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Birth of Prince George is prompting parents to name their babies George says Staffordshire County Council

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 23, 2014

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The name George is continuing to court favour with Staffordshire parents since the birth of the latest royal baby.

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 still proving a royal hit at Staffordshire’s Register Offices.

Since last 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 ten of county names for some time to come.

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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 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.

A popular option available at Staffordshire’s registrar offices for families naming their child is to hold a baby naming ceremony.

The baby is welcomed into the family with a choice of poems, readings and promises that can be included in the celebration.

For more information and prices please call 0300 111 8001 or visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk.

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