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Popular baby names have been revealed for 2023 and there’s a royal link to a new moniker breaking into the top 10.

According to the Telegraph newspaper’s birth announcements column Charles has rocketed in popularity soaring from 18th last year to sixth place now.  

King Charles’s Coronation on May 6 making him officially King Charles III and Head of State was likely to have helped some parents decide on an auspicious name for their son. 

And a kingly theme continued up to 1st place, with Frederick registering as the favourite boys’ name for readers of the newspaper.

Famous Fredericks include Prussian King Frederick the Great, and noteworthy Freddie’s include England cricket legend Freddie Flintoff and musical sensation and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. 

Taking the trophy for number one girls’ name were both Eliza and Clementine, who shared the honour this year after Clementine rose from 5th place. 

Famous Clementines include Clementine Churchill who provided a rock of support for her husband Sir Winston during the Second World War.

Celebrity Elizas include singer Eliza Doolittle and historic examples include Eliza Fraser, an English woman who was shipwrecked off the coast of Australia on an island that would later be named ‘Fraser Island’. 

Despite Eliza still ranking highest, Elizabeth the name of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had dropped off the chart this year, which the Telegraph said had been “diligently recorded every year” for the last half-century by Susan Cole, 75, a retired librarian from Sutton, South London. 

Princess Charlotte is quickly becoming a very popular royal and so her name is too, having taken third place in the list for 2023.

Mrs Cole told the Telegraph: “There were a couple of Elizabeths in 2022, but none this year. But Charles has grown quite a lot in popularity, which seems significant.

“Most of the names of my contemporaries, like the ubiquitous Susan and Linda, seem to have gone completely and have been replaced by quite different names, such as Olympia, which I would never have imagined.” 

The former librarian added that names such as Richard and David were now rarely spotted but this year there was a Cosmo in the list, to which Mrs Cole noted: “The last famous Cosmo I recall was Cosmo Lang, the Archbishop of Canterbury in the 1930s and 40s.”

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This notice was published: 2023-12-31 12:21:00

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