Move over, Harry and Jack. The announcement of the royal baby’s name, the moniker of the first son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will likely inspire a surge of new baby Georges, which will make the name one of the most popular in Britain.
Ancestry.com, one of the largest online family history resource sites, is predicting the name will receive a 32 percent boost in popularity following the birth of His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge. The Web site is expecting more than 1,400 Georges to be born in 2013 based on research it has conducted on royal names from 1841 to 2005.
To determine the average percentage increase, Ancestry.com compared the number of babies with the same name as the royal baby in the year of the baby’s birth to the numbers in the following year.
George has stayed fairly popular in Britain over the span of the site’s survey, though following the birth of the future King George V (then Prince George of Wales) in 1865, the number of new baby Georges dropped by 7,387, or 21 percent, the only decline found in the study. The study found London’s cholera epidemic during that time to be the main reason for the drop.
Prince Andrew’s birth in 1960 had the largest impact on expectant mothers, 5,547 of whom named their baby boys Andrew in 1961.
Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips likewise had a big impact, though his sister, Zara Phillips had the largest percentage increase, with a spike of 92 percent. The number of Zaras remained low overall, however, with only 320 in 1982.