February 17, 2010 3:56:31 pm
You may call it a ‘Royal’ effect,but the number of babies named Harry indeed increased 12-fold in Britain in the 16 years after the birth of the third-in- line to the English throne,a new study has revealed.
According to the four-year study of national records,Prince Harry’s older brother William’s name also became more popular – its use doubled in the same period after he was born,the ‘Daily Express’ reported. Further examples after the births of members of the Royal Family include Zara,which rose 20 times in popularity,Anne (sevenfold),Prince Andrew (more than double),Beatrice (sixfold) and Eugenie (double),it has found.
However,the study of 134 million birth certificates by family tree website ‘ancestry.co.uk’ has also found that despite not having a King John on the throne for almost 800 years,the name is the most popular,with nearly 2.1 million registered,just ahead of William at 1.9 million.
The third most popular boy’s name,after William,is Thomas with 1.3 million,followed by James,1.2 million and George,1.1 million. Interestingly,Charles was ninth with just under 485,000.
Two Queens in a row named Elizabeth helped the name have become the all-time girls’ winner with nearly 1.7 million names registered. Mary with 1.3 million is the second most popular,the study has revealed.
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