Old favourites are still top in the name game

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

TRA­DI­TIONAL choices are top of the pops for most proud Peter­bor­ough par­ents when it comes to nam­ing their new ba­bies.

Lily, So­phie and Is­abelle were the most pop­u­lar names for new-born girls in Peter­bor­ough this year, ac­cord­ing to re­search by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil’s Reg­is­ter Of­fice.

The city’s grow­ing Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion meant that Mo­hammed stayed at the top of the name charts for boys for the fourth year in a row.

But the next most pop­u­lar choices were Harry, Oliver, Char­lie and Al­fie.

For girls, Lily had been third in 2010, but man­aged to over­take So­phie and Is­abelle to take the top spot this time.

Schools will be in­un­dated with So­phies and Lilys, as they have been amongst the favourite names for Peter­bor­ough girls since 2008

There were a to­tal of 13 new names join­ing the list – six new boys names, in­clud­ing Ethan, Lu­cas and Noah, and seven new girls names, in­clud­ing Daisy, Bethany and Imo­gen.

It had been pre­dicted there would be a rise in the pop­u­lar­ity of the names Wil­liam and Kate this year, to co­in­cide with the Royal Wed­ding of Prince Wil­liam and Kate Mid­dle­ton in the spring.

But de­spite the lav­ish wed­ding in April, Wil­liam could only man­age 12th place in the list, fall­ing one place from last year, and lag­ging be­hind Harry – Prince Wil­liam’s younger brother – whose name leapt from sev­enth last year to sec­ond in the charts this year.

It was worse news for Kate and her sis­ter Pippa, whose names could not force their way into the top 20 girls names in Peter­bor­ough, hav­ing not been on the list last year ei­ther,

How­ever, de­spite the lack of in­flu­ence of roy­alty, it is still thought celebrity cul­ture plays a part with some par­ents.

Ros­alind Yardy, the coun­cil’s su­per­in­ten­dant reg­is­trar, said: “We are con­tin­u­ing to see an in­crease in pop­u­lar­ity in tra­di­tional names, but the list also re­flects the in­flu­ence of celebri­ties on the names cho­sen for city chil­dren.

“While the 2001 cen­sus re­veals only about 9,000 lo­cal peo­ple have a Mus­lim her­itage, it seems that they in­vari­ably choose Mo­hammed as a first name for boys.”

March-based mum Amy Col­lett (31) is ex­pect­ing her sec­ond baby with part­ner James Amps (34) at any mo­ment, and said choos­ing a name was an im­por­tant and dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion, but she would not be se­lect­ing a name from the top of the list.

She said: “For a boy we are look­ing at Lloyd or Ron­nie, and for a girl we are look­ing at Elsie or Lily.

“But if Lily is at the top of the list we may look again, as I don’t want them to have too pop­u­lar a name.

“I don’t want them to be in a class where they have the same name as oth­ers.

“When I had my first baby, Ralph, we were look­ing at call­ing him Al­fie, but that was one of the most pop­u­lar names, so we changed to Ralph.

“Choos­ing a name is dif­fi­cult and im­por­tant, as they will have the name for the rest of their life. It has to sound right and match with the sur­name. I have a baby book of names, and have been go­ing through page by page to try and find the right one.”

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