When a child is born, the first question on everyone’s lips is: “What did you name them?”
At My Nametags, we see thousands of names every day, and know first-hand that baby names tend to follow loose trends. Some names fade in and out of fashion, while others remain popular over many years.
We were interested to find out more about where certain names appear most commonly in the UK. So, we looked at ONS (Office for National Statistics) baby name data from the last 20 years across all 12 regions in the UK, to discover the ‘name capitals of the UK’ – the areas of the country where you are most likely to meet a child with a certain name.
We discovered some interesting trends. For example, although Jack has been one of the most popular boys name for many years, it is the North-East where you are most likely to find one. For girls, it’s Emily. You are also more likely to encounter an Alexander or Isabella in London than anywhere else in the country.
To help you browse the data and discover the name trends in your region, we’ve designed an interactive map. Simply hover over a region below to discover the name capital of that area.