Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Popular Names of England and Wales 2009

As 2010 draws to a close, ONS have finally released the most popular names of England and Wales in 2009.

The big news in a short-term p.o.v is that Jack is no longer the #1 boys name, Oliver is. And Olivia is the #1 female name, which is rather symmetrical. There's lots of other interesting ideas contained in the articles on the site, such as Holly and Summer still being seasonal names, regional variation such as Mohammed being the #1 name in the West Midlands.

From my p.o.v., I'm most excited about the issuing of the 'Historic Names' data, which has the top 100 for every ten years from 1904-1994, which nicely fills the gap in my own data, between 1910 and 44. I need to look further, but it will be interesting to see if some of the rises that I have postulated actually happened.