The most common regional baby names: Does yours make the list?

If you’re looking for inspiration from your fellow county-men (or women) when it comes to picking your baby’s name, then this list could be for you.

Parenting website Bounty has done research on the most popular baby names by region. So whether you want your little one to fit in at school or stand out from the crowd, here are the names to choose or avoid according to where you reside.

Most common baby names for Aberdeen

For a northern Scottish city there’s hardly a celtic name in sight, with the only one making the list being Ryan. This boy’s name is thought to mean little king. Perfect for your bundle of joy!

Ranking Name Gender Origin
1 Grace Girl Latin
2 Olivia Girl Latin
3 Sophie Girl Greek
4 Jack Boy English
5 Lucas Boy Latin
6 Ella Girl French
7 Emily Girl English
8 Ryan Boy Celtic
9 Chloe Girl Greek
10 Amelia Girl Hebrew

Most common baby names for Belfast

Belfast is another city who seems to have ditched traditional choices in favour of more exotic names. Six of the top 10 names for Belfast originate from Hebrew, with biblical choices like Jacob and Matthew topping the charts.

Ranking Name Gender Origin
1 Jacob Boy Hebrew
2 Nathan Boy Hebrew
3 Matthew Boy Hebrew
4 Ella Girl French
5 Jessica Girl Hebrew
6 Amelia Girl Hebrew
7 Sophia Girl Greek
8 Jack Boy English
9 Jake  Boy Hebrew
10 Charlie Boy German

Most common baby names for Birmingham

Birmingham have stuck to classically simple names like Jack, Harry and Thomas for their top boys’ names with more recently popular names like Amelia and Ava crowning the results for little girls.

Ranking Name Gender Origin
1 Amelia Girl Hebrew
2 Jack Boy English
3 Olivia Girl Latin
4 Alfie Boy Gothic
5 Harry Boy German
6 Jacob Boy Hebrew
7 Charlie Boy German
8 Ava Girl Hebrew
9 Noah Boy Hebrew
10 Thomas Boy Aramaic

Most common baby names for Bristol

A German influence seems to be sneaking in when it comes to new parents’ baby name choices in this south-western city. Oliver, Charlie and Archie might all sounds familiarly British but they actually derive from the German language.

Ranking Name Gender Origin
1 Oliver Boy German
2 Charlie Boy German
3 Jack Boy English
4 Olivia Girl Latin
5 Emily Girl English
6 Amelia Girl Hebrew
7 Leo Boy Latin
8 Archie Boy German
9 George Boy Greek
10 Alfie Boy Gothic

Most common baby names for Cardiff


As you might expect, Cardiff have stuck to some Welsh favourites with Dylan and Megan still being as popular as ever. Both of these names come from the Welsh language and we think they’re lovely.

Ranking Name Gender Origin
1 Jack Boy English
2 Isabella Girl Hebrew
3 Amelia Girl Hebrew
4 Oliver Boy German
5 Jacob Boy Hebrew
6 Olivia Girl Latin
7 Megan Girl Welsh
8 Dylan Boy Welsh
9 Sophie Girl Greek
10 Evan Boy Celtic

Most common baby names for Colchester

For the South East and Colchester there is a theme of altering traditional names like Charles and Frederick for softer sounding names like Charlie and Freddie for little girls, rather than boys.

Ranking Name Gender Origin
1 George Girl Greek
2 Jack Boy English
3 Amelia Girl Hebrew
4 Charlie Boy German
5 Freddie Girl German
6 Emily Girl English
7 Jacob Boy Hebrew
8 Oscar Boy Norse
9 William Boy German
10 Sophie Girl Greek

Most common baby names for Edinburgh


It would appear that there are lots more boys being born in Edinburgh than girls with six of the top 10 names being boys’ names like Jack, Tomas and Alexander.

Ranking Name Gender Origin
1 Jack Boy English
2 Olivia Girl Latin
3 Thomas Boy Aramaic
4 Sophia Girl Greek
5 Isla Girl Scottish
6 Lucy Girl Latin
7 Alexander Boy Greek
8 James Boy Hebrew
9 Oliver Boy German
10 Daniel Boy Hebrew

Most common baby names for Glasgow

Glasgow parents look keen to cling on to their cultural heritage with Scottish favourite Callum coming in at the seventh most popular name for newborns.

Ranking Name Gender Origin
1 Olivia Girl Latin
2 Sophie Girl Greek
3 Jack Boy English
4 Lewis Boy German
5 Jessica Girl Hebrew
6 Jamie Boy Hebrew
7 Callum Boy Celtic
8 James Boy Hebrew
9 Harry Boy German
10 Oliver Boy German

Most common baby names for Leeds

The poor girls look to be significantly outweighed in Leeds with only two girls’ name topping the charts. Although, despite there only being two girls’ name in the top 10 one of them is the most popular – if you name your child Amelia she’ll be in good company.

Ranking Name Gender Origin
1 Amelia Girl Hebrew
2 Oliver Boy German
3 Jack Boy English
4 Harrison Boy English
5 Jacob Boy Hebrew
6 Charlie Boy German
7 Isabella Girl Hebrew
8 Harry Boy German
9 Alfie Boy Gothic
10 Riley Boy English

Most common baby names for Manchester


An almost equal split for the boys and girls at last – Manchester has six boys’ names and four girls’ names in their top 10 most popular names. For the girls it could be a Disney influence with Elsa being one of the most popular choices and for the boys it’s another royal who seems to be inspiring new mums, with George coming in at number 10.

Ranking Name Gender Origin
1 Harry Boy German
2 Amelia Girl Hebrew
3 Khadijah Girl Arabic
4 Charlie Boy German
5 Elsa Girl Hebrew
6 Olivia Girl Latin
7 Thomas Boy Aramaic
8 James Boy Hebrew
9 William Boy German
10 George Boy Greek

Have you named your little one any of these most popular regional names? Let us know in the comments below!