Only a very select number of people in the country make it onto the Queen’s Honours’ List, receiving a knighthood for their outstanding contribution to the world. From Hollywood royalty and pop stars to authors and politicians, the monarchy has awarded people of all fields the prestigeous title of either ‘Sir’ or ‘Dame’. However, one thing many of them have had in common is their names.
New research from Perkbox has revealed that over the past ten years, the most popular names on among the recipients have been David for men and Susan for women. So if you’ve got a baby on the way, you might want to consider of the two names as it may give your child a head start to becoming a Sir or a Dame.
The past decade has seen over 704 people knighted, which only equates to 0.001 per cent of the entire population, so it is clear how much of a special accolade it is. In fact, it is held by the likes of Bill Gates and Helen Mirren, meaning your chances are even better if you become a movie star or invent Microsoft perhaps? Either way, no biggie.
However, as pointed out by Perkbox’s research, your name could do you favours too. While David came out on top, they were closely followed by Michael, John, Richard and Robert for boys. Meanwhile Janet, Frances, Alison, Barbara and Helen were right behind Susan as the most common name for Dames.
Also pointed out by the research into the track record of the Queen’s Honour List is that out of those selected, 484 men have been made knights, compared to just 220 dames. Additionally, as reported by The Sun, southern counties were found to be much more likely to be home to Sirs and Dames than the north, with 42 per cent of those already awarded living in London.