August 31, 2017

Statistics

In the Mid 20th century Nigel was a very popular name indeed. Today however, Nigel is supposedly a dying breed, in 2,079th place on the leader board of Britain’s top baby name 2014, with a mere 10 boys being named it.

Perhaps the recent decline is thanks to the controversy surrounding Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Or perhaps it can be traced back to  XTC’s famous song Making Plans For Nigel, which many Nigel’s were constantly reminded of whenever they introduced themselves. Either way, the end may be Nige for this unique name.

 

Table of England and Wales Nigels: (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Year Number
1840 1
1850 2
1860 1
1870 7
1880 8
1890 10
1900 18
1910 24
1920 71
1930 164
1940 445
1950 1943
1960 4383
1963 5529
1970 2469
1980 413
1990 125
2000 25
2010 18
2014 10
2015 9
2016 ≤2

Other Sources: Telegraph, Guardian,Wikipedia, BBC