THE most popular baby names in Bury for the last year have been revealed.

In the last 12-months Olivia was the most popular name for girls, and Muhammad for boys, according to the Office of National Statistics.

Olivia was also the nation's favourite girls name, but did not make it into Bury's top 10 the previous year.

However the borough bucked the national trend for boys, with Oliver taking the top spot across England and Wales and Muhammad ranked 10th, after first featuring on the list in 1926.

However if all the variant spellings, such as Mohammed and Mohammad, are included, the name is about as popular as Oliver ­— appearing to be the most popular for Muslim families.

Parents in England and Wales gave the 348,071 newborn boys one of 28,222 different names, and 35,475 to the 331,035 girls ­— a staggering 7,000 extra unique names.

Aurora, Orla, Edith, Bonnie, Lyla and Hallie all entered the top 100 girls names, while for boys Leo jumped into the top 10 and Hunter the top 100; and Ralph reappeared after ­a 73 year absence.

Dropping out of the top 100 were Aaron, Jasper, Lexi, Zoe, Maddison, Felicity and Lydia.

Sarah, also missed out on the top 100 for the first time since records began in 1904, despite being the most popular girl's name for much of the 1970s and 80s.

Royalty also proved a strong inspiration for parents, with Harry and George rounding out the top three for boys, holding their positions from 2016.

For girls, Amelia came out second and Isla moved up to third place.

Among the other fastest rising names and new entries were Harper, given by the Beckhams to their youngest child in 2011, as well as Luna and Aria.