David Bowie, George Ezra and Mabel inspire baby name choices

The number of David Bowie-inspired baby names has increased following the musician’s death in 2016, the data shows.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the number of boys registered with the name Ziggy, in connection with the hit 1972 album Ziggy Stardust, born in England and Wales increased from 49 to 136 over the period. 2016 to 2021.

The number of boys registered with the name Bowie increased from 35 to 78 during the same period.

Bowie, one of the most influential and respected musicians of recent times, passed away from liver cancer on January 10, 2016, two days after his 69th birthday.


George Ezra at Glastonbury (Ben Birchall/PA)

In recent years, his legacy has continued, with his legacy launching the NFT series and Bowie receiving a stone on the Musical Walk of Fame in London.

The success of singers George Ezra and Mabel may also have spurred a shift in the popularity of baby names.

There will be 14 times more boys named Ezra in 2021 than a decade earlier.

The name is outside the top 50 most popular names given to boys in 2021, with 1,226 names registered that year.

It rose to prominence around the time the singer-songwriter found fame, with an 89% increase in 2015 after his debut album Wanted On Voyage topped the charts.

The number of girls named Mabel also peaked in 2021 at 885 after a sharp increase in 2018 and 2020.

The ONS said this may have been influenced by the success of pop singer Mabel, whose breakout single Finders Keepers was released in May 2017.

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Adam Driver as Star Wars villain Kylo Ren (Ian West/PA)

The success of recent Star Wars movies may also have an impact.

The number of newborn boys named Kylo increased more than fivefold to 54 in 2016 following the release of Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which introduced audiences to the villainous Kylo Ren played by Adam Driver.

The number peaked at 189 in 2020, after Jedi hunters turned their backs on the dark side.

The number of Landos has also increased since the appearance of Lando Calrissian, played by Donald Glover in the later Star Wars films, increasing more than fivefold from 13 in 2019 to 74 last year.

The name Finn (John Boyega), one of the main characters of the trilogy, has also increased from 512 male registrations in 2015 to 788 registrations in 2021.

The ONS suggests this may also reflect the popularity of Peaky Blinders, in which Harry Kirton plays Arthur Shelby’s youngest son named Finn.

Other names that have risen in popularity in recent years include Saint, the son of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, and Otis and Maeve, from the Netflix show Sex Education.

The popularity of the Pixar films Luca and Raya and The Last Dragon may also have been responsible for the popularity of those names.

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