This Is The Rarest Birthday To Have In The UK


Suddenly, mine doesn’t feel so special anymore.

Yes, birthdays are wonderful. The one day a year when everything is about YOU. If you’re as obnoxious about your birthday as I am, perhaps you prefer having a day (or week) to yourself to do all the things you like without your loved ones being able to whine about it being what? Yes, it’s YOUR birthday.

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But some birthdays are just better to have than others, and according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), relatively few of us actually enjoy a birthday that is particularly memorable.

It turns out that, with only 1,345 births registered annually, Boxing Day (December 26) is really the least frequent day for births. With only 1,416 births reported on Christmas days between 2001 and 2021 and 1,563 on New Year’s Day, December holidays are really remarkably quiet for newborns.

According to the ONS, “this is probably because there were so many bank holidays during that time.” Over the holidays, hospitals will often only perform emergency caesareans and natural births. Scheduled on different dates are likely to be induced births and elective caesareans.

The most popular birthdays

So, bad news for September babies – you’re really not that special. Sorry. Between the years 2001 and 2021, on average, 9 of the top 10 dates of births were towards the end of September and early October.

All jokes aside, the ONS found that the most common days to be born are

  • September 27th
  • September 24th
  • September 24rd
  • October 1st

At least you know your parents REALLY enjoyed their festive season the year before you were born! Sorry.