DUA DOU­BLES IN POP­U­LAR­ITY

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THE name Dua has dou­bled in pop­u­lar­ity – and it’s prob­a­bly down to the pop star Dua Lipa.

The Bri­tish singer (above) had her first num­ber one in 2017. Back then, just 63 new­born girls in the UK were named Dua by their par­ents. By 2019, the num­ber had dou­bled to 126.

Of­fi­cial fig­ures from the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics re­veal that Olivia and Amelia were the most pop­u­lar girls’ names of 2019. Oliver – which has been the num­ber one boys’ name since 2013 – and Ge­orge were the top choices for boys. There were 4,932 new Olivers and 4,082 new Olivias last year.

There was also a surge for the name Kylo, which is thought to have been caused by the Star Wars char­ac­ter Kylo Ren. In 2015, there were just ten Ky­los, but last year there were 67.

A Kylo Ren cos­player

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