OLIVER remained the most popular name for boys in England and Wales for the sixth year in a row, while Olivia topped the girls' list for the third year in succession, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Arthur was the only new entry in the top 10 names for boys in 2018, in seventh, and moving Jacob down to 11th, while Sophia and Grace, at eighth and 10th respectively, replaced Poppy and Lily in the top 10 names for girls.

In total, 5,390 babies were named Oliver in 2018, down from 6,259 the previous year.

Likewise, there were 4,598 newborn girls named Olivia last year, down from 5,204 in 2017.

However, this coincided with the lowest birth rate in England and Wales for 80 years, with 657,076 live births in 2018, a decrease of 3.2% on 2017 and 9.9% down since 2012.

The top three list for boys was completed by George in second and Harry in third, switching places on the previous year's popularity ladder.

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Amelia continued as the second most common name for baby girls while Ava rose from fourth in 2017 to third in 2018, swapping places with Isla.

Muhammad - the most popular spelling of the boy's name in the list - was eighth, with 3,507 babies born.

The ONS data showed Grayson, Jasper, Rowan, Tobias, Sonny and Dominic entered the top 100 names for boys in 2018, with Grayson, Rowan and Tobias having previously never featured in the top 100.

Hunter, the 44th most popular boys' name in 2018, rose 34 places on the previous year - more than any other inside the top 100.

Ada, Delilah, Ayla, Zoe, Margot and Felicity entered the top 100 names for girls in 2018.

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Ada returned to the top 100 for the first time since 1924 in 2018, while Delilah, Ayla and Margot made their first ever appearances - the latter leaping 57 places on the previous year.

Nick Stripe, from the ONS, said: "Oliver and Olivia remained the most popular baby names in 2018, although there are the first signs that Oliver's six-year reign as the number one name for boys is under threat.

"Arthur surged into the top 10 boys' names for the first time since the 1920s, and Ada jumped into the girls' top 100 for the first time in a century too, both perhaps inspired by characters in the BBC TV drama Peaky Blinders.

"On the flip side, the growth in the use of technology assistants in our homes may help to explain why the number of baby girls named Alexa has more than halved compared with 2017. Communicating with young children can be hard enough at the best of times."

THE TOP 100 BOYS AND GIRLS NAMES IN FULL

Top 100 baby boy names of 2018

The number next to each name is the total live births registered during the calendar year.

The number in brackets is the change in ranking since 2017.

  • 1 Oliver 5,390 (0)
  • 2 George 4,960 (up 1)
  • 3 Harry 4,512 (down 1)
  • 4 Noah 4,107 (0)
  • 5 Jack 3,988 (0)
  • 6 Leo 3,721 (up 1)
  • 7 Arthur 3,644 (up 12)
  • 8 Muhammad 3,507 (up 2)
  • 9 Oscar 3,459 (down 1)
  • 10 Charlie 3,365 (down 1)
  • 11 Jacob 3,350 (down 5)
  • 12 Thomas 3,243 (up 1)
  • 13 Henry 3,172 (0)
  • 14 William 3,015 (down 3)
  • 15 Alfie 2,977 (down 3)
  • 16 Archie 2,950 (up 2)
  • 17 Joshua 2,922 (down 2)
  • 18 Freddie 2,838 (down 2)
  • 19 Theo 2,741 (up 2)
  • 20 Isaac 2,578 (up 4)
  • 21 James 2,536 (down 4)
  • 22 Alexander 2,517 (0)
  • 23 Logan 2,320 (down 3)
  • 24 Edward 2,197 (down 1)
  • 25 Ethan 2,106 (up 1)
  • 26 Lucas 2,098 (down 1)
  • 27 Joseph 1,989 (up 1)
  • 28 Sebastian 1,964 (up 7)
  • 29 Theodore 1,932 (up 9)
  • 30 Finley 1,926 (up 1)
  • 31 Max 1,867 (down 4)
  • 32 Mohammed 1,846 (down 2)
  • 33 Samuel 1,788 (down 4)
  • 34 Harrison 1,765 (0)
  • 35 Benjamin 1,743 (down 2)
  • 36 Arlo 1,715 (up 6)
  • 37 Daniel 1,676 (down 5)
  • 38 Adam 1,672 (down 2)
  • 39 Teddy 1,663 (0)
  • 40 Mason 1,540 (down 3)
  • 41 Elijah 1,519 (0)
  • 42 Reuben 1,504 (up 7)
  • 43 Dylan 1,465 (down 3)
  • 44 Hunter 1,410 (up 34)
  • 45 Reggie 1,356 (up 6)
  • 46 Jaxon 1,346 (up 6)
  • 47 Rory 1,323 (up 7)
  • 48 Louie 1,319 (down 2)
  • 49 David 1,307 (down 5)
  • 50 Tommy 1,299 (up 11)
  • 51 Luca 1,291 (up 4)
  • 52 Albie 1,284 (up 5)
  • 53 Hugo 1,279 (down 5)
  • 54 Zachary 1,265 (down 9)
  • 55 Albert 1,264 (up 4)
  • 56 Jude 1,182 (down 6)
  • 57 Toby 1,178 (down 10)
  • 58 Riley 1,168 (down 15)
  • 59 Ezra 1,118 (up 22)
  • 60 Carter 1,030 (up 2)
  • 61 Gabriel 1,022 (up 3)
  • 62 Roman 1,018 (up 13)
  • 63 Frankie 1,013 (down 3)
  • 64 Harley 1,011 (down 11)
  • 65 Frederick 1,010 (up 7)
  • 66 Ronnie 989 (down 3)
  • 67 Jake 988 (down 11)
  • 68 Elliot 945 (up 1)
  • 69 Louis 941 (up 13)
  • 70 Jenson 912 (down 12)
  • 71 Mohammad 880 (up 8)
  • 72 Stanley 877 (down 2)
  • 73 Bobby 872 (down 8)
  • 74 Michael 869 (down 6)
  • 75 Jesse 861 (up 15)
  • 76 Finn 817 (up 20)
  • 77 Jayden 792 (down 6)
  • 78 Harvey 779 (down 12)
  • 79 Caleb 776 (down 2)
  • 80 Jackson 764 (down 6)
  • 81 Charles 758 (down 8)
  • 82 Matthew 757 (down 15)
  • 83 Grayson 742 (up 26)
  • 84 Blake 733 (0)
  • 85 Liam 731 (up 6)
  • 86 Elliott 728 (down 6)
  • 87 Ellis 726 (up 2)
  • 88 Ralph 719 (up 10)
  • 89 Jasper 708 (up 13)
  • = Rowan 708 (up 14)
  • 91 Alex 696 (up 1)
  • = Ryan 696 (down 8)
  • 93 Felix 689 (up 7)
  • 94 Luke 677 (down 18)
  • 95 Dexter 676 (down 9)
  • 96 Ollie 659 (down 10)
  • 97 Leon 655 (up 1)
  • 98 Tobias 647 (up 6)
  • 99 Sonny 640 (up 15)
  • 100 Dominic 634 (up 15)
  • = Kai 634 (down 7)

Top 100 baby girl names of 2018

Here are the top 100 most popular names for baby girls in England and Wales in 2018.

The number next to each name is the total live births registered during the calendar year.

The number in brackets is the change in ranking since 2017.

  • 1 Olivia 4,598 (0)
  • 2 Amelia 3,941 (0)
  • 3 Ava 3,110 (up 1)
  • 4 Isla 3,046 (down 1)
  • 5 Emily 2,676 (0)
  • 6 Mia 2,490 (up 1)
  • 7 Isabella 2,369 (down 1)
  • 8 Sophia 2,344 (up 3)
  • 9 Ella 2,326 (0)
  • 10 Grace 2,301 (up 3)
  • 11 Poppy 2,226 (down 3)
  • 12 Charlotte 2,202 (0)
  • 13 Lily 2,184 (down 3)
  • 14 Ivy 2,104 (up 11)
  • 15 Florence 2,062 (up 4)
  • 16 Evie 2,052 (down 2)
  • 17 Sophie 2,007 (down 1)
  • 18 Freya 1,921 (up 2)
  • 19 Evelyn 1,902 (up 3)
  • 20 Willow 1,900 (up 6)
  • 21 Phoebe 1,883 (0)
  • 22 Elsie 1,875 (up 6)
  • 23 Sienna 1,834 (0)
  • 24 Alice 1,827 (down 7)
  • 25 Jessica 1,812 (down 10)
  • 26 Rosie 1,808 (up 9)
  • 27 Harper 1,796 (up 7)
  • 28 Daisy 1,769 (down 10)
  • 29 Sofia 1,728 (up 2)
  • 30 Isabelle 1,701 (down 6)
  • 31 Matilda 1,618 (down 4)
  • 32 Ruby 1,531 (down 3)
  • 33 Eva 1,409 (0)
  • 34 Emilia 1,398 (up 2)
  • 35 Scarlett 1,393 (down 5)
  • 36 Chloe 1,375 (down 4)
  • 37 Maya 1,260 (up 3)
  • 38 Esme 1,234 (up 4)
  • 39 Eliza 1,220 (up 2)
  • 40 Millie 1,196 (down 3)
  • 41 Imogen 1,179 (down 2)
  • 42 Aria 1,178 (up 5)
  • 43 Luna 1,162 (up 5)
  • 44 Layla 1,152 (down 6)
  • 45 Harriet 1,128 (up 6)
  • 46 Maisie 1,089 (0)
  • 47 Elizabeth 1,076 (down 3)
  • 48 Penelope 1,068 (up 7)
  • 49 Mila 1,050 (up 25)
  • 50 Erin 1,024 (down 5)
  • 51 Eleanor 985 (up 3)
  • 52 Lola 982 (down 9)
  • 53 Violet 970 (up 9)
  • 54 Bella 969 (up 5)
  • 55 Rose 960 (up 5)
  • 56 Emma 957 (down 4)
  • 56 Holly 957 (0)
  • 58 Molly 929 (0)
  • 59 Thea 920 (down 6)
  • 60 Ellie 919 (down 10)
  • 61 Lucy 910 (down 12)
  • 62 Hannah 849 (down 5)
  • 63 Lottie 824 (up 6)
  • 64 Nancy 819 (up 3)
  • 65 Ada 811 (up 49)
  • 66 Maria 799 (up 5)
  • 67 Lilly 785 (down 3)
  • 68 Zara 765 (up 2)
  • 69 Aurora 752 (up 11)
  • 70 Amber 751 (down 9)
  • 71 Georgia 747 (down 8)
  • 72 Robyn 742 (up 7)
  • 73 Gracie 719 (up 4)
  • 74 Summer 718 (up 12)
  • 75 Jasmine 703 (down 10)
  • 76 Annabelle 695 (down 8)
  • 77 Abigail 690 (down 4)
  • 78 Darcie 686 (down 12)
  • 79 Hallie 680 (up 19)
  • 80 Amelie 653 (down 8)
  • 81 Bonnie 645 (up 14)
  • 82 Iris 634 (down 1)
  • 82 Maryam 634 (down 4)
  • 84 Beatrice 629 (0)
  • 85 Anna 628 (down 10)
  • 86 Heidi 621 (down 2)
  • 86 Orla 621 (up 2)
  • 88 Arabella 619 (down 5)
  • 89 Clara 609 (down 2)
  • 90 Delilah 601 (up 38)
  • 91 Edith 599 (up 1)
  • 92 Aisha 568 (down 2)
  • 93 Francesca 567 (down 4)
  • 94 Martha 560 (down 18)
  • 95 Ayla 556 (up 11)
  • 96 Zoe 546 (up 9)
  • 97 Lyla 539 (down 2)
  • 98 Sara 535 (down 16)
  • 99 Margot 534 (up 57)
  • 100 Felicity 522 (up 2)