Revealed: Lancashire’s top 10 baby names of 2013

Top of the charts: Jack Arthur Pendlebury, who was born in Preston over the festive period and shares the most popular name in the country
Top of the charts: Jack Arthur Pendlebury, who was born in Preston over the festive period and shares the most popular name in the country
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Amelia and Oliver were the number one names given to babies in Lancashire in 2013, according to a new report.

The list compiled by Bounty Parenting Club also showed Lily, Ruby and Grace were among the most popular names given to baby girls in Lancashire - bucking national baby naming trends for 2013.

For boys the names Jacob, Oscar and Oliver proved more popular with Lancashire parents than the rest of the UK.

Nationally, the study of more than 370,000 names unveiled Joey, Teddy, Ivy and Violet as ‘ones to watch’ in 2014, after they rose in popularity the most in the past year.

However, Maisy, Kayla, Isabel, Olly and Callum were the names fast falling from favour among parents.

Lisa Penney, spokesman for Bounty, said: “Year after year we see new parents influenced by popular culture with names made famous by people in the public eye suddenly experiencing sharp rises in popularity.

“The rising fame of Joey Essex no doubt influenced this year’s highest climbing name, which leaped a massive 68 places, breaking into the boys’ top 100 at number 86.

“The Towie star’s catchphrase ‘Reem’ even appeared on some birth certificates.

“The names celebrities choose for their babies also has an effect on trends.

“Ivy was the fastest rising girls’ name in the past year and most likely triggered by Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby daughter, Blue Ivy.”

Jack, the runner-up in Lancashire, is back in the top spot for boys nationally, after previously holding the title for a staggering 16 years.

Oliver, Harry, Charlie and Jacob complete the top five most popular names, closely followed by Alfie, Oscar, James, Thomas and Noah.

Top of the girls’ list is Amelia for the second year running, after knocking Olivia from the top spot back in 2012.

Olivia retains second place, followed by babies called Emily, Ava and Poppy. Jessica, Isla, Sophie, Mia and Ruby complete the girls’ top 10.

Lisa said: “As well as the usual influences from popular culture, in general we can see a growing trend for the return of more ‘old-fashioned’ names with a vintage flavour as parents adopt names with ‘grandparent chic’ like Elsie, Violet and Teddy.

“This could be due to parents choosing meaningful names linked to their family’s older generations that they want to contemporise for the modern day.

“You only need to look at the popularity of names such as Ruby, Alfie and Ava to see how quickly modern trends change, as 10 years ago these were relatively unheard of in the playground but now regularly feature in the top charts.”


(Numbers in brackets refer to the overall UK ranking)

1. Amelia (1)

2. Emily (3)

3. Olivia (2)

4. Poppy (5)

5. Ava (4)

6. Lily (11)

7. Ruby (10)

8. Mia (9)

9. Grace (12)

10. Sophie (8)


1. Oliver (2)

2. Jack (1)

3. Jacob (5)

4. Harry (3)

5. Alfie (6)

6. Charlie (4)

7. James (8)

8. Joshua (12)

9. Thomas (9)

10. Oscar (7)