Soaps are name of the game

PUBLISHED: 11:58 06 January 2006 | UPDATED: 13:21 28 May 2010

Alfie was a popular choice

Alfie was a popular choice

PARENTS in Fenland are bucking the trend when it comes to naming their babies - thanks to TV s soaps. Nationally, the picture is boring, with Jack the most popular boy s name in 2005 for the 11th year running. Up two places from last year, Jessica was th

Ruby Tallulah

PARENTS in Fenland are bucking the trend when it comes to naming their babies - thanks to TV's soaps.

Nationally, the picture is boring, with Jack the most popular boy's name in 2005 for the 11th year running.

Up two places from last year, Jessica was the most popular name for girls.

But, locally, parents are using their imagination and coming up with some unusual and interesting names.

For boys, while traditional names such as John, Thomas, George and James are still making appearances, more parents are opting for the unusual, according to local birth announcements.

Bailey, Brandon, Kenzie, Carter, Finlay, Mitchell, Caleb and Riley have all made it into the charts.

Riley, which became increasingly popular as the year progressed, means "Valiant".

EastEnders' popularity continues to influence the choices of baby names. Last year, Alfie (Shane Richie) was one of the top names. Now he has left The Square, Jake is gaining in popularity. EastEnders character Ruby Allen (Louisa Lytton) could be the reason for Ruby making several appearances in Fenland.

Ruby is from the old French meaning red gem. Another EastEnders name, Elisha, has also been chosen by local parents.

When it comes to girls, many parents have been choosing an unusual name followed by a more traditional one. Maddison Evelyn and Chelsea Jean are two examples.

More unusual names for girls have included Harmony, Bailee, Lola, Tallie, Kaia Shae, Phoenix and Roxie.

* Proud parents Andrea and Colin Murfitt are pictured with their daughter Ruby Tallulah, born in June.

The couple, of Newlands Avenue, March, considered Tallulah as their daughter's first name, but opted for Ruby Tallulah because they felt it matched the names of their other children, Archie and twin girls Olivia and Grace.

Mrs Murfitt said she was unaware Ruby was a popular character in EastEnders or that another character from the TV soap had named her baby Tallulah.

Picture: BRIAN PURDY 3423BP

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