UK’s Top Baby Names: What’s Hot Across the Pond

Britain and the U.S. may have a lot in common, but the top baby names aren’t one of them! In the UK, the top baby names are Harry and Amelia, yet again—names that aren’t anywhere near the top of the charts here in the U.S.  (Harry’s at #718, while Amelia does rank higher, at #23.)

Some other interesting notes:

1. Nicknames are more popular than the formal names in the UK. Their top 20 includes Sophie, Charlie, Alfie, Evie, Max and Harry (which is actually a nickname for Henry).

2. Some of our most popular names don’t rank high in the UK. U.S. #2 Mason is #31 in the UK, and #2 Emma is #50 in the UK.

3. The British big climbers are Hugo (up 51 spots), and Ivy (up 80 spots). Ivy’s pretty big here, too, thanks to Beyonce and Jay-Z’s daughter.

4. I’m loving that most of the top 10 British baby names would make stellar sib sets—Jack and Jessica, for instance, or Thomas and Ava.

5. They have some lovely name choices that I’d suggest we steal: I’m loving Alfie, Archie, Arthur, Rory and George for boys; Isla, Poppy, Freya, Maisie and Tillie for girls.

Here’s the top 10 British names, for those keeping score at home.

1. Harry and Amelia

2. Oliver and Olivia

3. Jack and Jessica

4. Charlie and Emily

5. Jacob and Lily

6. Thomas and Ava

7. Alfie and Mia

8. Riley and Isla

9. William and Sophie

10. James and Isabella

You can check out the full top 100 here. What names do you love from it?

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