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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Noah popular in year of the floods

DID this year’s heavy rainfall inspire parents to name their child Noah?

Nationally and locally, it was one of this year’s most popular boys’ names.

Taken from the 2013 birth announcements in The Whitehaven News, three parents chosen Noah as the name for their newborn son. This was followed by Harry (two), Joshua, Jamie, Leo, Isaac, Nathan and Oliver.

Despite the fanfare of the royal birth in July, only one local boy was named George. However, traditional names such as Arthur, Alexander, Byron, Henry, Joseph, Myles, Solomon, Ted and Toby continue to resonate with parents.

For girls, the most popular name was Grace or Gracie (six), followed by Lucy (three), Scarlett, Sienna and Ella.

Copeland’s mums and dads also favoured traditional female names such as Annabel, Charlotte, Florence, Lillian, Phoebe and Violet.

Distinctive names announced throughout this year’s News include Alayna, Amae, Ayla, Ellia, Keira, Piper, Orlaith and Aluna; for the boys there was Neeson, Buddy, Dexter, Harlan and Luca.

Nationally the most popular names this year also include Oscar, Oliver, Ava, Freya and Ella.

Fifty years ago, fashions were different. In 1963, the most popular names were Michael, John and David, with Lisa, Mary and Susan.

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