The most popular pandemic baby names for boys and girls in Redbridge have been revealed.

Last year, the most popular girls and boys names in the area were Muhammad and Maryam.

Nationally, the most popular names were Olivia and Oliver with neither of Redbridge’s top names entering the top ten.

Olivia and Oliver have topped the charts for the fifth year running and were also among the most popular names in the borough too.

There were 107 babies with the name Muhammad and 31 with the name Maryam born to mums who live in Redbridge.

Other popular names for Redbridge babies include David, Ibrahim and Adam as well as Amelia and Sofia.

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Mothers aged 35 years and over continued to choose more traditional names, while younger mothers opted for more modern and shortened names.

Ivy and Rosie replaced Grace and Freya in the top 10 girls’ names, while Archie replaced Charlie in the top 10 boys’ names.

The results are only based on the national top 100 names recorded by ONS.

Siân Bradford, Vital Statistics Outputs Branch, Office for National Statistics, said: “Oliver and Olivia held onto the top spots as the most popular boys’ and girls’ names in 2020 but some interesting changes took place beneath them.

"We continue to see the age of mothers having an impact on the choice of baby name.

“Archie jumped into the top 10 boys’ names for the first time, driven by younger mothers as well as the obvious Royal link. While on the girls’ side Ivy rose to sixth place.

“Popular culture continues to provide inspiration for baby names, whether it’s characters in our favourite show or trending celebrities.

"Maeve and Otis, characters from the popular programme Sex Education, have seen a surge in popularity in 2020.

"While the name Margot has been rapidly climbing since actress Margot Robbie appeared in the popular film The Wolf of Wall Street."