Star Wars ‘Dua Lipa and Kylo Ren were among the biggest influences on parents’ choice for their baby names, according to the latest data.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said babies called Dua doubled in 2019 compared to 2017, when the singer had her first number one in the UK.
Kylo’s popularity has grown since the new Star Wars films launched in 2015.
But Oliver and Olivia are still number one in England and Wales, with over 9,000 babies named in 2019.
The ONS said 126 babies were named Dua in 2019, up from 63 in 2017, suggesting that like her UK number one debut single, the singer has set new rules for naming inspiration.
The name Kylo appears to have grown in popularity since Kylo Ren first appeared in 2015. Since then, the number of boys named Kylo has grown from 10 to 67 in 2019.
Meanwhile, Alexa has plummeted since Amazon’s Echo introduction, from 332 in 2016 to just 39 in 2019.
Although they are the most popular names, Olivia and Oliver are on the decline. There were 4,082 Olivias last year, up from 4,598 the year before.
Oliver, who has been the number one name for boys since 2013, went from 5,390 to 4,392.
David Corps, ONS, said: “Oliver and Olivia continued their reign as the best names for boys and girls in 2019, but analysis shows that baby name choices may differ depending on the mother’s age.
“We have found that younger mothers have switched to more modern girl names like Harper, which has seen an increase since the Beckhams named their girl in 2011, and have shortened boy names like Freddie. In contrast, older mothers chose more traditional first names such as Jack and Charlotte. ”
Sarah Redshaw, editor-in-chief of parenting website BabyCentre UK, said she was not surprised to see Oliver and Olivia take over the top spot, as they were “much loved and popular names” as well as “strong and traditional. “.
“It’s not unusual to see little change in the top 10, I think the new trends you see are happening further down the list,” she said, adding that it was “awesome to see more unusual names’ in the top 100 brought about by popular culture and sporting events such as the Women’s World Cup.
Looking ahead, Ms Redshaw said the top spots are unlikely to change drastically for a few years, with parents opting for “stability” of the top 10 in “turbulent” times. However, she added that parents were likely to be “much more adventurous” with first names, and a list of these could be very different from the more popular first names.
“Parents feel a lot of pressure to name their baby, but if you’re not sure you have over 40 days to decide,” she says.
Although Jack is still the eighth most popular male given name, it has declined considerably since its heyday in 1996, when more than 10,000 babies were given the name.
In girls, Ruby has been on the decline since 2007 when it was the most popular name, ranking 27th in 2019.
Lauren is also steadily declining among girls, dropping from fifth most popular in 1996 to 453rd in 2019.
Has anyone named his daughter Stacy?
The ONS has said it looks like Matthew’s name may soon drop from the top 100 for the first time since 1954 after 633 boys were given the name.
However, some may be on the verge of extinction.
ONS only provides numbers when there were at least three babies with the same spelling of a name. It does not reveal the names taken by only one or two babies, in order to protect their privacy.
The data reveals no entries this year for once popular names like Stacy. There were dozens of babies with the name in the mid-1990s, but only four in 2018.
Nichola, who was the 83rd most popular given name for girls in 1974, has not been on the list since 2010, when seven babies were given the name.
Figures for Scotland have already been released, with Jack and Olivia being the most popular.
Is Muhammad more popular than Oliver?
The ONS said many commentators concluded that if various spellings of a name like Mohammed were added it would be the most popular name for boys in England and Wales.
However, the ONS does not do this as it would have to do the same for all other names, for example by combining the different versions of Oliver, like Ollie, Oli, Oliwer and Olly.
Muhammad was the most popular male given name in the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, the West Midlands and London.