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What are the most popular baby names in the UK? Browse through our list of most popular baby names in the UK, where you really can't go wrong!

Picking a name for your newborn is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a new parent, so spend a few minutes browsing our lists and start a shortlist of your favourite baby names. 

Here are a few of Mother&Baby's favourite popular baby names (and their meanings!) 


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1) Amelia

A Greek name, meaning ‘industrious’. Famous Amelias include flying legend Amelia Earhart, and two Princess Amelias of Great Britain during the eighteenth century.
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2) Max 

A latin baby name meaning greatest. It's been popular for boys for years, but is now being used as a girl's name too.
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3) Emily

A Latin name, meaning ‘rival, eager’. Emily Dickinson is one of the most well- known poets of the nineteenth century. A very popular name choice in recent years.
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4) Reggie 

Reggie: Sometimes, names that look or sound similar hang around for a while. In 2019, names that start with R-  or Th-  will be big winners for boys. We love Reggie, a cute name meaning 'counsel power'. 
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5) Olivia 

A Latin name, meaning ‘olive’. Olivia has featured in the Top 10 names for girls in England for several years now, including at number one.
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6) George

Greek, meaning ‘farmer’. Chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for their son, born in July 2013, and third in line to the throne. If you're looking for something a little different, how about Giorgio? 
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7) Ava 

Latin, meaning ‘like a bird’. Famous Avas' include Ava Gardner was an iconic American actress during the 1950s–1970s.
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8) Noah

Hebrew, meaning ‘peaceful’. In  the Bible, Noah is said to have  built an ark to save two of every animal from a flood that covered  the earth. 
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9) Isla

A Scotish Gaelic baby name meaning 'river', which has become increasingly popular with parents.  
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10) Jack 

From the Hebrew John, meaning ‘God is gracious’. The UK’s most popular boys’ name for 14 years  until fairly recently.
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11) Isabella 

 Isabella, a Spanish name meaning 'pledged to God' definitely has the royal seal of approval. 
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12) William 

Old German, meaning ‘strong- willed warrior’. Famous Williams include Prince William, playwright William Shakespeare and rapper


Here are the most popular baby names over the last few years, according to the Office of National Statistics.


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Browse our continually updated list of baby names below for the perfect inspritation. Filter by gender or unisex, or if you don't yet know the gender of your baby, why not try our Chinese gender predictor tool? See if this ancient method can predict your baby's gender! 

Looking for a popular yet unique sounding name? Take a look at our pick of the top Japanese boy names here. 

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