LARA CROFT STAR
POWERS UP NAME CHART
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[ January 3rd 2002 ]
actors and well-known characters from TV and film
proved inspirations for British parents when naming
their babies last year, government research released
on Thursday showed.
names proved to be the most popular, with Jack
easily topping the boys' list for the seventh
year in succession and Chloe comfortably heading
the girls' list for the fifth time in a row, according
to figures for England and Wales compiled by the
Office of National Statistics. Further down the
list Prime Minister Tony Blair has shown he is
a leader in more ways than one. His decision to
call his baby son Leo in 2000 has been copied
by many of the electorate with the name jumping
42 places to 101st.
stars proved a popular inspiration for names.
Mia, the name given by Titanic star Kate Winslet
to her daughter, leapt 20 places to number 25,
and Erin, possibly inspired by the successful
film Erin Brockovich, rose 10 places to 41st.
The unusual name Rocco which pop superstar Madonna
gave her son born in 2000 has also started to
appear on the list, although not high enough for
a ranking, along with Maximus, the character played
by Russell Crowe in the Oscar-winning film Gladiator.
possible boosted by actress Angelina Jolie's role
in the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie, soared 277
places to number 483 and Willow, the name of a
character in the hit U.S. TV show Buffy the Vampire
Slayer rose 175 places to 245. The findings were
based on names given to 267,875 boys and 254,978
girls born in 2001.