List of least popular baby names in England released, with Nigel now extinct

The least popular names in England and Wales have been revealed, with no babies being named Nigel last year, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

It is possible that there were one or two new Nigels born last year, as the ONS doesn’t list names used fewer than three times for data protection reasons, but the name still appears to be dying out.

The last remaining people named Nigel have been coming together to raise awareness for the decline of their name and have a laugh while doing it, LadBible reports.

In 2016, Nigel Smith became aware that no babies were given the name Nigel that year either and he decided to organise the largest ever gathering of Nigels, to celebrate all things Nigel.

In total, 432 people named Nigel congregated at the Fleece Inn in Bretforton, Worcestershire, in September 2019 and sang "the book of Nigel" in order to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Speaking about the event, Nigel Smith said: "It started as a laugh to get Nigels together. We are going extinct in 2019. There were no Nigels registered in 2016 so I thought it would be a good idea to get us all together.

"But as a child of the sixties, it takes me a while to get around to things. As the idea grew, I decided to host this event and go for the record.

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"In the year I was born, 1963, there were over 5,000 Nigels born. It was peak Nigel. It was so ubiquitous and it became much-maligned. At school, I used to have the mickey taken out of me. I've got two children and none are called Nigel."

According to the same ONS findings, however, the names Oliver and Olivia on the other hand are continuing to boom and remained firmly on top spot for another year.

Siân Bradford, of the vital statistics outputs branch of the ONS, said: "Oliver and Olivia held onto the top spots as the most popular boys' and girls' names in 2020 but some interesting changes took place beneath them.

"We continue to see the age of mothers having an impact on the choice of baby name. Archie jumped into the top 10 boys' names for the first time, driven by younger mothers as well as the obvious royal link. While on the girls' side Ivy rose to sixth place.

"Popular culture continues to provide inspiration for baby names, whether it's characters in our favourite show or trending celebrities.

"Maeve and Otis, characters from the popular programme 'Sex Education', have seen a surge in popularity in 2020. While the name Margot has been rapidly climbing since actress Margot Robbie appeared in the popular film 'The Wolf of Wall Street'."

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