UK Baby Names Data

Full listing of UK baby names occurring more than three times per year between 1974 and 2020, and rankings of baby name popularity by decade from 1904 to 1994.

This package contains two datasets provided by the UK Office of National Statistics:

  • ukbabynames: For each year from 1996 to 2015, the number of children of each sex given each name. All names with more than 3 uses are included.

  • rankings: A longitudinal dataset containing the top-100 baby girl and top-100 baby boy names over the period 1904 to 1994.

It is inspired by Hadley Wickham's babynames package.


CRAN Build Status Downloads

ukbabynames is on CRAN. To install the latest version, simply use:


To install the latest development version of ukbabynames from GitHub:

# latest (potentially unstable) version from GitHub
if (!require("ghit")) {


ukbabynames 0.1.1

  • Fixed a spelling error in DESCRIPTION.
  • Corrected the variables classes in rankings.

ukbabynames 0.1.0

  • Initial release

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0.2.0 by Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel, 6 months ago

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Authors: Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel [aut, cre, cph] , Thomas J. Leeper [aut] , Nicholas Goguen-Compagnoni [aut]

Documentation:   PDF Manual  

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Suggests testthat, ggplot2, dplyr

See at CRAN