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Most popular baby names of 2021 so far revealed – with new entry in the top spot

It’s a crucial decision for all expectant parents that can sometimes be the root of months of bickering.

And lists of top baby names can provide inspiration for mums and dads stuck for ideas about what to name their sons and daughters.

For some time, names like Olivia and Amelia have been popular choices for baby girls in the UK and typically feature in the top 5, but in recent years popular TV shows have influenced parents making their decision.

Arya, the name of a character from Game of Thrones, has climbed the ladder in the last few years to sit at the top of parents’ preferences.

For boys, traditional names like Thomas and George have never gone out of fashion – with some religious influences increasing popularity of names like Gabriel and Muhammad.

Parenting website Baby Centre which offers support and information for mums and dads has mapped this year’s most popular names for babies in Britain.

This year’s most popular baby names in the UK sees a lot of names hold on to their positions in the top 100 for boys and girls – but there are several adorable new entries too.

And for girls, there’s a new number one name as Lily has clinched the top spot, knocking Olivia and Sophia down the list.

It seems Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are following the trend this year after naming their daughter Lilibet after her great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II – calling her ‘Lily’ for short.

And the royal trend runs through the list, with Elizabeth becoming a new entry in the top 100.

Sarah Redshaw, managing editor for BabyCentre, said: “Lily swept in to take the crown and Elizabeth, the name that inspired Meghan and Harry’s choice, is a new entry.

“Perhaps the spotlight on the names will mean they stay popular for a few more years now, as has happened with Archie.”

Girls
Lily+3
Amelia+1
Sophia-2
Olivia-2
Ava+1
Isla-1
Rosie+9
Aria+0
Freya+0
Ella+1
Emily+2
Mia-5
Isabella-3
Ivy-2
Hannah+5
Layla+29
Grace-3
Sophie+3
Evelyn+15
Evie-2
Isabelle-6
Elsie+3
Luna+6
Poppy-7
Willow-1
Phoebe+7
Zara+5
Daisy+12
Florence-3
Charlotte-11
Alice-8
Scarlett+23
Ada+3
Millie-3
Sienna-7
Nur+16
Lyla+25
Chloe+3
Emilia-12
Hallie+28
Zoe+8
Molly-7
Jessica+8
Mila-7
Maisie-2
Eva-4
Maya-17
Ruby-26
Darcie+25
Emma-12
Ayla+15
Penelope+37
Eliza+18
Ellie-15
Lucy+5
Esme-8
Thea+1
Maryam-4
Fatima+0
Lottie+7
Matilda-15
Harper-18
Maevenew!
Jasmine+6
Aurora+0
Orla+15
Eliana+16
Aisha+25
Erin-13
Leahnew!
Arabella-14
Elizabethnew!
Maddison+23
Ariananew!
Bonnie-3
Maria-3
Mirhanew!
Bella-15
Gracie+11
Anna-19
Rose+3
Violet-18
Abigail-4
Holly-34
Mylanew!
Robyn-33
Rileynew!
Eden-1
Nora-7
Nancy+1
Imogen-15
Gabriellanew!
Amber-16
Eleanor-25
Georgia-15
Iris-8
Lola-22
Sarah-51
Elodie – new!
Clara-22
Boys
Muhammad +0
Noah +0
Oliver +0
Theo +4
George +2
Charlie +3
Leo -2
Harry +3
Freddie -3
Jack +0
Arthur -7
Archie +2
Finley +2
Henry +8
Jaxon +24
Louie +9
Lucas +4
Thomas +1
Alfie -3
Oscar -8
Ethan -8
Isaac -2
Jacob -5
Elijah +9
Max +5
Joshua -9
Adam -4
James -4
Arlo +9
Luca -1
William +9
Tommy -4
Zayn new!
Aiden -8
Alexander -1
Logan +6
Ezra +16
Rory +6
Liam -7
Daniel -5
Caleb +17
Teddy -15
Theodore -12
Alex +35
Dylan +2
Reuben -10
Michael +7
Jayden -11
Benjamin +12
Zachary +16
Nathan -5
Roman -4
Ronnie +25
Finn +13
Zack new!
Mason -15
Albie +2
Ryan -15
Myles +12
Jude +5
Yusuf -11
Elliot -17
Joseph -8
Harrison -15
Kian -14
Reggie +9
Kayden new!
Samuel -5
Levi new!
Toby -10
Sebastian -15
Ollie -4
Ayaan -16
Edward +7
Ali -13
Rowan +13
Riley -7
Hugo -5
Hunter -10
David -28
Omar new!
Evan new!
Jesse -6
Luke -4
Cody new!
Frankie +0
Blake +7
Abdul new!
Grayson -25
Matteo new!
Gabriel -19
Jason -5
Albert +7
Matthew -11
Ibrahim -11
John new!
Ahmad new!
Jasper -6
Asher new!
Kai-18