Sunday 17 November 2019

Harry and Amelia top Britain’s most popular baby names chart

David Wilcock

THE boy wizard Harry Potter is all grown up and now, it seems, so are his fans. Or is Prince Harry the people's favourite?

Harry has jumped to the top of the most popular boys' names in England and Wales, leapfrogging Oliver and Jack to claim the top spot for the first time, according to official statistics.

There was also another first-timer at the top of the most popular girls' names, with Amelia top of the list, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures for births in 2011, ahead of Olivia and Lily.

But there was bad news for Harry's older brother the Duke of Cambridge, with William falling from seventh in 2010 to 10th in the year of his marriage to Catherine Middleton, who could only sneak herself into the top 100 girls' names at number 57 by shortening her name to Katie.

Her sister Pippa also failed to dent the top 100 despite capturing the country's imagination in that dress at the Royal Wedding.

JK Rowling's fictional hero Harry Potter was written as a children's book series but is well known to have had a large adult following, perhaps accounting for the rise in popularity for the name that came third in 2010.

"Whether it was inspired by Prince Harry or Harry Potter, we don't know," an ONS spokesman said.

The fantasy world also helped one of the new entries for girls' names, with Bella, the name of the heroine in the Twilight series of vampire books and films staring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, entering the top 100 at 69.

There was bad news for the Prime Minister, with Cameron as a first name one of the largest fallers, 16 places to number 77, although David rose seven places to 57.

There were five entries in the top 100 for boys, with Tommy (65), Blake (79), Frankie (84), Elijah (91) and Jackson (99) replacing Aidan, Bradley, Sam, Brandon and Kieran.

The highest climbing names were Jenson, Dexter, Arthur and Riley.

Three spellings of the Islamic prophet's name made the top 100 separately, Mohammed, Muhammad and Mohammad.

For the girls there were six new entries, with Bella joined by Willow (75), Elsie (87), Kayla (98), Francesca (99) and Lydia (100). They replaced Maisy, Tilly, Aimee, Libby, Alexandra and Laila.

The highest climbers were Eliza (up 31 to 62), Evelyn, Sofia and Harriet.

Harry was the most popular boys' name in seven out of 10 regions of England and Wales, with different names only in London (Daniel), the North East (Jack) and Wales (Oliver).

In contrast, Amelia was the most popular name in just two regions, the East and West Midlands, with Lily sweeping five regions, Olivia two and Isabella the most popular in London.

In Wales, three boys' names made the top 10 that were different from England: Riley, Ethan and Dylan. There were four different girls' names: Seren, Ella, Mia and Megan.

Top 10 Boys Names 2011

Position Name Change since 2010

1 Harry +2

2 Oliver -1

3 Jack -1

4 Alfie No change

5 Charlie No change

6 Thomas No change

7 Jacob +5

8 James +2

9 Joshua -1

10 William -3

Top 10 Girls Names 2011

Position Name Change since 2010

1 Amelia +4

2 Olivia -1

3 Lily +1

4 Jessica +2

5 Emily -2

6 Sophie -4

7 Ruby No change

8 Grace +1

9 Ava +2

10 Isabella +2

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