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Top UK baby names of 2015 contain a few throwback surprises

The top baby names of 2015 have been announced by pregnancy and parenting site BabyCentre, based on a survey of over 50,000 parents throughout the U.K. who gave birth in the last 12 months.

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Top of the girls’ baby names chart is Olivia, which has been in the top 10 for… well, forever, and stole the crown from last year’s leader, Sophia.

Leading the boys’ chart for the second year running is Muhammad. Other names in the boys’ top five are clearly firm favourites: Oliver, Jack, Noah and Jacob are all non-movers.

For the third year in a row, Sophia, Lily and Emily join Olivia in the top four girls’ names, and Isabelle makes a top 10 comeback at number seven. Another new entry in the top 10 girls’ names is Ella, which hasn’t been seen there since 2008.

This could be down to celebrity influences, said Sasha Miller, international managing editor of BabyCentre. “Whether it’s Ella Henderson topping the charts or Deliciously Ella cleaning up our eating habits, popular celebrities have a clear influence,” she said.

Soaring up the girls’ chart is Zoe, which came in at number 32, a massive 44 places higher than last year. “With Zoella (Zoe Sugg) continuing to lead the vlogger charge, Zoë Kravitz back on the big screen, Zoë Ball on our screens every night on It Takes Two and Zooey Deschanel starting a family, it’s not hard to see why,” said Miller.

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Zoe is just one of many ’80s names (for both girls and boys) making an appearance on the chart this year. For girls, Lauren is back in the top 100, Holly came in at number 41 and Sarah is also in the top 50.

Jason, Daniel and David have all risen in the boys’ chart this year, and Michael and John have climbed 17 and 18 places respectively.

Top 10 girls’ names of 2015

1. Olivia

2. Sophia

3. Lily

4. Emily

5. Amelia

6. Chloe

7. Isabelle

8. Sophie

9. Ella

10. Isabella

Top 10 boys’ names of 2015

1. Muhammad

2. Oliver

3. Jack

4. Noah

5. Jacob

6. Harry

7. Charlie

8. Ethan

9. James

10. Thomas

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