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Suffolk's most popular baby names revealed




Naming a baby can be a challenging decision, as well a big responsibility for parents, seeing as - in the majority of cases - it's something their children will keep for life.

Whether you want something unique, something traditional or something based on an iconic figure - there's just so many to choose from.

Now that the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released data showing the most popular baby names per area for 2019, you can find out how many other people chose your - or your child's - name in the past year.

The most popular baby names in Suffolk, according to ONS figures. Picture: RADAR AI/PA
The most popular baby names in Suffolk, according to ONS figures. Picture: RADAR AI/PA

Let's find out which were the most popular names for babies in Suffolk .

East Suffolk

George has become the new most popular name for baby boys born in East Suffolk.

ONS figures show 26 newborns were given the name George last year – making it an even more popular boys' name than ​the previous year's top ranked Freddie and Oliver.

Meanwhile, 22 babies saw Olivia remain the top girls' name in 2019 – one fewer than the year before.

Mid Suffolk

In Mid Suffolk, Isla, Olivia and Arthur have become the new most popular baby names.

Statistics show nine newborns were given the name Isla or Olivia last year – though this was one fewer than ​the previous year's top ranked Olivia.

And 12 boys were called Arthur in 2019 – two more than former top spot Oliver the year before.

West Suffolk

Oliver has become the new most popular name for baby boys born in West Suffolk.

ONS figures show 19 newborns were given the name Oliver last year – though this was two fewer than ​the previous year's top ranked Noah.

Meanwhile, 22 babies saw Olivia remain the top girls' name in 2019 – two more than the year before.

England and Wales

Nationally, Oliver remained the most popular name for boys in England and Wales for the seventh year in a row, ahead of George and Noah.

Olivia topped the girls' list for the fourth year in succession, with Amelia and Isla in second and third respectively.

There were no new entries in the top 10 boys' names, though the ONS noted a few trends which were possibly being influenced by popular culture.

The number of boys named Kylo has risen from just 10 to 67 between 2015 and 2019, a period of time which saw the release of a new Star Wars trilogy, featuring the leading character of Kylo Ren.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens..Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) with Stormtroopers..Ph: David James..©Lucasfilm 2015
Star Wars: The Force Awakens..Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) with Stormtroopers..Ph: David James..©Lucasfilm 2015

Taron Egerton, star of the 2019 award-winning Elton John biopic Rocketman, may have been why 48 boys were given that name in 2019 – the most since detailed records began in 1996.

Freya entered the top 10 girls' names for the first time, while Mabel returned to the top 100 for the first time since 1924.

But some previously popular names were almost completely absent, with just two or fewer baby girls named Brittany or Kerry last year.

David Corps, from the ONS, said: "Oliver and Olivia continued their reign as the top boys' and girls' names in 2019, but analysis shows choices in baby names can differ depending on the mother’s age.

"We found younger mothers opted for more modern girls' names like Harper, which has seen a rise since the Beckhams named their daughter so in 2011, and shortened boys' names like Freddie. In contrast, older mothers chose more traditional names such as Jack and Charlotte.

“Popular culture continues to influence the baby names landscape. Following Dua Lipa’s first UK number one single in 2017, the number of girls named Dua has doubled from 63 to 126 in 2019.”

Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa

East of England

The top girls' names across the East of England in 2019 were:

1) Olivia – 530

2) Amelia – 432

3) Isla – 372

4) Ava – 346

5) Mia – 311

6) Grace – 292

7) Florence – 270

8) Isabella – 264

9) Emily – 260

10) Lily – 255

The top boys' names across the East of England in 2019 were:

1) Oliver – 576

2) George – 574

3) Arthur – 547

4) Harry – 471

5) Noah – 451

6) Leo – 419

7) Henry – 411

8) Oscar – 408

9) Charlie – 383

9) Freddie – 383

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