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 Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Top 10 boys' names (England & Wales)
William, John, George, Thomas, Arthur (top 5 only)
1934: John, Peter, William, Brian, David (top 5 only)
1944: John, David, Michael, Peter, Robert, Anthony, Brian, Alan, William, James
1954: David, John, Stephen, Michael, Peter, Robert, Paul, Alan, Christopher, Richard
1964: David, Paul, Andrew, Mark, John, Michael, Stephen, Ian, Robert, Richard
1974: Paul, Mark, David, Andrew, Richard, Christopher, James, Simon, Michael, Matthew
1984: Christopher, James, David, Daniel, Michael, Matthew, Andrew, Richard, Paul, Mark
1994: Thomas, James, Jack, Daniel, Matthew, Ryan, Joshua, Luke, Samuel, Jordan
2003: Jack, Joshua, Thomas, James, Daniel, Oliver, Benjamin, Samuel, William, Joseph

Top 10 girls' names (England & Wales)
Mary, Florence, Doris, Edith, Dorothy (top 5 only)
1934: Margaret, Jean, Mary, Joan, Patricia (top 5 only)
1944: Margaret, Patricia, Christine, Mary, Jean, Ann, Susan, Janet, Maureen, Barbara
1954: Susan, Linda, Christine, Margaret, Janet, Patricia, Carol, Elizabeth, Mary, Anne
1964: Susan, Julie, Karen, Jacqueline, Deborah, Tracey, Jane, Helen, Diane, Sharon
1974: Sarah, Claire, Nicola, Emma, Lisa, Joanne, Michelle, Helen, Samantha, Karen
1984: Sarah, Laura, Gemma, Emma, Rebecca, Claire, Victoria, Samantha, Rachel, Amy
1994: Rebecca, Lauren, Jessica, Charlotte, Hannah, Sophie, Amy, Emily, Laura, Emma
2003: Emily, Ellie, Chloe, Jessica, Sophie, Megan, Lucy, Olivia, Charlotte, Hannah

Does your name appear in any of these lists, and if so does it appear in the top 10 nearest to the year you were born? And are parents trying to give their children posher names these days, or is it all relative?

How names rise and fall:
1944 (1st); 1964 (5th); 1984 (14th); 2003 (66th)
Jack: 1944 (81st); 1964 (>100); 1984 (74th), 2003 (1st)
Susan: 1944 (7th); 1964 (1st); 1984 (82nd); 2003 (>100)
Sarah: 1944 (86th); 1964 (13th); 1984 (1st); 2003 (46th)

• In-depth data for Scotland here

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