Poppy and Jack most popular children's names in Hampshire

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POPPY and Jack are top of the tots for Hampshire parents, a new report says.

They were the number one names given to babies in the county in 2013, according to the Bounty Parenting Club.

Hampshire appears to be bucking a nationwide trend with Daisy, Sophia and Poppy all significantly more popular here than in the rest of the UK.

In Winchester, Charlie, Felix and James were the most popular boys’ names, with Millie, Phoebe and Sophie topping the list for girls. However, the report’s authors said they had relatively few births recorded for Winchester and the numbers are therefore less reliable.

The study of over 370,000 names unveiled Joey, Teddy, Ivy and Violet as ‘ones to watch’ in 2014 after rising in popularity the most in the past year.

The report also revealed Maisy, Kayla, Isabel, Olly and Callum as the names that are fast falling from favour.

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 years’ 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 that celebrities choose for their own babies 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.”

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