FOR the first time, statisticians have looked back through all the names used since 1935 and charted the top 100 names in each year.

They found a dozen names that have stayed in the top 100 for babies born in Scotland over the last 88 years, as well as influences from popular culture.

Hollywood stars Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn influenced the names of Scottish babies in decades gone by, according to new analysis by National Records of Scotland.

NRS statistician Maria Kaye-Bardgett said: “Over time we see an increase in the variety of names being used, with stars from the silver screen having an impact.

“For example, Marilyn rose to popularity in 1946 and peaked in 1953 when Monroe starred in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire.

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“The name Audrey appeared to get a boost from Audrey Hepburn’s career, rising to reach a peak of 36th in 1963 before dropping out of the top hundred in 1976.

“This shows pop culture was already influential 70 years ago and continues to have an impact on what parents decide to name their children today.”

The National: Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe

Another key finding from this report is the relative stability among boys’ names. The twelve names that have stayed in the top 100 for babies born in Scotland over the last 88 years are all for boys.

They are Adam, Alexander, Daniel, David, James, Joseph, Matthew, Michael, Robert, Samuel, Thomas, William.

Kaye-Bardgett said: “These 12 names are long-term favourites that have stood the test of time, interestingly none of them are for girls.

The only girls’ name that came close to this sustained popularity was Elizabeth which was in the top 100 every year except 2018 and 2021, perhaps reflecting the long reign of the Queen.

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Many parents seem to choose comeback names, something which was popular in decades gone by.

The likes of Louis, Finlay, Hamish, Owen, Charlotte, Elise, Grace, Lily, Matilda and Emily are all popular again, having fallen out of the top 100 in previous decades.

Flora bounces back

Kaye-Bardgett added: “One name which has bounced back recently is Flora which returned to the top 100 after a 78-year absence.

“It was previously in the top 100 from 1935-1943. Its return could be a result of the renewed interest in the Jacobite era with the hugely successful Outlander TV series including the character Flora Macdonald, famous in history for having helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape after defeat at Culloden.”

The National: Flora MacDonald, 1749. Artist: Allan Ramsay. (Photo by Ashmolean Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images).

The latest statistics also found some one-offs – names that made it into the top 100 for one year only.

This category included Jan for boys in 1946. The vast majority of baby boys called Jan had a father who was in the Polish military.

Up to 200,000 Polish soldiers, sailors and airmen trained in Scotland between 1940-47. Many Polish people were interned, imprisoned or conscripted during the war but thousands escaped and were sent to Scotland to train.

Another one-off was Kylie in 1988, when there were 104 baby girls given the name in the year Kylie Minogue left Neighbours to launch her music career.

You can track the popularity of names in Scotland here.