THE top names for Hartlepool’s tiniest tots have been revealed, with last year’s favourites Charlie and Amelia once again proving most popular.
However Charlie, last year’s clear favourite for baby boys in Hartlepool, has been reeled in and now shares the top spot with 2011 runner up Tyler, as Hartlepool’s proud parents buck the national trend.
Harry was found the be the most popular name for newborn boys in England and Wales in 2012, with Charlie in fourth place, and Tyler miles away in 21st, despite climbing 10 places since 2011.
The other most-picked names for newborns in Hartlepool are more in line with the rest of the country, with nationwide top three Harry, Jack and Oliver making up the top five names for the town’s tots.
For girls in Hartlepool, 2011 favourite Amelia once again proved most popular, mirroring its landslide victory nationwide.
Ava overtook Lilly as the second most popular name for Hartlepool’s baby girls, helped along by West View couple Dean Barrett and Jessica McEvoy, whose gorgeous daughter Ava Grace Barrett was born at the University Hospital of Hartlepool just seven hours before the Royal Baby made his long-anticipated entrance into the world.
Nationally Ava rose three places to sixth, while Lilly placed 33rd (although Lily with a single ‘l’ came fifth).
Another spelling anomaly came with Hartlepool parents’ fifth favourite girl’s name Hollie, which ranked 54th nationally, but placed 25th if spelt with a ‘y’.
It is important to note that the figures for Hartlepool, provided by Hartlepool Borough Council, do not include names given to babies born to Hartlepool residents at the University Hospital of North Tees, as those are registered in Stockton.
The nationwide figures from the Office of National Statistics found that there were 729,674 registered live births in 2012, with more than 28,000 different boys’ names registered in 2012, and over 36,000 for girls.
However the data also showed that the names in the respective top tens for boys and girls accounted for 13 per cent of all given names.
Despite gaining the royal seal of approval, George couldn’t crack the nationwide top 10 in 2012, finishing 12th, while traditional favourites John and Ben both dropped out of the top 100.
Sticking with the royal theme for girls, Kate Middleton’s full given name of Catherine fell to 215th, while Elizabeth rose six places to 38th.
TOP 10 girls’ names in Hartlepool:
TOP 10 boys’ names in Hartlepool: