Royal names on the rise in East of England since the birth of Prince George

Prince George with his father, the Duke of Cambridge. Copyright Martio Testino /Art Partner

Prince George with his father, the Duke of Cambridge. Copyright Martio Testino /Art Partner - Credit: PA

Royal-related names have made a resurgence in our region since the birth of Prince George.

The name George rose from fifth to fourth in the East of England ranking of names chosen for babies last year, while Henry entered the top 10 in seventh place, and William came in at eighth.

The data, from the Office of National Statistics, showed that Oliver was the most popular boy's name in our region, swapping place with the 2013's top-rated Jack, while Amelia, Olivia and Emily remained the three most popular girls' names, respectively.

Oliver and Amelia retained their positions as the most popular babies' names in England and Wales, a spot Amelia has held since 2011, while Oliver gained in 2013.

Harry was the third most popular name both nationally and locally, but fellow royal names George, Henry and William were more popular here than they were nation-wide.

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One of the biggest differences between the regions was the names Muhammad and Mohammed, which appeared in the top 10 names in four regions, but not in the East of England, or the North East, East Midlands, South East, South West, or Wales.

The figures also showed national trends month by month.

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The name Poppy was at its most popular in November, the month when the installation of commemorative ceramic poppies at the Tower of London reached its climax, while the name Olivia was at its zenith in May 2014, the month when Norfolk actress Olivia Colman won a Bafta award for her role in Broadchurch.

It is not known if this was a coincidence.

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