For girls, another flower power name achieved ninth place – Lily, which may give the famous Lily Allen something to Smile about. Other spellings of this name, such as Lillie were not included in ninth place, but achieved other positions in the Top Hundred list.
In eighth position Evie was popular for girls. This is the name shared by the character Evie (Evelyn) O’Connell in The Mummy and The Mummy returns, played by Rachel Weiz.
Seventh place for boys was shared equally between three boys’ names – Alfie, Dylan and Logan. Alfie is the shortened form of Alfred, the king of cake-burning fame as well as being the title of a Lily Allen song. Dylan is a traditional Welsh name, with Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan famous examples of the name. The name Logan is said to be derived from the Scottish Gaelic place name for ‘little hollow’, Logan was also made famous by the 1970s sci-fi film Logan’s Run. Logan can also be used as a girl’s name.
For girls, Ruby achieved seventh most popular position. Taken from the name of the red birthstone for the month of July, the name Ruby first became popular in the nineteenth century.
In sixth place, Mia was chosen for girls, a choice also made by Zara Phillips and her husband Mike Tindall, in naming their daughter Mia Grace. Another choice is on pronunciation of the name - Me-ah or My-ah
Another traditional name, William, was chosen as sixth place for the boys. Famous bearers of the same name are Prince William and the fictitious Weasley character from Harry Potter.
Moving on to the Top Five most popular Welsh names has Charlie achieving fifth place for boys. As well as associations with a chocolate factory, another namesake - Charlie McDonnell became the first in the UK to reach one million subscribers on his YouTube channel. Also, Charlie is another example of a name that can be used for girls as well as boys
The Wuthering Heights of fifth position for girls was achieved by the name Emily, also of Bronte fame. Emily also strikes the right note and is also a hit name in several songs.
In fourth position, Ava for girls and the Biblical Noah for boys were chosen. One interpretation of the name Ava could be from the Latin Avis meaning ‘bird’. The name Noah is taken from the Hebrew and is said to mean ‘rest’ or ‘comfort’. It is also the title of the 2014 film starring Russell Crowe.
For number three in the most popular list, Isla and Jack achieved this position. Isla originated as a traditional Scottish name. Famous Jacks include Jack Sparrow, Jack Nicholson and Jack Whitehall.
In second place for girls, Olivia was runner up in popularity. Fans of Grease and Olivia Newton-John may have chosen the name because ’You’re the One that I Want’. For boys, Jacob was the second most popular choice as it is a cracker of a name and certainly takes the biscuit.
In the Top Ten of Welsh first names, the most popular name for girls is Amelia, which has continued to be in top popularity position since 2012. A famous example is the actress Amelia Warner who also performs using the name Slow Moving Millie.
Top spot for boys in the most popular Welsh names list is Oliver. Oliver has also remained in top spot for most popular boy’s name since 2013 and is also the most popular name for boys in England as well.
After two years in the top spot, Oliver has become a hardy name for boys. Other famous examples of the name are Oliver Cromwell, Oliver Twist and American actor Oliver Hudson. Further food for thought, is when Oliver is used as a surname, as with the pukka Jamie Oliver.