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Matthew is the UK's luckiest name

Top 10 lucky names
Matt Le Blanc and Sir Matthew Pinsent
1 - Matthew
2 - Adam
3 - Daniel
4 - Claire
5 - Caroline
6 - Victoria
7 - Rachel
8 - Julie
9 - Emma
10 - Anne
If you've noticed some of your friends always seem a bit luckier than you, it could be because of their name.

A new study has found that Matthew is the luckiest name in the UK, followed by Adam and Daniel.

The study looked at the people who had won more than 500 on the premium bonds and found Matthews were the most common winners in the last 12 months.

Girls' names may not figure in the top three, but the next seven names that won the most often were all female.

Claire was the luckiest girls' name, followed by Caroline and Victoria.

But don't go walking under any ladders if you're called Doris, Albert, Barry or Diana - they were the unluckiest of the 173 names in the study.

However it all could change next year, as Matthew was only 53rd luckiest a year ago and 8th the year before that.

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