Nearly half of popular baby names have foreign origins, study finds

The international influences of baby names in the UK have been revealed by data from the Office for National Statistics.

Some 45% of baby names in the UK have foreign influences, a study by name tag maker My Nametags has found.

Many popular baby names have their origin in Greece, including names such as Max, Leo and Sophia, making this the most common origin of foreign names for British babies.

Forty-five percent of the top 200 baby names in the past decade are of international origin.

The most popular female baby name of the last decade is Amelia from Germany.

France was the second most influential country of origin for British baby names, with a greater influence on girls’ names in the UK than on boys’.

12 of the 100 most popular girl names are of French origin, including Esme, which means “beloved”, Sophie, which means “wisdom”, and Annabelle, which means “to love”.

For boys, Henry, which means “power”, Lewis, which means “war”, and Harvey, which means “combat warrior”, remain very popular.

Germany also has a strong influence on baby names in the UK, with 17 of the top 200 Germanic names including Frederick, meaning ‘power’, Louis, meaning ‘famous warrior’, and Albert, which means “famous”.

In addition to Greece, France and Germany, data reveals that British baby names come from a wide range of countries. Ireland, the Middle East, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Egypt, Bulgaria, Sweden, the Netherlands, Russia and Japan have all had an influence on British parents at looking for inspiration to name their children.

Other international names appearing in the top 200 over the past decade include Erin (Ireland), Sofia (Bulgaria), Mia (Egypt), Maryam (Middle East), Mila (Russia) and Lola (Spain) for girls, and Jenson (Denmark). ), Aiden (Ireland), Kai (Japan), Jasper (Netherlands), Luca (Italy) and Ibrahim (Middle East) for boys.

Lars B. Andersen, Managing Director of My Nametags, said: “Our analysis reveals that UK parents draw a great deal of inspiration from across Europe and the rest of the world. Interestingly, many of the names on our list have multinational origins themselves. For example, the name Sophie originated in France, but was inspired by the ancient Greek name, Sophia. It shows just how international the influences on the UK’s most popular names are.

“With so many variations of fantastic international names on the list, we’ve created an interactive map to help people browse the data and discover the global influences on modern baby names in Britain. We hope this will serve as a guide. perfect inspiration for expectant parents considering their child’s name.

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