UK Baby Boy Names by Decade

For each year, guess the top 20 most popular names for baby boys in England & Wales.
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Last updated: November 28, 2021
First submittedMay 27, 2016
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2020
Oliver
George
Arthur
Noah
Muhammad
Leo
Oscar
Harry
Archie
Jack
Henry
Charlie
Freddie
Theodore
Thomas
Finley
Theo
Alfie
Jacob
William
 
1954
David
John
Stephen
Michael
Peter
Robert
Paul
Alan
Christopher
Richard
Anthony
Andrew
Ian
James
William
Philip
Brian
Keith
Graham
Kevin
2014
Oliver
Jack
Harry
Jacob
Charlie
Thomas
George
Oscar
James
William
Noah
Alfie
Joshua
Muhammad
Henry
Leo
Archie
Ethan
Joseph
Freddie
 
1944
John
David
Michael
Peter
Robert
Anthony
Brian
Alan
William
James
Richard
Kenneth
Roger
Keith
Colin
Christopher
Raymond
Terence
Thomas
Barry
2004
Jack
Joshua
Thomas
James
Daniel
Samuel
Oliver
William
Benjamin
Joseph
Harry
Matthew
Ethan
Lewis
Charlie
Luke
George
Callum
Mohammed
Alexander
 
1934
John
Peter
William
Brian
David
James
Michael
Ronald
Kenneth
George
Robert
Thomas
Alan
Derek
Raymond
Anthony
Roy
Donald
Dennis
Edward
1994
Thomas
James
Jack
Daniel
Matthew
Ryan
Joshua
Luke
Samuel
Jordan
Adam
Michael
Alexander
Christopher
Benjamin
Joseph
Liam
Jake
William
Andrew
 
1924
John
William
George
James
Thomas
Ronald
Kenneth
Robert
Arthur
Frederick
Peter
Edward
Albert
Charles
Leslie
Joseph
Stanley
Eric
Frank
Dennis
1984
Christopher
James
David
Daniel
Michael
Matthew
Andrew
Richard
Paul
Mark
Thomas
Adam
Robert
John
Lee
Benjamin
Steven
Jonathan
Craig
Stephen
 
1914
John
William
George
Thomas
James
Arthur
Frederick
Albert
Charles
Robert
Edward
Joseph
Ernest
Alfred
Frank
Henry
Leslie
Harold
Harry
Leonard
1974
Paul
Mark
David
Andrew
Richard
Christopher
James
Simon
Michael
Matthew
Stephen
Lee
John
Robert
Darren
Daniel
Steven
Jason
Nicholas
Jonathan
 
1904
William
John
George
Thomas
Arthur
James
Charles
Frederick
Albert
Ernest
Alfred
Edward
Joseph
Harold
Robert
Frank
Henry
Harry
Walter
Reginald
1964
David
Paul
Andrew
Mark
John
Michael
Stephen
Ian
Robert
Richard
Christopher
Peter
Simon
Anthony
Kevin
Gary
Steven
Martin
James
Philip
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Level 67
Nov 27, 2016
How did I not get Reginald. My father's name is Reginald, and both my grandfathers were named Reginald. Lucky I was a girl...
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Level 77
Nov 28, 2016
Is your name Regina? :)
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Level 36
Nov 27, 2016
Shouldn't "Mike" be acceptable for "Michael"?
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Level 78
Nov 28, 2016
Yeesh. I tried all of the friends' names I could think of, but forgot to try my own middle name.
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Level 68
Nov 29, 2016
Thanks for all your comments. Personally I think Reginald needs to make a come back!

The girls version is here: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/162268/uk-baby-girl-names-by-year

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Level 77
Jan 26, 2017
I was familiar with everything on here except Callum. Never heard that one before.
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Level 81
Oct 24, 2017
Maybe it's just a common name in the UK, but I know quite a few Callums.
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Level 39
Aug 9, 2017
Love my sons name Reginald is here but not lately,,,, though we keep being told there is alot of Reggies born recently
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Level 68
Aug 11, 2017
Great choice! My cat is called Reggie ;)

Reggie is definitely making a comeback, see in my other quiz: https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/162268/top-200-baby-boy-names-in-the-uk-for-2014

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Level 55
Jan 9, 2018
Please accept bill for william
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Level 67
Jan 10, 2018
Started out with naming Kings, then eventually I just started naming Harry Potter characters and that actually got me pretty far.
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Level 61
Feb 6, 2018
I'm going through names from Harry Potter in my head as well!
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Level 76
Apr 18, 2020
Never read Harry Potter before. I believe I've seen one of the films though (but was many years ago and forgotten everything).
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Level 67
Apr 18, 2020
It would get me harry and ron (but already had those) and well hagrid if he would be on the list haha but clearly he is not. So not a helpfull strategy for me. I couldn't find one actually, tried to think of actors, but couldn't think of more than 2 haha (always happens to me on name quizzes) tried to think of presidents but no luck there either.
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Level 50
Oct 9, 2020
But there are so many useless names in Harry Potter (but out of desperation I tried them anyway...)

Albus, severus, aberforth, filius, quirinus, gilderoy, neville, seamus, rubeus, remus, sirius, dean, augustus, vincent, gregory, blaise, euan, jack, ....

(I'm belgian - french speaking - living in Germany, so I'm not the most used to english names :p In the end I went into the names of wrestlers I know to try to get any further. :D )

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Level 70
Jun 8, 2018
No Gordon or Douglas? Really?
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Level 67
Jan 17, 2022
I think Douglas is more commonly a surname, especially up north in Scotland. Not sure about Gordon, depends on what it means as a word and how old that idea is.
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Level 69
Aug 26, 2018
I missed my own name (Callum)
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Level 86
Nov 29, 2018
Alfie, Archie and Leo getting popular. Whats next... Fido?
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Level 67
Apr 18, 2020
Are you suggesting the former 3 are dog names?
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Level 66
Jan 13, 2022
I only know dogs and not people with those 3 names
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Level 53
Apr 7, 2019
Why no Nigel?
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Level 56
Apr 27, 2019
We were too busy making plans for Nigel.
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Level 65
Feb 5, 2020
That made me chuckle!
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Level 76
Apr 18, 2020
Funny I always tend to get more of the 'older' names on such quizzes than the more 'recent' names.
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Level 81
Nov 29, 2021
It's likely you interact with more adults of various ages than small children
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Level 32
Nov 20, 2020
when i type john it does all the jacks
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Level 55
Jan 14, 2022
That's because Jack is usually a nickname for John.
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Level 57
Sep 4, 2021
Why are Mohammed and Muhammed counted as separate names? They are two different English translations of the same Arabic name.
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Level 65
Dec 8, 2021
When I took the quiz, both were counted as the same name, just like Jack and John. What I found noteworthy was that in 1994, Mohammed wasn't even on the list, in 2004 it was 19th, in 2014 it was 14th and in 2020 it was the 5th most common name for newborn boys.
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Level 83
Nov 30, 2021
Surprised Moby and Monstro didn't make the list. Those were the first 2 I thought of.
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Level 66
Jan 13, 2022
Wow 2014s and 2020s names are starting to sound more and more like names people call their pets
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Level 55
Jan 13, 2022
Why is Frank accepted but not Francis? It's the diminutive. Increasingly people are using names without knowing their origins. Liam is Irish William etc..
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Level 65
Jan 13, 2022
If you are going to accept Jack and John together, then you should do the same with Henry and Harry.
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Level 67
Jan 17, 2022
Harry is usually short for Harold. Though has often been used by Henry's. Though Hank is more commonly a nickname or shortened version of Henry.
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Level 65
Jun 1, 2022
In the USA, perhaps, but this quiz is about the UK where the traditional nickname for Henry is Harry. It can also be short for Harold, but that name is far less common than Henry.
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Level 78
Jan 13, 2022
Mohammed is the most commonly used name on earth, read a _____ book for once.
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Level 66
Mar 31, 2022
I love how names from the early decades have reappeared. Same with girls' names - the names of my great-aunts are fashionable again (apart from Edna!)
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Level 60
Jul 15, 2022
Could you accept Mo for Mohammad? Similar shortenings seem to work.

Also did Henry work for Harry? Can't remember, but it should do.