According to the UK Office of National Statistics these are the most popular children’s names at present. They represent a move back to Edwardian names as parents follow celebs like Lily Allen calling her daughter Ethel, Bruce Willis calling his Mabel, and Dido calling her son Stanley
One in eight parents admit they follow fashion and worry that the names will eventually date. But even those make a change from some of the more esoteric and sometimes merely stupid names chosen by celebrities, footballers, and other parents with no sense and who don’t realise what kids with odd names have to put up with at school.
Some countries like Iceland, Germany, Japan and New Zealand actually ban names they consider unsuitable.