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Primrose sets a trend among flower girls

It’s primrose time and not just those pretty clusters of yellow in springtime hedgerows and gardens. Primrose is one of the fastest moving names for girls as parents continue to look to flowers and nature for names for their babies.

The rise of Primrose shows impressive momentum with a charge up the chart from number 975 five years ago to 220 in the latest new baby data from the Office for National Statistics. She’s catching up with Olive, a name that was popular a century or so ago and is clearly back in favour. Olive was at 623 a decade ago and is now at 151.

We’ve already noted the popularity of Poppy, with a place in the top ten, and Lily just a couple of places below and now Daisy has entered the top 20. Then come Ivy and Willow, two more flowering names that are new to the top 30.

Rose, Violet and Iris – names that were all popular in great grandmother’s day – are all rising within the top 100 where only Holly (56) and Jasmine (65) have recorded slight falls.

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