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Friday
Apr292011

Royal Wedding Fails to Increase Popularity of 'Royal' Baby Names

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- If you thought the royal wedding would inspire new moms and dads to name their babies either William or Kate, you’d be wrong.  Data analyzed by the folks at BabyCenter.com reveals the two names have actually declined in popularity during the past year.

Researchers compared the popularity of the names in the first three months of 2011 with the first quarter of 2010 and discovered William is down 66 percent and Kate is down 60 percent.  The name of Prince William’s brother, Harry, rose 24 percent while the name of Kate’s sister, Pippa, saw no change in popularity.

In 2010, William was number 23 on the year’s most popular baby names list while Kate was number 93.  Harry was ranked 398 and Pippa was number 2,345.

Linda Murray, global editor-in-chief at BabyCenter.com, says 36 percent of moms who visit the website say they find name inspiration in famous people and characters, but when a name becomes associated with one specific celebrity, or in this case, with royalty, it declines in popularity or, if already unpopular, remains so.

On the other hand, Murray says while the royal wedding may not trigger a rise in the popularity of the names William and Kate, the names the couple choose for their children will definitely start a trend.

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