At this time of year, there’s only one thing on the minds of children - have they made it onto Santa’s naughty or nice list?
With just days to go until Christmas Day, there’s not much longer to wait and hopefully for parents that means best behaviour for a few more days at least. But now data has shown there are some children who are most likely to be on that all important good list and it’s based on their name, reported the Mirror.
The team at Real Santa letters discovered which names were most likely to be on Santa’s ‘nice list’ by looking back at who had received a ‘Real Santa Letter’, and comparing the stats to baby name data in England and Wales. After a huge search through 4,262 Santa letters, the team compared their internal data to the latest release of baby name figures for England and Wales to discover the children's names most likely to make the 'nice list'.
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In doing so, they discovered the top 20 girls’ and boys’ names, most likely to be in Santa’s good books for their behaviour this year. The boys' names who are more likely to land a visit from Mr Claus include Braelyn, Broc, Ged, Graydon, Kiernan, and Teigan, while the girls' names included Adie, Arian, Baillie, Charleen, Hollie-Rae, Jaylee, Kade, Kristie, Melrose, and Mylor.
The research also dated back figures based on the 50 most popular baby names from the last 10 years, according to ONS data, to see where they compared against each other. Based on these popular names, these are the boys and girls who took the top spot:
The top 20 kids' names most likely to be on Santa's 'nice list'
1. Charlie & Sophie
2. Ethan & Isabelle
3. Jack & Maisie
4. Jacob & Ella
5. George & Olivia
6. Thomas & Evie
7. Oliver & Grace
8. James & Sienna
9. Edward & Freya
10. Logan & Ruby
11. Oscar & Jessica
12. Harry & Mia
13. Daniel & Daisy
14. Freddie & Scarlett
15. Max & Chloe
16. Joshua & Sophia
17. Isaac & Lily
18. Noah & Ava
19. Archie & Isla
20. Alfie & Phoebe
A North Pole insider said: "From their workshop in the North Pole, Santa makes the all-important gift lists for children of all ages. With a little help from one or two elves, Santa draws up the nice list and makes sure that his workshop has a fantastic range of toys and gifts ready to be delivered on Christmas Day. But he still makes time to sit down and write magical personalised letters for children across the world.
They added: "Whilst Santa is writing his letters, he'll spread a little festive magic and use a touch of Christmas cheer to ensure that each letter is individually personalised for each child. Once Santa has finished writing his letter, Mrs Claus and the elves help him out by carefully putting the letter in its very own festive envelope, which is individually personalised.
"Either Santa Claus or Mrs Claus give the letters one final check before each letter from Santa is prepared to be posted to all the kids on the nice list. Letters from Santa are in such high demand that there's not an elf in Lapland who doesn't lend a hand packing the letters in Santa's sacks, ready to be sent from the North Pole's post office this December."
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