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The UK’s ‘Smartest’ Baby Names Have Been Revealed

The UK’s ‘Smartest’ Baby Names Have Been Revealed

What's in a name?

When we choose a baby's name, we might think about anything from our heritage and family traditions to cultural or religious references.

How about whether the name could mean your child is more likely to do well academically? Can choosing Amelia over Anna, or Marcus over Michael really make any difference to your child's academic smarts?

The list is based on data gathered by tutoring platform Tutor House
The list is based on data gathered by tutoring platform Tutor House
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We're sceptical - but the team behind tutoring platform Tutoring House has revealed a list of the world's 'smartest' baby names.

The list is based on analysis of 10,000 names from the last five years, cross-referenced with the grades achieved by the children with those names.

"Parents often spend a great deal of time deliberating on what name to give their child, and rightly so," said Alex Dyer, founder of Tutor House.

"It forms part of your child's identity, with social science studies finding that a name can influence careers, personality traits and even physicality.

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"With that in mind, and considering the wealth of data we have, we thought it would be interesting to see what names are most commonly associated with being academically gifted."

So, which names came out on top? Emma is considered the smartest name for girls, and George for boys.

Here's the full list of the smartest girl's and boy's names.

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Girls:

Emma

Fatima

Eve

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Amelia

Felicity

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Joanna

Sarah

George came top of the list for boys, while Emma came top for girls
George came top of the list for boys, while Emma came top for girls

Boys:

George

Thomas

Mohammed

Alfie

Marcus

Hugo

Krishna

Timothy

Rajesh

Daniel

The list has its limitations. Many children aren't included in the Tutor House database, and it's unlikely that a name would make a difference to a person's intelligence - but Dyer explains that it gives interesting insight for future parents.

"While obviously your name has no reflection on your potential, the results are still interesting - and might prove useful for parents who are struggling to settle on a name," he says.

We're off to copy Emma's homework just in case.

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Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.