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Double barrel baby names have been popular for years now, with parents deciding to choose two first names put together for their child instead of just the one.
It's been a popular move since Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis named their daughter Lily-Rose in 1999. Kate Moss' daughter, Lila-Grace, came along in 2002 and then Una Healy's daughter, Aoife-Belle, was born almost 10 years after that. But while many celebrities like Jamie Oliver have opted to give their children two unhyphenated baby names in recent years, with a slightly different baby name meaning (opens in new tab), the trend for double barrel baby names has far from gone away.
In fact, it's still such a popular baby name (opens in new tab) trend that The Office of National Statistics (ONS) included the most loved double barrelled baby names in their latest baby name data (opens in new tab), helping parents to choose the one right one for them.
Double-barrelled names for girls
Double-barrelled names for boys
Even within the most popular double barrelled baby names, there are some obvious individual trends. It appears as though, over the last couple of years, parents of girls have preferred the name Rose as the second part of the double barrel. May and Grace are also very popular choices, going back to more traditional baby names of the past. Similarly for boys, the traditional name James was the overwhelming most popular second name in the set.
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Grace Walsh is a Features Writer for Goodto.com, covering breaking news health stories during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as lifestyle and entertainment topics. She has worked in media since graduating from the University of Warwick in 2019 with a degree in Classical Civilisation and a year spent abroad in Italy. It was here that Grace caught the bug for journalism, after becoming involved in the university’s student newspaper and radio station.
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