The most popular first names given to babies born in England and wales in 2014 were Oliver and Amelia.

Amelia has been the most enduring popular name having been in top spot since 2011. Oliver has been the favourite name for new-born boys since 2013.

The list, compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), "presents the 100 most popular first names for male and female babies born in England and Wales in 2014 and compares the rankings with those in 2004 and 2013".

There were three new entries into the top 100 most popular boys’ names list: Ellis (at 94), Joey (at 97) and Jackson (at 100). The largest riser in the top 100 most popular boys' names was Kian, which gained 41 places to reach number 54. Teddy rose 20 places to reach 66 and Theodore rose 19 places to get to 59.

Baby feet (PD)The top 100 most popular girls' names saw six new entrants: Thea (79), Darcie (80), Lottie (84), Harper (89), Nancy (90) and Robyn (100). Aisha was the fastest riser gaining 18 places to reach number 76 says the ONS. Mia was dropped from the top ten girls’ list and replaced by Lily, which climbed from number 12 to number 9.

Comparing boys' names over the last decade five are more enduring having appeared on the list in 2004 and 2014: Oliver, Jack, Thomas, James and William. With the girls’ names it was four: Olivia, Emily, Jessica and Sophie.

Commenting on the ONS list Sasha Miller, International Managing Editor of BabyCentre, said:

"The ONS data strongly correlates with the names our BabyCentre community are highlighting with their favourites. Traditional classics remain strong with 'Oliver' and 'Emily', 'James' and 'Sophie' having graced the top 10 for the last 30 years.

When it comes to boys names the 'royal effect' is taking effect. 'George' is in the top 10, as are George's Dad and uncle 'William' and 'Harry', all leading the country both in lineage and name. With another royal baby born this year, it will be interesting if Charlotte trends in 2015."

With girls names parents are being more experimental. Names ending in 'a' seem to be very popular in recent years, potentially due to their more continental sound, with 'Amelia' holding the top spot and 'Olivia' and 'Isla' coming in second and third. There is also a nod to celebrity baby names with 'Ava' coming in sixth, the name of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Philippe's daughter and 'Poppy' coming in fifth, which is the name of Jamie Oliver's daughter.

Further down the list we are seeing a significant trend of parents registering a shortened form of a name, rather than registering the full name but using the shortened form. Examples of this for boys include Teddy, Freddie and Joey which have all risen in the top 100. Lottie, the shortened version of Charlotte, has shot 20 places up the list for girls."

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