Willow most popular Burnley girls' name

Willow is officially the most popular name for baby girls born in Burnley.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show eight newborns were given the name Willow last year – in line with the previous year's top ranked Amelia.

Meanwhile, 30 babies saw Muhammad remain the top boys' name in 2021 – 11 fewer than the year before.

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Figures from the ONS show eight newborns were given the name Willow in Burnley last year

Across England and Wales, Noah became the most popular boys' name last year, knocking Oliver down to second place following an eight-year reign. It stood at fourth most popular in 2020 and has risen 15 places since 2011.

George moved down to the third most popular name for boys in 2021, but remained the most popular name associated with the royal family for babies born across the two nations last year.

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Meanwhile, Olivia remained the top pick for baby girls for the sixth year in a row, ahead of Amelia and Isla.

The ONS data also shows that Henry replaced Jack in the top 10 names for boys, while Freya, Florence and Willow replaced Isabella, Rosie and Sophia for girls.

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New entries to the top 100 names nationally included Lara, Beatrice and Sara for girls, and Blake, Brody, Kai, Rupert, Tobias and Nathan for boys.

It is the first time Jack has not been in the top 10 since the annual series began in 1996.

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James Tucker, of the ONS, said: “While Noah and Olivia are enjoying their places at the top, some names could be in danger of falling out of favour.

“Leslie has had relatively little popularity in recent years with fewer than seven boys named each year since 2018. Others such as Clifford, Nigel and Norman have not fared much better with 10 or fewer boys being named.

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“Girls’ names such as Glenda and Kerry, that were more common before, are also becoming endangered and we have seen fewer than five girls being named each year since 2018."

The top ten girls' names in England and Wales in 2021 were:

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Olivia (3,649 babies)

Amelia (3,164)

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Isla (2,683)

Ava (2,576)

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Ivy (2,245)

Freya (2,187)

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Lily (2,182)

Florence (2,180)

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Mia (2,168)

Willow (2,067)

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The top ten boys' names were:

Noah (4,525)

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Oliver (4,167)

George (4,141)

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Arthur (3,766)

Muhammed (3,722)

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Leo (3,465)

Harry (3,089)

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Oscar (3,071)

Archie (2,928)

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Henry (2,912)