A popular fruit has been named as one of the top nature-inspired baby names on the rise in the UK, according to a new study.
Clementine has seen a 57% increase in use between 2020 and 2021 as parents seek to give their children more unique monikers.
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A total of 300 British babies were called Clementine in 2021 compared to 2020, data from online toy retailer Play Like Mum found when comparing 200 nature-inspired names to official baby name data.
Flora saw the second highest increase, rising from 184 in 2020 to 283 in 2021, a 54% increase. Ocean (52%), Raven (42%) and Olive (40%) came in third, fourth and fifth place respectively.
Nova saw a 39% increase, rising from 410 in 2020 to 571 in 2021, while August, River, Wren and Rowan all saw increases between 20% and 30%.
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The study also revealed the top girls' and boys' nature-inspired baby names in the UK, with Lily, Poppy and Ruby reigning supreme for girls, while Leo, Rowan and Jasper topped the boys’ list.
Top 10 nature-inspired baby girl names
Lily - 40,285 born between 2010 to 2021
Poppy - 33,628
Ruby - 31,292
Daisy - 26,372
Willow - 18,482
Holly - 17,952
Ivy - 17,676
Summer - 13,267
Jasmine - 12,934
Amber - 12,911
Leo has been the moniker of choice for over 43,000 baby boys born in the UK between 2010 and 2021. It trumps the second name on the boys’ list – Raven – by far as Raven has only been the name for 7,884 babies in the same time period.
Top 10 nature-inspired baby boy names
Leo - 43,682 born between 2010 to 2021
Raven - 7,884
Jasper - 7,550
Jay - 4,459
Robin - 3,566
River - 2,261
Eden - 2,120
Woody - 1,269
Bear - 755
Fox - 661
According to the Office for National Statistics, Olivia and Oliver are both currently the top baby girl and baby boy names respectively in the UK.
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