Baby names

The most popular baby names in England and Wales are quite surprising

The list features many royal names—but with one noticeable exception!

Princess Charlotte

Princess Charlotte is quite shocked her name didn’t make the list. Photo: Kensington Palace via Twitter

England and Wales have just released their list of the most popular baby names for 2015—and the results are kind of shocking. Despite 2015 being the year that Princess Charlotte (aka the Queen of Cute) was born, her name didn’t make the top ten. In fact, it came in thirteenth. Crazy right? I thought for sure everyone would be naming their wee ones after the royal baby, but I guess not. But Charlotte’s brother, Prince George, fared much better, with his name coming in fourth this year (he was number seven last year).

Now drumroll, please…the top baby names for the year were Amelia and Oliver. Amelia has been number one since 2011 and Oliver has reigned supreme since 2013. The most popular names in England and Wales are quite different than the top monikers in Canada. Emma and Liam are the favourites for us Maple Leafs, but they don’t make the top ten across the pond. For girls, only Ava and Olivia made it to the top ten on both lists and for boys, only William, Noah, Jacob and Thomas showed up twice. Not surprisingly, the top names in Canada are more modern, while England and Wales still favour quite traditional names.

Here are the most popular names in England and Wales:

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

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

Obviously, Prince Harry is the most popular royal because his name came in third for the second year in a row, beating both George and William. Prince William may be the future king and George is cute and all, but you can’t compete with this.


And while Charlotte didn’t make the top ten, her two royal cousins did.

Photo: British Monarchy via Facebook

Photo: British Monarchy via Facebook

The Queen’s second eldest great-grandchild is named Isla (pictured far right). She’s the daughter of Peter (the Queen’s eldest grandchild) and Autumn Philips—Autumn is Canadian! Isla came in number four this year. Coming in at number nine is Mia, which is the name of the Queen’s fourth great-grandchild. Mia is the royal cutie who stole the Queen’s handbag in the picture above. She’s the daughter of Zara (the Queen’s eldest granddaughter) and Mike Tindall.

So which of the most popular baby names in England and Wales do you love best? Do any of your kids have these adorable names?

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