The name George is continuing to court favour with Staffordshire parents since the birth of Prince George – and now it's even easier to register a birth in the county.
As the nation gears up to celebrate Prince George’s first birthday, new figures show that the name has seen a surge in popularity in Staffordshire since the heir to the throne’s birth.
Since Prince George’s birth on 22 July 2013, 144 babies have now been registered with ‘George’ included in their names, with 36 parents opting for it as their child’s first name.
The name George is now expected to remain in the top ten of county names for some time to come, with dozens more parents predicted to choose the royal moniker over the coming months.
The news comes as Staffordshire County Council launches its new online registration booking service. Proud parents can now book an appointment online to register a birth, using the county council’s new web-based system at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/registration.
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 given its Royal connotations. Of course, it is the name of a very famous football training park here in Staffordshire, as well as being the patron saint of England.
“And, with our online registration booking service, booking an appointment to register your baby’s birth couldn’t be easier. The website tells you exactly what you need to register a birth, and you can book an appointment to see a registrar in a few simple, straightforward steps.”
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.
For more information please call 0300 111 8001 or visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/registrations.