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Olivia and Jack retain titles as most popular baby names

Jack has been number once since 2008 while Olivia took over top spot from Emily in 2015.

Jack and Olivia remain the most popular baby names in Scotland (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Jack and Olivia remain the most popular baby names in Scotland (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Jack and Olivia are the most popular baby names in Scotland for the second year running.

National Records of Scotland statistics show 486 babies registered in Scotland in 2017 were named Jack and 512 were called Olivia.

Oliva knocked Emily off the top spot in 2015 while Jack has been number one since 2008.

  • Jack
  • Oliver
  • James
  • Lewis
  • Logan

The second most popular boys’ name in 2017 was Oliver, followed by James, Lewis, Logan, Noah, Harris, Alexander, Leo and Harry.

For girls the rest of the top 10 is Emily, Isla, Sophie, Amelia, Jessica, Ava, Ella, Charlotte and Aria.

A total of 2,838 names were registered once and these included girls named Bella-Caledonia, Arabesque, Balsam, Indie-Star, Nirvana-Raine, Obsidian, Queen-Johannah, Rebbl, Starlette, Tuppence and Ultra-Violet.

Boys with a unique name in 2017 included Amazon, Benedykt, Boston-Blu, Daemon, Findhorn, Fox, Jaxn, Ka, Md, Nimbus, Ransom, Sheriff and Tiger.

  • Olivia
  • Emily
  • Isla
  • Sophie
  • Amelia

Hit TV show Game of Thrones appears to have influenced some choices with four children named Khaleesi and one each called Khaleese, Khaleesi-Destiny, and Khaleesi-Grace.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said: “Picking a name for your baby is one of the first, and most important, decisions new parents make.

“Once again this year has seen some of the most popular names from recent years remain in the top ten, with Jack and Olivia holding on to the top spot for another year.

“I am extremely pleased to see that overall there continues to be a great variety in baby names across Scotland, reflecting our unique and diverse society and culture.”

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