Top baby names in Midlothian

Jack and Sophie have remained the most popular choice for baby names in both Scotland and Midlothian.

The 2013 Midlothian chart sees Jack take top spot for the sixth consecutive year, although he now shares it with Alexander and Oliver. In total there were 11 Jacks, Alexanders and Olivers, while 13 Sophies ensured that the most popular girls’ name over the last nine years remained the same.

Big climbers nationally were Ella, which climbed 16 places to eighth spot and Lexi, which moved up 11 places to joint 25th.

This was reflected regionally, with Ella taking fourth spot in Midlothian and Lexi joint fifth. Ryan was the second top boys name in the county, with Brodie, Charlie, Daniel, James, Mason, Nathan and Oscar coming joint third.

Scottish-wide there were surprising changes. James became the second most popular boys’ name for the first time this century.

From 1999 to 2012, Jack and Lewis were the top two boys’ names, with Jack at number one (and Lewis second) in ten of those 14 years, and Lewis top (and Jack second) in the other four – but this year, James is second, and Lewis drops to third.

Olivia climbed two places to become the second most popular girls’ name on the 2013 list. Emily fell from second to third, and Isla rose from sixth to fourth.

There are two new top ten entrants: Ella and Millie.