While the names Olivia and Oliver are still the most popular names given to babies in this country, there has been a surge in celebrity-related names.
According to the ONS, this tends to be more prevalent among young mothers who choose more modern first names.
The connection between popular culture and baby names is quite striking when it comes to Dua Lipa’s influence.
The singer had her UK number 1 debut in 2017 and at the same time there has been a surge in the number of children called Dua.
In 2019, 126 babies were recorded as Dua – the highest since records began.
“Popular culture continues to influence the first name landscape,” said David Corps of the ONS.
“After Dua Lipa’s first UK number one single in 2017, the number of girls named Dua doubled from 63 to 126 in 2019.”
He also added: “We have found that younger mothers have switched to more modern girl names like Harper, which has seen an increase since the Beckhams named their girl in 2011, and have shortened boy names. like Freddie. ”
Mabel, who released her debut album in 2019, could also be the inspiration behind the name choice.
According to statistics, the traditional nickname entered the top 100 for the first time since 1924.
Some boy names have also been inspired by popular culture, according to the data.
Taron – the name belonging to Rocketman actor Taron Egerton – has seen the biggest increase since recordings began in 1996.
Star Wars character Kylo Ren – who first appeared in 2015 – may have also contributed to the growth of children named Kylo.
While popular culture and celebrities may have left their mark on the next generation, other factors would also have come into play.
According to the data, the girls’ name Alexa declined in popularity starting in 2016 – the same year Amazon’s Alexa launched in the UK.
Do you have a story to sell? Contact us at [email protected] or call us directly on 0207 29 33033