DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     December 22, 1999     vol. 10, no. 243

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SAINTS NAMES TOP LIST OF BABY NAMES IN BRITAIN

        LONDON (CWNews.com) - Apostles and Old Testament prophets are still the inspiration behind the most popular boys' names in Britain, it was announced on Tuesday, although girls are less likely to be named after saints than they were 100 years ago.

        Figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that Jack (John) was the most popular name for baby boys for the fifth year running, followed by Thomas and James. Fourth place goes to Joshua and fifth goes to Daniel. Girls, however, are most likely to be named Chloe, followed by Emily, Megan, Olivia, and Sophie.

        A century ago, Mary was the most popular name for girls and the Old Testament Sarah has remained common for most of the last 100 years. Boys of the period were more likely to be named after monarchs with William, George and Edward topping the list. Proving the British public's fascination with all things royal, the names of William and Harry are as popular now as they were this time last century.


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December 22, 1999       volume 10, no. 243
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