Britain Is Blessed With FIVE Baby Sherlocks

This man is befuddled by your sentimental attachment to his name.

This man is befuddled by your sentimental attachment to his name.

Back in March, we were talking about popular names for British babies and noted that Amelia had made a jump to the No.1 spot for girls since Amy Pond had first turned up in Doctor Who.

It’s always interesting to track these changes, but you could easily argue that the two things are not related, or even that Amy Pond was named Amy because of the same cultural fondness that lead so many new parents to call their daughters Amelia.

However, new figures have been unearthed by Radio Times that shows a trend for naming newborns that is definitely influenced by a hit British TV show (and a hit movie franchise and a hit U.S. TV show).

In 2012 five baby boys (from different families) were given the name Sherlock.

Due to the way the Office For National Statistics puts the figures together, there could well have been one or two Sherlocks registered between 1996 and 2011, but it takes three or more to appear in their annual chart, so as far as unpopular names are concerned, this constitutes a frenzy.

Granted, Sherlock is now only on a par with Ulysses and Timofey (Timofey though!), but still.

And to put it into further context, there were 114 Benedicts registered in 2012, an increase of 31 on the previous year. That’s practically a stampede.

See more:
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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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