Friday, September 30, 2016

British vs. American, Part 1 (2015)

Yay, stats! The British ONS recently released their name lists from 2015, so it's comparison time!

To start with, here are the most popular British names that did not appear at all on the full US lists:

Boys:
  1. Albie
  2. Barnaby
  3. Osian
  4. Bertie
  5. Harri
  6. Teddie
  7. Mikolaj
  8. Dougie
  9. Oliwier
  10. Tomos
  11. Frazer
  12. Alby
  13. Wiktor
  14. Dominykas
  15. Gethin
  16. Tommy-Lee
  17. Herbie
  18. Kajus
  19. Ieuan
  20. Ralphy

Girls:
  1. Ella-Rose
  2. Amelia-Rose
  3. Lily-Rose
  4. Lily-Mae
  5. Lilly-Mae
  6. Ffion
  7. Isla-Rose
  8. Lilly-Rose
  9. Ava-Rose
  10. Ellie-Mae
  11. Gracie-Mae
  12. Fearne
  13. Lilly-May
  14. Bella-Rose
  15. Bethan
  16. Ella-Mae
  17. Mia-Rose
  18. Ellie-May
  19. Ava-Grace
  20. Ava-Mae

Right. Hyphens. Somehow I always forget about those. In the US, those would appear as first and middle, or smashed together as one name. Let's pull those out.

(From the boys', just take out Tommy-Lee and add Bartosz to the end)

Girls:
  1. Ffion
  2. Fearne
  3. Bethan
  4. Poppie
  5. Esmai
  6. Hettie
  7. Dolcie
  8. Orlaith
  9. Isobelle
  10. Eadie
  11. Florrie
  12. Saarah
  13. Efa
  14. Weronika
  15. Blanka
  16. Hetty
  17. Nancie
  18. Lowri
  19. Leja
  20. Cadi
Yep. Any of those names would be pretty distinct in the US! Here are the "most British" names that were actually used in the US last year. 

Boys:
  1. Alfie
  2. Olly
  3. Fraser
  4. Freddie
  5. Vinnie
  6. Franciszek
  7. Archie
  8. Rupert
  9. Nikodem
  10. Harry
  11. Ioan
  12. Woody
  13. Barney
  14. Teddy
  15. Ralphie
  16. Jac
  17. Tomasz
  18. Rafferty
  19. Wilfred
  20. Lennie

Girls:
  1. Darcey
  2. Darcie
  3. Orla
  4. Fleur
  5. Alicja
  6. Niamh
  7. Kitty
  8. Marnie
  9. Wiktoria
  10. Zuzanna
  11. Nieve
  12. Neave
  13. Jorgie
  14. Cerys
  15. Oliwia
  16. Poppy
  17. Imogen
  18. Pixie
  19. Pola
  20. Florence
I also always forget about Eastern European influence! I imagine we'll see a matching Spanish influence in the US. 

In case these are still a bit too obscure, here are the most British names from the US Top 1000:

Boys:
  1. Harry
  2. Frankie
  3. Reuben
  4. Louie
  5. Toby
  6. Tommy
  7. Harley
  8. Bobby
  9. Stanley
  10. Charlie
  11. Theo
  12. Ronnie
  13. Jamie
  14. Sonny
  15. Alfred
  16. Lewis
  17. Callum
  18. Billy
  19. Finley
  20. Oscar

Girls:
  1. Evie
  2. Rosie
  3. Esme
  4. Matilda
  5. Freya
  6. Millie
  7. Martha
  8. Maisie
  9. Nancy
  10. Amelie
  11. Mollie
  12. Holly
  13. Phoebe
  14. Jessica
  15. Elsie
  16. Isla
  17. Bonnie
  18. Thea
  19. Frankie
  20. Sienna
That is a lot of "-y/ie" names, for both genders.