What’s in a name?

The other day I met a boy a few months older than me called Wilfred. We both agreed it was a fairly uncommon name and other than each other had never met another. This got me thinking how uncommon is it?

Well after a bit of research I found out that in the UK the name Wilfred has soared up the rankings. In 1996 it was the 976th most popular name, whilst today it is 245th.


In the US there are 34,546 wilfreds making it the 436th most popular name. This is enough Wilfreds to populate Lichtenstein. Frighteningly there are over 100 girl Wilfreds in America, poor things!