TORONTO — More children in England and Wales are being named for characters in Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones and fewer are getting the names of pop stars like Rihanna and Britney Spears.
According to information published Friday by the Office for National Statistics released Friday, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage’s character on Game of Thrones) is increasing in popularity in England and Wales as well as Skyler (Anna Gunn’s character on Breaking Bad).
The number of girls being named Britney, Rihanna and Shakira fell dramatically in 2013.
In 1999, 314 baby girls were given the name Britney in England and Wales. Last year, only seven.
Rihanna fell from 281 in 2007 to only 60 in 2013.
According to the data, the most popular boys names in 2013 were Oliver, Jack, Harry, Jacob and Charlie while the most popular girls names were Amelia, Olivia, Emily, Ava and Isla.
Amelia has been the most popular name for baby girls in England and Wales for three consecutive years.
In all, there were more than 27,000 different boys names and more than 35,000 different girls names registered last year.
The birth of Prince George boosted the popularity of the name last year from 12th most popular to 10th. William went up from ninth spot to eighth.
More than 15,000 boys were named George, William or Harry in 2013.
Nearly 6,400 boys born in England and Wales in 2013 were named Muhammad or Mohammed.
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