Oliver, Olivia Britain’s most popular kids namesBy IANS
Saturday, January 1, 2011
LONDON - Oliver was the most popular boy’s name in 2010, knocking Jack into second place after 16 years. And Olivia remains the most popular girl’s name for the third year running, a survey has found.
The survey of 423,000 children born in 2010 also suggests that TV, celebrity and news trends continue to have a major influence on what parents call their children, Daily Mail reported Friday.
Florence is becoming increasingly popular for girls, moving up 33 places, after the birth of David Cameron’s daughter in August.
Ollie, which is listed separately from Oliver, emerged as the biggest male climber - up 56 places to number 53, perhaps due to the X Factor star Olly Murs.
Lacey jumped from number 57 up to 37, possibly because of EastEnders actress Lacey Turner, the Mail said.
The highest climber in the girls’ list is Bella, the same name as the lead character in supernatural romance fantasy film series “Twilight”, played by actress Kristen Stewart.
But the first names of troubled stars Katie Price and Amy Winehouse fell out of the top 20.
Both Zachary and Zac have become more common - moving into the top 80, perhaps inspired by High School Musical’s Zac Efron.
Kai, the name of Coleen and Wayne Rooney’s son, has jumped 10 places to number 56, despite the England footballer’s indiscretions and disappointing World Cup performance.
The list was compiled by online parenting club Bounty from names given to it by parents who had children this year.
An official Office for National Statistics list of names released earlier this year revealed that Mohammed, encompassing all its different spellings, was the most popular boy’s name. But it does not appear on the Bounty list because of the site’s social demographic.