PEAKY Blinders is now the most popular name for baby boys, with Killing Eve the most popular for girls.
More than 5,300 boys were named Peaky Blinders after the BBC show in 2018, up from 4,500 the year before, with every primary school class in 2023 expected to have at least one Peaky.
Emma Bradford, proud mother of 12-day-old Peaky Blinders Bradford, said: “It’s just a really classic name that won’t date, unlike all these Georges and Henrys.
“For me it conjures visions of flat caps, cobbled alleyways, soot-covered minors keeping a watch out for the police while a Birmingham man cuts a business rival’s cheek with a razor. It’s just so English.”
Statistician Julian Cook said: “Game of Thrones has gone down in popularity as has The Walking Dead, though we expect the surge in boys named Avengers: Infinity War to be matched by this year’s crop of boys named Avengers: Endgame.
“However more traditional names like ‘Allo ‘Allo, Prime Suspect and The Office have fallen out of the top 100 completely. People just see them as old-fashioned.”
Dad-to-be Stephen Malley, aged 26, said: “People should use their imaginations and choose something personal. Like, my daughter’s called Deadwood Malley. Have you seen it? It’s brillant.”