A record of Borders life, death and marriages in figures

Provisional population figures and births, deaths and marriages in 2014 have been published by the National Records of Scotland.

Marriage was on the increase from the previous year, up by 1,500 to 29,070, but levels are still historically low.

In the Borders there were 666 weddings in 2014, one of which was a same sex wedding which became legal on December 16, 2014.

Of the 367 same sex couples tying the knot in Scotland, 173 involved male couples and 194 female couples. 359 of these marriages were conversions of civil partnerships.

Births north of the borders also increased by 711, to 56,725. In the Borders the number of live births was 1081.

The most popular names for new arrivals in the Borders was Jack for a boy and Sophie for the girls.

Top ten boys names for the region were: Jack, James, Noah, Lewis, Archie, Alexander, Finlay, Max, and Oliver, Harris, Logan and Thomas sharing tenth spot.

Most popular girls names were Sophie, Emily, Lily, Ava, Olivia, Charlotte, Chloe, Jessica, Alice, Ella, Ellie, Elsie, Eva, Evie, Millie, Phoebe, Poppy and Ruby.

Names have gone in and out of fashion over the decades. In the 1970s David was the top name for boys and Laura the top girls’ name. By the 1990s Ryan and Emma were in top spots, and since the year 2000 Jack and Sophie have dominated. The only name to remain in the top five during every decade has been Emma.

Across Scotland there were over 2,000 fewer deaths than births in 2014 – 54,239 – and the National Records of Scotland recorded the fourth lowest number of deaths in over 150 years (2009, 2010 and 2011 had fewer deaths).

Here in the Borders the death toll stands at 1335 – 951 of them over the age of 75. A break down of ages includes: eight deaths in babies and children from 0-4 years; five in the 15-24 year age group; six in the 25-34 age group; 17 between 35-44 years; 42 from 45-54 years; 92 between 55-64 years, 219 between 65 and 74 years; 444 between 75 and 84 years; and 507 in the 85+ age group.

Cancer (192), heart disease (212) and respiratory disease (121) were the biggest killers in the region, breast cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer claiming the most lives.

Accidental deaths at 54 were split evenly between males and females - 27 each - but more men (9) than women (3) were likely to die from intentional harm, suicide or assault.