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Top names for boys and girls in UK

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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:

1 Oliver

2 Jack

3 Harry

4 Jacob

5 Charlie

6 Thomas

7 Oscar

8 William

9 James

10 George

11 Alfie

12 Joshua

13 Noah

14 Ethan

15 Muhammad

16 Archie

17 Leo

18 Henry

19 Joseph

20 Samuel

Riley

Daniel

Mohammed

Alexander

Max

Lucas

Mason

Logan

Issac

Benjamin

Dylan

Jake

Edward

Finley

Freddie

Harrison

Tyler

Sebastian

Zachary

Adam

Theo

Jayden

Arthur

Toby

Luke

Lewis

Matthew

Harvey

Harley

David

Ryan

Tommy

Michael

Reuben

Nathan

Blake

Mohammad

Jenson

Bobby

Luca

Charles

Frankie

Dexter

Kai

Alex

Connor

Liam

Jamie

Elijah

Stanley

Louie

Jude

Callum

Hugo

Leon

Elliot

Louis

Theodore

Gabriel

Ollie

Aaron

Frederick

Evan

Elliott

Owen

Teddy

Finlay

Caleb

Ibrahim

Ronnie

Felix

Aiden

Cameron

Austin

Kian

Rory

Seth

Robert

Albert

Sonny

Here are the 100 most popular names for girls in England and Wales in 2013:

1 Amelia

2 Olivia

3 Emily

4 Ava

5 Isla

6 Jessica

7 Poppy

8 Isabella

9 Sophie

10 Mia

11 Ruby

12 Lily

13 Grace

14 Evie

15 Sophia

16 Ella

17 Scarlett

18 Chloe

19 Isabelle

20 Freya

Charlotte

Sienna

Daisy

Phoebe

Millie

Eva

Alice

Lucy

Florence

Sofia

Layla

Lola

Holly

Imogen

Molly

Matilda

Lilly

Rosie

Elizabeth

Erin

Maisie

Lexi

Ellie

Hannah

Evelyn

Abigail

Elsie

Summer

Megan

Jasmine

Maya

Amelie

Lacey

Willow

Emma

Bella

Eleanor

Esme

Eliza

Georgia

Harriet

Gracie

Annabelle

Emilia

Amber

Ivy

Brooke

Rose

Anna

Zara

Leah

Mollie

Martha

Faith

Hollie

Amy

Bethany

Violet

Katie

Maryam

Francesca

Julia

Maria

Darcey

Isabel

Tilly

Maddison

Victoria

Isobel

Niamh

Skye

Madison

Darcy

Aisha

Beatrice

Sarah

Zoe

Paige

Heidi

Lydia

Sara

 

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