William, Harry and George were some of the most popular names given to baby boys last year suggesting that royalty reigns high with parents when it comes to making the all important decision.
Oliver and Amelia were the overall most common names given to babies born in England and Wales in 2013, but the lists released today show that celebrities and characters from film and TV also appear to have a big influence while old fashioned names such as Ivy and Elsie are enjoying a resurgence.
George rose two places to become the 10th most popular boys’ name last year, behind Harry in third place and William in eighth.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS), which publishes the annual lists, said the full impact of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge naming the future king George might not be seen yet as he was only born midway through 2013.
The results indicate that shows such as fantasy drama Games Of Thrones continue to have an effect on choices, with 11 and six baby boys being named Theon and Tyrion respectively, while cult series Breaking Bad appears to have led to an increase in the number of girls named Skyler (72) while there were 58 boys called Walter.
And Harry Potter also appears to continue to inspire choices, with three girls named Bellatrix in 2013.
The ONS lists feature variations on the spellings of names, so monikers such as Muhammad (15th most popular), Mohammed (23) and Mohammad (57) all appear in the top 100.
Likewise variations such as Molly (35) and Mollie (71) are also included.
Amelia has been in the top spot since 2011, while Oliver has replaced Harry as the favourite in both 2011 and 2012.
Oscar and George replaced Alfie and Riley in the top 10 most popular boys’ names, while Poppy took the place of Lily in the top 10 girls’ names.
Celebrities such as Victoria and David Beckham continue to influence parents, with Harper - the name they gave their daughter in 2011 - more popular last year than ever before and more than 300 girls given the name.
Romeo, Brooklyn and Cruz - the names of their three sons - also continue to be popular choices.
There were three new entries in the top 100 most popular girls’ names in 2013.
Victoria at number 88 (up 18 places from 106), Darcy at number 93 (up 14 places from 107), and Beatrice at 95 (up 19 places from 114).
These replaced Keira (110) and Caitlin (114), which fell out of the top 100. In 2013, Lydia and Sara shared the same ranking at number 100.
Elsie showed the largest rise within the top 100 for the second year running, gaining 23 places to number 47, while Ivy, Violet, Willow, Sofia and Mollie were also high climbers.
Hollie, Paige, Madison, Heidi and Amy showed the largest falls.
There were six new entries in the 100 most popular boys’ names in 2013.
These were Teddy at number 86 (up 55 places from 141), Ibrahim at 89 (up 18 places from 107), and Ronnie in 90th place (up 15 places from 105).
Felix was 91st (up 23 places from 114), Austin was 94th (up 14 places from 108), and Albert was 99th (up 10 places from 109).
These replaced Rhys (101), Ellis (103), Kayden (104), Bailey (113), Taylor (118) and Kyle (120), which fell out of the top 100.
Theodore showed the largest rise within the top 100, gaining 19 places to reach number 78 while Reuben, Hugo, Elijah, Oscar and Blake were also high climbers.
Callum, Liam, Tyler, Cameron and Riley showed the largest falls within the top 100.
Comparing last year’s figures to those of 10 years previously, the ONS said that in 2013, five of the top 10 most popular boys’ names were also in the top 10 in 2003: Oliver, Jack, Thomas, William and James
In 2013, four of the top 10 most popular girls’ names were in the top 10 in 2003: Olivia, Emily, Jessica and Sophie.
Siobhan Freegard, founder of parenting site Netmums, said unusual names of fictional characters were often chosen by parents in the hope they will make their child stand out.
She added: “But on the other hand, fantasy names inspired by shows like Game of Thrones and the Twilight series are beginning to go mainstream, with babies being named after Bellatrix from Harry Potter, Renesmee from Twilight along with Tyrion and Theon from Game of Thrones.
“For parents who want something different but find fantasy names too extreme, the top option is digging deeper into the past with old names including Ronnie, Seth, Elsie and Eliza all gaining ground, following the trend set over the last few years with names including Alfie and Eleanor.”
Here are the 100 most popular names for boys in England and Wales in 2013:
Here are the 100 most popular names for girls in England and Wales in 2013: