Most popular boy and girl names

Unusual baby names are all the rage these days, but parents choosing names that were popular in the 1990s are rare.

Unusual baby names are all the rage these days.

And with the growing popularity of unique nicknames, parents choosing names that were popular in the 1990s are rare.

In a new study by Cosmopolitan UK, the magazine compared government data on baby names in 1996 with name data from 2020, and found that some of the most popular names in England and Wales in the years 90 are now in danger of disappearing, reports The Sun.

For boys, names such as Craig have seen the biggest drop in popularity, with just 16 baby boys named Craig in 2020, down from 705 in 1996, a 98% drop.

Scott and Kieran also dropped to the bottom of the list, dropping 97% between 1996 and 2020, while Jordan, Shaun, Ashley and Shane dropped 96%.

An incredible 1,594 baby boys were named Sean in 1996, but last year only 74 received the nickname – a 95% drop in popularity.

The names Curtis, Connor, Andrew, Dean, Matthew, Bradley and Callum are also in danger of disappearing altogether.

Among girls, names Kirsty, Shannon, Gemma, Jodie and Lauren all lost 99% popularity.

Danielle and Jade are hot on their heels with a 98% drop, with just 103 babies given either name last year, down from 5,391 in 1996.

Leanne, Chelsea, Ashleigh, Amy and Rebecca all fell 97%, while Rhiannon, Samantha and Megan concluded the list with drops of 96% each.

When it comes to the most popular names of 2020, Oliver, George, and Arthur were the top three picks for the boys.

While Olivia, Amelia and Isla were the most popular picks of the year for girls.

Australian Baby Names No One Wants

Meanwhile, in Australia, the names Oliver and Charlotte have consistently topped the list for the past 10 years.

But the names that have seen the biggest drop in rankings are Dylan and Sarah.

In 2020, Dylan ranked 97th overall, having fallen 61 places from number 36 in 2010, while Sarah, currently ranked 91st, fell 69 places.

Although parents still name their children Dylan and Sarah, it’s on the decline, according to the latest study from McCrindle Research.

“Both names have been in the top 100 for the last decade, but despite being a popular baby name they have really fallen,” said Ashley Fell, social researcher for the Australian Top Baby Names 2021 report.

In an interview with news.com.au last year, Ms Fell said names were particularly important in the 80s and 90s, but Generation Alpha parents (2010 to 2020) are looking for more unique, diverse names and robust.

“In today’s digitally connected world, a name is so much more than what a teacher calls you – a name is a social media identifier, a brand, a web domain, it can go to extremes, but that’s the reality of this digital world we live in,” she said.

“Alpha generation parents don’t want a super generic, common name, which is why we’re seeing more variety entering the top 100.”

However, there are still plenty of Australian parents who love traditional names, especially with a royal connection, like Charlotte who has been crowned number one for eight of the last 10 years in Australia.

As in the UK, Amelia and Olivia are also popular girl names, ranking second and third respectively.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced with permission

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