A little girl born in Scotland has been named Aberdeen and the country’s two most popular baby names have remained the same for the second year running, according to new statistics released yesterday.
New data from the National Records of Scotland. shows that during 2017, a total of 486 babies registered in Scotland were named Jack, and 512 were called Olivia.
Jack has been the number one baby name every year since 2008, but Olivia has only held the title since it dethroned Emily in 2015.
Other popular names for boys in the top 10 last year included Oliver, James ,Noah, Harris, Alexander and Leo.
And the most common names for girls also included Emily, Sophie, Isla, Amelia and Ava.
A total of 2,838 baby names were registered just once, and some were more bizarre than others.
Unique boys’ names last year included Amazon, Tiger, Sheriff, Ka, Md, Jaxn, Daemon, Benedykt and Findhorn, and one-off girls’ names included Bella-Caledonia, Balsam, Queen-Johannah, Tuppence, Ultra-Violet and Obsidian.
And a number of parents chose to name their youngsters after television and film stars.
One baby girl was named Harley-Quinn, a character from the 2016 movie Suicide Squad.
And the hit fantasy television show Game of Thrones also inspired mums and dads across the country.
Four youngsters were named Khaleesi, and an additional three were named Khaleese, Khaleesi-Destiny and Khaleesi-Grace after one of the programme’s main characters.
Fiona Hyslop, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs said: “Picking a name for your baby is one of the first, and most important, decisions new parents make.
“Once again this year has seen some of the most popular names from recent years remain in the top ten, with Jack and Olivia holding on to the top spot for another year.
“I am extremely pleased to see that overall there continues to be a great variety in baby names across Scotland, reflecting our unique and diverse society and culture.”