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The most unpopular baby names of 2020 revealed including the blokes’ name which is now EXTINCT

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

PICKING a name for your baby can be extremely tricky - but you might want to steer clear of these.

The Office of National Statistics has revealed its annual list of the most popular - and unpopular baby names in the UK.

While some have remained big hitters among parents, others have dropped to bottom of the pile and several have even become extinct.

According to the ONS there were no registered births of boys called Nigel in 2020, making it officially ‘unranked.’

Though while the name is technically extinct, there could have been up to two babies named Nigel last year, as the ONS only records names once there have been three or more births for data protection purposes.

Controversial TV presenter Piers Morgan’s first name has plummeted from 296 in 1998 to just four babies registered with that name in 2020.

Brad, Billie and Greg have also dropped in popularity with all three names only given to three babies each last year.

Stuart has performed a little better, but not by much with eight boys receiving that name.


The most unpopular baby girl names of 2020

  1. Chelsey

2. Janet

3. Katharine

4. Kristen

5. Catriona

6. Donna

7. Jordan

8. Lorraine

9. Rhian

10. Suzanne

The most unpopular boys names 2020

1. Hadrian

2. Stewart

3. Hank

4. Melvin

5. Bill

6. Graham

7. Stuart

8. Dale

9. Gary

10. Jim

When it comes to girls names, Carol had the same treatment as Nigel, becoming “unranked” in 2020.

Just three girls were named Cheryl while there were only six baby Lorraines last year.

And it seems that traditional names such as Margaret, Rebecca, Paul and John that  were among the most popular names of the last 100 years but have since fallen out of favour.

Historic lists from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that Margaret was the number one girls' name in 1924, 1934 and 1944 while Susan topped the list in 1954 and 1964.

But the latest data shows Margaret has dropped to 357th most popular girls' name in 2020 in England and Wales with just 124 babies given the name.

Susan is ranked at 2,042nd position on the list, with a total of 13 baby girls named Susan in 2020.

In the list of boys' names, John was top in 1914, 1924, 1934 and 1944 but has fallen to 150th in 2020.

Paul was the top name for boys in 1974, but sits at 384th on the 2020 list.

Rebecca was the number one name for girls in 1994, but is ranked 236th in 2020.

Thomas was the top name for boys in 1994, and is placed at 15th in last year's list.

Sarah topped the lists for girls in 1974 and 1984, but in 2020 is ranked 115th.

Back in 1904 and 1914, the top name for girls was Mary, a name that sits at 291st on the most recent list.

In 1954 and 1964, David was the number one name for boys, but in 2020 is ranked 60th.

The top names for boys in 1984 was Christopher, which in 2020 was in 179th place.

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