Charlie, Amelia are top names

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THE most popular baby names in Hartlepool this year have been revealed.

Charlie and Amelia have been the most chosen names for town mums and dads to call their precious newborns who have come into the world over the past 12 months.

And both names have appeared at the top of the list out of nowhere after not even getting a mention in 2011’s table of labels.

This year for boys, Charlie was followed by Tyler, Bailey, Isaac and Oliver, compared with last year’s Leo, Harvey, Jack, Oliver and Harry.

Nationally the trend was similar, with Harry, Oliver, Jack, Alfie and Charlie the most popular. Harry came in ninth place as a choice of name for Hartlepool tots.

Hartlepool girls’ names to follow Amelia were Lilly, Ava, Mia and Emily, compared with last year’s Olivia, Lilly, Evie, Isabelle and Emily.

Parents across the country called their little female angels Amelia, Olivia, Lily, Jessica and Emily. Jessica was not a feature in the town’s top 10 names.

A bit further down Hartlepool’s names list, at number 15, was Noah for boys, which replaced last year’s Jake.

And Mia, which was 11th in the girls’ chart in 2011, was given the heave-ho by Scarlett in the past 12 months.

The lists of names were recorded by Hartlepool Register Office, where the town’s little darlings go to be officially registered when they have been born.

A spokesman for the register office said: “It is interesting how the popularity of names fluctuates year on year.

“Last year Olivia topped the girls’ league table but this year it didn’t make the top 10.

“Similarly, Leo topped the table in 2011 but didn’t even make the top 10 this year.”