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Traditional names a popular choice

There was a small increase in the number of births registered in the Isle of Man last year, and the number of deaths was also up.

Nine hundred and seventy-nine births were recorded in 2008, 61 more than in 2007, and representing 12.2 per 1,000 of the population.

Deaths saw a similar increase, with 850 registered in 2008 compared with 789 the previous year.

During the final quarter of last year there were 253 births, somewhat higher than the figure of 218 in the corresponding quarter in 2007.

The figures are in a survey from the General Registry, which also shows the most popular names for boys and girls on the Island.

Joshua remains a leading choice for boys, with the United Kingdom's favourite, Jack, also in the top ten.

In fact, traditional names are very much to the fore, with Charles, Alexander, Oliver and Thomas all in the list.

It's a similar story for girls' names, with Emily, Charlotte and Isabel all in the list.

The one unusual and more modern entry is ironically something we don't always see a lot of in the Isle of Man, namely Summer.

(Picture: Entrance to the General Registry in Douglas).

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