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Great War tots named after battles, data shows

By Rachel Burnett

Published 19/02/2016

Hundreds of babies were named after some of the largest battles of the First World War, according to information from the National Archives.

A total of 1,634 infants in England and Wales were given names inspired by the conflict between 1914 and 1919, the data from the General Register Office shows.

The most popular choices were famous clashes, with Verdun, Ypres and Mons making up the top three of "battle names".

Newborns were also Christened after First World War leaders and heroes, with Kitchener, Cavell and Haig all popular choices.

Archivist Jessamy Carlson said: "The data is fascinating and gives new insight into the battles that resonated with mothers on the Home Front."

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