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Most popular baby names in south Norfolk


By Newsdesk Diss


While the Diss Express Baby and Toddler competition is underway, we looked at the most popular baby names across south Norfolk and the East of England.

Harry, Henry and Isla have become the new most popular names for babies born in south Norfolk.

ONS figures show that 14 newborns were given the names Harry or Henry last year – though this was two fewer than previous top ranker George.

Vote for your favourite tot by picking up the latest issue of the Diss Express.
Vote for your favourite tot by picking up the latest issue of the Diss Express.

Meanwhile, 14 girls were called Isla in 2018 – three fewer than Olivia the year before.

The 610 babies who were called Oliver across the East of England meant it was the most popular boys' name throughout the region, beating George and Harry to top spot.

Olivia was the top East of England girls' name – 527 newborns were handed the moniker by their parents, pushing it to the top of the list, ahead of Amelia and Ava.

Nick Stripe, from the ONS, said: "Oliver and Olivia remained the most popular baby names in 2018, although there are the first signs that Oliver's six-year reign as the number one name for boys is under threat.

"Arthur surged into the top 10 boys' names for the first time since the 1920s, and Ada jumped into the girls' top 100 for the first time in a century too, both perhaps inspired by characters in the BBC TV drama Peaky Blinders.

"On the flip side, the growth in the use of technology assistants in our homes may help to explain why the number of baby girls named Alexa have more than halved compared with 2017.

“Communicating with young children can be hard enough at the best of times.”

The top boys' names across the East of England in 2018 were:

  1. Oliver: 610
  2. George: 601
  3. Harry: 562
  4. Arthur: 480
  5. Jack: 473
  6. Henry: 441
  7. Leo: 410
  8. Noah: 406
  9. Oscar: 398
  10. William: 389

The top girls' names across the East of England in 2018 were:

  1. Olivia: 527
  2. Amelia: 477
  3. Ava: 365
  4. Isla: 363
  5. Mia: 327
  6. Emily: 304
  7. Florence: 283
  8. Isabella: 280
  9. Sophia: 278
  10. Grace: 265

Our competitors for the Diss Express Baby and Toddler competition this year are:

  1. Brooke Bruce
  2. Charlie Durrant
  3. Sienna-Jo Harvey
  4. William Goodbody
  5. Arthur Robinson
  6. Harvey Noble
  7. Oliver John Orford
  8. Danny Lawrence
  9. Thea Flaherty
  10. Zakary Hunt
  11. Ayda Jane Kidd
  12. Jacob Hunt
  13. Scarlett Apea-Agyei
  14. Dexter Noble
  15. Jayden Durrant
  16. Maya Rush
  17. Thomas Goldspink

To cast your vote, pick up the latest issue of the Diss Express and follow the instructions on page 11.



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