GEORGE is proving a favourite name for Staffordshire parents since the birth of Prince George – with dozens opting to follow the Royal choice.
As the nation marks St George’s Day and Prince George is on his first royal visit abroad, new figures show that the name is a royal right hit at Staffordshire’s Register Offices.
Since last St George’s Day, 134 babies have now been registered with George included in their names – with 38 parents opting for it as their child’s first name.
With Prince George stealing the show on the royal visit Down Under, the traditional name is expected to remain in the top 10 of county names for some time to come.
Staffordshire County Councillor Mike Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Children, Communities and Localism, said: “George is proving a popular choice for parents in the county, which is perhaps not surprising as it is the name of both a patron saint and a prince – and of course the name of a very famous football training park here in Staffordshire.
“With Prince George making all the headlines at the moment, I can imagine that many other families will be following in the royal footsteps over the coming months.”
George is now the joint fifth most popular boys name along with Alfie. The most popular boys name in Staffordshire is another Royal choice, Harry, followed by Jack, Charlie and Oliver.
For babies born within Staffordshire, the County Council has seven full time registration offices and eight part time locations where births can be registered.
Parents have 42 days to register the birth. Registration staff will need the name of the child with the date and place of birth together with the parents’ names, occupations and places of their births.