Mohammed and Amelia top 2014 baby names in Peterborough

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The most popular boys’ name in Peterborough for new-born babies this year is Mohammed for the seventh year running.

The most popular name for baby girls registered in Peterborough in 2014 was Amelia, used 44 times, followed by Lily and Sophia, according to research by the city’s register office.

The most often used name for boys was Mohammed, used 79 times, followed by Oliver in second and Jacob in third place.

Amelia climbed from second place in 2013 to take the top spot this year. The favourite name last year, Sophie/Sophia, dropped a place to third. Lily climbed to second from fifth in the previous year and Olivia is fourth after 13th the year before. New entries to the top 20 were Mia, Phoebe, Ella, Darcy, Jasmine, Lacey and Evie.

Ruth Hodson, registration service manager at Peterborough City Council, said the name of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby may impact on the 2015 list.

She said: “With a new royal baby due in 2015, the names they choose next year may yet again influence the outcome, whether they are blessed with a boy or a girl.

“Overall, there is a tendency for celebrity culture to have more of an influence than royalty.”

The full top 20 names, including variant spellings, are:

Boys:

1 Mohammed, 2 Oliver, 3 Jacob, 4 Oscar, 5 Harry, 6 George, 7 Charlie, 8 Henry, 9 Archie, 10 Alexander, 11 Daniel, 12 Noah, 13 Joshua, 14 Logan, 15 Finlay, 16 Edward, 17 Leo, 18 Adam, 19 Benjamin, 20 Ethan

Girls:

1 Amelia, 2 Lily, 3 Sophia, 4 Olivia, 5 Mia, 6 Millie, 7 Isabella, 8 Grace, 9 Emily, 10 Phoebe, 11 Ella, 12 Jessica, 13 Ruby, 14 Darcy 15 Hannah, 16 Scarlett, 17 Jasmine, 18 Hannah, 19 Lacey, 20 Evie.

Names to fall off the list include Thomas and Megan.