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The Pond Effect: ‘Amelia’ Is Britain’s Top Baby Name (For Girls)
The temptation to present the following information as a chart rundown is almost overwhelming. However, calmer heads must prevail, especially as my references are all Alan “Fluff” Freeman and yours are more Casey Casem.
So, here’s the thing. British and American families have broadly similar tastes when it comes to naming their children, with a few exceptions. You don’t tend to get as many British kids called Mason or Harper, and there probably aren’t as many American kids answering to Alfie or Jessica.
Looking over the popularity charts for baby names in 2012 (I was bored, OK?), one change jumped out above all others. In 2011, Amelia was the 11th most popular name for girls, occupying broadly the same position it does in the US rankings.
In 2012, the same year Amy Pond left the Doctor to be with Rory in the past (and Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill left Doctor Who), it jumped to the No.1 position. Coincidence? No of course not.*
Look, here’s the Top 20, courtesy of BabyCentre:
The US equivalent, possibly still a little hung up on Harry Potter (or, to be fair, Young Victoria, or even Men In Black 3), looks like this:
19 . Sofia
And that No.12 position for Amelia represents a jump of 18 places from 2011’s No.30. Doctor Who, I blame you.
Needless to say, the boy charts are nowhere near as interesting. The UK No.1 is Harry, the US No.1 is Liam. I could make a One Direction vs Oasis thing out of it, but even I’m not THAT bored…
* Although, at the same time, possibly.