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Uncovered: The Most Popular Baby Names Inspired by Children's Books

Uncovered: The Most Popular Baby Names Inspired by Children's Books

Fictional characters in books can have a huge impact on a child’s development. From showing them how to overcome the odds to being a good person.

So, imagine being a child who is snuggling up to their parent at bedtime only to hear their name being read out-loud in an inspirational children’s book. What a good way to teach them how to be a good human through the power of a story (and pictures, of course).

Therefore, to help soon-to-be-parents with a love for literature pick a name for their newborn, MattressNextDay has uncovered the UK’s most popular baby names inspired by children’s books.

To do this, they analysed over 300,000 births over five years (using ONS data), which then revealed the following top 10 most popular names for both boys and girls.

Most popular baby boy names inspired by children's books

George is the most popular baby boy name inspired by a children's book

In first place is ‘George’ with 28,696 babies being born with this name in the past five years alone. The first ‘Curious George’ book was published in 1941. So, the fact that this name came out on top 80 years later proves just how much of a classic it is. It was even chosen for the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, themselves.

With the magical adventures of Harry Potter and his friends at Hogwarts being one of the most popular children’s books of all time, it should come as no surprise that ‘Harry’ has been placed high – scoring second place. In the past five years, 27,167 babies have been named this medieval name which means “estate ruler”.

Now, this wouldn’t be a children’s book-themed list without mention of Roald Dahl himself. It was ‘Charlie’ from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ that proved to be the most popular name. In the past five years, 22,275 baby boys have been named after this derivation of Charles, which means “free man”.

Taking fourth place is ‘Thomas’. This is from one of the most long-standing popular children’s characters of book and screen – ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’. In the past five years, 20,085 babies have been born with this name.

In fifth place, we have the Celtic name, ‘Arthur’ from ‘The Sword in the Stone’. 18,398 babies have been born with this name in the past five years. Proving that what was once a neglected name, has been polished and restored by some stylish parents.

Most popular baby girl names inspired by children's books

Lily is the most popular baby girl name inspired by children's books

The ‘I Love You Blue Kangaroo’ character came out on top. There have been 14,456 babies named ‘Lily’ in the past five years. Traditionally, this is an English name which is used in reference to the popular white flower. It signifies “purity” and “innocence”

In second place is another flower-themed name - ‘Poppy’, which is from the popular children’s book, ‘Goodnight, Poppy Cat’. In the past five years, 13,965 babies have been named this. As this is a name of Latin origin meaning “red flower”, this makes a particularly good choice for a redhead.

Rounding off the top three, we have the classic ‘Charlotte’ from ‘Charlotte’s Web’. In the past five years, 12,890 babies have been born with this name. As the feminine French form of Charles, it means “petite” and “feminine”.

In fourth place is an ode to another one of the most popular children’s books – ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. In the past five years, 12,672 babies have been called ‘Sophie’, which is the French variation of the Greek Sophia, and means “wisdom”.

And, finally, in fifth place, we have ‘Alice’ from none other than ‘Alice in Wonderland’. 11,346 babies have been named after this heroine in the past five years. The origin of this name is German and means “noble”.

For those looking for even more inspiration, we have tips on how to settle your toddler and help them cope with the dark winter nights.

Methodology

To begin with, MattressNextDay collated a list of 30 boy and 30 girl names of the most popular characters in children’s books. They then analysed ONS data which reveals the number of children born in the UK between 2015-2020 with those names.

Author: Lucy

Lucy is a copywriter, trend spotter, and our resident sleep expert! Lucie has been with the team since 2018 and her articles cover a sweeping array of subjects from general product care, the latest bedroom design trends, ways to promote healthier sleep and jargon-busting explanations to help you understand what goes into our products. Do you have questions for Lucy & the team? Call one of our sleep experts today!