“Harry Potter” continues to influence baby name choices
A new list of popular baby names in the UK for 2013 has been released this week. Harry continues to remain near the top of the table of boy’s names – at No. 3 – thanks to the popularity Prince Harry and Harry Potter himself.
The top 10 for boys’ names reads as follows:
Meanwhile, further down the list, the Guardian reports that
Harry Potter also appears to continue to inspire choices, with three girls named Bellatrix in 2013.
While perhaps a surprising, and unusual, choice of name due to the nature of Bellatrix Lestrange’s character in the novels, it remains clear that Harry Potter continues to make an impact!
The Guardian further reports that both Sirius and Draco have featured in the past. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) there were three baby Dracos in 2011, three baby Siriuses in 2005, and four in 2010. On this trend for Potter names, the ONS comments that
While it is harder to see the impact that J.K. Rowling’s books have had on the popularity of Harry and Ron, it is clear to see the impact of her more inventive names. It is also worth remembering that ONS does not publish names given to 1 or 2 babies, so if you know a Tonks, Marvolo or Regulus that’s probably why they don’t make the list.
Do you know anyone with a Harry Potter-inspired name? What names from the books would you pick out? Would you choose Bellatrix? Let us know your thoughts, and tell us your stories in the comments!