Jack and Olivia hold top baby name spots for two years running
For a second year Jack and Olivia have maintained their position as the most popular baby names in the UK, according to the leading Child Trust Fund (CTF) provider, The Children’s Mutual.
Jack leads the pack at the head of the Top 10 boys’ names, which have developed into a group of firm favourites, as they have remained the same ten for the past two years.
However, a review of almost 150,000 new Child Trust Fund account holder names revealed that the girls’ names are more imaginative, more varied and less traditional than popular boys’ names in the UK.
The Top 10 list of girls’ names has had new entrants every year for the last three years despite Olivia clinching the top spot for the past two years, with newcomers Amelia and Evie entering the Top 10 in 2009.
Ava, Freya and Isabelle have entered the Top 20 for the first time. However in contrast, there has been a fall for Grace this year. Lucy, Katie and Megan, have also become less popular.
Within the top boys’ names there are some signs of influence from celebrity names, with Lewis racing into the Top 20 this year – possibly due to the popularity of Formula One star Lewis Hamilton – and both princes’ names, William and Harry, staying in the Top 10.
The Harry Potter Effect
As well as Harry, Daniel is a favourite name, both having moved up the baby names chart, suggesting the popularity of Harry Potter has had an influence, with babies named after both the character and leading actor Daniel Radcliffe.
Tony Anderson, Marketing Director at The Children’s Mutual, said: “We’ve had lots of new children on our books in the past 12 months, with almost 150,000 new accounts opened, and it’s always interesting to see how the trends in babies’ names change each year. We realise that choosing a name can be daunting for parents as they want to give their child the best start in life. Hopefully our research will give them a little more information to use when trying to reach that decision.”
Top 10 names for CTF babies in the UK, according to The Children’s Mutual:
Regional results show that Northern Ireland has broken the mould with Anna being the most popular name for girls and James tying for first place with Jack for boys. Jessica and Grace are favourite girls’ names for both London and the North East, with little boys named after Wales’ most famous poet, Dylan Thomas, leading the Top 10 in Wales.
Tony Anderson continues: “As well as the choice of name, parents should also be considering their child’s future and how they plan to save for important milestones such as university or a first car. By investing in a Child Trust Fund early on, parents can help ensure their child will receive a springboard into adulthood when they turn 18. If parents top up their child’s CTF monthly by £24 – the average amount saved by our customers – the Jacks, Olivias and other 2009 babies could receive a lump sum of over £9,750 when they reach 18.”
For parents-to-be, The Children’s Mutual has an online ‘Baby Name Finder’, where parents can search for a name alphabetically, by gender and by origin – from Chinese through to Scandinavian. The search also provides meanings of names, so parents can find the perfect match for their child.
To access the Baby Name Finder and find out more about The Children’s Mutual, visit www.thechildrensmutual.co.uk/babynames Number of boys in 2009 + number of girls in 2009 = total amount of new accounts, 76,919 (boys) + 72, 928 (girls) = 149,847.
 August 2008 – 09 Number of boys in 2009 + number of girls in 2009 = total amount of new accounts, 76,919 (boys) + 72, 928 (girls) = 149,847.
 This future projected value is based on investing £24 a month [plus the Government’s initial £250 Child Trust Fund voucher and another £250 at age 7] for 18 years in a stakeholder CTF account. We’re assuming an investment return of 7% a year, and charges of 1.5% of the CTF account value each year. The projected values aren’t guaranteed because the value of shares goes up and down. So the final payout could be more or less than this.