10 most popular baby boys names of 2017

10 most popular baby boys names of 2017

Following the release of the ONS top baby names report 2017, we reveal the meanings behind the UK's favourite boys names.

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A name is for life. That's why choosing the right one can be a challenging task for undecided parents. Luckily, the ONS has just announced the UK's top baby names for 2017 to give you all the baby naming inspiration you need.

Whether you already know the sex of your baby, or you're waiting for a surprise, we've put together a list of the top 10 boys names from the ONS report - there's even some unisex names in there too.

Drum roll please, as we reveal the name meanings behind the most popular baby boy names for 2017.


From Oliver Twist and Oliver Cromwell to Jamie Oliver and Olly Murs, the name rose in popularity during the medieval times and remained popular from the 19th century onwards argubly due to the influence of well-known public figures.  

The french name for Oliver is Olivier which is believed to have derrived from the Latin word olivarious meaning "olive tree".


The name Harry is a name of German origin meaning "estate ruler" and is the medieval form of Henry - Harry was the nickname given to all eight King Henrys in British monarchy.

Harry continues to be a popular choice for parents of boys due to references in popular culture inclduing Prince Harry, J.K Rowling's wizarding protagonist Harry Potter, One Direction's Harry Styles, and more recently, captain of the England football team, Harry Kane who was awarded the Golden Boot in the 2018 World Cup. 


George is a Greek name which originates from the word "farmer". The name is regarded as a classic, with regal connotations derriving from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first son, Prince George, right back to King George who ruled Britain from 1714 - 1727.


Noah is a biblical name of Hebrew origin meaning "rest; wandering". Although the name is strongly associated with Noah's Ark in the Old Testament, its shifted from archiac to modern baby name.

Since 2013, Noah has been rising in popularity with many celebs sharing the name like Stranger Things actor Noah Schnapp, and singer and daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, Noah, making the name unisex.


Jack is an English name which means "God is gracious" and is widely popular in the UK and the USA. The name is popular in childhood nursery rhymes and stories such as Jack and Jill and Jack and the Beanstalk, as well as other iconic fictional characters like Jack Bauer.


Much like Noah, the name Jacob is a strong bibical and of Hebrew origin meaning "supplanter" - this often refers to governments and rulers of countries. Jacob became increasingly popular following the Twilight novels and adapted films. 


The name Leo is a name of both German and Latin origin meaning "lion". According to Nameberry.com, "Leo is a strong-yet-friendly name that was common among the Romans, used for thirteen popes" and is now gaining popularity thanks to American actor, Leonardo "Leo" DiCaprio. 


Oscar is of English and Irish origin meaning "God spear, or deer-lover or champion warrior". Famous Oscar's include Irish poet and playwright, Oscar Wilde and fashion designer Oscar de la Renta. 

Nicknames and variations of the name Oscar include, Oskar Ozzy, Ozzie, Ossie and Ossy.


Charlie is an English name meaning "free man" and is a nickname of Charles. Another pop culture favourite, the name Charlie has been made famous by silent film star Charlie Chaplin, 70s crime TV series Charlie's Angels, jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker, and Sons of Anarchy star, Charlie Hunnam. 

Although typically a boys name, in recent years Charlie has become unisex. Nicknames and alternative spellings derriving from Charlie include, Charly, Chas, Chaz, Charlton, Chuck and Chucky.


The name Muhammad is an name of Arabic origin meaning "praiseworthy". It also the name of the prophet who founded Islam in the 7th century.

Famous figures sharing the same name include American box Muhammad Ali, Bangladeshi economist and Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, and Pakistani poet Muhammad Iqbal.


What's your favourite boys name from the 2017 ONS baby names report? Tell us by tweeting @GurgleUK or leave a comment on our Facebook Page.



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