2014’s Top Baby Names

The name ‘Daenerys’ sound familiar? Well, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics, there were nine babies named after the popular Game of Thrones character in 2014.

Still, ‘Oliver’ has once again topped the boy’s chart, whilst ‘Amelia’ has taken the no. one spot for girls (via Guardian).

Trends include names ending in an ‘a’, and more experimental girls’ names.

In the current top 100, ‘Harper’ is the girl’s name that has gained most popularity over the decade, shooting up 3,636 places to No 89. Perhaps something to do with the Beckhams?

Not for the first time, parents are also registering the abbreviated form of a name, for example, Teddy, Freddie, and Joey.

Naming and Blessing by Reverend Andrew Tawn is a collection of personalised name prayers for more than 500 baby names, perfect for christening readings or for parents wanting to pray for their child at any stage in their life.

Naming And Blessing cover

Below are the top two names in each category, taken from Andrew Tawn’s Naming and Blessing: A Book of Name Prayers.

Amelia derives from the German for ‘labour’.

All the days of your life,

May God bless you,

Encourage and equip you,

Lead and enlighten you,

Instruct and inspire you,

And accompany you always.

Oliver is from the Scandinavian Olaf meaning ‘ancestor’

On all that Oliver is and does,

Lord, grant your love and blessing.

In all the challenges he undertakes

Various gifts bestow upon him.

Everyone he loves and all who love him,

Reach out, Lord, to bless them through him.

Praise for Naming and Blessing:

“A collection of prayers which can be used so very easily and readily by a much wider range of people than simply the committed Christian.”
Bishop David Hope, former Archbishop of York

“Throughout life we receive many gifts but our name is one of the first and most precious gifts we receive… The author uses the ancient device of the acrostic to create unique and thoughtful meditations on the names of the children he has baptised.”
Anthony Russell, former Bishop of Ely

“This is a gift with many layers, unpacking the meaning of individual names and weaving into each prayer a gentle yet profound affirmation of the connection of each unique individual to God.”
Angela Ashwin, author of ‘The Book of a Thousand Prayers’

Naming and Blessing: A Book of Name Prayers by Reverend Andrew Tawn (ISBN: 9780285638921, £15) available to buy here.

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