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These Are the Baby Names Younger Mums in the UK Prefer

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
·2-min read
Photo credit: Sarah Nickerson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Sarah Nickerson - Getty Images

It won't be a surprise to anyone that the average age that women in the UK have their first baby is getting gradually older with every year. Wanting to progress in careers and being unable to afford to buy a house are both common reasons for people who want kids to push the baby-making back, but that doesn't mean there aren't still plenty of people getting started with their families at a younger age.

While the average age of first-time mums across England and Wales currently stands at 28.9, there were still more than 104,000 babies born to women under the age of 25 in 2019 (the year for which the Office of National Statistics has the most recent data). So we thought it would be interesting to see what some of the favoured baby names are among mothers in that age group.

And it's clear there are some generational differences between what older and younger parents think is nice. Older parents are clearly more drawn towards classic names that have long been favoured over the years, whereas it looks to be more common for younger parents to be inspired by pop culture with some more modern names in the mix.

Some of the boys names that feature highly in the most popular baby name list for mums over the age of 35, but don't seem to be quite so hot among younger parents, include Jack, William, Alexander, James and Joshua. On the flip side, names that appear notably higher up in the under-25 mothers baby name list than they do in the over-35s list include Logan, Hunter, Mason, Elijah and Archie.

The girls names that feature highly in the list of favoured names for mums over 35, but don't appear to be as popular with mothers under 25, include Emily, Charlotte, Florence, Jessica and Matilda. Conversely, the girls' names that seem to be preferred by younger parents in comparison to the average UK parent include Harper, Scarlett, Elsie, Layla and Aria.

Here are the top 20 baby names for boys among mums under the age of 25 in the UK:

  1. Noah

  2. Leo

  3. Archie

  4. Freddie

  5. Oliver

  6. Oscar

  7. Arthur

  8. Alfie

  9. Theo

  10. George

  11. Charlie

  12. Logan

  13. Hunter

  14. Tommy

  15. Mason

  16. Elijah

  17. Muhammad

  18. Isaac

  19. Harry

  20. Theodore

Photo credit: Fajrul Islam - Getty Images
Photo credit: Fajrul Islam - Getty Images

And here are the top 20 baby names for girls among mums under the age of 25 in the UK:

  1. Amelia

  2. Olivia

  3. Ava

  4. Isla

  5. Mia

  6. Isabella

  7. Harper

  8. Ivy

  9. Lily

  10. Evie

  11. Ella

  12. Willow

  13. Freya

  14. Elsie

  15. Sophia

  16. Poppy

  17. Scarlett

  18. Grace

  19. Rosie

  20. Sofia

To find out the baby names that are proving most popular in the UK in 2021 so far, have a look at this.

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