As speculation mounts about whether Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s first child will be a girl, the County Council’s registration team have announced that Elizabeth and Anne have been the most popular of the ‘royal’ girls names in Nottinghamshire in the last year.
The number of babies who have been given the name of a previous British Queen as a forename or middle name since April 2012 is:
County Council Senior Registrar Samantha Black said: “Elizabeth has become slightly more popular in Nottinghamshire since the Diamond Jubilee last year, with many parents stating the name was in honour of our Queen.
“The Royal couple may go for a more unconventional name for the new baby whilst including the more traditional names perhaps as middle names – the Queen’s middle name Alexandra is a favourite of mine.
“I’m sure that Prince William and Catherine’s baby will inevitably have a big influence on baby names in the county in the near future.”
Anyone who wishes to mark the naming of their new arrival – royal name or not – can speak to the County Council’s registration team to book a naming ceremony. A naming ceremony is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the birth of a child, to welcome adopted children or children from previous relationships and make them feel part of your family. This happy occasion is a unique way for everyone to feel involved as they promise love and support for the new arrival and their parents.
For more information contact the Council on 0300 500 80 80 or visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/registrars