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Holly but no Ivy Last Christmas

Released: 23 December 2011 Download PDF

December 2010 saw the festively-themed Holly climb to the top of the charts of the most popular baby girls’ names in England and Wales that month, but there were no other seasonal sobriquets in the top 10 for girls or boys, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Holly’s Christmas boost helped take it to number 25 over the whole year, but Ivy only came in at 227. This was below Mary at 213, but both trailed Angel, which at number 131 was the name given to 436 baby girls last year.

The boys’ names charts show that there were no babies named Jesus in the whole of 2010, and that the December top 10 varied little from the rest of the year. Joseph was the 15th most popular name for boys over the year, with Gabriel at 78 and Noel at 518.

ONS publishes details of the most popular baby names each year, including top tens by region and month of birth. 2010 figures.

There were 723,165 live births in England and Wales in 2010, an increase of 2.4 per cent on 2009. Births data are available from ONS.

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