Deciding when to have a child can be a difficult decision, but does the age you bring a baby into the world impact the type of name you choose?
Are older parents more likely to go with traditional names? Are younger parents more likely to want that unique moniker, or more likely to take inspiration from pop culture trends?
We got our hands on exclusive data from the National Records of Scotland via Freedom of Information on the average ages of the parents responsible for the top 100 baby boy and girl names for the past five years and found some interesting trends.
You can explore the trend yourself for baby girls for the past five years using the chart below. Other baby girl names at the younger end of the scale in 2020 were Lilly, Layla and Hallie.
In 2019, the names Nova and Aria appear at the younger end of the scale, with the latter no doubt inspired by the popular Game of Thrones character.
For boys, other names close to the older parent end of the scale were Samuel, Hamish, Daniel and Benjamin. Whereas the younger end of the boys scale in 2020 included Tommy, Carter, Jaxon and Riley. Explore the full trend using the chart below.
Baby names data
The data is based on the top 100 names used in each year and is not fully conclusive as some mothers and fathers ages were not available. The National Records of Scotland noted in their response to our Freedom of Information request that the age of the mother was missing in 0.1% of cases, whereas the father’s age was missing in 3.82% of cases.
We have summarised the trend for oldest and youngest parents of baby girls in Scotland in the chart below.
And the chart below summarises the trend for baby boys.
Want to take a look at all of the data provided in the FOI response? We’ve put the whole thing into a searchable table below and the complete raw data can be found on the data team Github page.
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