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Kate Middleton: Royal Wedding Will Make Kate a Popular Baby Name in 2011?

prince-william-kate-middleton-weddingThe wedding of Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton will influence what people name their babies in 2011.  Kate is predicted to be one of the most popular names for baby girls in the UK next year because of the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton.

The UK website, Ancestry.co.uk, reports that there is a pattern that shows royal weddings influence baby names in a big way.  According to Ancestry research:

230 million birth and marriage records dating from 1837 revealed a royal wedding naming pattern which saw popularity for names of princesses rise dramatically in the years they married.

The most recent example of the royal wedding influence on baby names is the popularity of the name Diana.  When the late mother of Prince William married Prince Charles in 1981, Diana doubled in popularity as a baby name in the United Kingdom.

The names Elizabeth and Victoria became very popular in the years of their marriages. It makes sense, who wouldn’t want to be a princess?

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