What’s in a name? Just ask Amelia and Oliver...

Joey Essex (below) may have influenced the national trends for baby names in 2013.

Joey Essex (below) may have influenced the national trends for baby names in 2013.

Amelia and Oliver were the top names given to babies in Lancashire in 2013.

A list of most popular names given to children born during the year, compiled by Bounty Parenting club, also includes Lily, Ruby and Grace for girls in the region, bucking the national trend.

Other popular boys names in Lancashire were Jack, Jacob and Harry when they weren’t so favourable across the country.

Nationally, the study of more than 370,000 names revealed Joey, Teddy, Ivy and Violet are the names to watch in 2014 as they rose in popularity the most in the past year.

And Maisy, Kayla, Isabel, Olly and Callum are the names which are become less favourable among parents.

Lisa Penney, spokesman for Bounty, said: “Year after year we see new parents influenced by popular culture with names made famous by people in the public eye suddenly experiencing sharp rises in popularity.

“The rising fame of Joey Essex no doubt influenced this year’s highest climbing name, which leaped a massive 68 places, breaking into the boys’ top 100 at number 86.

“The Towie star’s catchphrase ‘Reem’ even appeared on some birth certificates.

“The names celebrities choose for their babies also has an effect on trends. Ivy was the fastest rising girls’ name in the past year and most likely triggered by Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby daughter, Blue Ivy.”

Jack, the runner-up in Lancashire, is back in the top spot for boys nationally and Amelia tops the girls’ list in England.

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