Poldark pushes Ai­dan up list of lead­ing baby names

Daily Mail - - Front Page - By Steve Doughty So­cial Af­fairs Cor­re­spon­dent

WHEN Poldark took over the na­tion’s TV screens this year, it seems many moth­ers-to-be were tak­ing note.

For Ai­dan – first name of the BBC drama’s lead­ing ac­tor – has shot up the list of lead­ing baby names. Poldark’s pop­u­lar­ity has seen star Ai­dan Turner’s name hit num­ber 26 on the boys’ list, jump­ing 26 places.

And it was not the only show­biz-con­nected name of­ten picked by par­ents, ac­cord­ing to more than 50,000 sub­mis­sions to web­site Baby­Cen­tre. Eric, the name of Si­mon Cow­ell’s son, also rose, along with Aria, a ver­sion of Game of Thrones char­ac­ter Arya.

Other names, how­ever, have not fared so well. Elsa, the name of the hero­ine in Dis­ney’s Frozen, dropped out of the top 100.

Muham­mad stays top of the charts – the Baby­Cen­tre sur­vey counts all spellings of the name as one – while other Ara­bic names in the top 100 in­clude Omar and Ali.

Baby­Cen­tre’s Sasha Miller said: ‘Girls’ names are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly con­cen- trated on vari­a­tions of a very small num­ber of firm favourites. The girls’ top ten now boasts So­phie in ad­di­tion to Sophia, Is­abella and Ella along with Is­abelle, and both Emily and Amelia.’

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