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19/12/13 09:30

Scotland’s top baby names

Jack and Sophie most popular names in 2013.

Jack and Sophie were the most popular baby names in 2013, National Records of Scotland announced today.

Jack has now been the top boy’s name for six years in a row, and Sophie the top girl’s name for nine years in a row.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, commented on the names during a visit to Heriot Hill nursery in Edinburgh, where she met ten month old Jack Dickson-Smith and his mum Sarah Dickson.

She said:

“It’s fascinating to see the names proud parents all over Scotland have picked for their wee ones, and this year’s figures show Jack and Sophie remain the most popular.

“Sophie has now been the most popular name for nine years in a row and Jack for six years.

“Little Jack is one of 561 registered in Scotland in the first 11 months of this year, and there were 474 Sophies.

“There were around 26,700 boys and 25,200 girls registered in the first 11 months of 2013, but parents chose over 7,400 different first names for their children, and around 4,800 of these names were unique.”