Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Parents Are Just Wild about Harry; Harry Has Become Britain's Most Popular Name for Baby Boys in a Year That Also Saw a Rise in Infants Named after Twilight Characters. KIM CARMICHAEL Reports

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Parents Are Just Wild about Harry; Harry Has Become Britain's Most Popular Name for Baby Boys in a Year That Also Saw a Rise in Infants Named after Twilight Characters. KIM CARMICHAEL Reports

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Byline: KIM CARMICHAEL

THEY may have been inspired by royalty, or even a famous magician, but more parents than ever this year took a fancy to the name Harry, according to a new poll.

The name has overtaken Oliver as the most popular name for baby boys, propelling it to first place from third.

The popularity came in a year that Prince Harry charmed the nation at the Royal wedding, singer Harry Styles topped the charts with One Direction and McFly drummer Harry Judd won Strictly Come Dancing.

One little baby to be given the top name was Harry Dixon, whose birth was announced in the Chronicle in June.

Harry, who has a twin sister Isabella, 13th most popular name for little girls in 2011, was born at University Hospital Durham, to Claire and Stuart, of West Pelton, County Durham.

Oliver lost the top spot only a year after it took the crown from Jack, also the most popular name for North East boys in 2010.

In the girls' list, Olivia, also the most popular name in the North East, again stayed top, while Lily swapped with Sophie to climb to second place.

Another North East baby whose name was top was little Olivia Anderson, who was born at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Gateshead, in July.

Olivia was welcomed into the world by parents Michelle and Michael Anderson, from Ouston, near Chester-le-Street, and brother Dylan, three.

Tommy was the biggest climber among the boys' names, leaping from 131st last year to 66th this time around, an improvement of 65 places, while Riley rose from 25th to enter the top 10, in ninth place.

Jackson also made a huge jump, rising from 128th last year to 75th in 2011, as did Jenson, which went from 99th to 69th, possibly inspired by the success of British Formula One ace Jenson Button. …

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