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How hip is your name?

Via NewsBlog is the government’s baby name statistics for 2004, including the lists for the most popular girls and boys names for last year and the previous 5 years. At the moment, the most popular boys’ name is Jack and the most popular girls’ name is Emily.
Perhaps a sign of the times is the popularity of ‘Mohammed’, the 20th most popular boys’ name (with derivatives Muhammad at 54 and Mohammad at 72). No doubt the British National Party will have something to say about that.
Anyhow, it would seem that the name ‘Neil’ is no longer fashionable among Brits – it hasn’t featured in the top 100 for the past 5 years. Names like ‘Riley’, ‘Noah’ and ‘Finlay’ seem to be more popular these days. How does your name do?


  1. I’m with you, completely jipped these last few years

  2. I’m falling fast. David has gone from 43 to 46 to 48 to 49 to 56. A few more exponential drops like that and I’m off the list in 2010.

  3. I don’t even place, it seems! (But I’m not in the UK, so…)
    Interestingly enough, neither does what I’d likely name a female child (Mary), but the other name I’ve considered for a female child (Mia) has moved up to #15.

  4. I wonder how many Arvinds are running around in the UK 😛

  5. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more Arvind’s than Armin’s 😉

  6. When i was at school my name (Mark) was frustratingly common, there was usually 3 or more of us in a class at any time so we never knew which one of us were being referred to.
    But now, my name was the 100th most popular in 2002 and has since dropped out the list. I can’t blame ppl for not using it either, i’ve never liked my name. It’s literally a blemish.

  7. The odd thing is that I’ve never been the only Neil – there’s three of us in my year in my university department for example (and we were all in the same group for something – it got very confusing at times 🙂 ). But then we were all born in the early- to mid-80s so tastes have probably changed since then.
    Dave: That’s odd – I’d have thought there’d be a few Davids after David Beckham. But maybe they’ve instead gone for his sons’ names – Brooklyn and Romeo – instead.
    Mark: Mark isn’t such a bad name, IMO. At least people can spell it – you’d be surprised at the number of people who spell my name ‘Niel’. I suppose it’s because of ‘i’ before ‘e’, except after ‘c’…
    Can’t say I’ve heard of any Arvinds or Armins in the UK 😉

  8. I’ve never made the top 100, but then as a consolation prize there’s only ever one way to spell me…

  9. Well, who wants to be common 😉
    ‘Neil’ was fairly uncommon in the early 70s; there were three of us at my primary school, and two my age at secondary school. Neil Armstrong (famous in 1969, of course) was apparently an influence in my case.
    Back in November, I discovered another (US) site on the same topic. Type a name into the search box at and see not only how common it is now, but how popular it’s been for babies born in each decade of the 20th century. Even in the 70s ‘Neil’ was 194th.

  10. Shocked that Dave/David is falling down the list so quickly. It must have been really popular around 20 years ago because I have a ridiculous amount of friends named David!

  11. “Richard” doesn’t feature anywhere in the top 100, much to my shock. I’m forever bumping into other Richards so I imagined it was relatively popular. Does no-one name their children after kings anymore?
    Could we have a King Jack? I don’t think so.

  12. Hello all my name has never been on the list and I am glad! my name is Anoah cool huh I think so e-mail me and tell me what you think…..