THE NAME of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s child has moved into the top ten most popular baby names.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed the top boys and girls baby names in England and Wales in 2020.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s sons name Archie moved up in the boys’ list from 19th to ninth – the first time the name has featured in the top ten.
In 2019, there were 2,544 babies named Archie, rising to 2,944 in 2020.
Harry was the eighth most popular boys’ name, with 3,209 babies given that name, while Meghan dropped to 710th place in 2020, having been in 641st in 2019.
The name Lilibet, chosen by Prince Harry and Meghan for their daughter born in June this year, does not appear in the top 5,493 names for girls in England and Wales.
Oliver remained the most popular name for boys overall for the eighth year in a row, while Olivia topped the girls’ list for the fifth year in succession.
In total, 4,225 baby boys were named Oliver in 2020, down from 4,932 the previous year. A total of 3,640 girls were named Olivia, down from 4,082.
In 2020, the largest movers into the top 100 boys’ names were Milo (80th) and Otis (96th) – both rising 28 places since 2019.
Maeve rose 124 places and was the largest new entry into the top 100 girls’ names (94th).
Sian Bradford, of ONS, highlighted the role of popular culture in parents’ inspiration for children’s names.
“Archie jumped into the…