The most popular baby names in Eastbourne revealed

The Office for National Statistics has revealed the most popular baby names for each area of Sussex
The Office for National Statistics has revealed the most popular baby names for each area of Sussex

The most popular baby names in Eastbourne last year have been revealed by the Office for National Statistics.

Last year 990 babies were born in the area, 535 boys and 455 girls.

Eastbourne followed the national baby-naming trend for boys, with Oliver coming in as the most popular name.

But Olivia, the nation’s favourite name for girls, didn’t top the charts for Eastbourne parents last year, with Amelia, Isabella and Willow proving the most popular.

The second most popular name for boys was a two-way tie between George and Harry.

Nick Stripe, of the Office for National Statistics, said: “Although Oliver and Olivia remained the most popular baby names in 2017, some fascinating changes took place beneath them.

“Leo entered the boys’ top 10 for the first time, whilst Hunter rocketed into the top 100, also for the first time, reaching number 78.

“Sarah, the most popular name for baby girls throughout much of the 1970s and 1980s, dropped out of the top 100 for the first time since our records began in 1904. Brand new entries into the top 100 for girls include the names Aurora and Hallie.”

Meanwhile, in Wealden last year 1,279 babies were born in the area, 676 boys and 603 girls, with Jack proving the most popular names for boys and Isla for girls

The second most popular name for boys in Wealden was a two-way tie between Oliver and Thomas, while Olivia took second place for baby girls, and the third most popular name was Florence.

In England and Wales, royal references continue with Harry and George remaining the second and third most popular names respectively since 2016.

Amelia was the second most popular name for girls, with Isla moving up to third place.

Nearly 700,000 babies were born last year in England and Wales and over 63,000 unique baby names were registered.

New entries into the top 100 most popular boys’ names included Hunter and Ralph, Hunter for the first time and Ralph for the first time since 1944.

There were six new names in the 100 most popular girls’ names – Aurora, Orla, Edith, Bonnie, Lyla and Hallie.

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