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Please Sir, Can we Have Some More?! The Rise of Oliver as a Baby Name

January 31, 2013

The BBC just reported that “Oliver and Olivia were the most popular baby names across England and Wales in 2010 for the second year running (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14321666), Runners up male names┬áJack, Harry and Alfie – all held their runners up rankings form the previous year.

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There was a bit more movement on the girl’s side, with Sophie, Emily, Lily and Amelia all entering the top five.

The top 10 boys’ names in order were: Oliver, Jack, Harry, Alfie, Charlie, Thomas, William, Joshua, George, James and Daniel.

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It’s funny how fashions change. Alfie and George would probably have earned you a beating when I was going to school, mind you these days things generally seem more civilized in schools and some of those painful life lessons probably have to be learned later, or maybe they can be skipped entirely, like some of the more painful aspects of dentistry almost a half century ago.
Across the pond in the United States it turns out the Oliver is also an enormously popular name with about 1 in 750 male babies getting the name in 2010. But what is really noticeable is the trend. Here is a visualization (http://www.babynamewizard.com/voyager#prefix=oliver&ms=true&sw=m&exact=false) showing how quickly the popularity of Oliver as a boy’s name has risen over the past few years.
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Let’s hope that the hordes of Olivers soon to hit the school system will find joy and happiness in their names.
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