MORE than 1,600 babies born in England and Wales between 1914 and 1919 were given first names related to wartime events.
Battles were by far the most popular choice – accounting for three quarters of the total, outstripping personalities of the war. Evidence suggests that the 10-month French struggle at Verdun had particular resonance for the families of the newborn, notably in South Wales, which is quite surprising as it was a French/German battle with no British Troops directly involved.
Of the 1,229 wartime babies named after battles, 901 were called Verdun, followed by Ypres on 71 and Mons with 58, Arras 42, Dardanelles 35, Loos 30 and The Somme with 15.
Some of the battle names were adapted for girls - among them Verdunia, Sommeria, Arrasina, Monsalene and Dardanella.
Parents were also inspired by prominent figures during the First World War.
Records show 166 babies were called Kitchener, 25 were named Cavell and 11 called Haig.
Only one child born between 1914-1918 was named Peace, and then in the December quarter 1918, 28 were registered. Thirty six babies named Victory were born in December quarter 1918, with a further 69 babies named Victory born during 1919.
There was also another name emerging in 1918, though it should be noted that almost all children named Armistice or who have Armistice as a middle name were born on November 11 or thereabouts.
Did you know anyone with such names? You can search the birth index on websites such as Ancestry. com and FindMyPast for free at the Local Studies and Archive Centre in Ashton.