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screen hits such as Breaking Bad have inspired baby names this year, while the desire not to be seen as a “Kate copycat” had led to a decline in the popularity of Royal names, according to website BabyCentre.

The website has released its list of the top 100 baby names of 2013 and Olivia was most popular for girls while the top boys’ name was Oliver, up three places from last year.

George, which had been rising in popularity since 2010, was at number nine in the boys’ chart in June 2013 but was pushed out of the top 10 after July, when Prince George was born.

Other royal names – such as William, Harry, Charles, Kate, Catherine and even Prince George’s middle name Louis – also dropped in popularity this year.

Sarah Barrett, managing editor for BabyCentre, said: “So much speculation about the royal baby and regal names could be responsible for the decline of many names associated with our royal family over the past 12 months.”

Meanwhile, names from American crime series Breaking Bad were on the up. The names Skyler and Jesse have increased by 70 
per cent and 13 per cent, respectively.