Santa, Claus and Rudolph are among the odd names given to babies born around Christmas, research has shown.
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11:38AM GMT 23 Dec 2010
Festive monikers have been given to almost 73,500 babies since 2000, with Joseph the most common, followed by Holly and Faith.
Other popular choices include Sparkle, Sherry, Jesus and Happy.
A spokeswoman for online parenting site Bounty.com, which compiled the list from its database of registered baby names, said: “The Christmas period influences parent's choices when naming babies born at this time.
“And what better time of year to take inspiration from than the season of goodwill?
“But with children already named Sparkle and Santa among us, it may not be long until we bump into an 'Elf' or 'Tinsel' at the local supermarket!”