The Office of National Statistics has released its annual list of the most popular baby names in England and Wales and while the top spots remain the same, some unique monikers have crept onto the list, including the name Dua, influenced by the singer Dua Lipa. In fact, the popularity of the name has doubled since Lipa released her first single in 2017.
According to ONS, the name Dua was given to 126 babies in 2019, compared with just 63 in 2017.
Other names on the list which appear to be influenced by celebrity culture include the name Harper, which is what the Beckham's youngest child is called, and Kylo, a name that has risen in popularity since the release of the 2015 Star Wars film featuring a character named Kylo Ren.
At the top of the list however the names remained the same. Olivia and Oliver were once again the most popular names in England and Wales and there was little change in the top 10. The names Freya and Lily replaced Emily and Ella in the list for girls' names, but there was no change in the list for boys.
"Oliver and Olivia continued their reign as the top boys' and girls' names in 2019, but analysis shows choices in baby names can differ depending on the mother's age," David Corps from ONS said in a release.
"We found younger mothers opted for more modern girls' names like Harper, which has seen a rise since the Beckhams named their daughter so in 2011, and shortened boys' names like Freddie. In contrast, older mothers chose more traditional names such as Jack and Charlotte."
You can see the full list of the most popular baby names for 2019 here.
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