Monday 16 December 2019

World War One babies named after famous battles

The battle at Verdun gave rise to a popular name during World War One
The battle at Verdun gave rise to a popular name during World War One

Hundreds of babies were named after some of the largest battles of the First World War, according to information from the National Archives.

A total of 1,634 infants in England and Wales were given names inspired by the conflict between 1914 and 1919, the data from the General Register Office shows.

The most popular choices were famous clashes, with Verdun, Ypres and Mons making up the top three of "battle names".

Newborns were also Christened after First World War leaders and heroes, with Kitchener, Cavell and Haig all popular choices.

Jessamy Carlson, archivist and First World War programme manager at the National Archives, said: "The data is fascinating and gives new insight into the battles that resonated with mothers on the Home Front.

"It was a surprise to learn that the battles rather than the heroes or names relating to the end of the war were the most popular.

"It was even more of a surprise to learn that Verdun was the most popular battle name given that it was a French/German battle with no British Troops directly involved."

Hundreds of parents chose to celebrate the end of the war by calling their offspring Peace, Poppy, Victory or Armistice, which all soared in popularity after November 1918.

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