Region’s top ten baby names

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OLIVIA has remained the most popular girls’ name for new babies in the North West of England.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics showed 741 girls bearing the name were registered in the region in 2011.

However, Oliver has been knocked off the top spot for boys by Harry –with 1,110 recorded during the course of last year.

The change coincided with a national trend as Harry and Olivia both came out as the most popular names for newborn babies across England and Wales.

Others to feature in the North-West’s top 10 girls’ names of 2011 were Amelia (with 726 registrations), Ava (633), Lily (628), Jessica (603), Grace (588), Ruby (548), Emily (516), Mia (514) and Sophie (491).

The boys’ list included Jack (1,022), Oliver (980), Alfie (877), Thomas (840), Charlie (779), Jacob (776), Ethan (669) and Joshua (635).

All of the boys names had featured in the regional top 10 in the previous year.

The only change in the girls’ list between 2010 and 2011 was the absence of Evie, which had been replaced by Mia.

For more information visit www.ons.gov.uk