Stockbridge Library special Bookbug session.

21st December 2016 | News

Scotland’s most popular baby names for 2016 were revealed yesterday at a special Bookbug session in Stockbridge Library, Edinburgh. Babies at the Bookbug group enjoyed a festive get-together which declared Olivia and Jack as the country’s top baby names.

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) registered 26,408 boys and 24,489 girls throughout 2016. While Jack has topped the boys’ list for nine years in a row, Olivia became the top girls name for the first time – replacing Emily which came second.

Baby Name Trends

The NRS has been compiling the list since 1974 and gives a detailed picture of Scotland’s naming trends. Olivia just made it as the top girl’s name, with Emily coming a close second. New entry Charlotte jumped eleven places to earn the tenth spot.

Trends in boys’ names show James, Lewis and Oliver remain popular but new entrants Harry, Noah and Leo have also joined the top ten.

The statistics for 2016, based on births registered up to 3 December, show the numbers of unique names are also well above the levels of 10, 20 or 40 years ago. In total, 2,072 boys and 2,671 girls were given first forenames that were unique.

Stockbridge Library Bookbug

Stockbridge library hosts Bookbug sessions for babies and toddlers up to 4-years-old every second Tuesday. The 45 minute sessions which are delivered by the library team, are free and include singing, rhymes and stories.

Bookbug sessions are widely available throughout Scotland and are generally held in local libraries. They take place in relaxed environments and there is usually no need to book, though it is always best to check with the local authority.

You can learn more about Scotland’s Top Babies’ Names in 2016, visit the NRS website or view the inforgraphic which includes the data collected.

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