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What's in a name?

With two royal babies on the horizon this year, will the next prince or princess, or their cousin, be a Zebedee or Sailor?

These are some of the more unusual choices of local parents, released by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Registration Service along with a list of the top ten most popular baby names in the county over the last 12 months.

Zara Tindall and husband Mike announced that 3-year-old daughter Mia will have a sibling arriving later this year, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child in April.

With names like Memphis, Fox and Atlas for a boy and Juniper, Amity and Sage for a girl, these more unusual names chosen by Cambridgeshire parents could serve as inspiration for William and Kate to complement Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Choosing a name can sometimes be a tricky or even overwhelming task with family names to consider, working out what the initials might spell or listening to how a name sounds when the surname is spoken straight after. As well as what their nickname could be, everyone has an opinion or suggestion as soon as you announce you’re expecting a baby.

Traditional names are still popular in the region, with three current royal males referenced in the top five.

The top five boys’ names for 2017:

  • Oliver
  • Harry
  • George
  • William
  • Joshua

The top five most popular girls’ names:

  • Olivia
  • Amelia
  • Charlotte
  • Isla
  • Emily

In England and Wales you have a maximum of 42 days from the birth of your baby to register their birth – so when you add that to the months of waiting for your new arrival, that’s plenty of time to make up your mind.

While Oliver and Olivia remain the most popular names in Cambridgeshire, there are some more unusual options though that may attract royal attention.

Whether you want your child to stand out from the crowd, or blend in with the rest of their class, Cambridgeshire Registration Services haven’t known any names to be refused in recent memory, here are the top 20 unusual ones, registered over the last year:

  • BOYS                           GIRLS
  • Zebedee                     Sailor
  • Conn                            Juniper
  • Memphis                    Armani
  • Fox                                 Amity
  • Aries                             Ocean
  • Atlas                             Sage
  • Atticus                        Freedom
  • Texas                           Vienna
  • Salem                          Briar
  • Avery                           Presley
  • Layland                       Cosette
  • August                        Harmony
  • Link                              Indira
  • Rogan                         Clemence
  • Orion                           Everlea
  • Shepard                     Alba
  • Rye                               Cassidy
  • Remzi                          Sorchia
  • Phineas                      Effely
  • Teal                               Emree

Registration Service Manager, Louise Clover said, “We always advise people to imagine their new baby as an adult when deciding a name, as something cute for a small baby may not work so well for an adult! It’s always interesting to register a new name, and we do sometimes see patterns depending on what’s popular in the media. ”

You need to book an appointment to register a birth, simply go to the County Council’s website. To change an appointment please ring 0345 045 1363, as last year customers not turning up to pre-booked appointments cost the service £14,000.

The Registration Service can also provide naming ceremonies to celebrate the birth of a child, or welcome an adopted child or step-child into a family. Ceremonies can be held in council ceremony rooms or other licensed venues and can be arranged by any parent, from any cultural background and with or without any religious belief.  More details can be found on the Council’s ceremonies website.

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