Baby names

The most popular baby names in England and Wales are in—and this royal came out on top

The royals are definitely influencing baby names—but which prince or princess is the most popular? Here are the top baby names in England and Wales for 2016.

Some shocking baby name news has just come out. Amelia is no longer the most popular baby girl name in England and Wales. Let’s take a moment and let that sink in. The moniker that has reigned supreme for the last five years, has been booted out of the top spot.

The new number 1? Data shows that in 2016 Olivia was the most popular name for girls in England and Wales, with Amelia coming in second. Oliver, for the fourth year in a row, is the the most popular boy name.

So how do the top baby names in England and Wales stack up in Canada? It’s not so wildly different: the top names here in 2016 were Liam and Emma, but Olivia came in second and Oliver came in eighth place.

Now we can’t deny that Prince George and Princess Charlotte are beyond cute, but are they influencing baby names? George jumped one spot this year to be the third most popular baby name, and Charlotte nabbed the 12th spot. (Her second cousins Isla and Mia have more popular names, coming in at number four and number 10 respectively).

But it’s actually Uncle Harry who seems to have the most baby name influence. Harry is now the second most popular boy’s name. Sorry, William but Harry definitely has you beat here—your name fell out of the top 10 is now number 11.

Here are the top ten lists:

1. Olivia
2. Amelia
3. Emily
4. Isla
5. Ava
6. Isabella
7. Lily
8. Jessica
9. Ella
10. Mia

1. Oliver
2. Harry
3. George
4. Jack
5. Jacob
6. Noah
7. Charlie
8. Muhammed
9. Thomas
10. Oscar

Now since we are eagerly anticipating the royal baby’s birth in the spring of 2018 (or maybe it’s just me that’s excited), I wonder if there are any hints on this list of what names William and Kate will choose. I would love to see another Princess Amelia—I am a big Princess Diaries fan. But it’s more likely that they will go for something more traditional like Victoria. The current favourite name for oddsmakers is Alice, which came in at number 17 this year. If Baby Cambridge is named Alice, then you can expect that name to grow in popularity next year. And if it’s a boy, Charlie seems like a likely royal baby name contender after grandpa Charles.

Did your kid’s name make the list? Let us know!

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