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 Monday, 6 January, 2003, 17:48 GMT
Old favourites top baby names list
Baby
Celebrity trends fail to hook parents
New parents are shunning "celebrity" baby names in favour of long-running favourites Jack and Chloe, research shows.

Few followed Victoria and David Beckham's choice - with only 21 babies named Romeo in 2002 and 86 called Brooklyn.

The TV series Footballers' Wives may have been more influential with 51 babies named Chardonnay in England and Wales.

The names Robbie and Kylie saw a decrease in popularity compared to 2001.

Jack has now been the most popular boys' name for the past eight years and Chloe for the past six years, according to the Office for National Statistics.

For the seventh year running, the top five boys' names have remained virtually the same, although Joshua and Thomas changed places at numbers two and three.

In Wales alone, the top boys' name changed from Jack to Joshua, although Chloe remained the top girls' name.

New entries for the boys' top 50 were Harvey (up 15 places to 46), Charles (up four to 47), and Alfie (up five to 49).

Christopher and Joe dropped out of the top 50 altogether.

In the girls' top 50, Isabelle was the highest new entry, up 10 places to number 47, followed by Maisie, up 18 places to number 48 and Isabella, up five to squeeze in at number 50.

Niamh, Natasha and Alexandra all dropped out of the top 50.

Here are the favourites.

Top 10 boys' and girls' names in England and Wales in 2002 and their placings compared to 2001:

Boys:
1. Jack 1.
2. Joshua +1
3. Thomas -1
4. James
5. Daniel
6. Benjamin +8
7. William +6
8. Samuel -1
9. Joseph -1
10. Oliver +2

Girls:
1. Chloe
2. Emily
3. Jessica +1
4. Ellie +7
5. Sophie
6. Megan -3
7. Charlotte
8. Lucy +2
9. Hannah -1
10. Olivia -1

Top 10 boys' and girls' names in Wales in 2002 and their placings compared to 2001:

Boys:
1. Joshua +2
2. Jack -1
3. Thomas -1
4. Dylan +3
5. Rhys
6. Daniel -2
7. Ethan +3
8. Luke +5
9. James -1 9
10. Benjamin +11

Girls:
1. Chloe
2. Megan 3. Ellie +5
4. Emily -1
5. Jessica
6. Sophie
7. Caitlin +3
8. Lauren -4
9. Ffion -2
10. Lucy +6

See also:

06 Jan 03 | Scotland
04 Jan 01 | Scotland
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