The Hottest New Baby Names in England

Sep 26th 2018

What's next in the baby name realm where Oliver and Olivia reign? The hottest rising names in England and Wales show some classic English style, but also point in new directions. The fastest risers of last year, according to the Baby Name Wizard Hotness formula:

Dotty Albi
2 Alaya Hunter
3 Luna Albie
4 Harleigh Rory
5 Elara Greyson
6 Winter Maverick
7 Harley Ralphie
8 Alayah Matei
9 Hallie Bodhi
10   Winnie Atlas


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Three major themes jump out from that list. The first is England's continuing love of cute old-fashioned nicknames, like Dotty (traditionally a pet form of Dorothy), Ralphie (Ralph), and Winnie (Winifred). The second is one of the top American styles: contemporary names based on words and surnames, like Winter, Greyson and Maverick. Finally you see reflections of England's cultural diversity in names like Alaya (the daughter of Pakistani star Sanam Jung) and Matei (the Romanian form of Matthew).

The top brand-new names show off this diversity even further. For instance, the previously unknown name Kaizer was given to 20 boys last year, even as the regal word name Kaiser (with an s) dropped in popularity. The best-known Kazier is South African soccer legend Kaizer Motaung, founder of the Kaizer Chiefs soccer team. A British indie rock band is also called the Kaizer Chiefs, after the team. At the same time, reality tv continues to shape name trends, in England as well as the U.S. The brand-new name Lotan was inspired by Lotan Carter, a stripper who appeared on the UK edition of "Big Brother."

The most popular names making their debuts in the English name stats:

1. Kaizer (M)
2. Kaif (M)
3. Bligh (M)
4. Elizabete (F)
5. Advait (M)
6. Lotan (M)
7. Azaiah (M)
8. Taimur (M)

At the other end of the hotness spectrum, the fastest-falling names for girls were the '90s favorites Jessica and Lauren, representing a generational changing of the guard. More surprisingly, the fastest-falling names for boys were two all-time English classics: James and Thomas. It could be that the days of conservative boys' naming in England are numbered.




September 26, 2018 7:44 PM

I guess "dotty" as a synonym of "doddering, senile" is not a thing in England?

September 28, 2018 12:59 PM

@HNG: probably not any more than Luna associates for  Lunatic... not a clean comparison. Dotty is a disign pattern above that. :) Like how big Paisley is in the US. 

September 28, 2018 5:09 PM

I wouldn't call something with a dotted pattern "dotty", but I have seen "A League of Their Own" approximately a million times and have never once associated the main character's name with someone in their dotage. I agree that this is one of those things where the name occupies a different mental space than the adjective.