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What are the top double barrelled baby names in the UK?

August 22, 2010  |  Filed under: Name popularity  |  Written by:

Double barrelled (or hyphenated) first names – how popular are they, and which names are parents picking?  We’ve been trawling through the 2008 official baby names data from the UK government to find out.

Note: the data we’ve received does not include very rare names – i.e. those only used once or twice.  This is to protect the anonymity of the individuals, and to limit the data a bit too!

As you might expect, double-barrel first names are more common in girls.  6,718 girls in 2008 were given hyphenated names, compared to only 1,094 boys.

Double barreled names

The most popular hyphenated girls name in 2008 was Ellie-May, used 239 times.  For comparison, Olivia was the most popular girl’s name overall, given to 5,317 baby girls.

Moving to boys, the top double-barreled name in 2008 was Tyler-James, chosen by only 32 families.  This trails the leading boys name by some margin – Jack was used 8,007 times in 2008.


Number Girl’s names Number Boy’s names
239
186
186
176
125
113
110
107
80
72
63
62
54
54
54
53
52
49
47
47
45
44
43
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37
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14
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13
ELLIE-MAY
ELLIE-MAE
LILY-MAY
LILY-MAE
LILY-ROSE
DEMI-LEIGH
ELLIE-MAI
LILLY-MAY
ELLA-LOUISE
LILLY-MAE
LILLIE-MAE
LILY-MAI
ELLA-MAE
ELLA-ROSE
LILY-GRACE
GRACIE-MAE
JAMIE-LEIGH
ELLA-MAY
EVIE-MAE
RUBY-MAY
LILY-ANN
RUBY-MAE
LACEY-MAE
LILLY-ROSE
ELLIE-ROSE
DEMI-LEE
LILY-ANNE
LILLY-MAI
SUMMER-LOUISE
ELLIE-LOUISE
DAISY-MAY
GRACIE-MAY
DAISY-MAE
BILLIE-JO
LACEY-MAY
TIA-LOUISE
AMELIA-ROSE
AMY-LEIGH
EMILY-ROSE
KEIRA-LEIGH
LACEY-MAI
EMMA-LOUISE
LOLA-ROSE
ELLA-MAI
MILLIE-MAE
EMILY-MAY
EVIE-MAY
EVIE-ROSE
KATIE-MAY
LILLIE-MAI
LILLIE-MAY
LILLY-ANN
RUBY-LEIGH
RUBY-ROSE
SUMMER-ROSE
AMBER-ROSE
LILLY-ANNE
LILLY-ELLA
LILY-ELLA
SUMMER-LEIGH
CASEY-LEIGH
CHLOE-LOUISE
LEXI-MAE
LILLI-MAE
LILLIE-ROSE
LILLY-GRACE
MIA-LOUISE
MIA-ROSE
MILLIE-MAY
RUBY-MAI
AMY-LOUISE
DEMI-LEA
ELLA-GRACE
JAMIE-LEE
KACEY-LEIGH
LEAH-MARIE
LOLA-MAE
LUCY-JO
AVA-MAE
MILLIE-ROSE
SARAH-JANE
SARAH-LOUISE
AVA-GRACE
AVA-ROSE
CHLOE-ANNE
ELLA-MARIE
JAIME-LEIGH
OLIVIA-MAE
ROSIE-MAY
RUBY-ANN
RUBY-GRACE
ANNIE-MAY
ELLE-MAY
EVIE-GRACE
LILY-SUE
LISA-MARIE
ROSIE-MAE
SCARLETT-ROSE
AIMEE-LEIGH
AVA-MAY
32
29
26
26
23
22
20
20
19
19
17
16
16
15
13
13
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4
TYLER-JAMES
JAYDEN-LEE
HARVEY-LEE
TOMMY-LEE
BRANDON-LEE
ALFIE-LEE
ABDUR-RAHMAN
JAMIE-LEE
ALFIE-JAMES
JOHN-PAUL
TYLER-JAY
JAYDEN-JAMES
T-JAY
JAY-JAY
COREY-LEE
KENZIE-LEE
TAYLOR-JAMES
JOSHUA-JAMES
ARCHIE-LEE
BILLY-JOE
BOBBY-LEE
HARLEY-JAY
ALFIE-JAY
ALFIE-JOE
KAL-EL
KAYDEN-LEE
THOMAS-JAMES
ABDUL-RAHEEM
ABDUR-RAHMAAN
ABU-BAKR
ALFIE-JACK
CAMERON-JAMES
DYLAN-JAMES
TAYLOR-JAY
DANNY-LEE
HARRY-JAMES
RYAN-LEE
ABDUL-RAHMAN
ALFIE-JOHN
ASHTON-LEE
CALLUM-JAMES
FRANKIE-LEE
KY-MANI
LEWIS-JAMES
THOMAS-JAY
TOMMY-JAY
TYLER-JOE
ABDUL-KAREEM
ABDUR-RAHEEM
ALEX-JAMES
BAILEY-JAY
BOBBY-JOE
C-JAY
CHARLIE-JAMES
CODY-LEE
CONNOR-LEE
COREY-JAMES
HARVEY-JAMES
JEAN-LUC
KIAN-LEE
LOGAN-LEE
MASON-LEE
TOMMY-JOE
A-JAY
ALFIE-GEORGE
CODY-JAY
JACK-JAMES
JESSE-JAMES
LEIGHTON-JAMES
LEVI-JAY
MARLEY-JAY
RILEY-JAMES
RYAN-JAMES
TYLER-JOHN
ABDUL-AHAD
ABDUL-MALIK
ABDUR-REHMAN
AL-AMEEN
AL-AMIN
ALFIE-RAY
BAILEY-JAMES
BAILEY-RAY
BILLY-JAMES
BOBBY-JAMES
BRADLEY-JOHN
CAMERON-JAY
CAYDEN-LEE
CHARLIE-RAY
CHRIS-JUNIOR
CONNOR-JAMES
ETHAN-JAMES
ETHAN-LEE
JACOB-JAMES
JAIDEN-LEE
JAMES-DEAN
JAYDEN-JOHN
JESSE-LEE
JOSHUA-LEE
LEWIS-JAY
OLIVER-JAMES

We’re expecting the latest UK baby names data for 2009 to arrive shortly, so expect a follow-up post in the coming weeks.

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42 Comments to What are the top double barrelled baby names in the UK?

Recently was blessed with a baby girl. Named her Alexis-Morgan.

Posted by David on January 13, 2011 at 9:00 am

My friends daughter is called Charlie-Suzannah or Charlie-Sue for short!! A lovely name!

Posted by Rachel on February 25, 2011 at 10:07 pm

My name is Amber-jade, I love my name being double barrelled but no one really uses my full name they just use Amber but I would prefer my full name be used :), but when I have a child I will give her or him a double barrelled name :)

Posted by Amber-jade on March 22, 2011 at 7:23 pm

as u can see i also have a double barrelled name although its very rare but i think double barelled names are lovely and sound really good on females better than on males anyway :D

Posted by billie-jean on April 1, 2011 at 10:36 am

We decided to name our daughter Anna-Louise.

Posted by Sarah-Jane on May 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Hi i have 2 little girls both with double barrelled names Ellie-may and Leia-rose i’m now expecting my 3rd girl so the race for a name is on :) x

Posted by Emma on May 31, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Hi me and me sister have double barrelled names, mine is Joleigh-Louise and my sisters name is sheree-Rose. sheree has a daughter who’s name is Tiffany-Rose and we all love our name because there uncommon and not herd of but feel free to use them :) <3 xx

Posted by Joleigh-Louise on June 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I love double barrelled names and when I have children they wil definitely have them! I like making them up though, using the names’ meanings for inspiration:
Fia-Louise (Peace-warrior)
Esme-Ruth (Defender-Friend)
Lyra-Julliet (Song-love) I wanted this to be love-song, but Julliet-Lyra doesn’t sound as good
Kayla-Evelyn or Eve(Pure-Light)
Jade-Elthia (Good-Healer)
Heidi-Lilly (Noble-Beauty)
I’m a bit of a fan of unusual names :)

Posted by Izzy on June 12, 2011 at 5:09 pm

As much as I am a fan of Superman, and even more, Smallville… I cannot justify the use of the name Kal-El… So we have little Kal-El’s running round… And why choose his alien name? They have alot to live up to with a name like that aswell. I hope the parents don’t think that their kids will grow up to be Superman.. If anything, why not name your kid Clark?
/rant.over

Posted by Marija on June 21, 2011 at 7:56 am

My niece has a double barrelled name, and I love it! Her name is Lilly-Mai. It’s gorgeous!

Posted by AuntietomylittleLs on July 19, 2011 at 11:31 pm

my boyfriends brother has two little girls called Nataile-may and lilli rose and his sister has a girl called skye-louise :)

Posted by Jessica Clark on August 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Most girls double-barrelled names are too ‘cutesie’ for me. I like Amelia-Jane and Anna-Daisy, but Ellie-Mae and Lacey-Rose and that sort of thing aren’t really me.

I don’t really like the boys. Tyler-James is OK… as are Harvey-James/Thomas-James/Alfie-James. I don’t like the -Lee or -Joe or -Jay names though.

Posted by Olivia on September 11, 2011 at 12:09 am

My name is Ruby-jo it also has poppy on the end. Making it Ruby-Jo-Poppy… but its to long so i say Ruby-Jo… near enoughh everyone calles me Ruby, i dont like it so i say Ruby-Jo you mean! apart from when im in trubble they shout RUBY-JO Here now! :L Funnyy stuff.. i love double barelled names… i LOVE sophia-grace.. i want to be called that!

Posted by Ruby-jo on November 10, 2011 at 7:20 pm

My name is far by the longest i know off… its, Lilly-May-Sophia-Grace-Catlin-Tee
its stupidly long so i stick to Lilly-May. im neveer called Lilly-May-Sophia-Grace-Catlin-Tee, apart from presentations and mum ALWAYS calles me by my full name. it is really long i know, but it is officaly my first name, i also have a middle name and surname. making my full name Lilly-May-Sophia-Grace-Caltin-Tee Elizabeth Richards! it so long i know, my english teacher calles it me. Not with the middle and surname. and when i have friends over and they call me lilly-may mum goes mental at me and tell me THATS NOT YOUR NAME HOW DEAR YOU TRUINT ME LIKE THAT AND CHANGE IT. once i was grounded for it. I HATE IT

Posted by Lilly-May on November 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm

i think some d.b. names on boys sound good. I am happy with my name and i was given this in the 90s! Everyone shortens it to ‘Dyl’ or ‘Dylan’ but I do like it when people use the whole name

Posted by Dylan-Luke on November 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I am 19 and my daughter is called Jayden-leigh,it is more common for boys, but it is a pretty name and suits her.. ahe is beautiful :)

Posted by Chloe on November 22, 2011 at 11:19 am

hannah-leigh :)

Posted by hannah- leigh on December 4, 2011 at 11:27 pm

My name is Fearne – honey but get called Fearne. and when i have a daughter (if if do!!) i will name her Jade – Crystal.
thnx!!! B)

Posted by Fearne - honey on January 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Lol i think i have the best one ,JohnJoe, Cuz its alliteration and sounds nice. I don’t use a hyphen tho

Posted by JohnJoe on February 1, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I have 2 girls and thay are AMY-JAYNE NICK NAME AJ AND ELLIE-MAE . And now im haveing my 3 baby girl and can not think off a double darelled name

Posted by suzies on March 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I know lots of girls with double barrelled names here are some
Alyssa-Marie
Kyra-lei
Sofia-Eve
Roma-Louise
Charlotte-holly
Kya-Madison
Alice-Jane
Jasmin-Louise
Emma-Marie
Emma-Rose
Some others I like
Lola-Grace
Lola-Eve
Elle-Grace
Sofia-Maddison
Boys names I like
Thomas-James
Joshua-lee
Tyler-James
Luca-Nathaniel
Xxx

Posted by emma on June 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm

i think that they are very pretty and that they should be used more often and if you do have a double barreled name you should use it:)

Posted by Kira on July 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

I have some pretty cute double-barreled baby names I’d like to share with you. You might not like some of them or they may be on the list;

.Ava-Rose Luke-James
.Poppy-Mae(y) Mason.
.Sophia-Rose Joseph-Samuel
.Lily-Kate Noah-Jack

Posted by Gabbie x on July 23, 2012 at 11:14 am

All 3 of my beautifull daughters have double barrelled names they are
JESSICA-BETH
TAYLOR-SKYE
ALESHA-GRACE
currently pregnant with no.4 not sure what sex as yet but sure enough it will also have a double barreled name. :)

Posted by vickie on August 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Vicky-Lee that’s me.

Posted by Vicky-Lee on August 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm

I love names. Like this

Posted by Tia-Louise on October 13, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I love the name jordan-tyler:’)

Posted by alex on October 14, 2012 at 11:05 am

I have 2 children and both are barrelled my son is Callum-David and my daughter is Katy-rose just thought I’d share I’m trying to find another now

Posted by Hayley on January 15, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I know a lot of girls with hyphenated names as this fad is very popular where I live. Skylar-Rose, Jamie-Rae and Ciara-Leigh. I also know a Carly-Anne and a Megan-Rae. Not many boys have hyphenated names though, I don’t think it’s all that popular for them.

Posted by Sophie on July 3, 2013 at 5:17 pm

dont!!!! you’ll regret it!!!!!! it’s tacky and distasteful.. i’d personally rather go for either… April-May or Costa-Shallot.. <3 enjoy my selections and let me know if you choose one.. i'd love to be a godmother!!!!!! mwah, mwah mwah xoxoxoxxooxo

Posted by Chelsea-cameron blair on August 31, 2013 at 9:18 pm

19??????????? ermmmm aren’t you 21 now chloe?!

Posted by google.co.uk on August 31, 2013 at 9:21 pm

u need to get a new mom dudey.. she hella harsh maynn.. backin up on n£gro£s like it aint shieeetttt

Posted by tyson-tyrone-jayjay-johnson on August 31, 2013 at 9:24 pm

they are tacky.. i spent £23 on getting my name changed from john-phillip-paul-daniel-colter-young-redman-philli-walter-nathaniel-retter-andrew-victor-allison-ringo-paul-john-sunny-cher-bonnie-clyde quangospiel

Posted by jppdcyrpwnravarpjsc Quango on August 31, 2013 at 9:28 pm

I Love The Name Elsie-Mae!

Posted by Megan on December 25, 2013 at 12:25 am

My daughter’s name is Amy-Louise and mine is Kelly-Marie.

Posted by Kelly-Marie1992 on February 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Gracie-Anne ?

Posted by Kerrie-Anne Grove on April 9, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I love mine and always use it :D x

Posted by Kerrie-Anne Grove on April 9, 2014 at 2:55 pm

We have two girls and a boy, and are expecting #4 in December. This is an old post, but what’s the odds you came up with the name Gracie-Lea (pronounced lee)?? This is our oldest’s name. Our boy is Benjamin David, the baby is Layla-Rose, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ellie-Maye for the next girl born… my wife needs some convincing though. lol

Posted by Brent on April 25, 2014 at 2:37 pm

We called our beautiful daughter Lyn-Marie, which a lot of people thought was crazy because I thought of it as a variation on Marilyn (like, Monroe). But we’re happy with our name choice. My little starlet is very much a Lyn-Marie!

Posted by Amelia on July 14, 2014 at 2:12 pm

When I’m older id love to have 2 girls called daisie-mae and lillie-rose, both named after flowers other names i like are rosie-leigh and poppy (don’t know how to hyphanate that!) x

Posted by Morgan on August 1, 2014 at 1:51 am

Mira-Jane; Cheops-Phinx (Cheops + Sphinx); Filli-Phinx (Felix); Northphire-Skye (North + Fire + Sky); Nefer-Pitou (Beautiful People); Belle-Nefer; John-Kemet (Kemet = Egypt); Beta-Rose-May; Nuna-Leigh…

Posted by Égyptienne on August 19, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Maitland-Smith

Posted by Égyptienne on August 19, 2014 at 3:37 pm

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