World Football

Cristiano, Neymar and Zidane Among Names Given to Baby Boys in UK in 2013

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JULY 12:  An injured Neymar of Brazil looks on from the bench during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Third Place Playoff match between Brazil and the Netherlands at Estadio Nacional on July 12, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterAugust 15, 2014

Eight baby boys in England and Wales were named Neymar in 2013, and there were a further 13 Cristianos, according to data from the Office of National Statistics released on Friday.

The football-influenced names did not stop there. Six Zicos were born last year, as well as three Beckhams and 16 Zidanes.

You might think those names are fun and original—or you might not—but it may just be the tip of the iceberg.  

Given that this was a World Cup year, the names will have enjoyed even more exposure. You could expect to see even more Neymars running around the streets of London in years to come.

[h/t Metro and City A.M.

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