Most popular baby name of the year so far changes after birth of Prince Harrys daughter

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Picking the perfect name for your baby is undoubtedly exciting, but it can also be daunting finding something that you are confident they will always love as much as you do.

While some parents hand down family names or pay tribute to a relative, others opt for something they love the sound of or that has a special meaning.

The list of 2021’s most popular baby names is in and there are some new additions joining monikers that have frequently featured in the top 10 before.

Olivia and Amelia have maintained their popularity while other names have increased in popularity after TV shows, such as Aria from Game Of Thrones.

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Plus, there is a new girls’ name in the top spot, Lily – which may well have been influenced by the naming of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby daughter, born earlier this month.

The royal trend also continues with Elizabeth edging back into the top 100 for the first time this decade.

Other new names to feature in the top 100 are Elodie, Gabriella, Maeve and Ariana.

How many of these names are in your little one’s school class? Here are Babycentre’s official top 25 most popular baby names of 2021 so far…

Girls

1. Lily

2. Amelia

3. Sophia

4. Olivia

5. Ava

6. Isla

7. Rosie

8. Aria

9. Freya

10. Ella

11. Emily

12. Mia

13. Isabella

14. Ivy

15. Hannah

16. Layla

17. Grace

18. Sophie

19. Evelyn

20. Evie

21. Isabelle

22 Elsie

23. Luna

24. Poppy

25. Willow

Sarah Redshaw, the managing editor for BabyCentre, said: "Lily swept in to take the crown and Elizabeth, the name that inspired Meghan and Harry’s choice is a new entry.

"Perhaps the spotlight on the names will mean they stay popular for a few more years now, as has happened with Archie."

The boys top 25 remains mainly unchanged. However, Archie's name has increased in popularity, perhaps thanks to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Boys

1. Muhammad

2.Noah

3.Oliver

4. Theo

5. George

6. Charlie

7. Leo

8. Harry

9. Freddie

10. Jack

11. Arthur

12. Archie

13. Finley

14. Henry

15. Jaxon

16. Louie

17. Lucas

18. Thomas

19. Alfie

20. Oscar

21. Ethan

22. Isaac

23. Jacob

24. Elijah

25. Max

New additions to the boys most popular 100 names included the traditional name John which had previously fallen out the list entirely.

Read the full lists of 100 names here.

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