The Top 10 most popular middle names for boys and girls
According to Ancestry.co.uk middle names doubled in popularity over last century.
‘It seems that middle names are a relatively new phenomenon, having only become the norm over the last hundred years—driven by the desire to commemorate well-loved ancestors,’ said Miriam Silverman, UK content manager at Ancestry.co.uk.
‘Middle names are less likely to follow popular culture and more likely reflect age-old traditions or names that were popular in our parents’ or grandparents’ generation—hence the very traditional makeup of today’s top 10 middle names.’
James, John and William top the list of most popular boys’ middle names, with Louise, Rose and Grace sitting atop of the chart for girls, according to new research.
The findings, from Ancestry, map the most popular middle names and also show that most (55 per cent) are commemorative (selected to remember a well-loved family member) or have run in the family for generations (15 per cent).