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Game of Names

Game of Names

Hertfordshire parents have resisted the temptation to name their children after Game of Thrones characters.

Last year The Office for National Statistics reported large numbers of parents naming their children after their favourite characters from the fantasy series. Arya was the most popular of these and there were also many babies named Khaleesi, Daenerys and Sansa.

In Hertfordshire, however, parents have gone down a more traditional route and the most popular names for boys are Jack, George and Harry, while, for girls, parents chose Amelia, Emily and Sophie.

The name breakdown in St Albans and across the county is as follows:

St Albans
Boys: Oliver. Runners up: Harry, George, Alfie, Freddie
Girls: Amelia. Runners up: Olivia, Poppy, Isabella, Sophia

Boys: Jack. Runners up: George, Edward, Harry, Samuel
Girls: Amelia. Runners up: Ava, Charlotte, Emily

Hemel Hempstead
Boys: Freddie. Runners up: Jake, Logan
Girls: Isabella. Runners up: Emily, Elsie & Matilda

Bishop’s Stortford
Boys: Henry. Runners up: Harry, Jack
Girls: Emily. Runners up: Sienna, Sophie

Boys: Jack. Runners up: Charlie, Harry, Alfie, George
Girls: Olivia. Runners up: Emily, Poppy, Amelia, Sophie

Boys: Freddie. Runners up: Noah, Zachariah, Zachary
Girls: Grace. Runners up: Annabelle, Abigail, Ava, Lily

Boys: Jack. Runners up: Oscar, Charlie, Matthew, George
Girls: Olivia. Runners up: Poppy, Amelia, Isabelle, Sophie

Boys: George. Runners up: Noah, Oliver, Jack, Frederick, Alfie
Girls: Ella. Runners up: Chloe, Isabella, Florence, Scarlett, Phoebe

Chris Hayward, Cabinet Member for the Registration Service, said: "Every year, I’m fascinated to see what names are chosen. I expected to see a revival of the name Charlotte, following the birth of the royal baby last May, but this doesn’t seem to have happened.

by Philip Kenchington, - 25/02/2016 00:00


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