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Jack and Sophie were Midlothian’s top baby names in 2012, following the national trend.

New data from the National Records of Scotland shows that Jack remains top boys’ name nationally for a fifth consecutive year, with 13 Jacks born in Midlothian.

Sophie is the top girls’ name nationally for the eighth year in a row, with 18 Sophies born in the county in 2012.

Midlothian didn’t completely follow the Scottish trend for baby names however – Callum, Leo and Robbie took joint sixth place here, despite not featuring in the national top 20. Other boys’ names that proved popular while bucking the national trend were Cameron and Joshua.

Girls’ names in Midlothian did follow the national pattern – with only Katie (in joint 10th here) not featuring on the top 20 girls’ names in Scotland.

Between them, Jack and Lewis have been the top two boys’ names nationally for the past 14 consecutive years.

Riley is the only new entrant to the boys’ top ten, rising 11 places to third, second in Midlothian.

Emily climbed four places to second in this year’s national girls’ names list.

Parents chose almost 7,400 different first forenames for their children and nearly 4,800 were unique.