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Will royal baby spark a lot of George babies?

Love it or hate it, expect to see Prince William and Duchess Kate's newborn have an effect on baby name trends.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Jul 25, 2013 5:48PM

The Kate effect shows no sign of slowing. Within minutes of the duchess of Cambridge debuting her newborn son, the website of the designer who made Kate’s blue polka dot dress crashed. (Sorry, fashionistas, the custom-made Jenny Packham frock is not for sale.)

Newspaper headlines on July 23 covering the birth of a son, Prince George Alexander Louis, for Catherine and William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Rex Features) Will the royal baby’s name, Prince George Alexander Louis, have the same effect on birth certificates and baby name trends?

Ancestry.com, the family history resource site, predicts yes.

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CBS reports on an Ancestry.com study that says in the past, the birth of a royal baby typically boosts the popularity of that name by roughly 32 percent the year following the birth. That would push George from the 12th-most-common name to No. 4 – meaning an additional 1,400 babies born in the U.K. in 2014 would bear baby Cambridge’s given name.

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When Prince William was born, there was a 23 percent uptick in William names, while Prince Harry sparked a 55 percent increase in popularity.

The site noted:

“The royal naming pattern was uncovered through historical analysis of yearly birth indexes available on Ancestry.com, which detail every baby born in England and Wales from 1837 to 2005. The number of babies with the same name as a royal baby in the year of the royal's birth was compared with the number in the following year. Every royal from King Edward VII (born in 1841) to Princess Eugenie (born in 1990) was included in the study.”

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Photo: Newspaper headlines on July 23 covering the birth of a son, Prince George Alexander Louis, for Catherine and William, the duchess and duke of Cambridge (Rex Features)

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