The Office for National Statistics compiled a list of the most popular baby names based on records from 708,711 live births in 2008. Results from babies born in 2009 are expected in November.
The charts show that the trend for traditional names in Britain is continuing with the majority of parents opting for seemingly 'safe' names such as Jack and Oliver and Olivia and Ruby. It seems that many UK parents are bucking the celebrity trend for weird and wonderful names (Princess Tiaamii anyone?) for their offspring and sticking to solid sounding names that have been around for some time.
Out of the top 10, names from the past that would never have been considered a few years ago are rising in popularity. Nurseries and maternity units are now full of little Dora's, Betty's, Arthur's and Stanley's. David Cameron and his wife Samantha have recently proved themselves true followers of old lady chic by naming their newborn daughter Florence. There is a rose tinted appeal to names of our grandparent's generation. Growing up in the eighties, my own grandmothers name Harriet was a constant source of amusement. Now it is my own daughter's middle name and number 80 in the list of top 100 girls names.
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