Revealed: Southwark’s most popular new baby names

Josh Salisbury (09 September, 2020)

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Noah and Olivia were the most popular boys’ and girls’ names in Southwark last year, according to new data.

Of Southwark’s 2,058 new baby boys during 2019, 27 were called Noah, making it the most popular name in the borough.

For girls, Olivia was parents’ favoured choice. Nineteen new baby girls were born with that name in Southwark, out of 1,969 new baby girls.

Other popular choices for boys included Theodore and Leo, both with twenty entries each, while for girls, Ava was the second most popular with 15 entries.

In 2018, the most popular baby names had been Leo and Isabella in Southwark.

Nationally, Oliver and Olivia have remained the most popular baby names. “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,” said David Corps, at the Office for National Statistics.

“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.”

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