Choosing a name for your baby can be one of the hardest tasks a parent faces but a new survey may be able to help you on your way.
The number one name for a girl is Amelia and the top boy's name is Thomas, according to recent research. Findings by Born Gifted reveal that 7.2% of adults surveyed in 2012 chose Amelia and 7.7% selected the traditional British name Thomas.
The study, which involved almost 30,000 names, found that Olivia and Oliver are the tenth most popular names at 3.4% and 3.5%. This is in stark contrast to official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which disclosed that Oliver and Olivia were the most popular names in 2010.
The shift in naming trends has continued and whereas Sophie was the second most popular name two years ago, it is now in 9th position at 3.6% and it has been adapted to Sophia or Sofia.
Names that were popular in the ONS survey in 2010 such as Jessica, Ruby, Chloe and Grace have also been replaced by more popular names such as Isla (4.3%), Eva (4.3%) and Phoebe (3.9%). Further names that have also proved to be popular in the first half of 2012 are Charlotte/Lottie (5.6%), Isabella/Bella (5.2%), Lily/Lilly (4.7%) and Emily, Holly and Olivia (3.4%).
In terms of boy's names, the study found many contrasting name choices compared to the last results compiled. The most popular names this year include Sam/Samuel (5%), Freddie (4.8%), Liam (4%), and Henry (4%); but classic names like Jack, William and George have not made the list.
The name Thomas (7.7%) and Joshua (5.3%) have also shifted up five places this year and the name James is now featured 6th at 4.2%.
Further findings show that there has been an increase in the number of unusual names and these consist of; Rudy Blue, Wynter, Huxley, August, Bleu, Dixon, Jaxon, Tulip and Westly.
If you are struggling to find an appropriate name for your child, why not use one of the names highlighted in the study. Remember that naming a child is an important task because they will live with it for the rest of their lifetimes.