Most popular boys’ and girls’ names in Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough and East Northants are revealed!

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A new born baby's feet are visible peeking out of a shawl AJM_BABYSTOCK_05.jpg

The most popular baby names in Kettering last year were Alfie for boys and Amelia for girls, according to the Office of National Statistics.

Last year 1,155 babies were born in the area, 600 boys and 555 girls.

In Corby - where 470 boys and 492 girls were born - David topped the boys’ list, while Amelia and Ivy were tied for the top spot in the girls’.

In Wellingborough, where there were 474 boys and 478 girls born, Oliver and Amelia topped the charts, while in East Northamptonshire (505 boys and 465 girls) Harry and Lily were the most popular.

Oliver was the most popular boys’ name nationally but Olivia - the most popular girls name in the country last year, didn’t top the list in any of our towns.

The second most popular name for boys was a two-way tie between George and Oscar.

Olivia took second place for baby girls, and the third most popular names were Florence and Isla.

Nick Stripe, of the ONS, 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.