The most popular baby names in Horsham revealed

The Office for National Statistics has revealed the most popular baby names for each area of Sussex
The Office for National Statistics has revealed the most popular baby names for each area of Sussex

The most popular baby names in Horsham last year have been revealed by the Office for National Statistics.

Last year 1,303 babies were born in the area, 649 boys and 654 girls.

Horsham followed the national baby-naming trend for boys, with Oliver coming in as one of the most popular names alongside George and Jacob.

Olivia, the nation’s favourite name for girls, also topped the charts for Horsham parents last year.

For baby girls, Alice took second place.

Nick Stripe, of the Office for National Statistics, said: “Although Oliver and Olivia remained the most popular baby names in 2017, some fascinating changes took place beneath them.

“Leo entered the boys’ top 10 for the first time, whilst Hunter rocketed into the top 100, also for the first time, reaching number 78.

“Sarah, the most popular name for baby girls throughout much of the 1970s and 1980s, dropped out of the top 100 for the first time since our records began in 1904. Brand new entries into the top 100 for girls include the names Aurora and Hallie.”

In England and Wales, royal references continue with Harry and George remaining the second and third most popular names respectively since 2016.

Amelia was the second most popular name for girls, with Isla moving up to third place.

Nearly 700,000 babies were born last year in England and Wales and over 63,000 unique baby names were registered.

New entries into the top 100 most popular boys’ names included Hunter and Ralph, Hunter for the first time and Ralph for the first time since 1944.

There were six new names in the 100 most popular girls’ names – Aurora, Orla, Edith, Bonnie, Lyla and Hallie.

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