How popular is your baby name? Use our interactive tool to find out how common your choice is

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Thinking of picking Aria, Esmee or Lochlan as a name for your new baby? They are some of the names showing the biggest growth in popularity.

While the most popular names in England and Wales show little sign of falling out of favour – Amelia has been been number one since 2011 while Oliver has been in the top spot since 2013 – here are some names that are soaring and others that are falling when it comes to popularity.

Our widget lets you compare how your name, as well as those of friends and family, has been doing in terms of popularity over the past 20 years.

In 2005, just 18 girls in England and Wales were given the name Aria, but in terms of popularity the name has increased by 3,000% in 10 years, with 562 girls given the name in 2015 – putting it at number 100 in terms of popularity.

The number of babies given the name has increased by three-quarters in just a year, from 321 in 2014.

The only name that has seen bigger growth in popularity over the past 10 years is Primrose, rising by 4,700% from four in 2005 to 192 in 2015, with parents perhaps taking inspiration from the Hunger Games’ books and films. The number of Primroses has doubled in a year from 93 in 2014.

Nova is another girls name seeing a big increase over the past 10 years, up from four girls in 2005, to 49 in 2014 and 82 in 2015.

Before 2013 you were extremely unlikely to come across an Everly or a Marlowe, there were two or fewer, and potentially none, born each year, but 2015 saw 102 Everlys, up from 56 in 2014, and 30 Marlowes, up from 14 in 2014.

Other girl’s names rocketing in popularity over the past 10 years, are Esmee up from 38 in 2005 to 150 in 2014 to 300 in 2015, Cleo, up from 61 in 2005 to 206 in 2015, Margot, up from 29 to 178, Nellie, up from 17 to 157, and Paisley, up from 24 to 119.

In 2005, just three boys were called Parker, but by 2015, 397 were given the name, a 13,100% rise in 10 years, the biggest increase over the period, while Grayson has gone from being the name of four boys in 2005 to 340 in 2015.

Lochlan has seen the biggest increase in popularity in a year, being given as a name to twice as many babies in 2015, 149, compared to 2014, 65. Lachlan is also gaining in popularity, up from 65 to 122 in a year.

Other boy’s names rocketing in popularity over the past 10 years, are Ezra, up from 44 in 2005 to 266 in 2014 to 502 in 2015, Jax, up from four in 2005 to 260 in 2015, Lincoln, up from 12 to 479, Jaxon, up from 18 to 837, and Arlo, up from 32 to 619.

Just as some names gain in popularity, others may disappear as they fall out of favour.

There were 774 girls named Jordan in 1998, when at the peak of its popularity the name came in at 72nd in the list. However, in 2015, there potentially no girls given the name Jordan, with the number dropping from six in 2014 to less than three in 2015.

Other girl’s names that have potentially disappeared in 2015 include Lauryn, which peaked at 454 in 1999, Katharine, which peaked at 152 in 1997, Becky, peaked in 1996 at 146, and Ceri, peaked in 1997 at 91.

For boys, Courtney peaked at 116 in 1996, but may have disappeared completely by 2015, while Vishal also peaked in 1996 at 47, down to less than three in 2015.

News Source MirrorNews

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