Genes Reunited Blog
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- The Genes Reunited Team will be writing blogs and keeping you up to date with changes happening on the site.
- In the future we hope to have guest bloggers that will be able to give you tips and advice as to how to trace your family history.
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The British Newspaper Archive
Read about historical events at the time they were happening. Perhaps you'll discover your ancestor in their local newspaper?
At Genes Reunited we recently analysed our 750 million records and discovered that celebrities are not as original as they make think when it comes to naming their offspring! Our research showed that unusual baby names such as Suri, Cruz and Apple have been recorded for over 150 years.
The rather unusual names of David and Victoria’s children have all appeared in the UK censuses before. In the 1881 Census a Brooklyn was recorded and since 1841 someone has carried the name Cruz four times. This is also the case with their brother Romeo, namesake of one of Shakespeare's most famous protagonists, who appears 294 times between 1841 and 1911
Yesterday Victoria and David Beckham named their fourth child and first daughter Harper Seven. Separately both names have appeared before in our fully indexed birth records, with the name Harper appearing 3,155 times and even the name Seven appeared 110 times.
Another celebrity couple who went down the unusual name route is Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow who named their daughter Apple. Whilst unheard of in modern times, it was used over a hundred years ago with the name appearing in the 1861, 1871 and 1911 censuses. Apple has grown in popularity, appearing 76 times in the birth records.
Although celebrities continuously opt for unusual names, a recent poll shows that 79% of people prefer traditional names in favour of something more unusual.
Below we have compiled a top ten of the most popular girls and boy’s names of all time.
Do you have an unusual name? Or do you think that traditional names are more sensible when naming a child?
Top 10 boys’ and girls’ names of all time