TV shows 'could have inspired' Scotland's top baby names

The full 2021 list was published by National Records of Scotland (NRS) on Thursday.

Jack and Olivia named as Scotland’s top baby names for 2021 by National Records of Scotland Tatyana_tomsickova via iStock

Scotland’s top 100 baby names have been revealed.

While Normal People and Made in Chelsea were cited as potential influences among the new arrivals last year, Jack and Olivia were the most popular names for baby boys and girls respectively.

The full 2021 list was published by National Records of Scotland (NRS) on Thursday.

Jack – the most popular boy name for the 14th consecutive year – was followed by Noah and Leo.

Olivia knocked Isla from the top spot to become Scotland’s most popular name for girls for the second time.

Emily took second place, while Isla was pushed back to third.

Lyla shot up 56 places in the top 100 girls’ names to 74th overall, while Blake rose 46 places and Rowan 41 (joint 93rd).

Carson had the largest increase in the top 100 boys’ names in 2021, rising 42 places to 83rd. Struan also jumped 37 places (95th), while Myles rose by 35 (57th).

NRS noted that book and TV series Normal People could have influenced last year’s rise in the name Connell.

In its report, the NRS stated: “There were 27 baby boys named Connell in 2021, with the average for the previous ten years being under three babies with this name per year.

“This could be influenced by the popular book and TV series Normal People, which had a character with this name and rose to prominence in 2020 and 2021.”

A star of Made in Chelsea may also have influenced the girls’ chart.

NRS stated: “The girls’ name Maeva had not been used before 2019 when there were five babies with this name.

“In 2021 there were 30 baby girls with this name.

“This trend could be influenced by Made in Chelsea’s Maeva D’Ascanio, with Google searches for ‘Maeva’ appearing to rise for this reason during 2021 in Scotland.”

Some of the more unique names included Kal-El (Superman’s birth name), Aerith (possibly named after a character from Final Fantasy VII), Velvetjane and Tea.

The Scottish islands of Arran, Uist and Tiree were also chosen.

Pete Whitehouse, director of statistical services, said: “Beneath the headline figures the long-term trend is for more names to be used each year, including some names only given to one baby in 2021.

“Almost 12% of baby girls were given a name that no other girl was registered with in 2021.

“Almost 9% of boys had unique names for births last year.

“Together with the growing range of names being used this means it’s far less common for children to share their name with their classmates than it was for their parents or grandparents.”

Top ten boys’ names

  1. Jack
  2. Noah
  3. Leo
  4. Oliver
  5. Harris
  6. Finlay
  7. Lewis
  8. James
  9. Rory
  10. Alexander

Top ten girls’ names

  1. Olivia
  2. Emily
  3. Isla
  4. Freya
  5. Ella
  6. Amelia
  7. Ava
  8. Sophie
  9. Grace
  10. Millie

For the full list, click here.

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