PARENTS are following in the footsteps of Princess Eugenie and Millie Radford as the names August and Ophelia soar in popularity.
Fresh stats have revealed the choices proving a hit with parents-to-be, with even Harry Potter influencing new mums.
Princess Eugenie welcomed her first baby, a boy, with husband Jack Brooksbank
Website Nameberry revealed their list of the hottest names so far this year, when compared with last year.
Explaining how they came up with the list, Nameberry said: “We compared viewer figures for February 2021 versus February 2020 to find out which names have had the biggest rise in traffic in the last year.”
It seems the birth of Princess Eugenie’s first baby, with husband Jack Brooksbank, has sparked interest in the name August.
The Queen’s granddaughter, 30, welcomed her son on February 9 at 8.55am, weighing 8lbs 1oz.
The pair settled on August Philip, in a sweet gesture to Princess Eugenie’s granddad, Prince Phlilp.
Eugenie posted on Instagram: “We wanted to introduce you to August Philip Hawke Brooksbank.
“Thank you for so many wonderful messages. Our hearts are full of love for this little human, words can’t express.”Teen Millie Radford welcome a baby girl, Ophelia, seeing Britain’s biggest family get even bigger
Nameberry revealed the calendar-inspired choice had shot up in popularity, as they listed it among the 10 names which had seen the biggest increase in searches.
Achilles, Rhodes, Uri and Danger also saw increased traffic from prospective parents, while Harry Potter-inspired Draco also made the list.
Another character from the wizarding world, Bellatrix, made the cut for girls’ names, along with Naya, Willow, Daphne.
Samantha – a popular choice in the 1980s – is also back after a spell, with the name made famous by the Sex and The City character, minx Samantha Jones.