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Study Reveals Royal Baby Names Aren't Always Copied by Public

by Rukmani Krishna on  July 27, 2013 at 11:25 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
It has been revealed that people make the assumption that royal baby names have a massive impact on the monikers that ordinary people choose for their kids, which is not necessarily the case.
 Study Reveals Royal Baby Names Aren't Always Copied by Public
Study Reveals Royal Baby Names Aren't Always Copied by Public
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Baby name trends are usually influenced by various sources. In 2001, girl's name Chardonnay could not be found on the names chart, and had just crept into the ONS's top 5000 for England and Wales, the BBC reported.

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But, in January 2002, 'Footballers Wives' - with a central character named Chardonnay - started on UK TV and in 2002, the moniker reached 519 in the charts and by 2003 Chardonnay was at 372.

Royal names, especially UK monarchs', are less varied, as the last 11 monarchs have been called Elizabeth, George, Edward, George, Edward, Victoria, William, George, George, George and George.

George was also the bookie favourite for the royal family's newest addition.

But looking back over the ONS figures, it's hard to find any boost from the George V and George VI's reins.

Prince William's birth in 1982 also doesn't seem to have made an impact on the number of Williams. The name already had a history of being popular with the public - and peaked at number one in 1904, number two in 1914 and number three in 1934.

It was least popular, in 1974 when it fell to 41st position, it went up slightly to 34th in 1984 and reached 19th by 1994.

Harry also didn't reach the top 100 boys names in 1964 however, by 1994, it was 30th.

It reached fifth position in 2006, third in 2009 and by 2011, it had become the most popular boys' name.

Rosie Harper, vicar of Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, thinks that the royal monikers don't hold the attraction they once did.

Source: ANI
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