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It's not just George and Charlotte.

Stacey Leasca
September 21, 2017

Little Prince George may only be four years old, but according to the Office for National Statistics, he’s already a huge tastemaker.

The prince, who just recently had his first day of school, appears to be following in his mother’s footsteps by influencing the British people in big ways, even with just his name.

As the office recently revealed, one of the most popular baby names for 2016 in both Wales and England was indeed George, and it was no doubt inspired by the adorable royal.

According to Vogue, the moniker George appeared to plateau in the early 2000s, hovering between the 16th and 12th most popular name in the United Kingdom. However, after July 22, 2013, the day the new heir to the throne arrived, the name quickly began to rise. In 2014, Vogue noted, it made it into the top 10, in 2015 it was the fourth most popular name, and in 2016 it came in at number three.

And it’s not just George creating a rush for royal names. Little Charlotte, who will soon be a big sister, also caused a huge spike in the popularity of her classic name. Charlotte, according to one name tracking site, plummeted in popularity over the years, falling to the 25th most popular name in the United Kingdom. However in 2015, when Charlotte was born, all that changed. Now the name has skyrocketed back up to the number 12 spot.

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Even the names the royals simply discuss for their new heirs appear to trend, according to Vogue.

“When Kate was pregnant last time with Charlotte we had a huge surge of interest in the name Alice. So much so, that the name went from being a 50:1 outsider to the 5:2 favorite,” Katie Baylis, spokeswoman for Betfair, a bookmaker, told Vogue.

Joe Crilly, spokesperson for William Hill, another bookmaker, agreed, adding, “Most of the names towards the top of the betting are ones which have been popular the last two times around and we expect they will be again.”

So will the royal couple’s third child cause a naming trend? It’s likely, especially when you consider bookmakers are favoring more classic names like Alice, which according to the Telegraph is currently the firm favorite for a girl at 7/1 odds, while Arthur, at 10/1, is the male favorite. Other potentials to keep an eye out for — and ones that could see an upcoming bump in popularity as well — are Victoria, Alexandra, Albert, and Philip. 

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