Top baby names for England and Wales in 2011
Naming rights ... English parents ignored 2010's trends when naming their babies in 2011.
The Office for National Statistics has released the most popular baby names in England and Wales for 2011, with Harry and Amelia taking the top spots from 2010's stars, Oliver and Olivia.
There seemed to be a trend for following celebrities: Amelia's rise from number five in 2010 to number one in 2011 followed the rise of a popular X Factor contestant, Amelia Lily, while Harry’s rise to the top, up from number three in 2010, could be attributed to either Prince Harry’s media appearances around his brother’s wedding, or One Direction’s Harry Styles’s rise to stardom.
Celebrity-inspired baby names of 2012
Multi-award winning blues singer Adele has has brought her name back into focus, as it's leapt more than 250 places since the release of her album 19 in 2008.The name is of German origin and means "noble, kind". See names similar to Adele here.
Interestingly, Alfie was number four on the English boy’s list, but didn’t appear in the Australian top 100 in 2011 - or even in America's top 1000 list in the same year. Likewise, Freya was number 19 on the English girl’s list, but entirely absent from the top 100 in Australia.
The full top 20 for each gender is below.