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  Names 31 December 2003  
Names Jack and Chloe have again topped the lists for the most popular names given to children in the last year - but how do naming trends arise? Why do some names become popular and others fall out of favour? And why are certain characteristics associated with certain names: could you ever have a romantic heroine called Mildred, or a dashing hero called Nigel?

We hear from Julia Cresswell, an author of books on babies names, on the influence of celebrities, and Sophie Weston, a romantic novelist, on whether names can really change your life, for better or worse...

'Bloomsbury Dictionary of First Names: From Aaron to Zuleika, over 1,500 names and their associations explained'
By Julia Cresswell
Published by Bloomsbury
ISBN: 074751223X

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