TV and films inspire baby names in the UK

TV and films inspire baby names in the UK

Breaking Bad, Gatsby and Game of Thrones have all inspired baby names in the UK this year, while the desire not to be seen as a “Kate copycat” had led to a decline in the popularity of royal names, according to website BabyCentre.

The website has released its list of the top 100 baby names of 2013 and Olivia was most popular for girls while the top boys’ name was Oliver, up three places from last year.

George, which had been rising in popularity since 2010, was at number nine in the boys’ chart in June 2013 but was pushed out of the top 10 after July, when Prince George was born.

Other royal names – such as William, Harry, Charles, Kate, Catherine and even Prince George’s middle name Louis – also dropped in popularity this year.

Sarah Barrett, managing editor for BabyCentre, said: “So much speculation about the royal baby and regal names could be responsible for the decline of many names associated with our royal family over the past 12 months.”

Meanwhile, names from American crime series Breaking Bad were on the up. The names Skyler and Jesse have increased by 70% and 13% respectively.

Ms Barrett said: “Inspiration for your baby’s name can come from anywhere, which is why a show like Breaking Bad, which has been hugely popular, has influenced naming choices this year.

“Parents fear being labelled Kate copycats but will take inspiration from well-known characters in popular TV shows or films.”

From Homeland, the name Brody was up by 40% and entered the top 100 boys’ names for the first time, while Nicholas was up by 11%. Carrie and Dana also shot up, by 200% and 66% respectively.

The name Arya from Game of Thrones was a new entry to the top 100, up by 183% and the first baby Sansa was also registered with BabyCentre this year.

Popular names from the 1920s are making a come back, thanks to the film adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel The Great Gatsby which came out earlier this year, and the period drama Downton Abbey.

The names of Great Gatsby characters Daisy and Jay were up 20% and 60% respectively. Girls’ names from Downton Abbey, also set in the 1920s, such as Violet, Elsie, Ivy, Rose, Cora and Mary, also increased in popularity too.

This year’s biggest risers within the top 100 girls’ names were Francesca, Bella and Mila while the highest new entries were Thea, Ivy, Eloise and Lottie.

For baby boys, the names that jumped the most places within the top 100 were Finley, Elijah and Mohammed. The highest new entries were Ollie, Jackson, Brody and Nathaniel.

The chart is based on 21,000 babies born this year and registered to the BabyCentre website.

The baby name chart ranks the names chosen by over 21,000 BabyCentre.co.uk members who gave birth in 2013.

The top ten girls’ names:

1 Olivia

2 Emily

3 Sophia

4 Lily

5 Isabella

6 Isabelle

7 Amelia

8 Isla

9 Sophie

10 Ava

The top ten boys’ names:

1 Oliver

2 Jack

3 Charlie

4 Harry

5 Oscar

6 Thomas

7 Jacob

8 Ethan

9 Noah

10 James

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