now coming in at 46.

Michael and Penny have also seen a boost, placing at number 60 and number 97, respectively.

archie has grown in popularity folloowing the birth of prince harry and meghan markel s baby © press
Archie has grown in popularity folloowing the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markel's baby

According to the Daily Mail, Archie comes in at number 18, following Harry and Meghan's new addition in May. 

Lorna Marsh, the senior editor at Baby Centre, speculated that parents might be choosing Eighties baby names as a way to cling on to familiarity and stability amidst the uncertainty of today's political climate.

"We are seeing a real rise in strong and stable names, especially those with a 1980s twist," she explained. 

"Whatever anyone’s thoughts on that decade’s politics, they were at least more settled.

"Perhaps this is why parents of baby Michaels and Maxines are compensating for the current turmoil with solid 80s choices."

Penny, Jason, John, David, and Hannah are among those identified as being in the stable of reliable first names. 

Lorna also noted the impact climate change has had on baby naming trends, speculating teenage activist Greta Thunberg might be the inspiration by a jump in the number of 'Gretas' being born.    

However, the recent boost in popularity has not been enough to tip any of them into the top 20. 

At the top of the girls’ chart, Olivia held steadfast to number one while second-placed Sophia also remained unchanged from last year.

Both were followed by top three newcomer Lily which ousted Amelia. 

Freya stormed up 15 places into the top ten at number eight with Isabella as another new entry, rising three places to number nine. 

experts believe climate change activist greta thunberg maybe be the inspiration behind the rise in popularity of  greta © press
Experts believe climate change activist Greta Thunberg maybe be the inspiration behind the rise in popularity of 'Greta'

For boys, Muhammad maintains its place at number one, meanwhile, Oliver loses its second-place spot to Noah, followed by George. 

The rest of the top ten was largely stable with no new entries although Jaxon, a meteoric riser last year, narrowly missed out on the top ten after soaring another 13 places to number 11.

Top 20 girls' names

  • 1. Olivia
  • 2. Sophia
  • 3. Lily
  • 4. Ava
  • 5. Mia
  • 6. Isla
  • 7. Amelia
  • 8. Freya
  • 9. Isabella
  •  10. Emily
  •  11. Aria
  • 12. Evie
  • 13. Grace
  • 14. Isabelle
  • 15. Ella
  • 16. Ivy
  • 17. Sophie
  • 18. Willow
  • 19. Charlotte
  • 20. Elsie 

Top 20 boys' names

  • 1. Muhammad
  • 2. Noah
  • 3. George
  • 4. Oliver
  • 5. Charlie
  • 6. Harry
  • 7. Leo
  • 8. Arthur
  • 9. Jack
  • 10. Freddie
  •  11. Jaxon
  • 12. Ethan
  • 13. Jacob
  • 14. Theo
  • 15. Oscar
  • 16. Alfie
  • 17. Henry
  • 18. Archie
  • 19. Joshua
  • 20. Thomas

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