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William and Harry top boys' names

Published 31/12/2011 | 11:52

William and Harry topped the list of babies' names in The Times birth announcements this year
William and Harry topped the list of babies' names in The Times birth announcements this year

William and Harry topped the list of babies' names in The Times birth announcements this year.

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The princes' names proved the most popular for boys in 2011 with 31 entries for each recorded throughout the year, the paper said.

The royal theme continued with the names of former English kings - George, Henry and Edward - completing the boys' top five.

The popularity of William comes in the year of the royal wedding; however, The Times said there were only two Catherines with a C in the list, two more with a K, and not a single Kate.

Isabel, and all its variants, including Isabella, easily topped the girls' list with 29 entries recorded, leaving Alice and Emily trailing in second with 14 parents choosing the name for their baby.

They were followed by Sophia, with 13 entries, Matilda and Sophie, with 12 each, Beatrice, Charlotte and Freya, all scoring 11, and Poppy in 10th place with 10.

Girls' names do not appear to share the same royal influence as the boys, with only three Elizabeths recorded, two Alexandras, one Camilla, one Diana and not a single Ann or Anne.

Olivia, which was the most popular girls' name in Britain last year according to the Office for National Statistics, was down to 17 in The Times.

A new entry at eight in the boys' category is Max, Maximilian or Maximus, with 19 parents giving their baby the name.

James also had 19 entries, Alexander and Thomas both had 20, and Frederick was in 10th place with 17.

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