Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Diminutive Names in the Top 1000 (Girls)

One of my favourite name categories are diminutive names - otherwise known as 'the cutesy names', or nicknames.
I absolutely love the sound and feel of these names, because to me, they sound fun, energetic, happy and full of life.

Currently, there are not many diminutive name choices in the SSA (American) rankings, however, in the ONS (English/Welsh) listings, cutesy names are rampant. 

I've listed the follow diminutives from the ONS listings, the names that only rank in one country are in bold, and marked with a *, and the country they rank in brackets (Also, to avoid confusion, names only ranking in England and Wales are listed in purple and those ranking only in America are listed in pink.)


Lily/Lilly/Lillie*/Lili* (UK)
Mia/Miya
Sophie
Evie
Daisy/Daisie* (UK)
Lola
Millie/Milly* (UK)
Lucy/Lucie* (UK)
Maisie*/Maisy*/Maisey*/Maizie*/Mazie* (UK)
Ellie
Molly/Mollie
Lexi/Lexie
Rosie* (UK)
Gracie
Bella
Eliza
Katie/Katy*/Kadie** (UK)
Elsie
Tilly*/Tillie* (UK)
Lottie* (UK)
Nancy
Annie
Libby/Libbie* (UK)
Connie* (UK)
Pippa* (UK)
Abbie/Abby
Jessie 
Betsy* (UK)
Sadie
Frankie* (UK)
Macie/Macey/Macy/Maci
Bonnie* (UK)
Georgie*/Jorgie* (UK)
Honey* (UK)
Emmie*/Emmy/Emme* (UK)
Edie*/Eadie* (UK)
Josie
Maggie
Polly* (UK)
Indie*/Indi* (UK)
Kate
Beth* (UK)
Penny* (UK)
Charlie/Charley
Kitty* (UK)
Stella
Callie
Nell* (UK)
Hattie
Pixie* (UK)
Minnie* (UK)
Cassie* (UK)
Betty* (UK)
Princess
Dolly* (UK)
Billie* (UK)
Marnie*/Marni* (UK)
Mae
Coco* (UK)
Precious* (UK)
Roxy* (UK)
Effie* (UK)
Tess
Greta
Bo* (UK)
Stevie* (UK)
Bobbi*/Bobbie* (UK)
Dulcie* (UK)
Dolcie* (UK)
Pola* (UK)
Gwen* (UK)
Nelly*/Nellie* (UK)
Izzy* (UK)
Sally* (UK)
Tamsin/Tamzin* (UK)
Kadie**/Cadi* (UK)
Tori
Lulu* (UK)
Hettie* (UK)
Ottilie* (UK)
Jamie
Remi* (UK)
Romy* (UK)
Mimi* (UK)
Peggy* (UK)
Ronnie* (UK)
Winnie* (UK)
Allie* (USA)
Kenzie* (USA)
Julie* (USA)
Angie* (USA)
Dixie* (USA)
Mattie* (USA)
Jessa* (USA)

As far as Kadie goes, she could easily be placed with Katie/Katy, or with Cadi (cah-dee). Since it the pronunciation could go either way, I have placed Miss Kadie with both. 

England and Wales Top 100 Names for Girls (2012)

As far as name data for England and Wales go, the release of annually used names has only become an annual occurance within the past 20 years. The lists are released in the August of the following year (and have been released this way since 2011), with 2013's list being released (hopefully!) on 15th August. 

The list for 2013 is as follows:

AMELIA 
OLIVIA 
JESSICA 
EMILY 
LILY 
AVA 
MIA 
ISLA 
SOPHIE 
ISABELLA 
EVIE 
RUBY 
POPPY 
GRACE 
SOPHIA 
CHLOE 
ISABELLE 
ELLA 
FREYA 
CHARLOTTE 
SCARLETT 
DAISY 
LOLA 
EVA 
HOLLY 
MILLIE 
LUCY 
PHOEBE 
LAYLA 
MAISIE 
SIENNA 
ALICE 
LILLY 
FLORENCE 
ELLIE 
ERIN 
IMOGEN 
ELIZABETH 
MOLLY 
SUMMER 
MEGAN 
HANNAH 
SOFIA 
ABIGAIL 
JASMINE 
LEXI 
MATILDA 
ROSIE 
LACEY 
EMMA 
AMELIE 
GRACIE 
MAYA 
HOLLIE 
GEORGIA 
EMILIA 
EVELYN 
BELLA 
BROOKE 
AMBER 
ELIZA 
AMY 
ELEANOR 
LEAH 
ESME 
KATIE 
HARRIET 
ANNA 
WILLOW 
ELSIE 
ZARA 
ANNABELLE 
BETHANY 
FAITH 
MADISON 
ISABEL 
MARTHA 
ROSE 
JULIA 
PAIGE 
MARYAM 
MADDISON 
HEIDI 
MOLLIE 
NIAMH 
SKYE 
AISHA 
IVY 
DARCEY 
FRANCESCA 
ZOE 
KEIRA 
TILLY 
MARIA 
SARAH 
LYDIA 
CAITLIN 
ISOBEL 
SARA 
VIOLET 

My predictions for new entries on the 2013 list are;

Alexis (currently at 101)
Beatrice (currently at 114)
Darcy (currently at 107)
Lottie (currently at 112)
Iris (currently at 122)

Looking at the trends shown in the ONS data, Beatrice, Alexis, Darcy, Lottie and Iris are only a handful of the names that are on the up. 

To easily follow name trends in England and Wales, check out  http://names.darkgreener.com/.
By using their search bar, you can easily check the trends, birth count and ranks of any name that has had 3+ births in the past 18 years in England and Wales.