Arthur and  Henry, Isabella and Ottilie

I was reading the paper the other day and there was an article about the most popular names for babies as they had appeared in the births column of the newspaper:

For boys –

1st – Arthur and  Henry

2nd – Edward and  William

3rd – George

4th – Alexander, Frederick, Jack, Oliver and Thomas

…and for girls –

1st – Margot and Matilda

2nd – Isabella and Ottilie

3rd – . Florence

4th – Eliza, Jemma and Olivia

5th Beatrice and Poppy

This is just from the parents who read this particular paper… looking at names from other records it’s slightly different. Here are the top ten girls with only Olivia and Isabella putting in an appearance:

  1. Sophia
  2. Olivia
  3. Emma
  4. Ava
  5. Isabella
  6. Aria
  7. Riley
  8. Amelia
  9. Mia
  10. Layla

… and here are the top ten boys from the same source with only Oliver on both lists (unless you count Jack/Jackson) – William and Alexander are in the top twenty-five, however:

  1. Jackson
  2. Liam
  3. Noah
  4. Aiden
  5. Caden
  6. Grayson
  7. Lucas
  8. Mason
  9. Oliver
  10. Elijah

Names fascinate me, and I try and keep up to date with fashions so I give my characters names which are likely for people of their age and status!


    1. Lois

      The traditional names are coming back… the great thing with writing fiction is I can use all sorts of names for my characters! Actually, I do try really hard to get them right in terms of age, class etc

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  1. david lewis

    We have a pretty bar maid working at my local called Eliza and her and I like to kid each other. We all know her to be native Indian but she looks more like pictures I’ve seen of Nefertiti. A Chinese chap came into the bar a few months ago and fell in love with her thinking she was Chinese too. He was dumbfounded to learn she was pure native.

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