The Most Popular Birthdays in the UK

From the eager anticipation of a child who can’t wait for the next day, to the 29-year-old, frantically planning a huge bash for the big 3-0, everyone loves a birthday. Parties, presents and an excuse to eat cake? Yes please!

If you’ve ever found yourself staring at your bank statement in disbelief, wondering how so many people you know could have all had a birthday that month, you’re not alone. Forget one born every minute, a baby is actually born every 48 seconds, and there are some points in the year in which people are more likely to have been born. If you want to know when you most need to stock up on stamps and birthday cards, here are some of the months for the most births, and some of the less common times.

The month of the most births September comes in first place as the peak birthday season. The most common day of the month for births is the 26th, making that the overall most recurrent birthday for the UK. If you do the maths, you’ll notice the most popular period for conception is in the weeks and days leading up to Christmas. These statistics have remained steady for the last two decades and countries including New Zealand and the U.S have reported similar trends around September and October births.

Eight of the top 10 births happened towards the end of September, with the remaining two being early October. It is thought part of the reason for this surge could be due to couples planning to have children near the start of the school year.

The most common season

It appears summer babies are quite common, with approximately 187,207 born between July and September in 2020. Looking back on 2015 and 2013, July was the busiest month for midwives, revealing a lot of people were getting frisky over Halloween. Who needs trick-or-treating when you could have a romantic night in!

The months with the least births

While Christmas is clearly a popular time to get pregnant, December is the least common month for births, with six of the 10 least recurrent dates falling during the period of Christmas and New Year. It is believed this is due to the number of bank holidays during that time, as hospitals will not be offering elective births, only natural births or emergency caesareans would be carried out.

The day with the lowest total number of births in unsurprisingly February 29th, which only occurs every four years as it is a leap year day. However, when calculating the average number of births in February and taking the leap year into account, the number of births is only just under the overall daily average.

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