Most Popular UK Baby Names of 2008

By JustMommies staff

Jack and Olivia are the most popular UK baby names according to an annual survey published on the UK parenting website Jack held on to the number one spot for the 14th year in a row.  While Grace – made popular by stars like Grace Kelly – slipped down a few spots on the list, from number one girl’s name last year to the number 3 spot this year.

Here are the top 20 UK girl and boy baby names of 2008, compiled by


1. Jack
2. Oliver
3. Harry
4. Alfie
5. Charlie
6. Thomas
7. Joshua
8. Daniel
9. James
10. William
11. Lewis
12. George
13. Ryan
14. Ethan
15. Samuel
16. Dylan
17. Liam
18. Jake
19. Joseph
20. Jacob


1. Olivia
2. Ruby
3. Grace
4. Emily
5. Jessica
6. Sophie
7. Chloe
8. Lily
9. Mia
10. Lucy
11. Amelia
12. Evie
13. Ella
14. Katie
15. Ellie
16. Summer
17. Charlotte
18. Megan
19. Hannah
20. Ava

UK baby name trends for 2008:

Interestingly, two similar sounding names were popular for boys and girls.   Olivia was the number one girl baby name and Oliver moved up to the number two spot for boys’ names in 2008.
For girls, names that start with the letter E were popular.  Names like Emily, Evie, Ella, Ellie, Erin, and Emma were high on the list of favorite girl names.

Celebrity influence on UK baby names in 2008:

Celebrities may have influenced some of the popular baby names this year.  Ruby – the number two British girl’s name – was the name singer and TV star Charlotte Church chose for her daughter.  Ava – the name of celebrity Myleene Klass’s baby girl – also moved up the list for girl’s names.