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All in the name

BabyCentre unveils top 100 UK baby names of 2017

* Bad boy appeal – could the Tom Hardy effect be behind a rise in British gangster names?

* Storming up the charts – flower names yield to wilder forces of nature

* Island inspiration – parents influenced by summer’s surprise hit Love Island 

* Gender equality – 20 most popular gender-neutral names revealed

* Standing the test of time – which names are as popular now as they were 20 and 100 years ago? 

* Olivia and Muhammad top the chart

Today BabyCentre unveils the top 100 boys' and girls' names of the year – revealing what’s inspiring parents in 2017.

The UK’s most trusted site for parenting information has studied tens of thousands of parents’ choices for their new arrivals over the year, to reveal the latest trends as well as more unusual naming choices.

Extreme nature overpowered flowery names, parents took inspiration from British bad boys and popular culture made its mark on the charts yet again, with ITV’s surprise hit Love Island influencing BabyCentre parents.

Gender-neutral names are also becoming more mainstream than ever before as 2017 saw the gender debate take centre stage. BabyCentre can reveal the top 20 most popular gender-neutral names of the year, and how they are split between boys and girls.

For the first time, BabyCentre also compared its top 30 baby names of the year with data available from 20 and 100 years ago, to see which names have stood the test of time. Only one girls’ name appeared in the top 30 for 2017, 1997 and 1917 while six boys’ names are as popular now as in previous generations. 

About the BabyCentre annual Baby Names Survey

The baby names survey includes the names chosen by 94,665 members who gave birth in 2017 to 51,073 boys and 43,592 girls. 

Click the below links to find out the names in the top 100: 


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